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|Title, Author and ISBN:
||Cant Z.501 by Tullio Marcon ISBN not
Cant Z.1018 by Giancarlo Garello ISBN not quoted
||Cant.Z501 - soft cover, 56 pages
plus fold-out covers, b&w (glossy colour profiles on inside covers).
Cant Z.1018 - soft cover, 40 pages plus covers, b&w (colour profiles
on inside covers).
||Z.501 book - USD$18.99 from Pacific
Z.1018 book - USD$15.20 from Pacific
||English and Italian text; ample
detail and operational photographs; technical drawings; very attractive
profiles in Cant Z.501 book.
||Cant Z.501 is a somewhat obscure
modelling subject with no current issue kits available.
|| Recommended for Regia Aeronautica
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The recent release of several mainstream and limited-run Italian WWII
aircraft models has rekindled a broad interest in aircraft of the Regia
In addition to the fighter aircraft that we have recently seen in plastic,
Italy also produced many bomber and seaplane designs. Two of these are covered
in Ali d'Italia Mini Serie No.7 - Cant Z.1018 and No. 17 - Cant Z.501.
Ali d'Italia is a publishing house that specialises in books about Italian
aircraft. The books feature text in both Italian and English. The books are
packed with detail and operational photos of each type. Almost every page
features between one and four pictures. Five-view scale drawings also help
define the shape and details of both these aircraft.
Cant Z.501 was a single-engine seaplane. The prototype flew in 1934, and
453 were completed in a production run that lasted until 1943.
This book features a glossy cardboard foldout at the front and rear
covers that feature eleven very attractive profiles, a colour photograph
and a painting of the cockpit interior.
Italeri produce a 1/72 scale model of this distinctive seaplane that
is accurate in outline but lacking in a few areas. This book will be of
immense help to modellers building the Italeri kit.
The Cant Z.1018 was a sleek design that was intended to fulfil the roles of
standard bomber, fast bomber, seaplane bomber and even night fighter! Although
the initial concept for the Z.1018 dated from 1938, the familiar issues of
production delays and powerplant problems prevented more than seven being
completed by the time of the Armistice in 1943.
Two limited run 1/72 scale models of this attractive design were released
during the 1980s, but I am not aware of any current releases of the Cant Z.1018.