Italeri Oct 2017 Releases
1/24 RENAULT R5 ALPINE RALLY
For the 1977 Rally season the French company Renault developed a racing version of the popular small R5. In spite of the fact that this car was designed for very different scopes, after adequate preparation, the French technicians managed to obtain notable power from the engine: 150CV, and a noteworthy drive ration, which thanks to the contained weight of only 800 Kg. made the R5 a very manoeuvrable and fast car. The R5 obtained great results in the Sanremo and Montecarlo Rallies in 1978 and successively gratifying results in the Acropolis Rally and in Africa.
The FH series can be considered a milestone in Volvo industrial vehicle production. Introduced to the market since 2001, it was released in numerous versions and variants. In details, the Volvo FH16 has been the reference version of the Volvo trucks line up. Powered by a 16 liter engine, capable of delivering 610 HP, it was characterized by a good power and low running costs. For those times, Volvo FH16 introduced advanced electronic solutions able to ensure a safer and more comfortable driving even in the long range delivery duties. The FH-16, well-known for its commercial success, has been the basis for many “Show Truck” characterized by impressive and high visibility customized livery. The “Viking” is a good example of Show Truck. The adoption of the bull bar with the grilles to protect the front lights, the installation of additional headlights, the choice of colors and the “Nordic inspired” graphic create a unique truck with a strong personality.
The Douglas SBD Dauntless was the standard bomber of the US navy in the first years of the Second World War. Almost 6,000 of them were constructed in six main versions, and they operated in the Pacific theatre. ?Of the many battles in which they took part, the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway come to mind. Although the technique with which this airplane was to be used, dive bombing, was soon obsolete, the SBDs remained in service. ?The last great operation in which they were employed on a large scale was the Battle of the Philippine Sea. They were eventually replaced by the SB2C Helldiver.
The first November 1956 the Reparto Sperimentale Volo flight group of the Italian Air Force was born. The department was soon identified by the number 311 that is still present nowadays on the planes. To celebrate the sixty years of activities a dedicated commemorative livery has been developed and adopted on a Tornado IDS. It has been used during the commemorative event of’ October 2016 ant it has generated a great interest and an impressive success. Today the “311” flight group is one of the most advanced aeronautical testing and experimental centres in the World and it is formed by highly trained and skilled personnel. The Tornado IDS, was developed by a partnership program, during the ’70s, between Italy, Britain and Germany to develop a modern multi-role combat aircraft air attack. With almost 1,000 units produced, the Tornado is a milestone of the military aviation.
This unusual twin-engined aircraft with its double tailfin, extensive wingspan and bubble-like glass cockpit, ideal for reconnaissance missions and optimum use of on-board photographic equipment – was built by Germany as a tactical reconnaissance aircraft to replace the old Hs-126, built in the 30s. Thanks to robust cell construction the FW-189 was difficult to shoot down: numerous cases of the aircraft making it back to base despite extensive damage were recorded.
The prototype pf the L6/40 was finished in 1938, and the following year the series model was ready. The hull was copied after the preceding L3/33 and the new machine was powered by an SPA 18D 70 cv engine which gave it a maximum speed of 42 Km/hr. It was armed with a Breda 20mm canon and a huge machinegun. Even though it could already be considered obsolete from the moment it went into production, it was nonetheless used in Africa, Russia, the Balkans and in Italy. Manyn of them were captured by the Germans after the armistice and used directly, or supplied by, the Italian Socialist Republic.
WWll GERMAN MILITARY VEHICLE (28 mm.) – EASY ASSEMBLY FOR GAMERS AND COLLECTORS
The heavy tank Sd.Kfz 182 Panzer VI Ausf. B “King Tiger” came into service with the German army since mid 1944. Compared to its predecessor, the Tiger I, several differences and improvements have been adopted : a completely new chassis, a stronger armor characterized by the sloped frontal hull (bringing to a total weight of almost 70 tons) and the lethal 8.8 cm KwK 43 L/71 gun as main armament. Thanks to its Mayback V-12 engine the King Tiger was able to reach the maximum speed of 42 Km/h. For the mass production two different turret solutions has been used : the Porsche turret, at the beginning, and the Henschel turret for the most of the units produced. Both ot them were able to load 80 rounds for the main cannon. The first combat use of the King Tiger was by the 503rd Heavy Panzer Battalion during the Battle of Normandy on July 1944.