Italeri, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
|Italeri No 1261 SM.79 Series I
|Contents and Media:
|97 light grey plastic parts on two
sprues, 14 very clear plastic parts on one sprue, decals for 4 aircraft
plus a 10 page fold-out A4 sized instruction sheet with history, parts
plan, 10 build drawings and 2 pages of paint/decal diagrams.
(available online from Hannants)
|A modification of the new tooled SM.
79 Torpedo Bomber, very detailed interior, wheel wells, etc, engraved
panel detail and excellent decals.
|Decals are a bit confusing.
by Glen Porter
Italeri's 1/72 scale S.79 Serie I will be available online from Squadron.com
The tri-motor SM.79 was developed as a fast postal aircraft in the
mid-30s, later turned into a bomber and during WWII extensively and
successfully used as a Torpedo bomber.
Italeri has already released the Torpedo
carrying Series III SM.79. The initial release was a newly tooled
model with excellent interior detail through out and engraved panel
lines. This kit is a modification of that mould to bring you a Series I
Bomber. Most of the parts are the same with only a few areas changed.
The main fuselage sprue has the torpedo and its equipment removed and
the open dorsal gun position is closed giving the classic humped back
look. There's no change to the wing sprue and there are a few extra
parts on the clear sprue.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
The decals are beautifully printed by Zanchetti
Buccinasco. As usual from them they are a little on the matt side.
There are four decal options, two from the Spanish Civil
War with appropriate markings and camouflage and two from Italy, one in
1937 and 1941. There are a couple of oddities among the decals that I
haven't been able to figure out. Six small multi-coloured Alfa Romeo
badges marked as number 3, I can't find in the instructions. Similarly,
there are six white lines about a centimetre long, number 13, that I
cant find and they tell you to place number 2, three yellow lines around
the engine cowlings just behind the Copper/bronze oil coolers which in
the art-work are silver.
The above decal faults notwithstanding, this is an excellent kit of a
very important aircraft with incredibly good detail.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2006 by Glen Porter
This Page Created on 20 April, 2006
Last updated 15 May, 2006
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