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|Contents and Media:
||Injection molded plastic, resin,
etched metal and acetate instrument panel. Two sets of decals. The
original Sector Decals and Sky Model Decals 48-026
||USD$38.95 from Pacific Coast Models
||Parts supplied to make either the
G.50 Bis or the G.50 Bis /AS fighter/bomber; decal markings for 25
aircraft; resin parts to replace the less detailed cowling and tail
surfaces; includes a more detailed cockpit with side wall of resin and
photo etched metal; resin parts supplied for under wing bomb racks and
||No information on the fighter bomber
version and no indication of which decals are to be used with which
version; resin appears very brittle and care should be taken.
|| Highly Recommended
Reviewed by Steven Eisenman
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For all those modelers who have prowled ebay looking for the old Sector /
Hasegawa Fiat G.50, and paid nearly USD$50.00 for it, your prowling days are
over. But you must act quickly!
Pacific Coast Models has reissued the 1/48 scale Sector Fiat G.50 kit in
limited numbers and enhanced the old plastic kit with lots of goodies. The box
art is just great, having been done by Jerry Boucher, who has often posted his
virtual models here at Hyperscale.
For starters, there is now a complete cockpit in resin with detailed side
walls and floor and a new seat. It also has resin cockpit access panels, with
the little knob handle, that can be left down.
original cowling was smooth and devoid of detail, but the resin replacement is
highly detailed and is designed to accept the new exhaust and intake, also cast
There is a new fin and rudder cast separately in resin. The fabric surface is
far superior to the original kit part. The problem here is that you are still
left with the somewhat thick, and very flat looking horizontal stabilizers.
For the bomber version you get two under wing bomb racks and two bombs. The
bombs are in three pieces, and great care will be needed cutting the tail fin
ring free. As note, the resin appears brittle.
One of the big problems with the original kit is still there - the too shallow
wheel wheels. You could do major surgery to deepen them, but in the end I am not
sure it will be worth the trouble. But I am sure one or two HyperScalers will
take the challenge.
The number of decal options is impressive. The kit comes with the Sky Model
Decal set for the G.50. I believe that between the original Sector decals and
the Sky decals there are markings for 25 different aircraft. However, all of
them, but one, will be for Italian aircraft. The one is the Croatian Air Force
with the bright red and white checkerboard crest on the wings and tail. The
problem is that you do not know what markings would be appropriate for the
fighter bomber version. It would have been helpful if Pacific Coast Models had
put in a profile sheet showing the AS version aircraft. Looks like the Ali
D'Italia monograph on the G.50 will be required reading. As a suggested
alternative, Pacific Coast Models could post the information on their web site.
The other big user of the G.50 was the Finnish Air Force but no markings are
supplied for a Finnish aircraft. Aeromaster at one time had a set, 48-144, to do
four Finnish, three Italian and one Croatian Aircraft. Time to start asking
around. The code designation for the Finnish machines was FA and you could
probably do one from what you have in decal spares and other Finnish markings
that are available.
The kit has three sets of instruction: One for the basic kit, one for the resin
pieces and one for the photo-etched set.
Click the thumbnails below to view
For those modelers that want to add to their collection of World
War Two Regia Aeronautica aircraft, this kit is a must, so act quickly. For
those modelers who want something a little different, this also should be on
their "to get" list.
Sample kit complement of Modeldad's Master Card.