Founded in 1884, the Piaggio railway car and shipbuilding company built Caproni aircraft under license during WWI. It absorbed the Pegna Bonmartini Costruzioni Navali-Aeronautiche in 1923, retaining ing. Pegna as its designer-in-chief. He was to be replaced by ing. Casiraghi in 1936. Known for innovative design, Piaggio have continued to build interesting, innovative aircraft to this day, including the P.180 Avanti.

Piaggio P.108. With the help of ing. Casiraghi's highly original and advanced design ethos, Piaggio produced the technically advanced and ambitious P.108B bomber, a rare Axis 4-engined bomber of WWII. Despite the merits of the aircraft, which was said to be an extremely nimble and easy plane to fly, Italy just didn't have the manpower or resources to produce them in anything like sufficient numbers. Total production during the entire period of the war was said to be a paltry 24 for the principal B version, against the thousands of multi-engined bombers being churned out by the Allied forces. Good news for anyone contemplating an injection moulded P.108B, Flying Machines produced a very nicely executed 1/72 model. MPM, the manufacturer of the Flying Machines kit, also released the turret-less night bomber version of the same model under their Special Hobby brand, along with the A "artigliere' prototype, which had a large bore cannon installed in a restyled nose. All are highly recommended.

Cunarmodels (via Italiankits) also produced a P.108T III "LW" passenger/transport conversion set for this model.

Now thought to be OOP, the Airmodels vacuform kit of this aircraft needed experienced and tenacious modellers to be able to do it justice. The one weak element of this kit was the undersized engine cowlings. One possible way around this dilemma would be to use the alternative cowlings from the Flying Machines/Special Hobby kit!

Piaggio P.119. The only other Piaggio aircraft from the Regia Aeronautica era to be found in kit form is the P119 fighter prototype, which had a radial engine installed behind the cockpit . It was said to be a very nimble, well-balanced aircraft. Italian Wings issued a 1/72 resin kit of this aircraft, but it needed a serious amount of corrective surgery to be considered accurate.

Piaggio P.32. Available from LF Models in both I & II versions. A rather portly P.32 twin-engined medium bomber that, despite it’s advanced design, proved rather difficult to fly. It’s high wing loading was compromised by a severe lack of engine power. Reggiane developed a more streamlined bis prototype in an attempt to improve performance, as did Caproni with their Ca.406 variant. LF Models P.32 is rather bit pricey, but is quite a large model and, with effort, could make an interesting addition to any bomber collection.