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Trumpeter 1/48 SM 79 II

What I will say about this kit, finished just a couple of weeks ago after being buried in the stash for a decade. It went together cleanly, was interesting to paint and looks pretty much like an SM 79 should. The interior is sparse, so I employed some bits of Eduard PE there, and in the engines. Otherwise straight out of the box.

Anything else you need to know, and you might want to before you buy, is exposed by Tom Cleaver in an exhaustive side by side build of this and the Classic Airframes product, found on Modeling Madness. My experience follows his story to a T.

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14 responses to Trumpeter 1/48 SM 79 II

  1. Beautiful aircraft

  2. This is an excellent built of this sporty torpedo plane. Camo is fantastic! Here in Greece we were quite familiar with them, a great number of those opponents flying in Greek skies during WWII.
    I have built the dinosaur SMER (ex-Artiplast) version finished in Spanish civil war markings. Got myself another SMER and the Trumpeter as well. Seems I love these planes!
    All the best!

  3. Really nice result on this “S.M.79(ish)” model. Proof you can put lipstick on a pig and make an upscale pig. 🙂

    Always nice to have someone else tell people I told them so. 🙂

  4. Nice job. Perfect masking on the clear parts.

  5. Looks good! The Italian trimotors are some of my favorite aircraft – and the SM 79 is the cream of the crop.

  6. Nice job on this Bryan. The camouflage is nicely done and the windows look great! I’ve eyed this kit up a few times myself. I’d like a few trimotors to go with my Ju-52. I just wish someone would do the C.A.N.T. Z 1007 and Ford Trimotor in 1/48. (The Avia 57 and Stinson trimotors would be nice to have as well!)
    About the camouflage, what order did you paint it in? Everything on a yellow base or did you go in with the yellow after you had the green and brown painted?

    • I use most MM enamels-the “Giallo Memetico” was a home brew of sand, deep yellow and flat white. That went on first, then Italian Topside green, then Italian brown. I needed to go back in a couple of spots with the yellow to correct a few sloppy areas, and yes, it’s visible. I had considered masking with Blu-Tac snakes, but decided that freehand was the way to go-IF I could remain patient…

  7. Superb! – wonderful paintwork

  8. Love that camouflage.

  9. Nicely done! love the color scheme.

  10. Well done, especially that free hand camouflage painting.

  11. Impressive work. Completed in two weeks? Wow. I’d still be grumbling about redoing the seams at two weeks.

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