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1/72 Sd. Kfz. 251/1 Wurfrahmen Stuka zu Fuss
DECALS FOR 3 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

CONTAINS ONE MODEL AND 3 FIGURES

The Sd.Kfz.251 half-track was an armored fighting vehicle (AFV), which was deployed by the Wehrmacht on all operational fronts during the Second World War. Powered by a Maybach 6-cylinder petrol engine it was able to reach a speed of 55 km / h even on ‘off road’ terrain. Produced in huge numbers, it was mainly used to transport ‘Panzergrenadiers’, but during the war several versions were developed to meet differing operational requirements. The Wurfrahmen rocket launcher version was built on the Sd.Kfz.251. Equipped with 6 compartments, 3 on each side, intended for the launch of rockets of different sizes, it was nicknamed “Stuka zu Fuss”. Although not precise, it could have an important psychological effect on enemy troops and still proved to be a valid support for ground troops especially in urban fighting.

1/35 SEMOVENTE M42 da 75/18
NEW MOULDS – NEW GLUABLE TRACKS – PHOTO ETCHED FRET – DECALS SHEET FOR 4 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

At the end of the 1930’s the Italian Regio Esercito (Royal Italian Army) began to deploy self-propelled artillery guns to provide support for tanks and infantry units. The ‘Semovente’ 75/18 was developed on the back of the ‘M’ series medium tank hull and soon became the most feared Italian armored vehicle. In addition to its primary artillery role, the 75mm howitzer installed in the casemate proved to be a highly effective anti-tank weapon, capable of destroying even the most powerful and heavily armored British and American tanks. As well as its formidable firepower, far superior to that of the M-13 and M-14 tanks, the ‘Semovente’ was valued for its low profile which made it difficult to locate, and also for its overall on-road/off-road performance. It was deployed by the Regio Esercito in Africa and also in a defensive role during Allied operations in Italy. Following Italy’s withdrawal from the conflict it was used in service by some German Wehrmacht anti-tank units, thereby validating its overall battle effectiveness.

1/72 B-52H Stratofortress
SUPER DECALS SHEET FOR 3 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

The B-52 Stratofortress is the most famous long-range jet-powered strategic bomber in aviation history. First produced by the American company Boeing in 1955, it has become symbolic of the ‘Cold War’ period between the U.S.A and the former Soviet Union. It was for many years the backbone of the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command. The aircraft was also manufactured in a number of different versions over the years to meet ever changing operational requirements. The B-52H is the most updated version of the famous American bomber and is characterized by the addition of improved engines offering considerably better performance, fuel economy and increased operational range. Other improvements have been made to the avionics, electronic counter measures (ECM) and weapons systems. The B-52 is currently one of the most enduring aircraft in aviation history.

1/48 FIAT CR.42 Falco
SUPER DECALS SHEET FOR 6 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

FIGURE NOT INCLUDED – CONTAINS ONE MODEL

Starting from the C.R. 32 “Freccia” success proved by a great reliability and operational efficiency during the Spanish Civil War, the Italian manufacturer Fiat developed, in the late ‘30s, the new C.R. 42 “Falco”. The new biplane single-seat fighter had – as its predecessor – the fixed landing gear and the open cabin but was equipped with important innovations such as the alloy and steel frame covered by canvass and metal panelling. Thanks to Its supercharged air-cooled Fiat A.74 radial engine the Fiat C.R. 42 was able to reach 400 Km / h. It had an extraordinary manoeuvrability, much appreciated by the Italian pilots, but suffered the “biplane” configuration limits. It was able to successful engage the Gloster Gladiators but it was soon outclassed by faster and heavily armed monoplanes as the Hawker Hurricane and the Supermarine Spitfire. Several Fiat C.R. 42, together with G.50 fighters and BR.20, CANT Z 1007 bombers has been used by the Italian Regia Aeronautica during the Battle of Britain within the “Corpo Aereo Italiano”.

1/24 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC Rallye Bandama 1979
SUPER DECALS SHEET – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

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The Mercedes SLC is a luxury coupe produced by the German car manufacturer between 1971 and the early 1980’s. Its development was based upon the earlier launched Roadster model and was characterized by a harmonious and elegant design. The 450 SLC was equipped with a 4520 cm3 V8 engine capable of 225 HP. This high performance was successfully combined with refined styling and the ‘Premium’ quality furnishings selected for the vehicle interior that reinforced the SLC luxury branding in the marketplace. The vehicle was further adapted from the mainstream consumer model to the production of a sports version for car rallying competitions. The chassis was the same, but the rally version introduced a roll-bar, competition rims and aluminium parts and components to reduce the overall weight. All of these factors contributed to increased performance and rallying successes such as the Mintex Rally victory in 1978.

1/35 PARTISANS
CONTAINS 6 FIGURES – FROM ESCI ORIGINALI MOULDS

During the German occupation of European countries in WW2 a key role was played by local ‘partisan’ groups. The partisans often had different ideals and political motivations but were united by the same goal to assist with the effort to secure victory against the German occupying forces. The type of operations conducted by partisan groups were wide-ranging, including both intelligence gathering and support activities to Allied forces, particularly in relation to acts of sabotage against the enemy’s logistics and communications infrastructures.

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