IMAM (Romeo) Ro 57bis
Special Hobby, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Special Hobby SH72045
- IMAM [Romeo] Ro 57bis
parts on two sprues in mid-grey injection moulded plastic, 2
clear plastic parts, 46 nicely moulded resin parts, 12 PE
parts on one fret and 1 clear film instrument face for the
PE instrument panel. Sharply printed decals for two aircraft
and 8 page instruction booklet containing history, parts
plan, build diagrams and paint/decal drawings.
USD$27.96 from Squadron.com
||Very rare subject,
||Build instructions on
undercarriage a bit vague and one decal marking not
mentioned in instructions.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
Hobby's 1/72 scale Ro-57bis is available online from
I've got to admit that when Brett gave me
this kit to review, I could find no references for it whatsoever.
Fortunately, a friend of mine, Ian Krestensen, is a mine of knowledge on
these odd-ball aircraft and was able to supply me with the required
The Ro 57 prototype's first flight was in
early 1939. Powered by two Fiat A 74 RC 38 engines, it was neither fast
enough, nor was its rate of climb good enough to be a twin engined
interceptor and it was re-appraised as a fighter-bomber [Ground attack
aircraft]. Renamed the Ro57bis, it entered service with the 97 Gruppo in
Trust Special Hobby to release a subject like this. Lets face it, you
could paint this aircraft in any colour scheme you wanted to and who
could ever say you were wrong?
As usual, this 1/72 scale Special Hobby kit is very nicely done. There
are just a few little niggles that we will get to later.
All the usual parts are presented in grey plastic, fuselage, wings,
under-carriage legs and props with engines, cowlings, exhausts and most
interior parts in resin. There's a small PE frett for the bomb fins and
the instrument panel is optional PE or resin. The canopy is injection
moulded and it's a little on the thick side. I think this is one time
they would have been better off doing it in Vacform (bloody modellers!
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The decals cover two aircraft, both in the
same colour scheme, Dark Olive Green upper and Sky Grey lower. However,
on the decal sheet, two Italian Tri-colour panels for the rudder are
supplied but they are not shown anywhere in the instructions. Because of
a lack of references, I was not able to work out how exactly the
under-carriage legs went together. Again, I guess, it wouldn't matter
how you did it, people would be hard pressed to say you were wrong!
What an interesting model this will make. After building it, you could
take it along to a club meeting and run a guessing competition. I doubt
many would get it right.
Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.
Review Text Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 18 May, 2005
Last updated 17 May, 2005
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