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Fiat G.55 Centauro
"serie 1"

 

Special Hobby, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Special Hobby kit no. 72087 - Fiat G.55 Centauro "serie 1"
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 29 parts in grey injection moulded plastic; 19 parts in yellow resin, 2 vacform parts; decals for three aircraft.
Price: USD$22.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Important and attractive subject; simple parts breakdown; high level of detail; excellent decals.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended.


Reviewed by Brett Green


 Special Hobby's 1/72 scale Fiat G.55 Centauro is available online from Squadron.com
 

FirstLook

 

Special Hobby's love affair with WWII Italian aviation continues with their new 1/72 scale Fiat G.55 Centauro serie 1.

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 detail.

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.

 

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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 fighter:

  • Luftwaffe colours 74, 75 and 76 on a Centauro

  • an earthy splinter scheme, and

  • the more conventional Dark Green / Light Grey.

All subjects are in the service of the ANR.

 

 

Conclusion

 

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.

Recommended.

Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.


Review Text and Images Copyright 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 01 June, 2005
Last updated 01 June, 2005

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