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IMAM Ro57

IMAM Ro57

IMAM Ro57


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  Model  IMAM Ro57 
  Kit manufacturer  Special Hobby  
  Material  plastic  
  A/c manufacturer  IMAM Romeo  
  Origin country  Italy  
  Foreign user  Italy  
  Identification  MM407 
  Built  26.12.11   
  Topics  fighter WW2  (Wk2:) second world war
  Scale  1/72  
  TextEN  On the base of the Ro.53 Giovanni Galasso in 1939 developped the heavy fighter Ro.57 with two 840 PS Fiat A.74 engines. With a speed of 516 km/h she was faster than the Macchi C.200. But she was not believed to be competitive to the allied fighters and the project was cancelled. After the only fighter prototype MM407 the manufacturer IMAM proposed it as a fighter bomber and dive bomber Ro.57bis. For this dive brakes and bomb racks were installed. The armament of originally 2 Mg 12,7 mm was enhanced by two 20 mm canons and bombs. It 1943 it was delivered to the 97.Gruppo Tuffatori (226. and 227. Squadriglia).

The kit made by Special Hobby is for a Ro.57bis, but contains some resin parts for the Ro.57 without mentioning this in the instructions. The most important changes are omitting bombs and dive breaks, change of the tail for another tail wheel, opening the gun ports, creation of another propeller spinner. The Ro.57bis were painted completely in green - the Ro.57 had a mottled camouflage.

- Pics of MM407 on http://www.airwar.ru/enc/fww2/ro57.html .
- Detailled description of the kit and a build report on http://www.modellistika.it/Articoli/Romeo_Ro57/Romeo_RO57.html .
- Nice Ro57bis: http://stormomagazine.com/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=682 .
- Pics of details by 1940: http://stormomagazine.com/Forum/InterniRo57.jpg
- Kit opf the prototype (poln): http://www.fotosik.pl/pokaz_obrazek/pelny/c29118e99242ff8e.html

The further development Ro.58 reminds to the Bf110. It had 2 seats, twin rudders and DB601 engines. 
  BaseVehicle  Aircraft  

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