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MAS 568 4a Serie - 1/35 - IT5608
Highly successful Italian WWII torpedo boats used against surface targets in the
Regia Marina high-speed Motoscafo Armato Silurante (Torpedo Armed Motorboat),
'500 class' armed against surface and submarine targets. Kit features 1-piece
full hull (separate transom and strakes), concealed deck/hull reinforcing screws,
fully detailed helm, optional position cabin and foredeck hatches, well detailed
deck fittings, life rings, delicate injection-molded railings, depth charge rack
with charges (x6), 450mm torpedoes (x2) with launch racks, well detailed Breda
20mm anti-aircraft gun mount, die-cut acetate portholes and windows (with pre
colored frames), cordage, and display stand with nameplates. Also includes
photo-etch details and photographic reference manual. Completed model is
approximately 21.7" long.
Decals and painting guide for 2 Italian vessels:
1) MAS 568 (4a serie), Black Sea, summer 1942
2) MAS 563 (3a serie), Mazara del Vallo, Italy, 1943
Includes hull markings ensign, pennant and stand placards.
MAS Crew and Accessories - 1/35 - IT5611
6 unpainted Regia Marina torpedo motorboat crewmen. Each is a multi-part figure molded
in action pose - helmsman, commander, Breda 20mm AA gunner, loader, and 2 deck hands. Also
includes gangplank, life ring and 3 types of mooring bollards.
For use with Italeri kit IT5608.
S.L.C. 200 "Maiale", 1/35 - 5605
The Siluro a Lenta Corsa (Slow Moving Torpedo), better known as the "Maiale" (Pig),
was first developed in 1935 by Captains G.N. Toschi and Tesei; the idea was to
place the weapon system, with a crew of two men, beneath the hull of an enemy ship at
anchor, and to attach a large delayed explosive charge to a cable between
the anti-roll bilge keels. During the Second World War, the SLC damaged
and sank 16 vessles in daring and spectacular raids, including the sinking of the two English
battleships, Valiant and Queen Elizabeth, for a total gross tonnage shipping of approximately 200,000 tons.
"The closest that allied war correspondents came to describing any Europeans as 'suicide warriors'
was the description of the the Italian underwater chariot raiders ...", WWII Nation
by Nation, J. Lee Ready.
Markings for one Siluro a Lenta Corsa + color instruction manual. Includes photo etch parts.
The Barchino was a modified speedboat that was used effectively in the Mediterranean between 1940 and 1942.
The first craft appeared in 1936 and the use of these weapons envisaged
that the Barchino would approach near to an enemy
fleet; the pilot would then attack a specified target at maximum speed in a collision
course with the target,
ejecting the pilot at approxmately one hundred meters before impact. Craft of this kind
were used successfully by the famous WWII Italian Special forces unit, Decima X MAS
in operations against the British navy at Suda (Crete) and at Malta.
Markings for one M.T.M. Barchino + color instruction manual. Includes photo etch parts.