Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino was founded in 1899. It built its first airplane, a license built Farman, in 1914, as part of the Societa Italiana Aviazione. The Societa Anomina Aeronautica Ansaldo (builder of the SVA series in WWI) become the main FIAT subsidiary in 1926 and was one of the few Italian aircraft companies to survive WWII. One of the two principal designers working for them during the Regia Aeronautica period was ing. Celestino Rosatelli. This page concentrates on his aircraft.

The FIAT Br.1 is the first biplane Rosatelli worked on. It featured the Warren truss strut arrangement favoured by FIAT. Choroszy Modelbud have recently added this aircraft to their ever expanding range of 1/72 scale aircraft.

The FIAT Cr.20 is another one of Rosatelli’s early designs. The Choroszy Modelbud kits are good examples of resin kit production, being accurate and highly detailed. All four versions can be highly recommended. Aeroclub produced a mixed media kit, but is OOP.

The FIAT Cr.32 is rightly regarded as a pinnacle of Italian biplane design. The 1/32 Silver Wings resin kit is perhaps the ultimate choice amongst the Cr.32 kits produced. As shown with their previous kits, this is a very good looking model in the box, although I have yet to see one built. The old Classic Airframe kit was re-issued in three separate boxings (Export, Spanish and Regia Aeronautica) with a few improvements, notably a solid cast resin piece for the front section of the fuselage and the CMK resin detail set, which has parts for trainer, bomber & desert variants. AeroMaster also printed a decal sheet for this kit. Museum Models made a series of 1/72 resin kits covering most versions and were of reasonable quality despite the hugely exaggerated fabric effect. Older injection moulded kits still kicking around are the SMER 1/48 kit and the re-issued Supermodel kit, which does suffer from rather crude detailing but is dimensionally accurate.

The FIAT Cr.42 continued the fine heritage of Italian biplane design, but was obsolete when it entered service. Until both Pavla and Italeri's 1/72 kits arrived on the scene, Misterkits Cr.42 was the only 1/72 kit worth considering. The Pavla multi-media kits require some "above average" skill, but the Italeri kits should suit most modellers. AlphaFlight produced 3 interesting conversion sets, a biposto trainer, the sole Daimler Benz engined prototype and an idrovolante, that should work for most 1/72 kits, but supply is limited. Italiankits have a 1/72 DB conversion set too. One of Classic Airframe earlier releases was a 1/48 model that was rather inaccurate. Italian Classic produced an excellent, comprehensive and highly detailed upgrade set that vastly improved it's accuracy. The same CA kit did re-appear briefly as a Flashback kit, retaining all the original faults. Classic Airframe then released a series of all new Cr.42’s, covering nearly all types (apart from the D-Benz engined prototype), although the rear fuselage cross section is not quite correct. Italeri have produced their own series of 1/48 Cr.42 kits to complement their 1/72 kit. Although these kits are accurate, the do suffer from very crude fabric detail. With Silver Wings having produced a very good 1/32 resin kit, this surely makes the Cr.42 one of the most widely available Italian WWII aircraft in kit form.

FIAT Br.20. This was Italy's principal bomber but quickly became obsolete. Alphaflight issued two excellent, highly detailed 1/48th resin kits covering both the early and "M" series but were very limited in supply. The Br.20 is also available in 1/48 injection moulded form, with Classic Airframe and Special Hobby sharing the tooling for the early version and SH covering the ‘M’ variant as well. Various online builds hint at them being difficult to build. Italeri's elderly 1/72 injection moulded kit is OK, considering its age, and here the modeller can choose to build it as either the early version or the 'M'. Removal of all the rivets & crude fabric effect on all control surfaces will improve it to some degree, as well as re-scribing panels lines and improving the appearance of the crudely moulded engine cowlings.

FIAT Cr.25. Similarities between this and the Br.20 are noteworthy. Although it drew highly favourable comments from all who flew it, the Cr.25 was inexplicably sidelined in favour of the disastrous Breda Ba.88. Although the Cr.25 was produced in very limited numbers (only enough to equip one squadron), it did have an exemplary safety record. Special Hobby's two 1/72 injection moulded kits are an easier modelling choice over the Airmodel kit, but the cowlings and undercarriage will need to be worked on. RCR produced a 1/48 resin kit, but is OOP. Both Alitaliane & Italiankits have produced a variety of upgrade sets for the Special Hobby Cr.25 and there is a 'mini' Ali d'Italia of the Cr.25, which is a useful reference source.