Phil has been busy lately, coming up with all sorts of new models for the Small Scale Scenery range. Today we have two magnificent examples from the city of Taranto in Italy.

The first of these if the imposing Palazzo del Governo, a 52m-high imposing government building on the Taranto sea front. It was inaugurated by Mussolini in 1934 and is still used by the provincial government. It looks striking, being built of a mix of buff stone and pinkish brick.

A couple of hundred metres away over the Ponte Girovele is the Castel San Angelo. Also known as the Castello Aragonese, it dates from the C.15th and was built on the foundations of previous fortifications. Parts of the Castel have been demolished over the years to allow for the building of the bridge and widening of the canal – our model shows the structure as it is now.

Both structures would doubtless have been used as navigation markers by Fleet Air Arm pilots during the Battle of Taranto in 1940.

SSS-8168 – Castello de Aragonese – £8.00
SSS-8169 – Palazzo del Governo – £9.00