Italeri 1/72 PSP - Pierced Steel Planking Kit First Look
|Date of Review||March 2013||Manufacturer||Italeri|
|Subject||PSP - Pierced Steel Planking||Scale||1/72|
|Kit Number||1327||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Nice diorama or vignette display for your 1/72 deployed fighter||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$42.00|
Italeri has released an interesting new diorama or vignette display base in the form of this PSP display. During World War Two and through Korea and Vietnam, Pierced Steel Planking was a simple way to create hard surfaces for ramps, taxiways, and runways in areas where the ground is too soft to support the weight of aircraft on their wheels. These steel planks had holes to make them a little lighter and to allow water drainage from rain and other sources.
The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on five parts trees including the main display base. The kit provides room on one side for non-PSP surfaces and a place to put the inlcuded stacked sandbags for improvised bunkers, a wooden tower, 55 gallon drums, crates, and the essential Jerry cans.
This set will provide a nice basis for a diorama or vignette for your 1/72 fighters or even a bomber or C-47. With a little imagination and weathering, you can use the materials provided in this set along with a few figures to really put your favorite subject into a realistic scene.
My sincere thanks to MRC for this review sample!