News Italeri June/July 2014: Aircraft

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1/72  F-104 A/C STARFIGHTER

Product ID: 1359

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Overview

Type: Fighter aircrafts
Period: from ’50 to ’90
Country: United States
Skill: 2
Model Dim.: 23,1 cm
Box Dim.:  290 x 190 x 45 mm

Description

SUPER DECALS SHEET

The supersonic interceptor aircraft F-104 Starfighter was, without doubts, one of the most famous, and long-lasting, aircraft in History. The F-104 entered in service in the late ‘50s and served with USAF for a long time. Later on, it has formed the fighter squadrons of several NATO air forces for more than 40 years. F-104A was the first version and it was used by USAF as supersonic interceptor in opposition to long-range soviet bombers. It entered in service in the late ‘50s. To the improved version, F-104C, was assigned the role of fighter-bombers and it was used during the early stage of Vietnam War. The “Starfighter” was based and developed on an original and unique concept for its time : innovative shape of the plane extremely thin, small, straight mid-mounted, trapezoidal wings, the stabiliator mounted atop the fin, a powerful and reliable General Electric J-79 turbojet engine able to guarantee outstanding supersonic performances.

 

 

1/72  SPITFIRE Mk .IX Free French

Product ID: 1365

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Overview

Type: Fighter aircrafts
Period: Second World War
Country: France
Skill: 2
Model Dim.: 13,3 cm
Box Dim.:  258 x 162 x 38 mm

Description

D-DAY SERIESNORMANDY 1944/2014

After the overwhelming German invasion and the Dunkirk evacuation of British and French survived forces in the first days of June 1940, all the territory of France had been occupied by Axis troops. The French General Charles de Gaulle, through the microphones of the BBC from London, stimulating national pride, exhorted the French people not to be demoralized and to continue to resist the occupation of France. A lot of French soldiers continued to fight, doing numerous acts of heroism,   up to the battle of Paris in 1944, after the Invasion of Normandy, and the following liberation of France. Several pilots, joined into Squadrons, equipped with Royal Air Force planes, continued to fly and to fight from British bases. Most of them flew on the very effective and reliable Spitfire Mx IX gained several air combat victories.

 

 

1/72  STIRLING Mk.IV

Product ID: 1350

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Overview

Type: Cargo
Period: Second World War
Country: Great Britain
Skill: 5
Model Dim.: 36,9 cm
Box Dim.:  440 x 270 x 70 mm

Description

D-DAY SERIES – NORMANDY 1944/2014

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The Short Stirling was the first heavy bomber used during the Second World War by the British Royal Air Force. Although it was built around a robust metal airframe and it was able to carry a good offensive load, the Stirling was gradually replaced in RAF Bomber Squadron with the more advanced Halifax and Lancaster. Thanks to its 4 powerful 1,635 hp Bristol Hercules engines, it was able to perform other important duties  in airborne operations : dropping paratroopers and towing gliders. The Stirling Mk IV version was adapted to optimize the towing of gliders, such as Horsa and Hamilcar, with the elimination of nose and dorsal turrets  and the introduction of mechanisms to release gliders. The Stirlings Mk IV were used in the Battle of Normandy  and Operation Market Garden.

 

 

1/72  JAGUAR Gr.3 “BIG CAT” Special Colors

Product ID: 1357

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Overview

Type: Fighter aircrafts
Period: Modern
Country: Great Britain
Skill: 2
Model Dim.: 23,3 cm
Box Dim.:  290 x 190 x 45 mm

Description

SUPER DECALS SHEET

The Jaguar, born during the ‘60s thanks to a development partnership program between French and British aviation companies, is one of the most famous and “long lasting” ground attack and close air support aircraft used by Royal Air Force.  It was used by R.A.F. until the mid 2000s and it  showed an impressive longevity and operational efficiency.  Thanks to its two turbojet engines it was able to reach and exceed the speed of Mach 1.6.  It  has been used to perform duties  in operational areas characterized by a high level of complexity, including the Balkans and Iraq. Jaguar Gr. 3, in details, was one of the most updated versions. The single-seat all-weather ground attack fighter has been equipped with improved navigation system  and weapon target seekers. To celebrate the end of Jaguar active service, the interesting “Big Cat” commemorative livery has been done.

 

 

1/48  Hawk T1A ”Red Arrows 50 display seasons”

Product ID: 2747

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Overview

Type: Aerobatic teams
Period: Modern
Country: Great Britain
Skill: 2
Model Dim.: 24,7 cm
Box Dim.:  345 x 242 x 60 mm

Description

The British Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (RAFAT), the formal name of the Red Arrows, began life in 1964. All the previous RAF display teams were amalgamated in the this new team that was soon equipped with seven Folland Gnat trainers. Starting from 1980, thanks to its performing qualities and its incredible maneuverability, the Hawk is used to equip Red Arrows team. It is the same as the one used by the Royal Air Force for training, with further improved mechanics to provide even quicker command response times. Furthermore smoke generators have been inserted which are used during exhibitions, allowing for 5 minutes of white smoke, 1 minute of red smoke and 1 minute of blue smoke.

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