Fiat CR.42 AS
WW II Italian Biplane Fighter
Italeri, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Italeri No 1263 Fiat CR.42 AS Falco
|Contents and Media:
||46 mid-grey plastic parts on two
sprues, 1 clear part, decals for four aircraft plus a 5 page, A5 sized,
fold-out instruction sheet with history, parts plan, 10 build drawings
and 2 pages of paint/decal diagrams.
(available online from Hannants)
||Highly detailed engine and cockpit,
cowl flaps open, excellent decals and instructions.
||Book from earlier kit not supplied, clear part could be
clearer and parts not bagged like earlier kit.
by Glen Porter
Italeri's 1/72 scale Fiat CR.42 AS will be available online from Squadron.com
Italeri has followed up its release of a Fiat CR.42 in
1/72 scale last year with a CR.42 AS biplane.
The plastic in this kit is exactly the same as the original with the
exception that some of the options are not applicable and therefore some
of the parts have been deleted. For example, you don't get the skis for
the Swedish model or the long exhausts for the Night Fighter. Likewise,
the standard carburetor intake but what you do get is equally well
detailed and moulded as the original.
Consequently, all the advantages and disadvantages that
applied to that kit are the same for this one so instead of going
through it all again, I will just give you a link and you can read the
original for your self. You will find it at
http://kits.kitreview.com/italeri1260reviewgp_1.htm here on
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
Decals are as good as the original except that there are
only four choices instead of six. Three are in the Tropical scheme known
as the “Green Lizard Scheme” with large light brown (Nocciola Chiaro 4)
patches over dark olive green (Verde Oliva Scuro 2). These three are all
from Ground Attack Squadrons in North Africa and Lybia, 1942. The fourth
is in the later Tropical scheme of over-all light brown (Nocciola Chiaro
4) with dark olive green (as above) smoke rings. This aircraft is also
from a Ground Attack Squadron in Ravenna, April 1942.
Instructions are the same as earlier except for the reductions mentioned
I find this kit to be a slight disappointment compared to the earlier
release. However, before I get into the specifics, I must state that I
think this, and the earlier kit, are the best 1/72 scale kits made
in-house by Italeri, and comparable with the best of the other
So, back to the minor nitpicks. Nowhere, in either the instructions or
the box, does Italeri explain the AS suffix. At first I thought it was
an up-engined version. Then perhaps the AS stood for Assalto (Ground
Attack). After some searching, I discovered the AS stands for Africa
Settentrionale - North Africa. This is the tropicalized version, not
just the colour scheme but with sand filter, survival kit, etc. The
colour schemes suggested, decals and parts supplied, support this.
My second small gripe is the excellent book supplied with the first
CR.42 Falco (kit No. 1260) is not supplied with this one. This is all
very well if you have the earlier kit and therefore the book, not so
good if you just bought this one. The four colour schemes in this kit
are all from that book plus some B&W photos of the actual aircraft, so
it is relevant to this kit.
The third reason for my slight disappointment, and it is only slight, is
that the original kit was the first I had seen from Italeri where all
the plastic was bagged. All the other manufacturers have long since
adopted this policy and it makes a lot of sense. Small parts can often
break off during transit but if they're in a bag, they don't get lost.
Italeri, on the other hand, have steadfastly refused to adopt this until
the first CR. 42. Well, that was what I thought anyway. WRONG! All the
kits that I have reviewed from Italeri since then have had no plastic
You might get the impression from reading this that I'm not overly
impressed with this kit because so much of the review is negative.
You would be wrong.
I can't stress enough how good the plastic and decals are in this one,
it's just the way Italeri have presented it. When they released the
first one I thought they had made some giant strides forward with the
book and plastic bags and the like but I now realize it may have been a
one-off and not a change in policy.
We can always hope though!
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Glen Porter
This Page Created on 21 February, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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