Airframes new 1/48 scale
Fiat CR.42 AS
Fiat CR.42 AS
Airframes' 1/48 scale Fiat CR 42 AS is available online from
For a detailed examination of the kit
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman's in-box review here on HyperScale.
Here are three of my builds of Classic Airframes'
latest release, the 1/48 scale CR.42 AS, kit no 496.
I am sure by now most of you have the various build
articles concerning the Classic Airframes CR. 42. The basic kit is the
same as the fighter version with another packet of resin that contains
the ground attack parts. You have a choice of exhaust stacks, regular
or the Wellington style for the German machine. The sand filter, bombs,
and bomb racks are also provided.
The modeler is also given a choice of four decal
options, three Italian machines and one German. They are all colorful
but my favorite was “white 15” in the “green lizard” scheme.
Take care in cutting the resin bomb racks from the
stub as they are a little fragile. The bombs are little gems and add to
the overall appeal of the model. The “Wellington” exhausts are molded
in two pieces. I drilled holes in the mating ends and used a small
piece of brass to secure them. This also helps in alignment of the
exhaust when mounting them to the model.
Make sure you center the fairing (part A 8) that
connects to the sand filter (R20). You’ll have to cut the part that
extends to the cowling off in order to use the sand filter. Both the
sand filter and fairing sit well but test fit them to insure proper
alignment. The bomb racks fit very well and can be attached after
painted and decaling however there are no locater pins or marks to aide
in attaching them. Check your references for proper placement.
Care must also be taken in cutting the wheel pants
from the landing gear struts. One version has the total wheel fairing,
one has the partial faring and then one has the exposed wheels.
The kits build up well even with the complicated
strut arrangement and will make a great addition to your Classic
Airframes Fighter CR.42s.
Classic Airframes for the samples
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|Italian Aces of World War
Aircraft of the Aces 34
Author: Giorgio Apostolo
Illustrator: Richard Caruana
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £12.99
November 25, 2000
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1841760781
Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2005
by Phil Hale
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