Named after one its founder members Giovanni Ansaldo, Gio. Ansaldo & Co. S.A.S. was established in 1853 in Genoa. It manufactured railway components initially and diversified into shipbuilding and other mechanical works. This included aircraft construction which was undertaken as part of the FIAT group. The company lasted until 1993 when it became a part of the Finmeccanica group.
SVA series. During 1916 in Turin Umberto Savoia and Rodolfo Verduzio set out to build Italy's first indigenous fighter aircraft. Overseen by the celebrated designer Celestino Rosatelli, who played a vital role in its development, the production contract was awarded to Ansaldo, hence the Savoia Verduzio Ansaldo aircraft designation. The first flight took place in 1917, where it demonstrated good speed, range and high altitude capability. This made it ideal for the reconnaissance role even though it was originally intend as a fighter. It was highly regarded by all pilots and it enjoyed a long service life, so much so, that a few were used for a short while as a trainer in the Regia Aeronautica. Spin Models produced a decent enough 1/48 resin kit but a better choice would be the Fly Models range of 1/48 kits. They released four versions; the early and late SVA.5 and the two-seat SVA.9 & SVA.10. Choroszy Modelbud produced 1/72 resin kits of the SVA.3, SVA.5, SVA.9 and SVA.10. Admiral and Fly Models also produce 1/72 injection moulded kits of the SVA.5 sharing the same tooling.
Ansaldo AC.2. This is a Dewoitine D.1 built under license by Ansaldo. 112 were built for the Regia Aeronautica and there is a surviving example in the aircraft museum at Vigna di Valle near Rome. With the Dujin 1/72 resin kit being discontinued, the 1/72 Choroszy Modelbud resin kit of the Dewoitine D.1 could make an ideal donor kit, although any markings would have to be home made or sourced from spares.
Ansaldo AC.3. A license built version of the Dewoitine D.9, a derivative of the D.1 fitted with a Jupiter radial in place of the inline Hipsano Suiza engine. 150 were built for the Regia Aeronautica. LF Models do a 1/72 resin kit of this aircraft.
Ansaldo A.120 Ady. Also referred to as the FIAT A.120, about 60 of this particular variant of the parasol aircraft, powered by the FIAT A.22 inline engine, were built for the Regia Aeronautica who used it in the reconnaissance role. No known kits of this type are known.
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