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1:72 Piaggio P.180 Avanti Polish Air Ambulance

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  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
1:72 Piaggio P.180 Avanti Polish Air Ambulance
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, March 19, 2022 1:22 PM

Hello!

Some time ago I started building this kit:

I wanted to build an aircraft flying frequently over my home, and as it happened Caracal made a decal sheet showing exactly what I wanted:

I specifically mean the second option - Polish Air Ambulance.

I have this build going for quite a long time now - but in the meantime there was a move, job change and other things so I decided to post now the build got some momentum again.

I started with the hull halves. I decided the windows aren't going to fit, so I cut out two elongated openings, one in each hull side and put a bent clear sheet i every of them. Then I filled and sanded the joints and put appropriate masks on them. Here's how it looks like now:

1:72 A-model Piaggio Avanti by Pawel

1:72 A-model Piaggio Avanti by Pawel

I also started to work on the cabin interior and I had to convert it to an air ambulance variant:

1:72 A-model Piaggio Avanti by Pawel

One more area where this kit is showing it's short-runneness badly are the engines. I already rescribed some of the panel lines:

1:72 A-model Piaggio Avanti by Pawel

I have also modified the propeller bearings by installing custom made poly-cap "casettes" to get an option of painting the propellers separatetely and installing them at the very end. Here's how such a "casette" looks like - there's a poly-cap inside, just like in a Hasegawa kit!

1:72 A-model Piaggio Avanti by Pawel

Thanks for lookin' and have a nice day!

Paweł

 

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Saturday, March 19, 2022 2:29 PM

The Avanti is a really weird looking airplane.  Great to see you tackling this kit!  I look forward to seeing your window solution upon completion.  I have read people mask off the exterior and fill the openings with UV cure resin.  I have a bunch of oddball civilian aircraft kits, including the Avanti, and will give it a try.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Sunday, March 20, 2022 11:34 AM

I didn't know Amodel kitted that.  Is it still available?

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, March 20, 2022 1:31 PM

Hello!

Thanks a lot for your comments!

Real G - I didn't have that resin, but I did have that transparent sheet (Vivak). I think it turned out all right, but I will know for sure when I remove the masks.

Don - I just checked the shops arond here, but the Avanti is sold out.. The last one was for sale end of January. But there's one for trade&swap on scalemates:

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/amodel-72301-piaggio-p180-avanti--942319

Maybe you can grab that. Or buy the Hammerhead drone and convert it?

Problem is A-Model is, as far as I know, a Russian company - that's a probem nowadays...

Thanks a lot for your comments and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, March 20, 2022 2:23 PM

Pawel,

I think the Amodel/Modelsvit consortium is located in Ukraine, so even more concerning.

My go-to online Ukraine shop HobbyTerra is not shipping at this time for obvious reasons.

Assuming their facilities survive, they have consitently reissued kits from their catalog.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    January 2020
Posted by Space Ranger on Sunday, March 20, 2022 9:19 PM

How do you make those poly-caps? That's a great idea!

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, March 21, 2022 11:05 PM

Nice work Pawel.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

  • Member since
    February 2011
Posted by knox on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 6:36 PM

That’s a cool looking airplane. Will be fun to see it come together and painted.  When I was in New Guinea, my Mom and I flew on a 1970’s era Piaggio.  As a kid, I thought the rear facing engines were great.  

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, March 31, 2022 8:09 AM

I found the kit on Amazon, it arrived already.  Gazing through box, it looks like a great kit.

I am a big canard fan.  Was building a Vari-Eze till my wife learned what the engine cost!  Sold kit for more than I paid for it, so came out okay.  Met Burt Rutan three or four times.

 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, April 4, 2022 6:41 PM

Cool project, Don. Will be watching.

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, April 8, 2022 5:57 PM

Hello everybody!

Thanks a lot for your comments!

Space Ranger - unfortunately I don't have the photos, but I started with a fret of unused poly-caps - I believe they came from a Sherman tank model. I also took an unguided rocket launcher pod off a 1:72 Matchbox Cobra clone for a tube and some styrene sheet. Using a battery powered drill for a lathe I cut the tube (ex-launcher) square, then glued a piece of styrene sheet, and after the glue dried still using the "lathe" I drilled the first hole and sanded the styrene face round, flush with the tube. Then I cut a slice of the tube together with the styrene sheet face, put one poly-cap inside and glued on anotherpiece of sheet styrene. Again, using my "lathe" I drilled another hole and sanded the second styrene face round after the glue dried. I hope this description gives you some idea...

Don - I'm glad you were able to buy your kit, I have the feeling the are slowly getting rare... Looking forward to your build!

And my build is going on slow. I got a bunch of photos of the ambulance interior from my Polish colleagues and I tried to show some details of the interior hoping that at least a bit of it would be visible through the windows... Here's what I got so far:

1:72 A-model Piaggio Avanti by Pawel

Now I'm concentrating on the other side of the aisle, the one with the stretchers. I want to wrap up the hull and do some construction and painting at last!

Thanks for looking and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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