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NEWS: Special Hobby + Cunarmodel 1/72 Piaggio P.108T by Richard Mendes

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:15 am
by Editor
Another gem from Richard, this time 39 pics of his 1/72 Special Hobby + Cunramodel Piaggio P.108T wide-body Transport. It's a great build of an interesting subject.

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Re: NEWS: Special Hobby + Cunarmodel 1/72 Piaggio P.108T by Richard Mendes

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:37 am
by Vincent Biondi
Hello Richard,
Beautiful job on my favourite Bomber of WW2!
If you look closely, compared to the B17G, one will notice an identical tail.
The bomber version has a different one.
I wonder if the Tansport model tail was purposely designed a bit longer for aerodynamic performance?
Or is it because Casiraghi worked in the States gaining valuable experience, before returning to Italy?
The nose of the aircraft looks like a DC3 and the tail liked B17G!
In any event a beautiful, rugged and reliable transport machine!
Note: the Luftwaffe had captured all fifteen P.108 Cs and P.108 Ts built. They were used at the Russian front, as part of Luftflotte 2, where they performed sterling duties, among others during the evacuation of the Crimea in 1944.

Any thoughts?

Re: NEWS: Special Hobby + Cunarmodel 1/72 Piaggio P.108T by Richard Mendes

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:31 am
by Editor
The tail plane was probably influenced by the Boeing 307 Stratoliner - Piaggio applied for a license to produce the plane in Italy in 1939 but did not secure the license. The first few P.108Ts had the same tailplane as the P.108B. It's a great looking plane. No other country, aside from the US, placed as much emphasis on air transport as the Italians in WWII - in this respect they were ahead of the curve.