Founded in 1922, the Societa de Costruzioni Meccaniche di Pisa built Dornier aircraft under license. A year after it had been absorbed into the FIAT empire in 1929, it changed its name to C.M.A.S.A., which is the acronym of Costruzioni Meccaniche Aeronautiche S.A.. It undertook a variety of projects, quite a few of which were seaplanes, such the FIAT Cr.42 idro, and a series of MF (Marina FIAT) flying boats. Their most wide known aircraft is probably the RS-14 seaplane.
FIAT G.8. Designed by ing. Gabreilli, only a few of these two seat training biplane aircraft were built. It has the Warren strut system favoured by FIAT and is available as a 1/72 resin kit from Chorosy Modelbud. It is a typically high quality kit, although the struts are best replaced. Click on the top image on the right to find out more about this kit.
The FIAT RS-14 was very elegant seaplane developed as a replacement for the slower CANT Z.501. Fully aerobatic during testing, its fragile float struts and troublesome engines prevented a successful entry into Regia Aeronautica service. Ultimately it served alongside the aircraft it was designed to replace. The Aviation USK kit was the only 1/72 kit produced but it was completely inaccurate, as demonstrated by the mini Alid'Italia reference booklet. It needed wholesale changes to most parts to get an accurate model. For example the wings are too narrow in chord and the tail fin is way oversized. With it’s numerous other faults, it will probably be too much of a challenge for most modellers to correct. Aviation USK re-released the FIAT RS-14 kit as part of their new Xotic-72 range, although no attempt was made to correct its faults. MassiModel produced an impressive looking 1/48 resin kit that looks very accurate but was for experienced modellers only. There are no current kits of this interesting aircraft.
Founded in 1913, Aeronautica Gabardini S.A. changed its name to C.A.N.S.A. in 1936 and became part of the FIAT empire in 1939. The majority its aircraft were built for training purposes, namely the C.5 and C.6 biplanes and the C.4 monoplane. Two more of their aircraft are described below.
CANSA FC.12. Originally a tandem two-seat fighter & dive bomber trainer, it was changed to that of light ground attack. The prototype first flew in 1940 and 10 aircraft were built in total. They probably never saw active combat. SEM Models produced a rather poor 1/72 resin kit.
CANSA FC.20. The only CANSA aircraft built specifically for military use. Although this twin engined aircraft looked very similar the Gloster F.9, it was in fact built around the wing planform of the Fiat Cr.25. This was in order to keep development time to a minimum. Anyone wanting a decent kit of this interesting aircraft should get their hands on Planet Models 1/72 resin bis or ter variants. Although OOP, the Legato 1/72 resin kit had too many outline faults to make it a worthwhile purchase.
Click on the kit image below to link to the Scale Aircraft Modeller International magazine build-review.