Instructions are a downloadable PDF, available on the website.
Welcome to a gallery of images of the Ansaldo A1 Balilla
Photos kindly shared by Alberto Casirati, Paolo Miana and Szymon Grzywocz, with many saved from various internet sites including GAVs-Torino.com
Please note : Breda also made the engine under license and it was fitted to some examples of the A1 as well as the SPA original. Various small details are different as these pictures show. We chose to model the SPA stamped crankcase with optional Breda "stamp" supplied as a decal.
Blue and white interior scheme was specific to the two "St. George" presentation aircraft. Italian production aircraft should be portrayed in natural, varnished spruce, bleached linen (flax) and dark walnut. The hand painted camouflage was often (but not as standard, it seems) to upper surfaces of both wings and tail surfaces, after national markings were applied.
Polish machines 1920-21 were renovated WW1 machines. Their fuselages were cabinet-scraped of their dark varnish, the lighter natural walnut ply revealed was clear varnished. Some instruments may have been replaced or upgraded but no documentation exists.
Black or white altimeter? Both were in use - the choice is yours!
The Turin Museum restoration involved up to thirty professionals and volunteers. 16553 had a complete restoration, its wings recovered and wing crests repainted, sadly not quite capturing the look of the originals. The orientation of the wing crests was inexplicably reversed on the machine that is now on display. The new painted camouflage is not prototypical and I would refer you to the photos here, which shows the dirty, unrestored condition. All colours were achieved with brushes, not spray gun! We have attempted to depict the original look of the aircraft with our decals.