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1/32 TORNADO GR. 4
TOP KIT 100% NEW MOULDS – 361 parts – Photo-etched details – Removable RB199 engine with support trolley – Retracted or extended flaps and slats – Movable ailerons – Openable radome and fully detailed radars – Open or closed thrust reversers – Open or closed air brakes – Rubber tyres – Movable variable geometry wings and pylons – Rubber cover for wings entry point – Color instruction sheet – Super decals sheet for 4 versions

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The Tornado Gr.4 arose from a collaborative project between Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom to produce a multi-role high-performance combat aircraft. The primary requirement however was to develop a ‘state of the art’ modern aircraft able to perform low-altitude penetrating strike missions. This need was met by the development of a twin-engine combat aircraft with a variable-sweep wing. The Tornado IDS (Interdictor / strike) was the first version to be released by the British Royal Air Force and designated GR.1. In 1996 the Tornado was upgraded to the Gr.4 standard which was characterized by improved operational capabilities, new avionics systems for navigation and the adoption of new ‘on-board’ technologies. These systems enabled the effective identification and tracking of targets and the weapons management of the newer generation of weapons such as GBU-12 Paveway IV bombs.

1/72 Battle for the Reichstag 1945 – BATTLE SET
The “Battle of Berlin” heralded the end of the Second World War in the European theatre. This major offensive launched by the Soviet Red Army, after passing the German defensive lines on the Oder River, moved directly to the capital of the Third Reich. The city itself was defended by Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS, “Hitlerjugend” and “Volkssturm” soldiers, and was the setting for the final and most fierce clashes of the war. The Soviet forces, led by Marshal Zukov and Marshal Konev, with an overwhelming superiority of soldiers, vehicles and artillery, forced the surrender and capitulation of the city on May 2, 1945. The Reichstag building, seat of the Reich parliament, had a huge symbolic value and was the stage for the final acts of the conflict in Europe. The Red Army soldier raising the Soviet flag on the ruins of the Reichstag at the end of the battle of Berlin, is one of the most iconic images of the Second World War.

1/24 VOLVO F16 Globetrotter Canvas Truck with elevator
SUPER DECALS SHEET – COLOR INSTRUCTION SHEET

Introduced to the market in 1988, the Volvo F16 achieved considerable commercial success largely due to its innovative “powertrain” line which was able to achieve a high level of driving performance, low fuel consumption and low running and maintenance costs. The exceptional features of its 6-cylinder engine were complemented by the innovative “Globetrotter” cab which provided exceptional on board comfort. The sturdy frame served as a developmental platform for the creation of numerous specially outfitted versions to meet a wide range of differing customer requirements. One configuration that was particularly appreciated and used by long and medium-range logistics operators was the canvass rear deck. This feature was characterised by good size/space ratios and further enhanced by the rear hydraulic platform which facilitated easy loading and unloading of goods.

1/48 Bf 109 K-4
SUPER DECALS SHEET FOR 4 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

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The Messerschmitt Bf 109 is undoubtedly one of the best-known fighters of the Second World War and is considered an iconic aircraft of the German Luftwaffe. During the conflict the engines and armaments were regularly upgraded to be kept in line with the emerging, more modern enemy fighters. The Bf 109 K-4 “Kurfürst”, introduced at the end of 1944 and substantially derived from the G model, was the last version produced of this famous German fighter. It was equipped with a powerful 2000 HP Daimler-Benz DB 605 supercharged engine and was able to exceed 720 km/h. Another notable feature was its impressive climbing capability which was even superior to that of allied fighters. Armed with a powerful 30 mm MK108 cannon installed in the propeller hub, and with two MG 131 13 mm. machine guns. on the engine cowling, the Bf 109 K-4.

1/72 P-38J Lightning
SUPER DECALS SHEET FOR 4 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

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The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was certainly one of the foremost aircraft of WW2 in terms of aerodynamic structure and design. It was a revolutionary heavy fighter with a twin-boom fuselage where the two engines were installed. The pilot was accommodated in a leading edge cockpit at the centre of the aircraft. The P-38 could reach a top speed of over 660 km/h thanks to its two 12 cylinders liquid cooled V-1710 Allison engines, each capable of 1,425hp. It was armed with four Browning 12.7 mm machine guns and one Hispano M2 cannon which ensured highly effective firepower. The P38 was not particularly manoeuvrable compared to other single-engine fighters of the period, but it was very robust and stable. It’s huge versatility made it a key aircraft both on operations in the Pacific theatre and on escort missions for long-range bombers over Europe. The P-38 with its characteristic shape and its ‘fear effect’ was nicknamed ‘the fork-tailed devil’ by enemy pilots.

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