This page describes the aircraft designed by ing. Giuseppe Gabrielli during the Regia Aeronautica years.
He had a long, distinguished career with FIAT that continued long after WWII had ended.

FIAT G.5. This aircraft was a fairly large 1930's single-engined low-wing monoplane touring/training aircraft. Only a handful were built in various guises. Choroszy Modelbud issued a nice 1/72 resin kit of one of them.
Aerofan issue 80 features a useful article on this aircraft.

FIAT G.8. Only a few of these 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. Its a typically high quality kit, although the struts are best replaced.

FIAT G-12, an attractive, purposeful looking three-engined WWII transport plane, was the second subject to be released by Aerodim. Resin cast in 1/72 scale, the fuselage has a separately moulded rear section, but a test fit shows a reasonably good fit. The wings are solid cast but fortunately the kit does include metal cast undercarriage to take the weight. It is a large kit but builds into a nice looking model. SEM Models also have this aircraft in their catalogue in the same scale. Broplan have issued two 1/72 vacform G-12 kits, covering both military and civilian variants.

FIAT G-18 is a twin engined transport aircraft, the Italians answer to the DC-3. Issued under the Italiankits label as a 1/72 resin kit. There are photos of the kit parts on the ItalianKits website. Issue 87 of Aerofan has a major article on this aircraft.

FIAT G.50 is a very popular modelling subject, with a distinctive high cockpit position, presumably to give the pilot a good view over the radial engine. Despite having good handling characteristics, it was let down by a lack of speed and firepower.

The1/48 Hasegawa Fiat G.50 is actually a revised Secter kit and isn't a typical product by them. The tail surfaces are crudely moulded, the engine cowl shape is wrong, the wheel wells are too shallow and the engine is best replaced with an aftermarket example. Although the cowling is fairly easy to reshape and the tail surfaces can be reworked, the shallow well wheel is best resolved by using Misterkits/Pacmodels replacement wing, which has the correct wheel well depth the bonus of separate flaps and ailerons. The very thick canopy should be replaced with a Falcon vac form canopy. The end result of all this remedial work is a very good looking model, albeit a rather expensive one!

Italian Classic released a series of conversion/detail sets for the Hasegawa/Secter G.50 model, followed by a series of complete resin kits. Considering the expense involved in improving the Hasegawa/Secter model, they could be thought of as good value. They are extremely well detailed and beautifully cast but have been OOP for some time.

Pacific Coast Models reissued the Hasegawa/Secter kit in various guises, either as a bis or Serie 1. They addressed most of the faults by including extra resin parts for the engine, cowl, fin/ & rudder, a fully detailed cockpit, an Eduard etch set and a well stocked SkyModels decal sheet. It was possibly the best value kit of the G.50 in 1/48 at the time, although stocks were limited. Some of the resin/brass etch items used in these kits were available separately, as well as the replacement resin wing.

Flying Machines have since released a very nice series of 1/48 scale injection moulded multimedia G.50 kits. They are accurate but, according to the Ali d'Italia plans, the nose guns are incorrectly placed and the panel lines around the front of the fuselage are out of position as well.

All the original 1/72 AML/Kora G.50 kits were typical short run multimedia kits. Plenty of detail, but plenty of clean up and correction as well. Their more recent "bis" and "biposto" kits are much, much better and should not be confused with the earlier kits.

Other G.50 kits in 1/72 scale are the Airfix and Misterkit resin kits, Airfix kit being quite old and inaccurate. The OOP Misterkit resin kit was easily the best of the bunch before the all new SBS resin kit. A few online builds of this kit show just how good this model is. Another interesting G.50 is ItalianKits1/72 resin kit of the D-Benz engined G.50V prototype.

MPM have recently released a very impressive series of 1/32 limited-run injection moulded kits, with resin and photo-etch details. As well as a Regia Aeronautica boxing, there is the Finnish and Luftwaffe/Croatian types as well. Well worth a look. They build up very well indeed despite not having separately moulded flaps and ailerons.

FIAT G.55. Together with the Macchi C.202, C.205 & RE.2005, the Fiat G.55 was just the type of aircraft that Italy desperately needed in order to keep pace with Allied fighter development. The G.55 had only just entered service with the RA when the Armistice was signed. Therefore it would see almost all WWII action as part of the ANR. It was a very highly regarded aircraft, especially at altitude, where its large wing area proved to be very beneficial. Germany were so impressed with this design that they developed a G.56 prototype, which was fitted with the more powerful DB603 engine.

For too long, this fine aircraft was badly served by model kit companies. Only the poor Supermodel 1/72 G.55 and SMER 1/50 kits were readily available but both suffered from various inaccuracies. All too briefly the best 1/72 G.55 was Misterkits resin kit. Nowadays, Special Hobby's series of 1/72 injection moulded kits are a whole lot better, using resin and etch detail parts. Versions covered include the two seat trainer, serie ‘O’, captured ‘RAF’ and the G.56 prototype. The silurante prototype has been adapted from the same tooling as SH and was produced under the Flying Machines label. Sword have released a good looking double kit in 1/72.

Although Classic Airframe's 1/48th G.55 multi-media kit was very popular in its day (judging by inflated eBay prices), it was not very accurate. It suffered from various outline faults on the fuselage, as well as a few other detail errors. Fortunately, the Special Hobby/Flying Machines 1/48 kit series were much better and should be considered the definitive 1/48 G.55. The Flying Machines kit includes parts to build the sole silurante prototype and has additional resin cockpit detail whereas the SH kit has injection moulded cockpit detail only. As with most limited run kits of this type, it is necessary to test fit all parts.

Pacific Coast Models have released a G.55 Serie 1 in 1/32 scale and is a great kit. Being a relatively large aircraft, it makes for an impressive model in this scale. The detail throughout has been faithfully captured and is quite easy to assemble if care is taken to prepare the parts first, especially thinning the trailing edges of the wings. Decals are provided for 4 ANR aircraft. Cammet Models released a silurante conversion set for this model.

Now OOP, the RCR Models 1/48 G.55 resin kit resurfaced as a limited re-issue by both Vintage Models and ItalianKits. The model captured the lines of this aircraft extremely well, but the panel lines did lack finesse, being a bit heavy handed in places. It was an easy model to build, mainly because of the one piece fuselage and wing. The canopy should be replaced with the more accurate Falcon vac form canopy, which was originally designed for the CA kit. ItalianKits revised the RCR kit with improved wheel well & cockpit details but failed to improve the engraved panel lines. Two fuselages were included with and without nose gun troughs as well as a full Skymodels decal sheet. ItalianKits also released Merlin engined G.59 single and two seat conversion sets for both Special Hobby 1/72 & 1/48 kits.