Special Hobby 1/48 IMAM Ro.43
Reconnaissance Seaplane
by Jean Barby

Click the STORMO! Eagle to
return to the Gallery

This carrier-borne aircraft took part in the naval war operations in the Mediterranean. It was developed from a land aeroplane, the Ro 37. The Ro 43 was a catapult seaplane version of the Ro 37 reconnaissance aeroplane. It was assigned to naval reconnaissance squadrons and was also used as a ship-based observation aeroplane. Cruisers each carried two Ro 43s aboard, and battleships carried up to four of them. The aeroplanes were launched by catapult and landed on water. The Ro 43 was a composite-structure two-seat biplane with fold-back wings. It was powered by a 700 hp Piaggio P.XR radial engine. There was also a single-seat version, the Ro 44, which was built as a fighter but saw only limited duty. Ro 43s remained in service until September 1943.


The Special Hobby Ro.43 is not for rookies and will fight you all the way! I had to use every trick I know to achieve this result. Fixing the main float to the plane’s body was painful as the two front arms are too short and I had to scratchbuild mine. Fixing the engine correctly is also fairly difficult not to mention the rigging which I did with fishing line heated to tension once in place. I used Ali D'Italia #12 IMAM Ro.43/44 to reproduce as many details as I could, being very careful because all the silver deco has no mercy. The decals went very well, and it is a very decent representation of this Italian floatplane. ALCLAD White Aluminum was used to paint the model.

Technical Data

Technical Data
Aircraft: Meridionali Ro 43
Manufacturer: S.A. Industrie Meccaniche & Aerondutiche Meridionali (I.M.A.M.)
Type: Reconnaissance
Year: 1936
Engine: Piaggio P.XR, 9-cylinder radial, air-cooled, 700 hp
Wingspan: 37 ft 11 1/2 in (11.57 m)
Length: 31 ft 10 in (9.71 m)
Height: 11ft 6 in (3.51 m)
Weight: 5,300 lb (2,400 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed: 186 mph (299 km/h) at 8,200 ft (2,499 m)
Ceiling: 21,600 ft (6,583 m)
Range: 678 miles (1,092 km)
Armament: 2 machine guns
Crew: 2

Additional Images

STORMO! Products

Ali D'Italia #12 Imam Ro.43/44

ALCLAD METALIZERS - White Aluminum 1 Fl. Oz. - ALC106
Special Hobby - IMAM Romeo Ro.43 - 1/48 - SO48137

<!-- Special Hobby - IMAM (Romeo) Ro.43 'War Colours' - 1/48 - SO48169 -->

Czech Master - ROMEO RO.43/44 BEACHING TROLLEY - 1/48  - CZ4329

December, 2017
STORMO! © 2017