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Meng G.91R
Meng 1/72 Fiat G.91R Light Fighter-Bomber
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by: Warren Inman [ WARRENI ]

introduction

I wrote an In-box Review of the kit back in January of this year and it languished in the cupboard until about a month ago when I finally got the ship bug out of my system for the moment.
the build

I decided to build the Gina for the Club Med Campaign and found it to be a very enjoyable build.
I am not going into very much depth as the build can be followed in the Club Med blog here.

The G.91 is part of Meng's 1/72 Dimorphodon Series (!). What a G.91 has to do with an extinct flying dinosaur I have no idea..

Fit and moulding are first class and no flash was present on any of the parts. The kit was basically a shale and bake kit it went together so easily.

The only strange thing I found while building the kit was that when I removed the main undercarriage doors from the sprue the locating pins that go into the wheel fell off! I have no idea why this happened and I thought the first time I did it I must have snipped it off accidently when removing the items. But when it happened on the second door I made sure I went no where near the pins with the cutters, Closer inspection later on showed that they both looked as though they had snapped off even though I hadn't touched them..

The same thing happened with the nose wheel..

I thought at first that Meng had omitted to indicate that a nose weight was needed but this in one of those rare nosewheel undercarriage aircraft that needs no weight in the nose to sit on its undercarriage.

Decals are some of the best I have used. Very solid colours with no background dark blue showing through the roundels or flashes down the sides. The only slight criticism is that the carrier film is a bit wide around the side flashes. But you can't see the problem after a coat of clear to seal the decals.

Of course the easy way around the problem would be to build the Luftwaffe or US Army version. Other operators of the type included Greece and Portugal but you will have to source markings for those operators.

One suggestion I would make to Mr Meng would be to key their undercarriage legs from now on as it is very easy to glue the legs in the wrong way like I did (ahem).

Most other manufacturers could learn a thing or two about instruction booklets from Meng. The booklet in this kit is in colour where necessary and nice, clear line drawings during construction with all the colour call outs necessary (are you reading this Mr Trumpeter?). Paint references are to Gunze Mr Color and Aqueous ranges.

The only thing missing from the kit are some seatbelts which in 1/72 for me are not really necessary in a small cockpit like this one.

Lots of armament options are provided including two different side panels with different gun configuration in each, either 4 machine guns or two cannons depending on the version you build.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on AEROSCALE..

SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent kit is all regards.
Lows: Disappearing undercarriage door locating pins.
Verdict: This kit is state of the art in all respects and with the detailing included, and maybe a few seatbelts, could be built into a show winner.
Percentage Rating
92%
  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: DS-004
  Suggested Retail: 19.95
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  PUBLISHED: Nov 19, 2013
  NATIONALITY: Italy
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 93.20%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.82%

About Warren Inman (warreni)
FROM: SOUTH AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA

Greetings! I have been modeling for about 45 years on and off and have just started learning about weathering my AFVs etc. Started when I was about 3 or 4 and got to a peak of production in the late seventies with a Airfix or Matchbox kit every day or so at times. Most of those have gone but when I ...

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