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PSP - Pierced Steel Planking

Italeri 1/72 PSP - Pierced Steel Planking Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

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

First Look

PSP - Pierced Steel Planking
PSP - Pierced Steel Planking

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!