This is an injection-plastic ship model kit.
The largest and most powerful warships ever built in Italy, the battleships of the Littorio class, were the first 35,000-toners to come under the provisions of the Washington Treaty. Although the Washington Naval Conference of 1922 gave Italy the authority to build up to 182,800 tons of new capital ships (including 70,000 tons prior to 1932), the Italians waited more than a decade before beginning construction.
Commissioned on June 24, 1940, the RN Littorio joined the First Naval Squadron at Taranto under Admiral Bergamini's flag. She was severely damaged while anchored at Taranto on Nov. 10-11, 1940 by British aircraft launched from the aircraft carrier Illustrious, and was back in service in March 1941. During the second Battle of Sirte, on March 21, 1940, a muzzle blast from the aft 381mm turret gun set fire to a Ro.43 floatplane on the fantail, which led the British to believe they had scored a torpedo hit on the battleship.
The RN Littorio was damaged on June 15, 1942 by American B-24 bombers; while returning to her base, she was hit by a torpedo launched by the Wellington. Repairs were completed by Aug. 27, 1942, but she was to take part in no further combat missions. From Dec. 1942 to June 1943, the RN Littorio was used to defect the cities of Taranto, La Spezia and Genoa from Allied air attacks.
On July 25, 1943, the RN Littorio was renamed the Italia. She was decommissioned on June 1, 1948, after a total of 46 missions, of which nine were combat missions.
This kit can be built as a full-hull or waterline model; includes 2 types of aircraft and photo-etched parts. Will be about 71.6cm long and 9.5cm wide when completed.
- [Mold Color]: Gray, black, red
- [Includes]: Photo-etched parts