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||Mid-style exhausts: USD $3.95
Late-style "Wellington" exhausts: USD $4.95
Torpedo USD $9.00
||Well moulded; permit more variants to be
produced from CA kit;
||You'll need to buy more S.79s!
Reviewed by Steven
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This might be a first - after market resin accessories for a Classic
Alpha Flight has just released two different sets of 1/48 resin exhausts and
the torpedo and mounting for the Classic Airframes S. 79. These resin sets need
very little explanation.
The first set is the mid-production style exhausts. These are three small and
cleanly molded exhausts.
The second set is the late style used on the S.79 Bis. Often referred to as
"Wellington Type", they are also nicely molded in light cream resin. The fins on
the exhaust are not overdone and are quite delicate.
The final set is the torpedo and mounting hardware. This set is a combination of
etched brass and cream colored resin. The propellers and generator propeller are
done in etched metal, but the generator prop is also provided as a resin piece.
The hoist pulleys are nicely molded in their fairing. The only problem I believe
one may encounter is removing the torpedo hoist pulleys and the arm that runs
behind them. I am not even going to remove more than just the pulley housing and
then use metal wire or stretched spru for the trailing piece. The instructions
are quite clear on putting this little torpedo together.
It should be noted that all versions of the S. 79 carried torpedoes; it was the
Bis model that was specifically intended to be a torpedo carrier. While there
were mountings to carry two torpedoes, each mounting being .68 m from the center
line, in practice the S. 79 operated with only one torpedo under the left side.
If you are interested in the S. 79 as a torpedo carrier, then I would recommend
getting the Ali D'Italia monograph on this aircraft - specifically the second
The prices for the sets are:
For all those who are waiting for Classic Airframes to issue the torpedo
version, you need wait no longer. Also, the mid- and Bis. versions can be
made....that adds up to three S. 79 kits you must get!
Thanks to Ken Lawrence from Pacific Coast Models for the review
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