The first news about Nuernberg 2011 toy fair are in the web.
Italeri displayed those military vehicles in 1/72 scale on his stand:
All "Fast Assembly"-kits:
7514 Sd. Kfz. 161 Panzer IV F1
7516 Sd. Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. D
7519 Semovente M-40 w. 75/18
7520 M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo
Three of those kits were announced ion 2010 catalog. Good to know, that they will be brought to the market this year. Better later then never!
The Sherman Jumbo will be a conversion of M4A3 Sherman, which was also announced in 2010 catalog but then canceled. (Look: http://worldin172scale.blogspot.com/2011/01/italeri-canceled-some-announced.html)
The surprise for me is the Semovente, from which I built the Esci and Italeri-kits, both. Now there will be 2 more!
Another military vehicle in this scale is AB 40 Ferroviaria, the only none "Fast Assembly".
The picture and info about the vehicle is form "Italeri-website".
The AB 40 armoured car was devised for the Italian Royal Army in the late 1930s, to replace the old Lancia models.
The vehicle was innovative at the time, being a four-wheel drive with separate suspensions and two driving positions.
The armoured car was fitted with two 8mm machine guns in the turret and another in the rear of the hull, but was only built in small numbers for evaluation purposes, as development of the more sophisticated AB 41 was already underway.
A few of the models were turned into tracked patrol vehicles as the wheels could be replaced with rail wheels and relative braking systems.
A few of these vehicles were used in Yugoslavia by the Italian forces and, later, by the Germans.
This vehicle was produced in 1/35 scale, like the Pz. IV F1/F2, so that I guess that Italeri also began to downscale his models like Dragon is doing for a while.
I hope, that Semovente L40 da 47/32 will be the next.
The next news is "on the way"!
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