ARGUABLY ONE of the most beautiful aircraft ever built, Macchi’s record-breaking MC.72 floatplane has been re-created in scale form by Hungarian firm SBS Model.

This stunning machine, designed by Mario Castoldi, held the world speed record for all aircraft for five years, and is still the fastest-ever pistonengined seaplane.

There’s a splendid level of detail on SBS Model’s resin kit, which has delicate engraving and super-fine rendering of the unique wing- and pontoon-mounted radiators. The fuselage halves are also impressive, due to their superb exhaust ports, grilles and integrally cast cockpit features. A contra-rotating propeller unit is also supplied, along with PE seatbelts, instrument panel, rudder pedals, throttle levers and towing eyes. The decals provide for MM 181 in 1934, as flown by Francesco Agello, at Desenzano del Garda, Italy. For further details, visit: