SUnidentified flying object

Mully

2 posts

Having recently moved into the old family home I came across stacks of old Airfix models from the 1970s but there's one aircraft I can't identify, can anybody help?

Heather Kay

125 posts

I reckon that's a Fiat G.55 Centauro. If you search for that name on Wikipedia, you'll see some photos of the real plane that seems to back up my reckoning.

 

I would post a link, but when I tried I was told that was not allowed. *shrug*

A professional modeller of railway subjects, and a reborn Airfix fan. Definitely into combat aircraft in service on all sides in the summer of 1940, but known to occasionally veer off into other interesting things!

T2B

351 posts

I was initially thinking it was a French Dewoitine D.520 from 1940 era but having just checked the images of the Fiat G.55 I think Heather has nailed it.

 

But it's certainly not an Airfix kit

Paul Brown

420 posts


Community Moderator

Heather is correct, it's either the Frog or Italeri/Supermodel kit.

John Symmons

648 posts

Hi Mully

Heather is correct it's the Fiat G 55 that was relrased in the early to mid 60's by Aliplast and the later by Italeri. Quite a rare bird if it's all there it might be worth spending some TLC on it. I've included the photo from the instruction sheet and the decal& paint guides.

Good luck 

Remember we do this for fun.                      John the Pom

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Mully

2 posts

Wow! Fantastic, thank you very much everybody. It has to be a Frog kit, my brother and I did buy a few in 1969-1971. John the Pom, thanks for the paint and marking information, I will definitely spend some TLC on this one!Mully

John Symmons

648 posts

Hi Mully.

Glad to be of help, I don't think it is a Frog kit, as they did the Macchi 202 Folgore which whilest very  simular was a totally different bird. As far as my memoury goes the Fiat G 55 was first issued by Aliplast then by Supermodel when the partners of Aliplast seperated one forming Italeri the other forming Supermodel which were eventually absorbed into Italeri. That's when they re-issued the G 55 Centauro.

Maybe Frog did a licenced issue of it in the late 60's or early 70's I cann't comment as I was out of modelling then, like being a life-guard in Newquay, so maybe Frog did issue the kit.

The Macchi 202 was powered by a Daimler-Benz 601A engine and was armed with machine guns while the Fiat G55 used the DB 605A engine and mounted cannons in the wing, that's what really makes it a G55.

Remember we do this for fun                             John the Pom

Ratch

1609 posts


Community Moderator

 John, Frog did issue a G55, code F216F

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/161777-frog-f216f-fiat-g55

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Paul Brown

420 posts


Community Moderator

@John Symmons

 I don't think it is a Frog kit

I've got one! It's Frog's own tooling and it was also reissued by Revell, but it won't appear as any other Frog spawn boxing because the Russian companies weren't allowed to touch Axis subjects.

John Symmons

648 posts

Hi 

As I said I was out of modelling from the mid 60's so I stand corrected. Thanks to all this has been a nice little discusion.

Remember we do this for fun                          John the Pom

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