Monday, 9 September 2013

Savoia Marchetti S.M. 79 in 1/72 from Airfix

I picked up this old Airfix set, Savoia Marchetti S.M. 79 Mk II, a while ago at Hobbybokhandeln. Another ‘target’ for the LRDG, so it’s supposed to stand still on a desert airfield. No crews on board and a minimum of extra fluff - I skipped the optional armament and the torpedoes.
It’s an easy build, even though some of the pieces don’t fit that well. Some green stuff and sanding was needed here and there to cover the worst gaps.
Anyway, I wasn’t interested in a museum piece, as it is supposed to become wreathed in flames during the scenario we plan to do.
Paints used (as usual Vallejo unless otherwise noted)
Interior: 906 Pale Blue
Sand colour: ArmyPainter spray Desert Yellow
Underside: 989 Sky Grey
Brown Camo: 984 Flat Brown
Propeller hub: Citadel Foundation Mechrite Red
Propeller blades and wheels: black
Exhausts: Vallejo Panzer Aces 302 Dark Rust
I painted all areas to have decals with gloss varnish, and then I used Vallejo Decal Medium on all decals when I placed them on the model. When dry I painted on Vallejo Decal Fix.
Everything was then coated with matte varnish.
It fits exactly into my Ikea drawers. If only a couple of millimeters higher, and I would have had to re-position the cental propeller.
Ready to be shot to pieces.


  1. Ohhh nice, the Italians are helpful painting the bits that need shooting in red ;-)


    1. haha! Didn't realise that was their intention. You learn new stuff every day :-)

  2. Nice work! I especially like that camo job, very nicely done.


    1. Thanks. rather easy actually: brush with little paint on it pushed repatedly against the area to be coloured. I think it is called stippling.
      needs some practice, and works as a poor mans airbrush :-) (I haven't mastered my airbrush yet)

    2. Ah, yes. I use the same method for small-scale German ambush camo (because i don't even HAVE an airbrush!)

  3. I agree, it's a nice looking plane.

  4. It looks terrific, almost too nice to blow up!