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  1. I started this kit several years ago and unfortunately it found it's way to the shelf of doom. However, I dusted it of for just such a group build over on LSP as this is an aircraft far too nice looking to let sit half built...and it was an expensive model!! The kit has excellent detail straight out of the box, fit is ok, probably one of PCM's better, but it still requires a little elbow grease to get everything fitted nicely. The decal sheet is really nice, although I didn't use any of them, rather I used my compass cutter and some red stars from the spares box for the Syrian insignia. Overall I'm happy this is now done and sitting in the cabinet.
  2. 1/72 Sword Fiat G.55

    Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is Sword's new 1/72 Fiat G.55, a kit presented at ModelBrno Show in June. I bought two boxes (each box containing two model kits) plus an aftermarket bag, containing resin seat, air intake, wheels and a vacu canopy. There's seven rather colorful marking options included. The model fits reasonably, but has shallow and washed-out details and soft panel lines in some areas. I found the assembly of the multi-part landing gear most challenging. I found an original photograph of this machine in "Aviazione Nazionale Repubblicana Italian Air Forces 1943 - 1945" by Richard Caruana (Modelaid). It confirms the White fuselage band, but the nose is not visible. Therfore, I went with Sword's instructions and painted the cowl yellow, and the spinner black & white. Main colors are RLM74/75/76 from Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics range. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thanks for your interest! Best wishes from Vienna Roman
  3. After a long battle Fiat is finished. Markings are my own work + old masks and decals from other models. Work in progress topic: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=69719&hl= My Spanish collection - Cricket, Rata and Stuka. All beautiful in their own way :
  4. Finished this 1/72 Airfix Fiat G.50 today. Not sure what year my kit was from, I used a red stripe header bag release. It's entirely box stock with the exception of rescribing entirely with recessed panel lines and utilizing Sky Models aftermarket decals. I used a combination of Life Color, Italeri and Tamiya acrylics for paint. Also an artists oil panel line wash. It's a simple kit that was pretty cleanly molded and didn't require a great deal of fettling or filler to get ready for paint. Can't speak to accuracy, but I think it looks the part pretty well.
  5. Fiat G.91 ejection seat

    I just got the urge to start on my Italeri 1/48 Fiat G.91 R1/3/4 "Gina" Kit 2645, and was wondering which aftermarket MB Mk.4 ejection seat would be correct for it. There are a number of different "variants" of the seat listed on Hannants, but none state that they are for the "Gina" I am thinking about doing the Portuguese R-4 variant, if that makes a difference in seat types. I was thinking about a cockpit set, but the Neomega and Small World Accessories cockpit seta are designed for the Heller & Ocidental Réplicas kits.. Larry
  6. Fiat CR.42 Falco. One of only four survivors Regia Aeronautica aircraft MM5701 is on display at the RAF Museum in Hendon, pics mine. This aircraft was captured on 11 November 1940 when it suffered an overheated engine and was forced to land on the beach at Orfordness, Suffolk. During the summer of 1941, it was flown by the Air Fighting Development Unit in mock combat. At the end of 1943 all testing was complete and the aircraft was marked for preservation.
  7. North American/Fiat QF-91C In 1961 the US DoD authorised the loan of two Luftwaffe Fiat G.91s for trials by the US Army. These were flown alongside Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawks and a Northrop N-156 (F-5 prototype). One was an Italian built G.91R-1, c/n 0052 that served with the Luftwaffe (BD+102) whilst the other was a German built G.91R-3 (c/n 0065) Luftwaffe EC+105. Although all three types were highly regarded none were deemed suitable for the role of Close Air Support or Forward Air Controller. Rumours abound that this decision was based on political grounds as the US Army could not be seen to fly foreign, (G91), Navy (A4D) or High performance USAF types (F-5) .... In 1965, however, with the US deeply embroiled in the Vietnam war the lack of a dedicated CAS aircraft to replace the venerable A-1 became far too visible. With the USAF reluctant to give up it's F-100s, even though they themselves needed replacement, the US Army dusted off it's reports and looked again at the G91, albeit now in the new Y variant, much favoured with it's twin engines and greater performance. New trials once again proved the validity of the dedign and with minor changes the type was authorised for production under license by North American Aviation. By 1970 the type had virtually replaced to A-1 and had also been adopted by the Airforce as a F-100 replacement. It went on to have an excellent service record both in combat and peacetime up until it's withdrawal in the late 1980s. It was not the end though and many airframes had a 2nd life awaiting for them. Post Vietnam cutbacks meant the conversion of F-102,106 and F-4s to the unmanned drone role was under threat. North American jumped in and utilised the experience acquired from the successful QF-86 and QF-100 programs to offer a lower cost solution. Slowly the ranks of F-91Cs sunning in the desert shrank as the majority of airframe not allocated to museums or the spares pile, were returned to flying condition with the ubiquitous bright red markings associated with their new lease of life. Some were mostly grey, others mostly green, a few had 2 or 3 colour camouflage, and a rare couple had special schemes. One thing was agreed upon by all - even the anonymous birds looked spectacular in their new feathers.
  8. Magister + Gina = ?

    I have a Heller Magister taking up shelf space, however I have a big reluctance to build it OOB because it's hardly inspirational as such... Option 1: Patrouille De France 1978, could there be a more colourful scheme? Or a more common combination...(tied perhaps with a Red Arrow Hawk) Option 2: All silver West Germany WS50 19966. Could this be the most boring Heller scheme? So without buying an AM decal sheet what could I come up with? 1. Put it back on the shelf 2. Build but don't paint/decal 3. Spend more money on decals, and blowing apart the idea of cheap + cheerful. 4. Wiff... Which do you think won? ********** Edit: Just found an old Matchbox G91Y in deep storage so now I have to wonder what a mix-n-match would result in...
  9. The Corpo Aereo Italiano - the Regia Aeronautica's expeditionary force sent to assist the German Luftwaffe in bringing Great Britain to terms - probably owed its origins to two factors, the first being RAF air raids on Italian cities in June and September 1940 which stung Mussolini's sensitive pride and the second being the potential for Italy to make gains in the Mediterranean and North Africa at the expense of the British Empire once Britain had been forced to a negotiated surrender. Sadly for Mussolini and fortunately for the British, it didn't quite pan out that way. The CAI was beset with problems from the outset which limited its impact on the battle and resulted in it losing a number of aircraft and crews to accidents as well as to enemy action. Not least of its difficulties was that the aircraft and equipment provided was not up to the standard of that of the Luftwaffe and the RAF; also in terms of tactics and combat training the CAI pilots were 'newbies' entering a game being played between two opponents who had several months of combat experience. Despite this the Italian pilots and crews put in a creditable effort, fighting bravely and attempting to carry out their objectives, but ultimately they achieved little and were withdrawn to Italy starting in December 1940. The Fiat CR.42 equipped the 83., 85. and 95. Squadriglia of the 18. Gruppo Caccia (Fighter Group) commanded by Maggiore Feruccio Vosilla and based at Ursel in Belgium. This is the kit I will be building: It's the Italeri kit dating back to 2006, this edition includes a well-illustrated reference booklet: ... with lots of colour pictures of the CR.42 built by Fiat in 2005 and now on display in a museum near Rome: It should be a useful reference. The sprue shot: It looks a nicely designed and moulded model. I'll be using this in addition - the instrument panels and the seatbelts at least: For additional reference I have this: ... and the aircraft I intend to represent is the second one down in the profile from this book: ...because I like the yellow band around the cockpit basically - my understanding is that the CAI Fiats were in fact painted in the more usual three-tone upper camouflage with aluminium-painted undersides so I will be painting mine thusly rather than the yellow-green scheme shown here. Fortunately for me, that is one of the options provided in the DP Casper 'Forgotten Battles' transfer set 'Operation Cinzano': Finally, these are some of the colours I will be using - these are from the new Colourcoats range for the Regia Aeronautica and chosen as advised by the Stormo! Colour Guides here: They are (top row): Giallo Mimetico 1, Giallo Mimetico 4 (I'll be mixing a little of the second into the first, as it looks a little pale to me) and Verde Mimetico 3 (bottom row) Grigio Mimetico, Grigio Azzuro Scuro (I think the former for the interior colour but possibly the latter, more research required...) and finally Marron Mimetico 2. For the Alluminio underside I will use Alclad Semi-Matt Aluminium. Right, I think that's everything covered, well done if you managed to stick with me through that lot Cheers, Stew
  10. Italian Kits Wings ( http://www.italiankits.it/itkitswings72.html) is to release 1/72nd Fiat CR.42B two-seats Falco (post-WW.II) resin conversion set for the Italeri kit - ref.IKW7218 Source: http://www.master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=88535 V.P.
  11. Italian Kits Wings has just released a 1/72nd Fiat G59 1B/2B conversion kit for Special Hobby G55B - ref.IKW7217 Source: http://www.italiankits.it/itkitswings72.html V.P.
  12. It was already evoked in another (Blenheim) topic but I open a dedicated one. Hannants has just reissued the Classic Airframe CR.42 1/48th kit - ref. CF4157 Source: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/CF4157 Box art V.P.
  13. Italian Kits newest 1/72nd resin conversion kit is a two seat Fiat G.59-4B for Flying Machines and Special Hobby Fiat G55 kits - ref.IKW7215. Source: http://www.italiankits.it/itkitswings72.html V.P.
  14. AZ Model is to release a 1/72 Fiat CR.32 kit - ref.? Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234931186-azmodellegatoadmiral-wwii-aircraft-comments-questions-and-wishes/?p=1861759 V.P.
  15. Hello I did start doing my SM.79 but that's a dead project at the moment, because I'm waiting until I get my new airbrush (and then I'm practicing on a Blenheim). So anyway, got myself a MC.200 at my LMS for aroud £5. I tried to use my cheap airbrush to spray the base coat, which then broke. So I used the Humbrol one instead as that was £10. It was alright, but a bit hit or miss. .I think it's turned out alright so far, just got to add decals and then it'll be done. It's taken about 5 hours so far (plus a lot of airbrush faffing). It was my first aircraft done with acrylics (and first making a mask for a canopy...it wasnt entirely successful), and really my first complete model of about 4 years! Anyway, pictures! Assembled, canopy with my first 'masking' job. The underside sprayed, just as my airbrush and comp died! Now fully painted, and I'm pretty happy with it. Added some thread, needs tiring a bit...bit, and it looks better in person haha. Overall I'm pretty happy with how it's turned out so far, my first model in a long long time.
  16. A little background: The Gran Chaco War (or sometimes just "Chaco War") was a war fought between Bolivia and Paraguay over a region of scrubland, swamp, and semi-desert called the Gran Chaco. The land was of little use or interest until oil was discovered near it, in the foothills of the Andes. This led Bolivia to believe that oil was also in the Gran Chaco and they asserted their claim to this land, which had belonged to the department of Bolivia when most of South America was owned by Spain. The region had, however, long been inhabited and used by the Paraguayans, who had de facto, if not actual de jure control of the land. To make a long story short, the Paraguayans had better leaders, and were used to the hot climate and landscape of the Gran Chaco, and they won a decisive victory over the superior in numbers Bolivians. In a treaty signed in 1938 (fighting had ceased in 1935), most of the Gran Chaco was legally assigned to Paraguay. So much for my history lesson; now onto my little kit. This kit is the old Aeroclub kit which represents a Fiat Cr.20, of which Paraguay obtained a few (five, I believe) in the 1930's from the Italians, who also provided other aircraft and military assistance at this time. The kit itself is moulded in Aeroclub's typical brownish plastic, with a considerable amount of white metal parts. Best of all, this kit actually has the Paraguayan decals and they look quite usable (we shall see!). The white metal parts need some cleaning up, but I've already cleaned up the plastic parts. Below are some photographs: Enjoy the build (I hope I do!). Best Regards, Jason
  17. New SEM Model (http://www.semmodel.altervista.org/) resin kit will be a 1/72nd Fiat CANSA F.C.12 - ref.72005 Fiat CANSA F.C.12 Wikipédia: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_CANSA_F.C.12 Source: http://www.semmodel.altervista.org/novita.html V.P.
  18. Hi all, I dont generally do cars but love these little Fiats so made an exception for this one. The kit is pretty basic but goes together well, i've not done anything flash with it, just given it a coat of vintage style blue grey and stuck it together!! Need to get a the new style Tamiya 500 now so I can replicate the Mrs's car in 1/24th!! cheers Simon
  19. Fiat CR-42 Italeri 1/72

    I'm in, I needed a KUTA to enter the KUTA group build! Here's an Italeri Fiat CR-42 I started last year and had to put away when I moved and haven't taken it out since. I've completed the office, which I tarted up with the Eduard PE set and I'm about ready to zip it up. I have a ton of schemes to choose from as I have the Sky Decals set and Third Group Decals set for this. I'm definitely going Italian and splotchy! More photos and progress in a bit. Cheers Segan
  20. Today, I quoted the following messages in the AvantGarde Model Kits facebook page in the last topic about the Fouga Magister. Source: https://www.facebook.com/AMKHOBBY Conclusion: AMK has a - most probably 1/48th - Fiat G-91T project in progress. And as I can't imagine AMK only producing the two seats version from the Gina... Long life to this project. V.P.
  21. Finnish Wartime Photograph Archive

    Hi All, David Aiken posted a link on the Hyperscale Plane Talking Forum about the Finnish Wartime Photograph Archive it is well worth visiting, the images further below are some of what I found following ten minutes of putting in search terms on their website. Please note however that you need to use Finnish terms since English will not work although manufacturers names like Brewster, Fiat, Fokker Focke, Gloster and Morane for example bring up some results while Hawker does not. It is also worth noting that these images at least the ones I have seen are around 4900 pixels across one side are also watermarked and are only 8 bit sRGB jpg files. If you are after better quality files lest watermarks contact details are provided for the archive. To start people off I suggest the following search terms will bring up some worthwhile results; Suulajärvi, tyyppisiä, hävittäjiä, Suomalainen, syöksypommittajia & Lentolaivueen amongst others. The following images are all worthy of a seperate discussion in their own right however to help get them out here quickly I have posted them without any explanatory captioning so please enjoy as have I. All images SA-kuva. Cheers, Daniel. More images to follow.....
  22. 508CM "Coloniale" 1:35 Italeri The Autovettura FIAT 508 was a small, robust go anywhere vehicle produced by FIAT and mass produced to over 100,000 in various guises in a number of countries before WWII. The CM was a militarised edition that had increased ground clearance, different gear ratios, and a toughened military spec body. It was designed for use in the colonies, a number of which were desert environments, with rough terrain, which the CM could cover better than a stock vehicle. Putting out a mearge 38bhp from its FIAT 108C engine, which displaced 1,100cc, and drove two wheels via four forward gears, it had good reliability and was typically used as transport by officers and other HQ types. The Kit At only 3.35m long and 1.37m wide, the CM is not a large model, and comes in a small figure style end-opening box with two sprues of grey styrene, a small pre-cut sheet of clear acetate and a decal sheet. The instruction booklet is equally diminutive at around A5 size, but has a greyscale CGI style to the 14 assembly steps, which makes it easy to see the shape and location of parts. A full chassis and engine are included, with the exhaust pipe/muffler having a slide-moulded hollow exhaust, which is nice to see. The front wheels have suspension arms that affix to the chassis, and the radiator sits at the front behind the grille. The rear axle has leaf-suspension springs and a driveshaft runs from the engine to them to provide them with power. The wheels are in two halves, and have good tread detail moulded in, and with careful gluing of the axle to the internal cap, they could conceivably be left to rotate, although how appealing that would be to an adult modeller is moot. The body fits over the chassis, and incorporates the wheel arches and a hole for the engine, and the interior has a quilted pattern moulded into the majority of it. The two front and back seats are moulded as pairs, and attach directly to the body floor, with gear stick and handbrake attaching to the transmission tunnel that runs down the middle of the floor. The driver's instrument panel fits into a separate front part that has the windscreen and engine firewall included, inside which the foot pedals and steering wheel fit. The clear parts in this kit are all acetate sheet, and when the retaining sticky backing paper is removed, the parts simply lift away from the sheet with no attachment points. This is preferable to clear styrene parts on a vehicle with flat glazing, as the acetate is easy to handle, and much closer to scale thickness, having no propensity to distort like clear styrene can during cooling. The sides of the vehicle are fitted along with the instrument panel assembly, and here some nice detail on the inside (glove pockets for the rear passengers) has resulted in some small sink marks that will need making good. This is made a little more difficult by the fact that the area affected is surrounded by a raised framework, so care and some small sanding tools will be needed to do the job well. After joining the chassis to the body assembly, the boot/trunk is added, and a spare wheel is dropped onto the axle sticking from the boot lid. The front doors can be posed open or closed, as can at least one of the engine cowling sides. The engine cowling parts are quite rough on the inside however, so a little work will be needed if you're expecting people to look inside. The front grille is a single part, and has nicely moulded detail on the outside, but the individual slats don't go all the way through, so some darkening washes in this department will give that impression. A set of securing buckles are added to the lower side of the engine opening to add a little more realism, and a set of small running board/steps are attached to the sills, with a pair of small stowage boxes sit behind the front wheel arches, positioned directly over a set of rather thick looking mud flaps. On top of the arches the running lights are supplied, with alternate black-out covers and tiny lozenge shaped pieces of acetate sheet to place behind the slots to depict the lens, which is quite thoughtful for such a tiny detail. More acetate is used on the semi-rigid side windows, all of which are pre-cut for a good fit. The main fabric roof has a rather interesting fabric texture moulded into it, which may or may not be overscale after primer, paint & varnishing. If it looks too much to you, it will probably rub down between coats of primer to reduce its prominence. The rear of the hood has a small lozenge shaped acetate window added, and signifies the end of the build. It's probably best to leave off the width indicators until the main painting is complete, and I would also consider leaving the acetate windows off too, securing them later with some GS-Hypo Cement, which will secure the parts well, with no effect on paint or plastic. Markings The 508CM was widely used, and seems to have been camouflaged quite differently at times, perhaps at the whim of its user, or at unit level. One of four vehicles can be modelled from the box, as follows: 132nd Armoured Division "Ariete" North African Campaign 1942 - all over sand with an olive drab hood (soft top). Rams head markings on the front doors. Regio Esercito Balkans 1943 - Medium Green with Dark Green splodges and olive drab hood. Luftwaffe Provence, France 1944 - Dunkelgelb with Olivegrun crazy-paving pattern and olive drab hood. Organization Todt Northern Italy, 1944 - Dunkelgelb splodges over Olivgrun, and grass pattern overpainted on the Dunkegelb patches. The Dunkelgelb patches also extend to the hood. Instrument panel decals are supplied on the small sheet, as well as the ram's head motif and number plates. The vehicle's data plate is also supplied, although it is only used on the Luftwaffe machine. Decals are printed by Zanchetti Buccinasco in Italy, and are in good register, having a slightly matt carrier film. Conclusion A neat little vehicle that was used as a Staff Car by not only the Italians, but the Germans also. It will look great in a diorama situation, or just parked next to an Italian (or German) tank in your cabinet. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Also seen in the Nürnberg Toy Fair 2013 photo reports, at the Special Hobby stand there was what looks like a 1/32nd Fiat G-50 Freccia ("Arrow") prototype. Sources: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2013/Bilder_VH/Nuernberg2013_VH_1.htm http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2013/Bilder_JLF/Nuernberg2013_JLF_1.htm More pics: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2013/Bilder_JLF/Nuernberg2013_JLF_037.htm http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2013/Bilder_JLF/Nuernberg2013_JLF_038.htm http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2013/Bilder_JLF/Nuernberg2013_JLF_039.htm http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2013/Bilder_JLF/Nuernberg2013_JLF_040.htm Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234935180-sh32056-fiat-g50bis-in-132-scale/ V.P.
  24. Fiat G.91R Gina 1.72 Meng Models

    Fiat G.91 Gina Meng - 1/72 In 1953 NATO issued a specification for a new lightweight tactical support aircraft. This competition was designed to produce an aircraft that was light, small, and expendable (great term!). It was to be equipped with basic avionics and weapons systems. The thinking at the time was that there was a threat to large airbases from Nuclear weapons, and that many more cheaper aircraft could be easily dispersed without a large support back up. NATO countries were also looking to counter the trend for larger and more expensive aircraft. The technical requirements for the new aircraft were; - 3610 foot Take off distance to clear a 49ft obstacle. - Short and rough field operations including grass and highways. - Max speed of 0.95 Mach. - Max range of 170 miles with 10mins over target. - Armour protection for the pilot and fuel tanks. - 4 x 12.7mm machine guns, or 2 x 20mm/30mm cannons. - A max 4850lb empty weight, and 10360lb max weight. Designs were submitted from 8 projects. These were whittled down to Breguet 1001 Taon, Fiat G.91 & Dassault Mystere XXVI (later to become the Etendard IV). The G.91 first flew in 1956. Trails took place in France in 1957, with the Fiat aircraft being declared the winner in 1958. Things did not go initially well for the G.91 as the prototype was destroyed in vibration testing. This resulted in a re-design comprising a larger tail, higher canopy and a ventral fin. Originally using finance from the US; France, Italy, Germany & Turkey were to get 50 aircraft each. However given how these things usually go things did not go to plan. Following the loss of the prototype the French decided to pursue the Etendard. The Italians pre-ordered the G.91 even before the results of the competition were known, and the British simply ignored the whole thing as they were developing the Hunter! In the end 174 aircraft ended up being built in Italy (including 50 aircraft ordered by Greece & Turkey, then cancelled), and 294 were built in Germany. The German aircraft we built by a consortium comprising Messerschmitt, Heinkel & Dornier called Flugzeug-Union Sud. These aircraft would be the first combat aircraft produced in Germany since the end of WWII. The type was also evaluated by Austria, Norway, Switzerland and even the US Army. In the end none of these were successful. In all nine versions of the G.91 were built; 1. G91R/1 - Basic Italian Version 2. G91R/1A - Modified R1 with improved navigation equipment. 3. G91R.1B - Modified R/1A with improved armament. 4. G91R/3 - Basic German Version. 5. G91R/4 - German version with 4 x 20mm cannon (Cancelled Greek/Turkish aircraft) 6. G91T/1 - Italian two seat Trainer 7. G91T/3 - German two seat trainer. 8. G91Y - Twin engine Italian aircraft. 9. G91 PAN - Special Italian version for their Aerobatic team. Armament & Cameras removed. In the end the G91 served with the Italian, German & Portuguese Air Forces. In Italian service it is no doubt most remembered for its service with the national Aerobatic Team flying all over the world. As well as the PAN version they used the more conventional aircraft as attrition replacements. The G91 was phased out of Italian service by 1995 being replaced by the MB-339. In German service the G91 was not particularly liked, and plans to equip more of the Air Force with G91's were scrapped. The Germans were disappointed with aircraft's performance. It is said some machines had pig emblems on them as comments on its performance! The Germans also had the problem that the Greek & Turkish machines they had acquired differed from their own 91's and this created maintenance problems. The Germans retired the G91 in the early 1980's to be replaced by the more capable Dornier Built Alpha Jet. The Germans solved their problem of the different G91's they had, by selling these aircraft to the Portuguese Air Force. The Portuguese were then the only country to use the G91 in anger as they were at the time fighting in Guinea and later in Mozambique and Angola. Portugal again purchased more G91’s from Germany as they were withdrawn from Luftwaffe service. Portugal finally retired its G91’s in 1993. The Kit Well again Meng have surprised us with a kit no one suspected they would make. This is a welcome addition as the only other G91 kits are now getting long in the tooth. The first thing you notice is how small the airframe is on the G.91, its shorter and a much lesser wingspan than one of the F-86's on my bench at the moment. The kit comes on one large sprue with the majority of the main parts. With three smaller sprue's and the clear sprue. The large sprue contains most of the parts. The fuselage is the traditional left/right split with large inserts either side of the cockpit for the two different version. The cockpit contains good basic detail for this scale, and the same can be said for the wheel wells. The ejection seat provided is a very basic affair, for a new kit I would really have expected better. In addition to the basic detail there is an ejection pin mark right in the middle of the seat which will be difficult to remove. Overall the parts seem to be very well moulded. Panel lines are fine recessed ones, in some cases a little to fine for my eyes and I fear they will dissuader under paint. A second bag contains the wing pylons/fences. The wing fences are admirably thin and will need careful removal from the sprues. A third bag contains the under wing attire. Two sprues are included which feature the under-wing smoke pods (For the Frecce version), two MK 64 bombs, two drop tanks, two LAU-51 rocket launchers, two LAU-32 rocket launchers, and two LAU-3 rocket launchers. For some reason the main wheels are also on these sprues (probably because there are 2?) Clear Parts. The clear sprue comes in its own bag which is good. Parts are the front and main canopies with a small gunsight glass. The parts look thin and clear to my eyes. Care will be needed removing them from the sprue. Decals Meng have provided us with 3 decal options. 1. G.91R/1S - Frecce Tricolori, Italian Air Force Aerobatic Display Team. Colour call outs here are given in FS numbers but Frecce Blue is not an FS colour. Also I would use standard red for the undersides as I am not sure of "Super Italian Red" 2. G.91R/3 - Luftwaffe LeKG 41, coded 31+43, this is a nice example with a shark mouth on the intake. Again colour call outs here are suspect. Generic Dark Green and Dark Sea Green? Are mentioned. This would be Dark Sea Grey, however the German Aircraft would be in appropriate RAL colours I should think. 3. G.91R/1 US Army Evaluation Aircraft 1961. As this aircraft was supplied from Luftwaffe stocks, again it would be painted in RAL colours. The decals have minimal carrier film, all appear in register and the colours look good. The decals say printed in China, I am not sure if Meng do this in house or not, and have no experience of their decals. It is worth pointing out that the instructions carry full colour diagrams for all schemes for painting & decal placement. In fact the instructions are very well printed and easy to understand. Extra As an extra in this boxing Meng have included a full size replica Frecce Tricolori Flight Suit patch. This is not in cloth but some type of rubber/vinyl material, backed with Velcro so it could be worn on an appropriate flight suit or jacket. Another alternative would be to display it on a base with the finished model. Conclusion This is a welcome kit from Meng as there is no really good kit of this aircraft out there. Choice of decals is good with 3 options. For those wanting a Portuguese aircraft alternative decals are available. Although I cant help thinking an choice of an in service Portuguese aircraft on the decal sheet would have been better than a one off evaluation aircraft? Overall a nice kit and well worth it. Review sample courtesy of
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