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Savoia-Marchetti S.79

Jean Barby


Savoia-Marchetti S.79


Classic Airframes' 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 ones:

  • wheels and hubs

  • tail wheel.

  • engines.

  • propeller blades and spinners.

  • machines-guns

  • radio boxes

  • control pannels

  • undercarriage doors.

  • lateral scoops on the fuselage

  • upper fuselage scoops.

  • under gondola ade to the right scale.

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.



Painting and Markings


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 well.

This plane belongs to the 281st Squadriglia from the 132nd Gruppo Autonomo Aerosilurante, based at Rhodes Garuda in 1941.



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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2004 by Jean Barby
Page Created 14 January, 2004
Last Updated 17 March, 2004

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