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Piaggio P.108B „II. serie”


Special Hobby, 1/72 scale

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Catalogue Number: Kit No.72035 - Piaggio P.108B  „II. Serie”
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 85 medium grey injection moulded parts on four frames, 13 very
clear parts on one frame, 33 resin parts, decals for two aircraft plus 3.5 double-sided A4 pages with parts plan, history, build instructions and painting/decal diagrams.
Price: USD$51.46 from Squadron
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Good subject, cleanly moulded, nice resin bits and excellent decals
Disadvantages: A big model for anyone who is space challenged
Recommendation: Recommended to experienced modellers

Reviewed by Glen Porter

Special Hobby's 1/72 scale Piaggio P.108 II serie may be ordered online from Squadron.com




Special Hobby has released their 1/72 scale Piaggio P.108 II serie. Apart from the box and decals, this kit appears to be identical to the Flying Machines Piaggio P.108 I serie kit, reviewed elsewhere on HyperScale. The different variants are achieved by using optional parts (all supplied in both boxings). 


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Developed in the 1930s, the Piaggio P.108 was the only four-engined bomber used by the Italians during W.W.II. At about the size of a Lancaster or B17, it suffered badly in operations to the point where there weren’t many left by wars end. Even so, it had some very innovative features such as wing mounted gun turrets remotely aimed from the fuselage long before the B29.  

Now the kit. As is usual with MPM mouldings, the parts have a little bit of flash and require some clean-up and there may be some parts that don’t fit perfectly, so the watch-word is test fit everything before gluing. The resin on the other hand, is typical CMK, highly detailed and well moulded but again should be test fitted.



The clear parts include the early model bits for the Flying Machines kit, which are not needed here and will go in the spare parts box.

The decals only cater for two aircraft, one for a captured machine in US service and another in Italian "toned down" markings for night operations. The decals are printed by Aviprint, like other current Special Hobby markings, and look very good but the proof will be in the using. 



Even in 1/72 scale, this is going to be a big model so you had better be sure you have space for it!

If you think I’m impressed with this model, your right, I am. It would probably be more accurate to say I’m more impressed with MPM be cause they keep bringing out models that very few other companies would dare produce. 

Well-done Special Hobby.   

Recommended to experienced modellers

Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.

Review Text Copyright © 2004 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2004 by Brett Green
Page Created 09 December, 2004
Last updated 09 December, 2004

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