The only news at the moment is a series of 1/32 Fiat Cr.42 injection moulded kits to be released by ICM. With the one other choice in this increasingly popular scale being the rather pricey Silver WIngs 1/32 resin kit, I am sure it will prove popular.

Special Hobby have consistently produced worthy Regia Aeronautica aircraft kits over the years. Recently they re-issued their rather impressive 1/72 Piaggio P.108 that was originally released a few years ago in a joint effort with Flying Machines. This update has new cockpit and undercarriage parts but it's a shame they did not upgrade the engines. They have also released a nicely detailed RE.2005 in 1/48, followed up by a revised ex-Classic Airframe RE.2000 kit, which has an all new fuselage and detail parts. They did not correct the wing panel detail as it is more like a RE.2001 / RE.2002 type wing .

Other recent releases worth checking out are:

AMPs 1/48 Piaggio Pegna P.7. Please note that it actually scales out at 1/50

Dora WIngs 1/72 Savoia S.55. At long last a decent but rather complex kit of this disctintive twin-hulled seaplane

Sword 1/48 Reggiane RE.2005. A close match to the admittedly superior Special Hobby RE.2005

Any of the Special Hobby releases are worth a look, the most recent being the following:

1/72 scale: Breda Ba.88, Caproni Ca.310/Ca.311/Ca.311M and Piaggio P.108

1/48 scale: Breda Ba.65, IMAM Ro.37/Ro.43/Ro.44 and Reggiane RE.2005

1/32 scale: Fiat G.50

Some of the 1/72 kits in this list are long gone but could do with a second look. There is quite a lot of new data available these days so it possible to produce much better quality models.

Fly/LF Models/RCR Caproni Ca.101

Broplan Caproni Ca.111

Aviation USK Caproni Ca.133

LF Models Caproni AP.1

LF Models Caproni Ca.331 OA

Dujin Caproni CH.1

Dujin Caproni Stipa

Delta2/Valom Caproni Campini

Italeri Caproni Ca.314

Supermodel CANT Z.1007

Legato CANT Z.1018

LF Models IMAM Ro.1

Aviation USK/Xotic-72 FIAT RS-14

LF Models Piaggio P.32

Italianwings Piaggio P.119

Delta2 Savoia S.55X

RCR Savoia SM.85

LF Models Savoia SM.86

Legato Savoia SM.93

Broplan Umbra T.18


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To my knowledge the following have never been kitted.

CANT Z.511 - large elegant 4-engined seaplane

Piaggio P.23R - streamlined record breaking transport design

Piaggio P.50 - forerunner of the P.108 bomber

Savoia SM.91 - twin boom fighter

Savoia SM.92 - variant of above

Umbra MB.902 - twin engined fighter with counter rotating props


Out of all the Regia Aeronautica kits I have built the following are those whose construction I enjoyed the most, based purely on satisfaction when completed and not on ease of build.

Choroszy Modelbud 1/72 Piero Magni PM series

Dora Wings 1/72 Savoia S.55

Pacific Coast Models 1/32 Reggiane RE.2005 'Sagittario'

Pacific Coast Models 1/32 FIAT G.55

RS Models 1/72 A.V.I.A. FL.3

Special Hobby 1/72 Piaggio P.108

Special Hobby 1/48 Breda Ba.65

Special Hobby 1/48 FIAT G.55

Special Hobby 1/48 Nardi FN.305

Special Hobby 1/32 FIAT G.50 'Freccia'