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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A 1/1250 scale metal model of Attilio Regulo a small Italian light cruiser by Navis Neptun 1550.
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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 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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A 1/1250 scale second-hand model of the Italian light cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni made by Star no. 82A. This model is in very good condition in overall light grey, see photograph.
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A 1/1250 scale second-hand model of Roma in 1943 by Navis Neptun 1500.This model is in excellent original condition.

Roma was sunk by a glider bomb en-route to surrender in Malta.
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It was almost impossible to recognise the origin of this ship and her sister, Andrea Doria, following their reconstruction. Duilio was damaged at Taranto but repaired and served in the postwar Italian fleet.
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The model can also be taken to represent her sister, Giulio Cesare, which has never been modelled by Neptun.
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She was different from her sisters in that the bridge was linked to the forefunnel to provide accommodation for the admiral and his staff.
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Navis Neptun September 2015 release, quality 1/1250 die-cast metal model of an Italian Zara Class Heavy Cruiser,Gorizia from World War 2

Gorizia survived until she was taken over by the Germans after Italy left the war in 1943. In that year, her armour had the only opportunity to display its effectiveness, when the ship was hit by three bombs, launched by American bombers, but the main deck resisted them all and the ship continued to fire against the high-flying aircraft. Later she was able to reach La Spezia, but the damage to the mid-ship was heavy, with almost all the structures over the armor belt devastated and a 100 mm (3.9 in) turret thrown into the sea. Ironically, at beginning of 1941, a modest British attack, at night, over Naples hit sister ship Zara. There were only two 113 kg (250 lb) bombs, launched at low altitude, but they pierced the hull and almost sank the ship. Gorizia was sunk 26 June 1944 at her moorings in La Spezia, in yet another twist of fate by Italian manned torpedoes, after the Italians joined the Allies.
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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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Stranded in Tobruk, used as an AA battery until her loss!
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New for 2014! Another WW2 Italian Heavy cruiser joins the fleet.

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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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Although reported to be very fast on trials, she was unable to escape from HMAS Sydney and was finished off by a destroyer torpedo.

The sisterships, which can also be represented by this model, were: Alberico da Barbiano & Amberto di Giussano (both sunk together by British destroyers in 1941) and Giovani delle Bande Nere (sunk by HM submarine Urge, off Crete 1942).
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New for 2009! Built in Germany for the Russians as Murawjew Amerski, she was taken over in WW1 and served in in the war as SMS Pillau. The Italians were awarded the ship as reparations and she served as a cruiser until converted as a training ship before WW2.
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Attractive model of this small Italian cruser
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By 1938, the Italians finally had a good fleet Destroyer that was put into mass production. 12 were built in the first batch and seven in the second. Five survived WW2 and went to France (3) and USSR (2).
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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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Only two ships (Freccia & Saetta) had clipper bows, the other two members of this class (Dardo & Strale) had straight stems. The class as a whole were dissapointing because they could not maintain their trials speed, were poor sea boats and they spent WW2 as convoy escorts.

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The four ships in this class (Folgore, Baleno, Fulmine & Lampo) were improved Freccias but they were no better in reality. All four were sunk in surface actions with British ships but Lampo was salvaged and sunk again a year later in a bombing attack.

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A WW1 destroyer, re-classified as a torpedo boat in 1929 and re-armed as an escort vessel in 1942.
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A 1/1200 scale second-hand model of the Italian heavy cruiser Zara by Superior Models Inc. The model is neatly cast and finished in light grey with wood effect painted decks, see photograph.
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