Fiat CR.42 AS
Italeri, 1/48 scale
S u m m a r y
||Italeri No 2653 Fiat CR.42 AS Falco
|Contents and Media:
||68 light grey plastic parts on two sprues,
one clear plastic part, markings for four aircraft, instructions plus 48 page
bonus walkaround book.
around £14.46 (available online from Hannants)
and hobby retailers worldwide
||Well detailed engine; many optional parts including
two complete undercarriage versions; positive location for struts;
minimal rigging required; cowl flaps open; good selection of markings;
reference booklet included.
||Peculiar fabric detail on rear
by Brett Green
Italeri's 1/48 scale Fiat CR.42 AS will be available online from Squadron.com
Italeri's second release in their 1/48 scale Falco family is
the Fiat CR.42 AS.
This kit comprises 68 parts in light grey coloured plastic, and a
single part in clear for the windscreen.
Moulding quality is very good, and a high level of detail is evident,
especially in the engine which includes fine pushrods and delicately
detailed crank case. The engine cowl maye be cut open to display this
attractive powerplant. The cockpit will also form a good basis for
further detail. The general structures are there, but many modellers
will want to enhance the flat instrument panel and decal harness straps.
Options include bombs, different styles of spinner and spatless main
Kit engineering is quite straightforward. The wings
feature prominent holes for the struts, so locating and securing these
parts should not be a problem. First-time biplane modellers will also be
pleased to hear that rigging on the Fiat CR.42 was minimal.
Surface texture is a combination of recessed panel lines
and fabric detail on the rear fuselage, wings and control surfaces. The
fabric effect looks a little odd to me on the rear fuselage, but this
could fairly effectively be dealt with using Mr Surfacer (or even Liquid
Paper) to partially fill and level the shallow troughs. The raised
fabric effect on the wings could use a few swipes with a sanding stick
The windscreen is the sole clear part. This has a raised
gunsight lens moulded to the back of the part. This looks quite
Four colourful marking options are offered, one in
Dark Yellow with Green smoke rings, and three in overall Dark Green with
large brown spots. Decals are all in register and appear to be good
quality, with a "flat" appearance.
The kit includes a
48 page, A5 sized booklet with history, technical details,
original diagrams from Fiat's Spare Parts Catalogue and 20 pages of full
colour walkaround photos. Very nice indeed!
Italeri's 1/48 scale Fiat CR.42 AS is a well detailed
but relatively straightforward kit that will be a good candidate for a
modeller wanting to make a first attempt at a biplane.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2006 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 31 October, 2006
Last updated 21 February, 2007
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