Meng – G.91R Light Fighter-Bomber 1/72 – DS-004
The Fiat G.91 was an Italian jet fighter aircraft. It was the winner of the NATO competition in 1953 as standard equipment for Allied air forces. European manufacturers were invited to submit their designs for this requested Light Weight Strike Fighter role. The G.91 was designed to this specification by the Italian engineer Giuseppe Gabrielli, hence the “G” designation. The competition was intended to produce an aircraft that was light, small, expendable, equipped with basic weapons and avionics and capable of operating with minimal ground support. These specifications were developed for two reasons: the first was the nuclear threat to large air bases, many cheaper aircraft could be better dispersed, and the other was to counter the trend towards larger and more expensive aircraft. It entered in operational service with the Italian Air Force in 1961, with the West German Luftwaffe, in 1962,and later with the Portuguese Air Force. It was in production for 19 years. 756 aircraft were completed, including the prototypes and pre-production models. The assembly lines were finally closed in 1977. The Fiat G.91 enjoyed a long service life that extended over 35 years. It was widely used by Portugal in the Portuguese Colonial War in Africa. A twin-engined variant was known as the Fiat/Aeritalia G.91Y.
Shortly after the release of their F-102 kit, Meng released this beauty in their 1/72 range, the Fiat G.91R Light Fighter.
The kit is delivered in the now already well known cardbord box, black with a very nice box art. In the box we will find 5 sprues containing 84 parts and 2 clear parts for the canopy and 1 decalsheet. Also included is a ”Frecce Tricolor” patch with velcro on the backside. Every sprue is packed seperatly, the clear parts have an extra film over them for better protection. Parts are moulded in grey plastic with very fine details. Quality of the moulding excellent. There are no sink or ejection marks in visible places. When looking at some technical drawings you can only conclude that Meng did a great job in designing this aircraft. You have the option to build 2 versions of this aircraft, G.91R/1 and the G.91R/3. Seperate gun panels are on sprue A for the different versions.
Pictures of the sprues
Sprue A – Containing all the major parts, fuselage, wings, cockpit, undercarriage and wheels.
Sprue B – Containing all the pylons for the fuel tanks and armament
Sprue C (x2) – Containing all the parts for 2 x M64 bombs, 2 x LAU-51 Rocket Launchers, 2 x LAU-32 Rocket Launchers, 2 x LAU-3 Rocket Launchers and two drop tanks for your pylons.
Decals - The printing of the markings is of a very good quality. Everything is printed in register and the colours are very good. This sheet will give you the option to build 3 versions of this aircraft .
Fiat G.91R/1s – No.5 Frecce Tricolori. Italy.
Fiat G.91R/3 – LeKG 41, 31+43 (West Germany)
Fiat G.91R/1 – US Army early 1961
For construction of this kit you get a 13 page booklet printed in b/w. Instructions are very clear, in the already usual Meng style. Painting instructions are given for Hobby Color and Mr. Color.
Construction begins with the assembly of the cockpit. The tub does have some raised detail on the sidepanels. Seat is basic, no straps moulded. An aftermarket seat will improve the overal look of the cockpit. This said, OOTB it will look more than ok. In step 2 the 2 halves of the fuselage are joined with the cockpit, exhaust and front and rear wheel bay. You will have to glue some weight into the nose section. Wings are joined to the fuselage in step 3 and 4. Step 5 contains all the construction for the landing gear doors. Here you have the option to build them open or closed. I surely would recommend to build them in the open position, it would be a shame to hide all the detail. Landing gear is build in step 6. In step 7 you will have to choose wich version you are going to build by choosing between the gun panels A7 and A35. You will also have to remove the port-side tube. Step 8 and 9 contains the construction of the weapons and pylons.
Meng is releasing their kits very quickly nowadays. Like all their other releases, the detail and breakdown of the kit is excellent. This kit will be easy to build with a good result in the end.
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