Savioa-Marchetti S.79 Torpedo
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||Kit No. 462
|Contents and Media:
||Low-pressure injection plastic - 67
grey styrene and clear parts for canopy and fuselage windows. 100 parts in
pale cream-colored resin. Etched metal. Instructions, decal sheet and
painting guide for 6 aircraft.
||All the parts necessary to do a
torpedo bomber and the Series II and “Bis” models.
||Small resin parts damaged in
||Highly Recommended for moderate to
Reviewed by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
Classic Airframes' 1/48 Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Torpedo Version
is available online from Squadron.com
Last Spring Classic Airframes released the long awaited S.79 bomber;
immediately the call went out … ”Will and when would CA release the
torpedo bomber version?”. Well the wait is over. Not only has CA issued
the torpedo bomber version (which was applicable to every version of the
S.79) , but CA has also included the parts necessary to do the Series II
and Bis versions of this famous aircraft. The basic contents of the kit
have not changed (See
Please note that the pictures in this review are only of those parts which
were not in the original kit.
To make the torpedo bomber, the kit includes an injection molded
torpedo and fins, resin brackets and hoist housings and etched metal for
the torpedo propellers and fuse spinner. For the Series II, the change is
in the style of exhaust, and CA has provided these in resin with nice
depth of detail. For the Bis, the changes were the deletion of the
gondola, different propeller hubs, “Welling style” exhausts and different
defensive armament, and CA has provided all the parts necessary to
accomplish the transformation.
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The “Wellington Style” exhausts are nicely done and the small “fins”
are well represented. For the defensive armament you will need to open up
a well marked window in the side of the fuselage. There is an etched metal
set that provides the armored window inserts (with great surface texture)
for both sides. Finally, CA has provided the larger machine guns with
flash suppressors that were used on the Bis. Finally, the kit has a new
set of instructions to walk you through the Series Ii and Bis changes.
It should be noted that there a couple of hybrid aircraft that that can be
made from this kit; these were Series II retrofitted with Bis engines.
There is a beautifully done decal sheet with making for six aircraft,
all of which are believed to have carried torpedoes. But for those
aircraft that had the white background to the national markings on the
wings, you will need to paint the white. Personally I’m looking forward to
doing one of the all green Bis models with the large ANR postage stamp
As the S. 79 was one of the best torpedo bombers used in WW-2, this
release by CA is without a doubt welcomed by many modelers. The biggest
problem with this kit, as far as I can see, is the problem of making a
decision as to which aircraft to do. The S. 79 was a bird of many
different plumages. As with all CA kits, this is not for an inexperience
modeler; but with a little patience and care, even an average modeler will
be rewarded with a beautiful model.
One modeling note: All of the fuselage windows are labeled as C-1. But if
you look closely, you will see that two are actually a bit larger. These
should be used in the bottom of the fuselage.
Review sample provided courtesy of Classic Airframes.
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Page Created 06 April, 2003
Last updated 09 November, 2003
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