Very Rare Italian Desk gadget, World War I biplane, Model I.M.A.M. Ro.1 1927

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Very Rare Italian Desk gadget, World War I biplane, Model I.M.A.M. Ro.1 1927, in cast bronze, resting on a removable vertical support on a circular base. Rotating propeller with star engine. Original of the period. Dimensions of the plane about 14x9 cm, height of the pedestal about 8 cm. Fair condition.

Size 14 x 9 cm

The I.M.A.M. Ro.1 was a biplane made by the Italian manufacturer Industrie Meccaniche Aeronautiche Meridionali SpA. It is a development based on the Dutch Fokker C.V E, for which a production license was acquired. In addition to minor changes, the chassis was modified and an Alfa Romeo Jupiter manufactured under license was used instead of the original Bristol Jupiter engine.

Production began in 1927, around the same time as the Fiat CR.20. From the I.M.A.M. Ro.1 a total of 277 machines were built, as well as 72 copies of the somewhat more powerful Ro.1bis.

Around 30 to 35 machines took part in the attacks on the Kufra oasis in Libya in 1931. They proved themselves as inconspicuous light bombers and reconnaissance aircraft. Although now out of date, they were still used in the Italian-Ethiopian War until they were replaced by the further developed IMAM Ro.30 and I.M.A.M. Ro.37 were replaced. The I.M.A.M. Ro.1 were withdrawn from service with the Italian Air Force in 1937.