Fiat CR.42 Falco
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||Pavla kit no. 72049 Fiat CR.42 Falco
|Contents and Media:
||42 parts in short-run injection moulded
plastic; 23 resin parts; 2 vacformed canopies; markings for four aircraft;
16 pages of instructions
USD$22.96 from Squadron.com
||Long overdue and interesting
subject; any one of four versions may be built; excellent resin
castings; superb decals
||Short run plastic will need extra time for cleanup
Reviewed by Glen Porter
scale Fiat CR.42 Falco is available online from Squadron.com
The Fiat CR.42 Falco was reputed to be one of the
fastest biplane fighters ever built, hence its importance.
Unfortunately, it was designed and built after the
Spitfire and the Bf 109, so it was overshadowed by these and subsequent
monoplanes. The trouble was that the Italian Air Force (Regia
Aeronautica) placed greater emphasis on manoeuvrability and rate of
climb rather than firepower and protection. Italian pilots of the period
also preferred open cockpits.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the Falco was
that production continued until 1944!
There has never been a really good model of the Fiat
CR.42 in 1/72 scale. The best of them, Matchbox's offering, had some
noticeable shape problems and was lacking in detail.
Pavla's new 1/72 scale Pavla kit has finally hit the
The "short run" plastic sprue is better than many I have
seen, but the parts will still need some cleaning up before assembly.
The very nicely detailed CMK resin parts are superb and
the decals, printed by Etech, are presented to a very high standard.
As is common with Pavla kits, parts are supplied for
four alternate versions of the CR.42 - standard fighter, tropical
fighter, night fighter and fighter bomber.
I expect a few complications when assembling the "W"
shaped interplane struts and fitting the top wing, but this area needs
plenty of care on all biplane kits.
I do not know why it has taken so long to produce a
genuinely good CR.42 kit, but I would like to congratulate Pavla for
correcting this situation. Pavla's new 1/72 scale Fiat CR.42 Falco will
be especially welcomed by Regia Aeronautica modellers.
Squadron.com for the review
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Last updated 18 July, 2004
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