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Fiat CR.42 Falco

 

Pavla 1/72

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Catalogue Number: Pavla kit no. 72049 Fiat CR.42 Falco
Scale: 1/72
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
Price: USD$22.96  from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Long overdue and interesting subject; any one of four versions may be built; excellent resin castings; superb decals
Disadvantages: Short run plastic will need extra time for cleanup
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Glen Porter


 Pavla's 1/72 scale Fiat CR.42 Falco is available online from Squadron.com

 

Background

 

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!

 

 

FirstLook

 

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 mark.

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.

Highly Recommended


Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.


Review and Images Copyright 2004 by Glen Porter
Page Created 19 July, 2004
Last updated 18 July, 2004

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