News Italeri January 2014: Aircraft


1/72 F/A-18 Hornet Tiger Meet 2012


Product ID: 1347


Type: Fighter Aircrafts
Period: Modern
Country: Switzerland
Skill: 2
Model Dim.: 23,7 cm
Box Dim.: 290 x 190 x 45 mm


The twin-engine supersonic multirole fighter F/A-18 Hornet has been developed to offer an extraordinary flexibility and versatility. It can perform air superiority, ground attack, close support and reconnaissance duties. Thanks to its flexibility, the F/A-18 has been adopted by several Air Forces becoming a relevant commercial success. It is used, in its various configurations, by US Navy, US Marine Corps, Australian, Canadian, Spanish and Swiss Air Forces. More in detail, 26 single seater F/A-18 and 7 twin seater, equipping 3 squadrons, are currently used by Swiss Air Force. The Hornets of “Fliegerstaffel 11”, the backbone of the Swiss air defense system operating from the  Meiringen airfield, are recognizable by the eye-catching tiger decoration on the tail, the emblem of the squadron.


1/72 DC-3 Swissair


Product ID: 1349


Type: Cargo
Country: Switzerland
Skill: 3
Model Dim.: 27,2 cm
Box Dim.: 345 x 242 x 48 mm


The twin-engine DC-3, developed by Douglas Aircraft Company, during the mid-30s, can be defined as a real milestone in the history of civil aviation. Its low-wing configuration, the good engines and the excellent performance makes it one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made and a real revolution in the airline industry. In the civil aviation, a lot of commercial operators and airlines used the American twin-engine to perform short and medium range routes. For instance, Swissair, the national airline of Switzerland, employed in the late ‘40s and in the ‘50s, the Dakota. Very soon the aircraft has been appreciate for the high reliability, the low running costs and the good loading capacity.


1/48 ES-3A Shadow


Product ID: 2735


Type: Bombers and reconnaissance aircrafts
Period: from ’90
Country: United States
Skill: 4
Model Dim.: 33,9 cm
Box Dim.: 440 x 270 x 70 mm



The ES-3A Shadow has been derived directly from the famous twin-engines anti-submarine Lockheed S-3 Viking. It was designed as a carrier-based, subsonic, all-weather, long-range, electronic reconnaissance aircraft with the specific purpose to replace the aging EA-3B Skywarrior starting from the beginning of ’90s. Basically the ES-3A was developed on modified S-3A where an extensive set of electronic and modern sensors and communication tools replaced the submarine detection and maritime surveillance equipment. The new operating configuration has not changed the flight performance of Lockheed airframe. The ES-3A has in fact a good flight range and it is very reliable. Such features are very appreciate for its new mission profile to support the U.S. Navy fleet in the tactical communications of the various units of the battle group.