Fiat G.50 bis
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||72021 Fiat G.50 bis
|Contents and Media:
||70 parts in olive drab short run
injection molded plastic on two sprues, 11 parts in resin on two poring
blocks, 15 etched brass parts on one fret, decals for four marking
options and 5 A5 double sided sheets with a brief history, parts plan,
build diagrams and colour and marking art-work in colour.
USD$22.46 from Squadron.com
||Big improvement over previous G50
kits by AML, extra flaps provided if itís desired to drop then, extra
fuselage supplied so you can build standard G.50.
||Plenty of flash. Extra clean up
Reviewed by Glen Porter
1/72 scale Fiat G.50 bis
is available online from Squadron.com
This is the third 1/72 scale Fiat G.50 that AML have produced and each
has progressively been an improvement over the one before.
Most model companies will use moldings from earlier models on later
Marks even though this will mean some inaccuracies and copying faults
from the earlier model. Full marks to AML for recognizing earlier faults
and trying to fix them. Some parts that were done in resin are now done
in plastic and some parts that were done in etched brass are now done in
plastic or resin. On the previous models, the fuselage halves did not
match each other in section forward of the cockpit. Theyíve corrected
this by cutting this section out and replacing it with a top deck from
half way up the nose to aft of the spine hump. Many other areas have
also been improved in a similar fashion.
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to view larger images:
They have also added parts, which allow you to do
more with the kit. By adding extra flaps and ailerons the modeler can
drop the flaps and [or] deflect the ailerons. Four fuselage halves are
supplied, two are correct for the G50 bis and two for the standard G50.
Many parts on the earlier kits were unusable because they were so badly
molded. On this one, there is plenty of flash, but not so much that the
parts canít be cleaned up and used. Earlier G50 kits just had a cutout
for the wheel-well, which meant you could see up into the fuselage. On
this one a wheel-well is molded into the lower wing.
The two page colour and marking diagrams are a
gigantic improvement with computer generated colour were all colours are
called out and the position of all decals are clearly shown. Both sides
of each aircraft are shown as well as top and bottom so there is no
guessing about cammo schemes. The instructions, on the other hand, I
believe are not as good as earlier ones. Some parts are a bit vague and
no attempt is made to indicate which parts should and should not be used
on which mark.
The decals as usual are very good. It doesnít say
who they are made by but the register and colour density is as good as
any I have seen. Four marking options are offered, two Italian, one
German and one Croatian, with one Italian machine being a G.50 and the
other three G.50 bis models.
The canopies are, of course, vacuum formed but you
get two of them for us nungers who build with our feet.
If you think Iím impressed with this kit, youíre
probably right [or should that be rite, or wright, or write] never mind,
I am. Iíve always thought AML were not quite as good as short run
companies like Pavla but with this kit I think they have well and truly
caught up. Well done AML, keep up the good work. Well and truly
Squadron.com for this delightful review
Review and Images Copyright © 2004 by Glen Porter
Page Created 27 September, 2004
Last updated 28 September, 2004
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