1/48 Piaggio XSP-2 “Super Veloce” (1938)
Piaggio started in the aeronautics field in 1915. As with most Italians, racing was in the blood. The 1920s served as an important time in the company’s history when, Piaggio Aero brought on Giovanni Pegna and Giuseppe Gabrielli, two aeronautical engineers, to help develop Piaggio’s aeronautic line. Together they created modern technical solutions for aviation, that brought forth the well known, Piaggio design. It was an exciting era of aircraft racing and development. The XSP-2 was under construction when Rinaldo Piaggio died in 1938, at 71 years old. Little was known of this aircraft as WWII left the company in ruins. Here it is in it’s completed form, ready to set world speed records, powered by 4, massive (8 liter+), V-8 engines . It is rumored that it’s design was later used by an American design team, and bears some resemblance to later record breaking aircraft. Perhaps, in the eye of the beholder…….
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