Fiat G.55 Centauro
Special Hobby, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Special Hobby kit no.
72087 - Fiat G.55 Centauro "serie 1"
parts in grey injection moulded plastic; 19 parts in yellow resin,
2 vacform parts; decals for
USD$22.96 from Squadron.com
attractive subject; simple parts breakdown;
high level of detail; excellent decals.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Hobby's 1/72 scale Fiat G.55 Centauro is available online from
Special Hobby's love affair with WWII
Italian aviation continues with their new 1/72 scale Fiat G.55 Centauro
The kit is exceptionally simple, with only
29 injection moulded parts, 19 parts in resin and a vacform canopy.
However, "simple" does not imply a lack of
To the contrary, the plastic parts are
finely engraved with panel lines and vents. Smaller plastic parts such
as the main landing gear legs are nicely detailed too.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The jewels in the crown, though, are the resin
parts. The cockpit, wheel wells, exhausts, radiator, tail wheel and
various lumps and bumps are all supplied in yellow coloured resin.
The cockpit is very cleverly cast with the rear bulkhead, floor,
seat, control column and rudder pedals presented as a single part!
The exhausts are also impressive, each of the stacks
being hollowed out.
Yet more detail for the cockpit (including the
rather painful looking chain-and-strap harness) and radiator is
provided on the small photo-etched fret.
Two vacform canopies are included, in case one is
damaged during transport or construction.
Markings are supplied for three aircraft that
reflect the variety of colour schemes applied to this late-war
74, 75 and 76 on a Centauro
an earthy splinter
conventional Dark Green / Light Grey.
All subjects are in the
service of the ANR.
The Czech manufacturers continue to work
their way through Italian WWII subjects in 1/72 scale, and Special
Hobby's new Fiat G.55 Centauro will be especially welcomed by small
scale ANR modellers.
The small parts count and conventional
design will make this kit an ideal candidate for a modeller who might
want to try their first limited run kit.
At the risk of being repetitive, you will
need to take a little more time cleaning up, aligning and test-fitting
the parts, but at the end of the day you will have an authentic and well
detailed little model of this attractive fighter.
Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.
Review Text and
Images Copyright © 2005 by Brett Green
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