Founded in 1923, the Cantieri Navali di Monfalcone was reformed in 1931 to become the Cantieri Riuniti dell’Adriatico. Ing. Zappata was its chief designer. The 500 series were all water based aircraft and the 1000 series were land based.

CANT Z.501 Gabbiano. This was the first of the 500 series, being a large single-engined reconnaissance aircraft first built in 1934. It had a very long range but even though it was slow and vulnerable it served throughout WWII. The 1/72 Italeri kit is a popular model although the Ali d’Italia guidebook does show up various errors to its shape overall. White Ensign Models produced a very comprehensive etch set for this model, with many parts used for detailing the sparse interior.

CANT Z.504 was a single engined two-seat biplane, similar in appearance to the Z.501 but much smaller. Choroszy Modelbud produced a 1/72 resin kit of this 1935 design that, ultimately, was not adopted by the Italian Navy.

CANT Z.506 First built in 1935, this was Zappata’s most successful seaplane design. Originally used in the commercial role by the Ala Littoria airline, it was redesigned as a bomber. It proved to be a very popular aircraft with its pilots and had very stable handling on rough seas. It was used in a variety of roles including search & rescue, hospital/ambulance duties and reconnaissance. The elderly and rather basic 1/72 Supermodel kit has since been upgraded by Italeri with improved internal & external details and an enlarged decal sheet. The OOP 1/48 Alphaflight resin kit is a challenge to build, should you be lucky enough to track one down, but is well worth the effort.

CANT Z.1007 Alcione. Perhaps the most successful of all Zappata’s designs. It was built almost entirely out of wood, using the shipbuilding skills of the original company. Broplan released a 1/72 vac-form kit of the early version and is generally more accurate than Supermodels kit of the two later models, which included the bideriva version. The kit suffered from shapes errors, principally to the forward section of fuselage and canopy as well as oversized engine cowls. Perversely, the Broplan kit has undersized cowls. The three 1/48 Alphaflight resin kits, all commissioned by PAC Models, are very accurate by comparison but are not easy kits to construct and are all OOP

CANT Z.1018 Leone is an elegant twin-engined bomber that, because of a rather protracted development, it entered RA service too late to have any impact. Its performance was said to be equal if not better than most equivalent Allied or Axis aircraft. Legato produced a passable 1/72 resin kit in the past, but it has been OOP for some time now.