Piaggio P.108B „I. Serie”
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||Kit No. FM72001 - Piaggio P.108B
|Contents and Media:
||85 parts in grey plastic; 13 in
clear injection moulded plastic; 21 pale yellow resin parts; markings for
Euro € 50
from Misterkit website
||Large and impressive subject; crisply engraved panel
lines; excellent resin parts good level of detail overall; convincing
fabric texture on wings and control surfaces; good quality
plastic; thin and clear transparencies; includes optional nose for
P.108B serie II version; two sets of markings supplied.
||Limited run production means that
modelling skills are required; some raised ejector pins need to be
removed prior to construction; care essential for joining clear nose
Reviewed by Brett Green
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The Piaggio P.108B may not be well known, but it
was a fully operational aircraft in the Regia Aeronautica.
This four-engine bomber was a large and impressive
aircraft. It had a bigger wingspan, developed more power and carried a
greater internal bomb load than the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. The
P.108 was also heavily armed for an Italian bomber, with two 12.7mm
machine guns in remotely controlled turrets atop the outer engine
nacelles and another six in more conventional locations around the
The first Piaggio P.108s was introduced to the
Regia Aeronautica in late 1942. The type served in night raids over
Gibraltar, as a bomber on the North African front and in Russia, with
the final examples seeing out the last days of the war at Fliigno in
I confess that my bookshelves are not bulging with
references on the P.108B, but there is some information online (thanks
It is a long time between drinks for Flying
Their last - and indeed first - release more than
two years ago was a very nice
1/48 scale Reggiane Re 2005 Saggitario presented in plastic and
resin with a great Cartograf decal sheet. The Flying Machines brand is
part of Misterkit from Italy, with the styrene and resin being
manufactured in the Czech Republic.
This same formula has been applied to Flying
Machines' debut 1/72 scale release, the Piaggio P.108B „I. Serie”.
Flying Machines' 1/72 scale Piaggio P.108B „I.
Serie” comprises 85 parts in grey styrene; 13 in clear injection moulded
plastic; 21 pale yellow resin parts and markings for two aircraft.
The plastic parts are up to the current high
standard of Czech-sourced kits, with a satin texture, crisply recessed
panel lines and convincing fabric texture where appropriate on the wings
and control surfaces.
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Transparencies are also supplied as injection
moulded parts. They are very thin, clear and free of distortion with
well defined raised framing. The clear parts include an option for the
turretless nose as seen on the P.108B „II. Serie”, but the use of these
parts is not mentioned in the instructions. Below is an image of one
half of the „I. Serie” nose (left) and the „II. Serie” nose (right). Do
not be alarmed by the apparently rough finish on the „II. Serie” nose -
the sections that are to be painted are not polished to the same degree
as the windows themselves.
Resin is provided to detail the cockpit and wheel
wells. A resin tail wheel strut, propeller hubs and eight lovely
hedgehog exhausts are also supplied in this medium. My favourite resin
parts, though, are the seats. Armrests, cushions and harnesses are all
cast in place. They look quite comfortable, even in this small scale!
The kit exhibits some of the predictable hallmarks
of a limited run offering, including the absence of locating pins and
the presence of raised ejector pins on the inside surfaces of larger
parts. Neither of these issues will present a big problem, but the
modeller should take some extra time to remove the ejector pins prior to
assembly, and test fit prodigiously before committing parts to glue.
Clever kit engineering will assist with the
alignment of the long fuselage halves and a strong fit for the wings.
There are three bulkhead inside the fuselage, and the wings are
connected to a wide spar that feeds through both sides of the fuselage
The shape does generally conform to photos, and
many of the distinctive features including the scalloped cowl flaps, the
remote gun turrets and appropriate surface textures (metal and fabric)
are all appropriate and admirably done.
Markings for two aircraft are supplied - one in a
mottled finish over grey, and one in dark green over grey. The decals
are produced by Aviprint, and look thin, crisply printed, opaque and in
Flying Machines' 1/72 scale Piaggio P.108B „I.
Serie” is a well-detailed, well executed kit of an unusual and appealing
subject. Being a limited run offering, the usual cautions about
preparation and test fitting apply, but this model should be appropriate
for anyone who has built a few resin and short-run plastic kits.
The sheer size of this kit inevitably conjures the
hope of other large subjects in 1/72 scale. Might we see a new 1/72
scale Lancaster, Halifax, Whitley, Stirling, Marauder or similar coming
out of the Czech Republic in the forseeable future? This current
generation of high-quality, short-run manufacturers certainly have the
In the meantime we can revel in the joy of building
a very nice model of Italy's only four-engine bomber of WWII thanks to
Misterkit for the review
Flying Machines and
Misterkit kits and accessories are
available online from Misterkit's website.
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