G.91 R1/R3 Detail Set
Mondoridotto, 1/48 scale
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||Mondoridotto Item Number SWAR48001 -
G.91 R1/R3 Detail Set
13.90 Euros ($24 incl. registered postage to the
Set obtained directly from Mondoridotto in Pisa, Italy
|Contents and Media:
||Nine parts in grey resin
||Well detailed; well cast; accurate;
adds a great deal to the ESCI/Ocidental/Heller/Italeri offerings; good
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"Bondo" Phil Brandt
As far as modeling subjects go, Bondo’s always been more of a “jet”
person. That is, he’s a modeler who willingly accepts the thesis that in
the six decades since WWII there has actually been measurable progress
in propeller-less military aircraft! Accordingly, he’s always been
intrigued by the diminutive, F-86D lookalike, the Fiat G.91 “Gina”.
To date four “1/48" kits of this interesting Euro bird have been
released: the eminently forgettable, rude, crude one offered in the
Seventies by Buzco (1/50), the elderly original ESCI raised detail
offering, and the more recent cloned-from-ESCI-but-engraved Ocidental/Heller
efforts. Over the years reviewers have not been kind to any 1/48 Gina
kit, even criticizing the engraved detail improvements on the Ocidental/Heller
Even so, the latter three kits are definitely buildable, albeit with
a moderate amount of scratchbuilding...until Mario Bartoli, honcho of
Mondoriotto Models in the City-of-the-Leaning-Tower, released a very
nice resin detail set that allows modelers to finish nicely and with
ease what ESCI started so many years ago.
The largest single component of this ambitious set is a cockpit tub.
This is a significant improvement over the OOB kits, because in said
ESCI/Ocidental/Heller offerings, ze tub, she’s’a no there! All the OOB
kits furnish is a plain floor slab and a so-so aft bulkhead; no
sidewall/console detail at all. The modeler is left with two ledges
jutting out from each side of the cockpit, upon which are to be placed
some hokey instrument decals. Ditto for the plain instrument panel.
Mario solves all this with a decent raised detail tub assembly, separate
aft bulkhead, detailed instrument panel and a “busy” seat complete with
a rats nest of harnesses.
The only fabrication assigned the modeler is a 2 mm. throttle rod to
be cut and glued to the quadrant.
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The one-piece main and nose gear wells have been redone, receiving
much more delicately rendered structural members, wiring and piping.
Mario saves modelers the effort of gluing injected wheel halves
together and then wetsanding the resultant seams; the Mondoriotto resin
wheels are one-piece, flattened and bulged. The main wheels also have
fine hub detailing missing in the three Gina kits.
Separate flaps and a pointed fighter nose for the Pan version.
Molding and Detail Execution
Sharp, no flash.
Includes a four page pamphlet with B&W photos of each component,
easily understandable, hand-drawn assembly diagrams, a color guide and
Approved with pleasure.
Mondoriotto joins the welcome ranks of other niche aftermarket firms
that see what needs to be changed and do it!
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