Spanish Civil War &
Regia Aeronautica versions
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||4107 - Fiat CR.32 Spanish Civil War
4108 - Fiat CR.32 Regia Aeronautica
|Contents and Media:
33 parts in gray styrene, 22 parts in cream
colored resin, 12 pre-painted and 26 unpainted etched metal parts and 1
clear injection molded windshield. Instructions, decal sheet and
painting guide with markings for 5 aircraft.
(available online for USD$35.96 from Squadron)
Gorgeous resin details (especially the nose); high
quality plastic mouldings; attractive and copious decal options; 95% new tooling, painted etched metal.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Airframes' 1/48 scale Fiat CR.32 will be available online from Squadron
Classic Airframes continues to release new members of the CR.32
family with their Spanish Civil War and Regia Aeronautica versions.
Steven Eisenman reviewed the earlier
release, CR.32 Foreign Service, back in December 2005. These kits
are essentially the same except for decals and a few additional resin
parts for bombs and their mounts in the Regia Aeronatica kit.
To recap, though, it must be pointed out that these are very
different kits to the original Classic Airframes CR.32 kit from the
1990s. In fact, the three wing parts are the only pieces used from that
older kit. Even these are quite well done, with fabric detail and
recessed aileron hinge lines.
The new plastic parts are well up to the standard of current Classic
Airframes releases with authentic fabric texture on the fuselage and
crisp surface detail elsewhere. It is nice to see new and improved main
wheels with separate spats this time around too.
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Resin is always one of the strengths in Classic Airframes kits, and
this offering is no exception. In addition to a beautifully detailed
cockpit plus positionable horizontal control surfaces, we are presented
with a stunning solid nose section. The fine cooling fins are the most
impressive area of a most impressive chunk of resin.
The colour photo etched parts are also a welcome bonus here. Two
small frets contain harness, seat cushion, rudder and instrument panel
details. Just great!
As with all limited run kits, and especially biplanes, the Classic
Airframes Fiat CR.32 will need time spent on parts preparation and test
fitting prior to construction. The absence of locating pins will also
demand a bit of extra care in aligning the parts when committing to
Markings for kit no. 4107, Spanish Civil War, are as follows:
- X Gruppo Autonomo Caccia, 1938 - finished in segmented gree,
brown and sand over light blue grey
- 4a Stormo Caccia 1936-37 in overall Aluminium Dope
- XVI Gruppo 1938 in a typical Italian mottle of Olive Green, Red
Brown and Sand over Light Blue Grey, and
- Gruppo 2-G-3 in 1938, also finished in a mottle of Olive Green,
Red Brown and Sand over Light Blue Grey
An impressive seven different aircraft are covered in kit no 4108,
Regia Aeronautica . These comprise five in a four-colour mottle, one
segmented camouflage and one in overall Aluminium Dope.
It is nice to see some of Classic Airframes' "Classics" being not
only re-released, but also significantly brought up to today's demanding
standards. The Fiat CR.32 is certainly a worthy subject with its
typically Italian lines and terrific range of colours and markings in
domestic and export service.
Take your time, test fit, and you will have an attractive and
well-detailed biplane on your shelf.
Now, what else would it be nice to see renovated from Classic
Aiframes' impressive back catalogue?
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Review Text Copyright © 2006 by Brett Green
Images Copyright © 2006 by Steven Eisenman and Brett Green
Page Created 24 March, 2006
Last updated 24 March, 2006
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