Build ’em or Bin ’em – Off the SoD: Special Hobby Fiat G-55 Serie 01
I got this kit in 2007. It’s the Special Hobby Serie O first production type. It wasn’t until Reinhard posted his take on this kit and noted that it’s really a Serie 01, that I realized the cannons were there all along, as well as the proper nose. So it finally got pulled off the Shelf of Doom. It’s an older Special Hobby limited run kit, not one of their more modern kits, but with a bit of effort (like modifying the left horizontal stabilizer so the elevator is at right angles to the centerline like it’s supposed to be), a nice result is possible. I used decals from the dungeon to do a Second Group ANR airplane. The G.55 was only used by the ANR from late spring to September 1944, when the ANR pilots burned their airplanes rather than turn them over to the Germans. I think the airplane looks pretty good in the “Luftwaffe-style” paint job.
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