Aermacchi C.200 I. serie
Special Hobby, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Special Hobby kit no.
SH72081 Aermacchi C.200 1. serie
beautifully moulded light grey plastic parts on two sprues,
33 equally beautifully moulded bone coloured resin parts, 2
vac-formed canopies [one spare], decals for three aircraft
and the usual 4 double sided A5 pages with history, parts
plan, build instructions and colour and markings diagrams.
USD$21.46 from Squadron.com
||Long awaited subject,
well detailed and beautifully done; great use of multi-media
||No sidewall detail in
- just recommending it would be an understatement.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
Hobby's 1/72 scale Macchi C.200 I serie is available online from
How long have we waited for this subject to come along in kit form?
Revell did one years ago and it was quite
accurate and reasonably detailed but it was significantly under-sized.
Even so, it was all we had, so we made do with it.
Given the size problem with the old Revell
kit, the first thing I did on receiving Special Hobby's brand new
Aermacchi C.200 I. serie kit was to compare it to 1/72 scale plans in
Aviolibri special No 5. Guess what? It was spot on (ie completely
accurate - Australian translation. ed). Of course I canít vouch for
the accuracy of the plans but itís definitely bigger than the old Revell
kit and matched the shape almost perfectly.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
With the nicely detailed plastic that weíve
come to expect from Special Hobby [MPM] of late, thereís a heap of
attractive resin as well. A beautiful one-piece cowling, engine with
fourteen  separate cylinders [gulp], resin interior and numerous
other details and - wait for it - no photo-etched parts! Hang on, time
for a green one. Ah thatís better.
The canopy is presented in vacform. A spare
is also supplied in case of a slip of the hobby knife. The vacform parts
are very clear with crisply raised frame detail.
The decals, by Aviaprint, are again, as we
have come to expect from S.H., of very high quality and cover three
aircraft, all in the early war 3-colour scheme. Some of the build
diagrams are a bit vague but this may become clearer during the build
My only real criticism of this kit is the
lack of detail in the cockpit sidewalls, however this may be hidden once
the model is built and we have to give the scratch builders some thing
to do so again this is only ďnit pickingĒ.
To summarize, I have to say, along with
AMLís Fiat G.50, this will keep Italian aircraft modellers happy for
quite some time and also those of us who think the C 200 should be part
of any good model collection.
Once again, Special Hobby has come to our
Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.
Review Text Copyright © 2004 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2004 by Brett Green
Page Created 22 December, 2004
Last updated 27 December, 2004
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