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Piaggio P.108A
with 102/40 Anti-Ship Cannon

Special Hobby, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Special Hobby SH 72065 Piaggio P. 108 A.
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 89 mid-grey plastic parts on four sprues, 13 very clear plastic parts on one sprue, 22 cream resin parts on eleven casting blocks, decals for two aircraft plus a 15 page A5 sized instruction booklet with history, parts plan, 14 build diagrams and 2 pages of paint/decal drawings.
Price: USD$51.46 from Squadron
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Very rare subject, highly detailed, excellent decals and resin, no PE.
Disadvantages: A big model for anyone who is space challenged; not for beginners
Recommendation: Recommended to experienced modellers

Reviewed by Glen Porter

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



This is the third version of this aircraft released in 1/72 scale (click here to see Brett Green's review of the initial release)

All the moulding of the plastic and resin was done by MPM in the Czech Republic but the first kit out was the P. 108 B series I by Flying Machine in cooperation with MPM. The next was the series II by Special Hobby and of cause, here we have the third. All three kits have the same plastic with the only difference being the box, decals and instructions.

The 108 A was fitted with a 102mm naval gun in an effort to find an effective anti-shipping aircraft after the tests with torpedoes had not gone well. It was found that the firing of the gun did not influence the flight characteristics of the aircraft but that aiming it was a problem. However, before a workable sight could be had, Italy signed the Armistice and the Piaggio P. 108A was confiscated by the Germans and flown to Rechlin for further tests. It is not known what happened to it after that.

Again on opening the top opening box, the first thing you will notice is the box itself. It has a very sturdy bottom half, something I've seen on other large MPM products and very welcome too. This model has a shortened solid one-piece nose with the big 105mm cannon muzzle protruding from it's lower side and no clear windows. There is no interior detail of the gun and the rest of the kit is identical to the other two kits with the wing mounted, remotely controlled guns etc.


Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:

For those of us who are not very capable with Photo-Etched parts, you will be happy to know there is none. Thats not to say this kit will suit beginners because it won't. It has quite a lot of resin and like all short-run kits it has no alignment pins but it does have a wing spar on one of the three bulk-heads on the inside. Remember, this is a big kit even in 1/72 scale so you will need to know you have room to display it before you buy.

Decals, printed by I don't know who, look very good with national marking and some stencils for two aircraft. The first is as it was tested by the Italians and the other is in Luftwaffe markings at Rechlin, Germany, 1944. In both cases, the aircraft is in Italian Dark Green with Light Grey under-surfaces.



Although it's large, it looks like being a very interesting build and you can bet you will have the other competitors at your local club competition scratching their collective heads trying to work-out what it is.



Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.

Review Text Copyright 2006 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright 2006 by Brett Green
Page Created 04 May, 2006
Last updated 03 May, 2006

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