Italian Navy to WW2

The Regia Marina in WW2. The Italian navy was formed of modern, powerfully armed and often very good looking ships. A serious rival to the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean in 1940 the Italians ships could be given little chance to show their potential, being defeated by pre-emptive strike and British code breakers.
The first of Italy's 15" gunned battleships, named after the Fascist symbol. She was re-named Italia when Italy surrendered to the Allies in 1943.
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A 1/1250 scale model of G. Miaglia in the 1930s by Navis Neptun 1520.
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Good looking model of the heavy cruiser that was a member of the Trento class but with enough alterations to almost appear a separate class. Armed with 8 x 8" main guns in four turrets, Bolzano was a powerful cruiser, serving many of the same missions as her sister ships. Hit three times by 6" rounds from the British cruiser HMS Neptune in the battle of Calabria, two deaths and minor damage below the waterline was sustained but quickly repaired. Another round hit "B" turret but the guns continued to fire undeterred while a third round struck the torpedo room, where the two fatalities took place. At the beginning of the battle of Spartivento, her Ro.43 flying boat was the first to spot the British fleet 20 miles off Algeria. On 25 August 1941, while returning from an abortive attempt to intercept minelayer HMS Manxman, used by the British on ressuply missions, Bolzano was damaged by a torpedo from the British submarine HMS Triumph near the Straits of Messina. With steering damaged, she was towed to Messina for repairs lasting three months, but hit again during an air raid.

In August 1942, when participation in the interception of the Pedestal convoy had been cancelled, she was again torpedoed while returning to base. Bolzano and the light cruiser Muzio Attendolo were both seriously damaged by torpedoes from the British submarine HMS Unbroken off the Aeolian Islands on 13 August. The damage required her magazines to be flooded and she was beached at the island of Panarea. After a month, she was salvaged and taken to Naples, then to La Spezia for repairs. At La Spezia in September the Italians surrendered and Bolzano was captured by the Germans but her damage made her unusable and subsequently she was sunk by human torpedoes in a combined Italian and British raid on 21 June 1944, being refloated and sold for scrap in 1947.

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Italy's first attempt at a heavy cruiser in the aftermath of the Washington Treaty was very fast but lightly armoured.
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Cadorna survived WW2 but her sistership, Armando Diaz was sunk by the submarine, HMS Upright in 1941.
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These 4 ships (Grecale, Libeccio, Maestrale & Scirocco) really were improved Freccias. Their service speed was increased by a couple of knots and they were more seaworthy. Only Grecale survived the war.

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These large destryers were built to counter the French Jaguar & Guepard classes. 12 were built in 1929 but only Nicoloso da Recco survived WW2.

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A 1/1250 scale second-hand model of the old armoured cruiser San Giorgio during WW2 when she was used as guard ship at Tobruk. This model is by Hai No.180 and is in reasonable condition but has two ship's boats missing from the aftermost position on both sides, see photograph.
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A 1/1200 scale second-hand waterline metal model of Duca D'Aosta in1941-43 camouflage pattern. The model has been finished on a casting made under licence in the United Kingdom by Clydeside of Superior Models of the sister-ship, Eugenio Da Savoia and is in very good condition, see photograph.
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A 1/1250 scale secondhand model of Bolzano an Italian heavy cruiser by Delphin D108. This model is in excellent condition in overall light grey, see photograph.
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A 1/1250 scale second-hand model of the Italian battleship Giulio Cesare after her 1937 refit made by Delphin D145. This model is in very good condition, see photograph.
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A 1/1250 scale second-hand metal model of Luigi Cadorna by Delphin No. D151. This model is in excellent original condition, see photograph.
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A 1/1250 scale second-hand waterline model of the Italian light cruiser Montecuccoliin camouflage as worn from 1941-43. This model is the only warship in the Mercury range of models which were cast in MAZAC after the method used by Triang Minic in the 1960s but the turrets are plastic mouldings. The model has been re-fitted and re-painted by a previous owner but is in very good condition, see photograph.
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A 1/1250 scale second-hand waterline model of Sergio Laghi, the only large Italian tanker to be completed in WW2. Requisitioned by the navy and armed, she was left unused in Venice until the end of the war. Post war, she served as a British tanker and later for AGIP until 1970.

This model was made by Rhenania Rhe71A. This model is in excellent original condition, see photograph
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A 1/1250 scale secondhand model of seaplane tender Giuseppe Miraglia by Star 88.

This model is in very good condition, see photograph.
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A 1/1250 scale second-hand model of the Luigi Cadorna an Italian light cruiser of 1033 by Star No.81A. This model is in excellent condition with re-painted decks and details and slight weathering, see photograph.
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