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Cant Z.501



Cant Z.1018


Ali d'Italia


S u m m a r y

Title, Author and ISBN: Cant Z.501 by Tullio Marcon ISBN not quoted
Cant Z.1018 by Giancarlo Garello  ISBN not quoted
Media: 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).
Price: Z.501 book - USD$18.99 from Pacific Coast Models
Z.1018 book - USD$15.20 from Pacific Coast Models
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: English and Italian text; ample detail and operational photographs; technical drawings; very attractive profiles in Cant Z.501 book.
Disadvantages: Cant Z.501 is a somewhat obscure modelling subject with no current issue kits available.
Recommendation: Recommended for Regia Aeronautica fans


Reviewed by Brett Green

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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 Aeronautica.

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.

The 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.

These books will be of interest to modellers of Italian WWII aircraft and Regia Aeronautica buffs.


Thanks to Ken from Pacific Coast Models for the review samples

Review Copyright 2001 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 11 December, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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