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Hi everybody; inspired by some very interesting multiple builds I recently saw here on BM (see for instance by @Cookenbacher, @Procopius and @rob85, to name a few), I decided to start my own. I'm going to build Macchi's C202 FOLGORE and C205 VELTRO (I don't think they need any introduction, but I'll probbaly mention something along the build) I acquired the two kits I'm going to use off BM, second hand; they were pristine, though, with only the C202 having the main parts (fuselage and wings) removed from the sprue. Here are the boxes: and the schemes I'm going for: Aftermarkets: SBS resin cockpit set and Eduard Brassin exhaust stacks for the C202 and again SBS resin cockpit and Quickboost exhausts for the C205 Here are some details of the cockpit sets: Not bad, uh? Instruction sheet: Same for the C205 and the paint set I'll be using: Last night I washed both kits and the resin parts in warm soapy water and let them dry overnight. More progress during the WE, I think. Ciao
Decided it was time to build a couple of Castaldi's Macchi C202 fighters from the enduring Hasegawa twin boxing. Cleaned up the only "detail" on the cockpit walls. Small white ring is a slice off a cotton tip, to become a trim wheel. Added ribs and bits to make peering through the canopy a little bit interesting. While preparing to join the fuselage halves, disaster struck when I picked up the Tamiya cement only to have the (not properly tightened) lid in my hand and the full jar fall to the table and splash in my lap, on my head, and a tiny spot in my eye. None landed on my model. Phew !!! After rinsing my pants and showering to wash glue off me, I head back to the workshop to find this...... .......the glue slick had used gravity to seek out the fuselage and make a mess of it. So I grabbed the starboard fuselage from the second kit, made some new ribs and translated the detail bits from the destroyed half. Buttoned up without the drama. Opened up the exhaust manifold covers. Shown with its melted sibling. I had seen a few photos that showed the engine cover sitting slightly higher at the rear. I added some thin styrene at the base to try and emulate this. I wouldn't do this again as the scale doesn't really warrant it. Guess who doesn't know when to put the styrene away. Filled in the awful gaps, but decided against trying to detail the gear bays. Now that I have lots of spare Macchi parts I thought I may be able to use some on this......... While the HobbyBoss C200 has a good outline and acceptable surface detail, the cockpit is a bad seat and the wings are of equal length (which we all know is wrong....right?) Used the spare Hasegawa cockpit parts and joined the fuselage and wings. A butterfly for the C202 intake. Plus some pointless pre-shading (as I usually lose it under the top coats). Scratched internal radiator parts for C202 and added grooves to the oil cooler around the cowling on the C200. More to come.
Macchi C.202 Folgore Hasegawa 1:48 The Macchi C.202 Folgore (Italian for Thunderbolt) was constructed by Macchi Aernautica as a development of their earlier C.200 Saetta. The original C.200 features an air colled radial engine, however the C.202 would feature a licence built Daimler-Benz DB601Aa engine. This along with a redesigned more streamlined fuselage would bring the speed upto 372 mph it's speed and manoeuvrability were comparable with other fighters of the time. It did have its problems, chiefly that it was under armed and was susceptible to entering dangerous spins. In addition the radios and oxygen systems were highly unreliable often leading to 50/60% of pilots returning to base. Over 1100 were built, and as well as serving with the Italian forces they were used by Croatia during WWII, and after the war Macchi we able to sell some surviving aircraft to the Egyptians where they would be used in combat against Israel. The Italian Air Force used them in the training role until 1948. The Kit This kit was originally released by Hasegawa in 1995, and has been re-released in various boxing since then, the last being in 2006. For the release now Hasegawa have reverted back to the box art and decal options of the original 1995 kit. The kit arrives as 3 main sprues, 3 small sprues, and a clear sprue. As you would expect from Hasegawa the parts are well moulded and all the parts are crisp. Construction begins as with most aircraft, in the cockpit. The main cockpit is made up from the bottom section, two sides and the instrument panel. The seat is added, with the control column, a rudder bar, and some ancillary controls to the cockpit sides. Once the cockpit is completed it can be placed inside the fuselage, and this then closed up. The panel on top of the nose with the guns is added as a separate insert, and oil cooler are added; and also the tailplanes at this stage. The wings are the next major construction step. These are of a conventional lower one piece wing, to which the left and right top wings are added. The undercarriage bay must be constructed and installed before the top wings are added. Once complete the wings are added to the main fuselage. Once the main aircraft is built its on to all the small parts to finish off. The main landing gear is constructed and added. The lower radiator is added along with the tail wheel n the exhausts. One last item is the propeller. For this kit it is three separate blades which must be added to the hub. Finally the canopy is added. Decals As mentioned this new release brings the same decals as the original 1995 kit, for two option. A smallish decal sheet has the national markings and a few others as the aircraft did not seem to have much more in the way of markings. The options supplied are; 363-2 363 Squadriglia 150° Gruppo 53° Stormo, Italian Air Force (Blotch camo) CL111 Commander 153° Gruppo Italian Air Force (Ring camo) Conclusion This is good re-release from Hasegawa. The kit has not been available for a while now. Overall recommended if you want/need a C.202 in your collection. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for