Fiat CR 25
Special Hobby, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Special Hobby kit no.
SH 72089 - Fiat CR 25 “VIP transport version”
parts in grey injection moulded plastic; 45 parts in yellow
resin; 1 photo etched fret; acetate film with printed
2 vacform parts; decals for
USD$22.96 from Squadron.com
moulded canopy, thin decals in perfect register, faultless
resin, fine surface detail.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
Hobby's 1/72 scale Fiat CR.25 is available online from
Special Hobby’s latest
incarnation of the Fiat CR25 is the “VIP transport version”.
It comes on three sprues of soft
plastic, which contain a total of fifty-six parts. Complimenting these
are forty-one resin pieces and a clear sprue containing the “glassware”.
A single decal sheet is provided and this holds options for three
The plastic is well formed and
comes with very fine recessed panel lines.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Additional releases will use the
same fuselage halves so some modification is needed to build this
Extra windows call for the
modeller to create openings just above the wing on both sides of the
airplane. A scribed line on the inside of the fuselage will guide you
but great care will be required for all the apertures to look the same.
Clear plastic insets are
provided but it may be easier to use a product such as Krystal Klear or
the like to fill the gap.
The basics are provided for the
cockpit but the large clear canopy may persuade the modeller to add a
The lower wing is moulded in one
piece so there will be no problem keeping the correct dihedral. As usual
with kits of this type, some test fitting will be required but a quick
dry run found no major problems.
Blanking plates for the wheel
wells are supplied and these give a basic indication of the internal
structure contained therein.
The engines are each cast in 15
resin pieces. These were all blemish free and contain an excellent level
of detail. Both rows of cylinders are provided as well as the assembly
for the attachment of the propeller blades. The latter items are not
keyed so one must be cautious with their alignment.
This medium also caters for the
hollowed out exhausts, air scoops and pilot’s control grip.
The instructions are easy to
follow and give both colour descriptions, Gunze paint numbers and in
some cases Federal Standard equivalents.
The decal sheet allows for three
aircraft to be built, each showing Fiat CR.25 MM3651 at different stages
of its career. These cover an interesting selection of camouflage
schemes and there will be one to suit all tastes.
The first sees the aircraft in
the testing stage in 1939 with an overall silver finish. Scheme B looks
at the machine on the Eastern Front in 1942 with the familiar
multicoloured “mottle” over blue/grey under surfaces. The final choice
has an overall green finish representing the aircraft in Berlin after
The decals are superbly printed
with excellent registration. The very thin carrier film is as close to
the printed image as possible and will easily give that “painted on”
This is a very complete package
from Special Hobby, one that will give the modeller every chance to
produce a good-looking result.
Some care will be needed during
the assembly stages but nothing that will strain the skills of even the
most modest of modellers.
Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.
Review Text and Images Copyright © 2005 by Rob
Page Created 09 June, 2005
Last updated 09 June, 2005
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