Fiat’s CR.42 Falco was one of the last biplanes to serve in an air force at the beginning of World War 2, and as such was essentially obsolete from the moment of its activation. Nonetheless, it served with some distinction in the early air battles both during the Battle of Britain and in the Libyan desert campaign before being relegated to second tier operations. In this instance, serving as both a night fighter and intruder kept this elegant fighter flying long after it would otherwise have been scrapped. Both the Italians and Germans used it in these roles, and ICM’s latest version of this aircraft presents the Italian make. Two different muffler system extensions are offered, as well as a couple of unusual underwing search lights, angled to shine sideways (presumably so as not to interfere with the pilot’s night vision). In addition, the kit still has a couple of bomb rack assemblies, although these are not intended to be used.
ICM has released kit of a British Policeman in the standard on the beat uniform.
In the box is:
- 2 x light grey sprues
- 1 stand base
- 1 black sprue
- 1 instruction sheets
- 1 box art print
The construction of the figure is very easy and they assemble very well. You do need to do a little filling here and there during the assembly.
The Base is a nice touch and has optional ground finishes to choose from.
Painting was easy, although I did not use all the reference colors as shown on in the instructions. I did use all Tamiya paints with the shoes and helmet strap being done using Semi Gloss black, the main uniform was Rubber black as this is closer to the uniform color at this scale. The Silver was replaced with Chrome. The finish I feel is better using these colors.
I really enjoyed building these and they look great as a team of individually.
This is volume 75 in the monograph series. The book follows the usual monograph format. Included along with 1/48 drawings bound into the volume is a separate 2-sided page of 1/32 drawings.
The first 16 pages of the book discuss the A5M’s predecessors such as the Nakajima A1N2, Mitsubishi 1MF10 and its immediate predecessor; the Ka-14. The bulk of the book is dedicated to production and combat usage of the A5M, most of which was in China. Assigned the Allied code name “Claude” with “Sandy” reserved for the inverted gull wing version that never went into production. At the time of Pearl Harbor 193 A5Ms were in service. Most of these in rear units. The Claude stayed in service with operational units until April of 1942 with some air defense units using them until near the end of 1943.
Tamiya’s Product Description
“This Detail-Up set can be used for Item 61114, 61118, and 61122. The set is very useful to give more detail to your model Tamiya F-14 model kits
- A stainless-steel alpha probe on the radome facilitates further rigidity and realism. (2pcs. included)
- Photo-etched parts are included to depict seatbelts and rear-view mirrors.
- Includes two types of seatbelts to depict the F-14A and F-14D (two for each).
This is Tamiya’s simple add-on kit for the recently issued F-14A Late Model Tomcat.”
Russian aircraft are really starting to take-off. Pun intended. With the release of new kits out of the Ukraine we are seeing an influx of well-engineered kits from Zvezda and AMK. One thing that always struck me as ‘cool’ about VVS aircraft was the slogans painted on the sides of them. American aircraft had pinup nose art, but the patriotic slogans of the Russian aircraft have always resonated with me. The problem is what do you do when you find one that you like. Usually, you have to go to the bland ones instead or whatever is in the box. Not anymore. Thanks to Foxbot you now have options.