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I.M.A.M. Ro.44


Octopus (Pavla)

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: 72054 -  IMAM Ro.44
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 54 short run, light grey injection moulded plastic parts on two sprues, 27 highly detailed resin parts, 1 vacuum formed clear part containing two windscreens, decals for three aircraft and a 12 page booklet containing history, parts plan, build instructions and colour /decal diagrams.
Price: USD$29.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: A rare and interesting subject, very detailed throughout, beaching trolley supplied; excellent decals
Disadvantages: Short-run plastic means more cleaning up of parts and time required for alignment
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by
Glen Porter

Octopus/Pavla's Ro.44 is available online from Squadron.com



Here is another Italian aircraft that I had not heard of before.

Developed originally in 1936 from the Ro.37 land-based biplane, through the Ro.43 two-seat [biposto] reconnaissance floatplane, the Ro.44 was meant to be a floatplane fighter. Although totally obsolete, the Italian Regia Marina ordered 35 and these were used to provide fighter cover for the entire Italian Navy.

Octopus has released a 1/72 scale kit of the interesting IMAM Ro.44.

Unlike most other biplanes, both wings on this model attach to the fuselage. If you were to affix the lower wing and allow it to set, you could then attach the upper and while the glue was still soft, place the interplane struts in-between and then get everything aligned. It would certainly be a change from the usual problems associated with biplane upper wings.

Another advantage of this kit is that they a neat little 12 part beaching trolley is supplied, complete with itís own build instructions and painting guide. You wonít be able to see much of the interior so the level of detail is quite adequate, only needing seat belts. With the resin engine, a similar situation exists.


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Mounting the main float on the other hand, could be a challenge. There are four large struts, which will have to be glued to either the float or the fuselage and kept at the right angle to match up with the mounts at the other end.

The only other issue that I can raise with this kit is the lack of any kind of rigging diagram. The box art is not much help either, as they are only side profiles.

Decals, by Etech, are excellent as is usual for Octopus [Pavla], and cover three aircraft with one of them having markings for early and late.

Over all, this could be a very interesting build, even with the possible problem of fitting the float.


Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.

Review and Images Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
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Last updated 08 March, 2005

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