Italeri, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Italeri No. 1270 -
parts in light grey plastic; 29 clear plastic parts; markings for
available online from Hannants website
||Brand new tool kit of
this large and interesting aircraft; high
quality moulding; crisply recessed surface detail and subtle
fabric texture; very high level of detail inside and out;
remarkably fine detail on small parts; separate control
surfaces; includes ordnance; useful options including
positionable doors, turrets and bomb bay; includes 48 page
reference booklet; colourful selection of
Reviewed by Brett Green
Italeri's 1/72 scale S.M.82 Marsupiale will
be available online from Squadron.com
A marsupial is an animal whose female has a pouch in
which she can carry, feed and protect her young. Most marsupials are
associated with Australia, such as kangaroos and koalas, although there
are other species native to the Americas.
The only Italian Marsupiale that I have ever
heard of is the Italian transport aircraft and bomber, so called for its
large storage capacity, although it could certainly hop large distances
The Savoia-Marchetti S.82 Marsupiale was
developed from a concept requiring the transport of a fully equipped
platoon of paratroopers, including two weeks' supplies. The S.82 was a
classic Italian WWII design with three Alfa 128 9 cylinder motors, which
were insufficient for the Marsupiale's bulky airframe. Nevertheless, the
S.82 was a successful transport aircraft, capable of transporting
disassembled fighters by air over long distances. Its record as a bomber
was less than stellar though.
This was a big aircraft. The fuselage was longer than a
Lancaster and far more voluminous. In fact, the cargo area was divided
into two stories - a bit like an Airbus A380 of its day.
I was surprised to receive Italeri's 1/72 scale Savoia-Marchetti S.82
kit this week. I was not aware of its impending release and when I saw
the gigantic box, I assumed that this must have been some older
Supermodel kit re-released.
I was wrong.
The large box was packed full of a brand new kit from Italeri. Indeed,
this is one of the best original Italeri kits that I have seen.
Italeri's 1/72 scale Savoia-Marchetti S.82 comprises 167 parts in light
grey plastic, 29 clear plastic parts and markings for three aircraft.
The package also includes a 48 page reference booklet and a cardboard
poster of Roberto Valentini's box art.
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The exterior of the model features recessed panel lines
on its smooth surfaces, supplemented here and there by lines of rivets.
Fabric texture has been heavy on several recent Italeri kits, but this
release sees very subtle fabric rendition on control surfaces.
The authentic surfaces are carried over into the
interior of the model. The entire fuselage interior is moulded with
structural detail - ribs, stringers, wiring and various boxes.
The fuselage sidewalls are complimented by a highly
detailed cockpit interior with separate parts for the control columns
and yokes, throttle and mixture quadrants (including handles),
instrument panel (decal dials are supplied), radios, rudder pedals and
seats. The seats are especially noteworthy for their cleverly moulded
adjustable mounts and armrests.
Interior detail continues into the main cabin with
bulkheads, two levels of beautifully textured floors, ramps, and a full
bomb bay with ordnance supplied and separate bomb doors. The defensive
machine guns at the rear of the cabin are very well done, and the
retractable "dustbin" bomb aimer's turret is equally good.
Undercarriage parts and engines are simple assemblies, but are still
nicely detailed. The engines have cooling fins and push rods moulded in
All control surfaces are separate except the ailerons, which would be
typically in the neutral position anyway. I was especially pleased to
see the separate flaps, as these will add interest to the large surface
area of the wings. Alternate actuator parts are used depending on
whether the flaps will be glued up or down.
The main wheel hubs are nicely detailed, and the tyres are flattened.
The double side doors may be glued in the open or closed position.
The clear parts are thin and free from distortion. The main canopy
includes an opening in the top for a positionable hatch.
Kit engineering is quite conventional with locating pins for most parts
and tabs for the large wings and horizontal tailplanes.
The kit decals are printed in
perfect register with a satin finish.
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Three marking options are provided - one in a three colour striped
camouflage, and two in a complex three colour mottle. The lower surfaces
of all the options are finished in Aluminium.
If you don't have any reference material on this somewhat obscure
aircraft, do not despair. Italeri supplies a 48 page reference booklet
with a brief text history, contemporary wartime photos, extracts from
the technical manual, a photographic walkaround of the only surviving
example with plenty of detail photos, and colour profiles.
The package is completed with a fold-out cardboard poster of Roberto
Valentini's very attractive box art.
Italeri has really put it all together for their brand new 1/72 scale
Savoia-Marchetti S.82 Marsupiale. The kit is beautifully detailed
inside and out, features excellent moulding and is an appealing and
unusual subject. The inclusion of the reference booklet is the icing on
In my opinion, this is one of the best aircraft kits that Italeri has
The relatively large parts count means that some experience will be
helpful when building the kit, but there is nothing in the box that
looks too challenging for most modellers.
With its bulky fuselage, striking camouflage and high level of
detail, Italeri's 1/72 scale S.82 Marsupiale will be an impressive
addition to display shelves and competition tables.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample.
Review Text and
Images Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
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Last updated 24 December, 2007
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