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1/72 Super Model
Savoia-Marchetti SM.81

by Mark Davies


Savoia-Marchetti SM 81


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This is the old Super Model SM 81 which offers a choice of engines and markings. I wanted a quick build following a more involved build of the Airfix SM 79 whilst I was going through a bit of an Italian tri-motor phase. A Cant Z1007 will probably be next in the series.


Generally the old kit went together fairly well, although the undercarriage and exhausts were quite tricky to fit. I scratch-built some interior details, including a canvas sun-blind extended on one side of the cockpit, and folded concertina-style on the other. This was made from lead foil. I used Falcon’s excellent replacement canopies, and refined the guns.


I enjoy building older kits, and this one was no exception. Esci decals were used as they enabled me to complete what I thought was quite an appealing scheme.


Images and Text Copyright © 2004 by Mark Davies
Page Created 28 May, 2004
Last Updated 27 May, 2004

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