1/48 scale S.79 Torpedo Bomber is available online from Squadron.com
Here is the 1/48 scale Classic Airframes Savoia
Marchetti S-79 Aerosilurante.
First let me say that I did this plane because I
was supplied with a lot of home-made resin parts by my old friend Alain
Saccoccio, who made a terrific model of the plane in Replic magazine.
Of course the whole interior was built from scratch
using ever green rods and strips and following the plan of the Ali
d'Italia book blown up to match 1/48 scale.
Here is a list of the items replaced with resin
wheels and hubs
propeller blades and
lateral scoops on the
upper fuselage scoops.
under gondola ade to the
The main difficulty is with the flaps and ailerons
line on the underwing, which required some hard cutting and sanding to
get the proper look of it.
The torpedo and the tail control surfaces are from
Alpha flight and they are pure gems.
The S.79 is a really striking looking aircraft, and
the Italian pilot who flew this example did a stunning job in the
Mediterranean, flying from Rhodes, hunting the ships and convoys to
Malta. Painted in Giallo Mimetico with blotches of Verde Mimetico and
Bruno Mimetico, the Aerosilurante crews experiment a new camouflage by
painting the front area of the plane in Griggio Mimetico to make
themselves less visible to the British gunners.
The front part of the hump was painted as such as
This plane belongs to the 281st Squadriglia from
the 132nd Gruppo Autonomo Aerosilurante, based at Rhodes Garuda in 1941.
Click on the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
Model, Images and Text Copyright ©
2004 by Jean Barby
Page Created 14 January, 2004
17 March, 2004
HyperScale Main Page