ON THE SHELF AIRCRAFT KITS

LIFE-SAVING TRANSPORT

1/72

C-27J Spartan

By: Italeri Item no: 1402 Price: £44.99

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Italeri’s C-27J receives a figurative fresh coat of paint, with superb new Cartograf decals accompanying the 11 styrene runners. Unlike some other 1/72 transport kits, this impresses from the outset, with a fully detailed cockpit and cargo bay, the latter benefiting from full length inserts (to emulate the quilted fabric lining on the real aircraft). Options include an open/closed cargo ramp and crew access door; airframe differences between US and Italian C-27s are replicated faithfully. However, despite the styrene luxuries, it’s the decals that impress most, notably the perfect register on the US Coast Guard stripes and wolf’s head 75th anniversary adornment for the Italian machine. The schemes are:

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