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  1. Hi Years ago the Revell CR 42 was the only one on the market. I made it for the first time about 40 years ago, and some 20 years ago I was not able to accept any longer it bad look. I removed old paint and tried to reshape as much as possible. I made wider rear part of fuselage by about 1.5 mm but still it remains too round, I am affraid. I reshaped the cowling and the undercarridge as weel as added some inlets and outlets of air. At present much better kits are available (Pavla - second hand and Italeri) so perhaps one day I will try again to model this very nice Fiat last biplane. Markings are from 162 Sq., 161 Gruppo, Scarpanto (Aegan Sea area), IV-V 1941 so from the war against Grecce. Decals by Esci (also about 40 yrs old now, rather tick...) Please have a look - comments welcome Regrads Jerzy-Wojtek
  2. Fiat CR.32 Freccia/Chirri 1:48 Special Hobby The CR.32 was an evolutionary development of an earlier Fiat Biplane fighter, and was thrown into the Spanish Civil War on the side of the Nationalist forces against the i-16s of the Republicans. It was renowned for being nimble, and its aerobatic prowess meant that it stayed in service longer than it perhaps should have, as it could still shoot down more modern monoplanes if handled by an experienced pilot. A product of the early 30s, it was already obsolete by the beginning of WWII, but it remained in service with the Italian Regia Aeronautica until well into the way, although its deployment was away from the leading edge of technology, where it still managed to hold its own. Eventually, the remaining airframes in Italian service were relegated to training duties, replaced by modern al-metal monoplanes such as the Folgore. Spain license produced a number of airframes named Chirri, which were essentially the same aircraft with some minor differences, and these fought alongside the Italian-build Freccis, and the remaining airframes were later converted to two-seat configuration and used as aerobatic trainers until the early 50s. The Kit The origin of this kit lies with Classic Airframes in the 1990s, and is now being released under the Special Hobby banner with revised decals and packaging. Inside the box are two sprues of shiny grey styrene, which are showing some signs of age, and could do with a little tidy-up before you commence construction, especially the wings, which seem to have picked up some artefacts over the years. None of this is too taxing however, and the shiny surface shows up any blemishes nicely. Also included is a bag of resin parts that are nicely detailed, although a few had come loose from their casting blocks due to the kicking it probably received in the Christmas post. A couple of the vanes around the nose have been damaged too, but I’m confident that they can be repaired with a little care. A single clear part is provided in its own bag, and the final bag contains the decal sheet, plus two small sheets of Photo-Etch (PE), one of which is nickel-plated and pre-painted. The instruction booklet is A5 on glossy paper and in full colour, with the decaling and painting guide to the rear. First impressions are a little mixed, due to the short-run nature of the Classic Airframe (CA) moulds, and the wing parts being in comparatively poor shape compared to the fuselage, plus the good quality resin parts. That said, this is probably the most mainstream kit of this little fighter now that it is under the Special Hobby name. Construction begins with a choice of tail, with two options requiring the modeller to cut the rudder off the fuselage halves, and both have elevator slots that need opening out before you can proceed. Attention then turns to the cockpit, which is mostly a mixture of resin and PE parts, which should result in great detail when painted sympathetically. As well as the sidewalls being detailed with PE parts, the seat gets a harness, and in the footwell there are a set of PE rudder pedals included. A pre-painted instrument panel lamination is installed at the front of the cockpit tub, which builds into a rounded box that fits between the fuselage halves. The nose is missing from the fuselage halves, and is provided as a single resin part that has excellent detail, especially around the radiator fins and intake. The elevators have their pins to hold them in place, and optional fin-swap is a butt-joint that could benefit from some reinforcement. The lower wings are also butted against their root fairings on the fuselage, so a little judicious pinning would be a sensible option, all of which speaks of the short-run origins of this kit. The windscreen, sighting devices and cabane struts are added to the top of the fuselage, after which the upper wing can be added, with one camo option needing 3.5mm removing from the "nose" at the wing centre. PE actuators for the flying surfaces are supplied all-round, and the small aerofoil-like balances on the ailerons. The wheels, gear legs and spats are all styrene parts, as are the two-bladed prop and spinner, but the under-nose radiator and a pair of small bombs on their carriers under the fuselage are resin, with additional detail possible because of this. Finally, there is no rigging guide included with the kit, but as there is minimal used on this aircraft, a few pictures from different angles should suffice to allow you to plan the process. Markings Four camouflage options are possible from the box, and all of them have some quite complex camouflage, as was often seen on anything Italian during that period. Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. From the box you can build one of the following: Fiat CR.32 Freccia 163-10/MM 3518, 163 Squadriglia, Rhodes, June 1940. Fiat CR.32 Freccia V-105 (C.No.315) 1/1. "Ijjázs" vadászszázad (1/1. Squadron "The Archer") early 1939. Fiat CR.32 Chirri 3-61 (C.No.111) Capitán Angel Salas Larrazábal, Leader of Escuadrilia 2-E-3 Aviación Nacional (Franco's rebel air force), Zaragoza, August 1937. Fiat CR.32 Quarter Freccia 160-10/MM.4666, pilot capitano Duilio Fanali, 160 Squadriglia, 12° Gruppo 50° Stormo D'assalto, Tobruk T2 base, July 1940. Conclusion It's an old kit, but it still has the potential to become a good representation of this last-gasp of the biplane age that fought in many combat zones, with a number of well-known pilots. Recommended to the more experienced modeller. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Hi, Next rather archive bird from my Italian shelvs- more than 20 years from construction. Fiat BR 20 M, model by Italeri, OOB except decals (drawer mostly). Machine from 277 Squadriglia, 116 Gruppo Bomb., 37 Stormo, Lecce, Italy, Spring (April) 1941. Before posting I cleaned and added a coat of Vallejo matt varnish (acrylic, diluted with water). Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  4. Hi, The last one of Caproni family from my Regia Aeronautica shelvs: Caproni Ca-314. Some other Caproni (101, 111, 133, 100) are in stash... To be done one day . Ca 314 is the last production variant with Isotta-Fraschini engines (I think the Isotta-Fraschini was before WWII an Italian brand like let's say Maserati today - sport and limousine cars, etc...) I added some details mostly inside. Decals from drawer, markings for 40Sq, 76 Gr.OA (? - that is teken from a description of profile of this machine). Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek And unexpected "bonus track" for patient memebers of forum, who looks till the end - the family photo
  5. Hi, Next from my Caproni shelf - Caproni Ca 311. Model made from Italeri kit, some interior details added. decals from drawer - markings are from 128 Squadriglia, 61 Gruppo Osservazione Aerea, Corpo di Spedizione Italiano in Russia, Zaporozhe, Ukraine, Nov. 1941. Comments welcome cheers... Jerzy-Wojtek
  6. Hi, Next very archive models from my shelves. Almost forty years old... First is Fiat G50 bis, from Airfix - but with deeply reshaped fuselage. A bigger (enlarged by diameter) cowling, also a bit differently (upward) placed, the whole fuselage cut behind cockpit to lower a bit rear part of it. Markings of 351 Squadron, 21th Group, 56th Stormo, Regia Aeronautica based in Ursel (Belgium) during BOB, 1940. Decals partially from ESCI (squadron emblem for example). Unfortunately decals became yellowish with years. Second is Fiat G 55 from Frog, in markings of RSI, 1944, Northern Italy. That one is mostly OOB, except decals (emblems also from ESCI) and blinding the space between cockpit and wheel bays.. Both are rather far from contemporary standars. G55 I made in 1975 or 76 and G 50 about year later. Anyway I would like to present them, I hope somone will like it ... Regards Jerzy - Wojtek Fiat G50: G 55:
  7. Crickets against Rats - Regia Aeronautica in the Spanish Civil War 1936/37 vol. I KAGERO - Casemate UK While a lot is known about the German involvement in the Spanish Civil war with the Condor Legion in support of the Nationalists, and the Russians supplying arms to the Republican forces; the involvement of the Italy is less well known. Though reluctant at first, following a direct request from Franco and encouragement from Hitler Mussolini committed his Navy to the seas around Spain, his Army in the form of a Corps of "Volunteer" forces to the ground and the Regia Aeronautica to the air. This new book from Casemate/Kagero looks at the involvement of the Regia Aeronautica. The book arrives as an A4 portrait soft cover 78 page book. The book follows the day to day struggles in the air, and the rapid deployment of the Italian Air Force to Spain. In this first volume the years 1936 & 1937 are covered. Details include to attacks on Madrid, battles at the river Jarama, and battles for Malaga & Guadalajara. The text is illustrated throughout with black & white photos. Following the text there are five colour pages (including the back page) with profiles of Italian Aircraft used in this conflict. Conclusion This is an excellent book covering a less well known part of the Spanish Civil War. Recommended to those with an interest in The Italian Air Force, The Spanish Civil War, or those history buffs who would like to know more about this subject. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Hi, Second Italian bird from archive shelf for today - Breda Ba 65. Wiki tells about her things like that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breda_Ba.65 This is vacu kit by Rareplane, I made it about 20 years ago. The airplane was a ground attack machine, which was rather succesfull - 218 build (for pre-war time it was not few) and exported to some countries. Here markings are from 101 Sq, 5 Stormo, Regia Aeronautica from Autumn 1939 - spring 1940 period. Decals from drawer. Now there is a kit available (or not?) by Azur. Regards and comments welcome Jerzy-Wojtek
  9. Hi, here are some pictures from my Macci C.202,i have done this kit some years back, my models sit on shelfs, that means, they face a lot of dust during their"service live" From time to time they were refurbished and get some updates, i cleaned the clear parts, after that, they got a bath in clear, a new antenna wire was added.The weathering was kept at minimum. It is a typical Hasegawa kit, very nice, easy to build but somewhat expensive. These aircrafts are very special, Mario Castoldi constructed them asymetric with one smaller wing to overcome the propeller torque. My modelling is nothing special, i hope you like it anyway. Cheers Bernd
  10. My gesture of self-sacrifice for the modelling community - finished just in time Sword and then RS Models released their state-of-the-art Sagittario kits. Well, at least I wasn't then spoilt for choice and yes, I still managed to use a few Pavla parts (however, modified)... Some in-progress pictures:
  11. Ansaldo S.V.A. 5 Late Italian Reconnaissance Fighter 1:72 Fly The Ansaldo S.V.A. 5 was a single-seat biplane designed for the Regia Aeronautica during the First World War. It was named after the designers of the aircraft and the founder of the Ansaldo company - the S.V.A. acronym being formed from the initials of Umberto Savoia, Rodolfo Verduzio and Giovanni Ansaldo. Despite being one of the fastest combat aircraft of the era, it was found to be unsuitable for its intended role as a fighter. It was therefore adapted for armed reconnaissance, a role in which it enjoyed considerable success. Powered by a 200hp six-cylinder, water-cooled engine, the S.V.A. 5 was capable of 140mph and could climb to almost 20,000 feet. The aircraft’s place in history was secured when it was used by the Italian poet and nationalist Gabriele D’Annunzio to drop propaganda leaflets over Vienna on 9 August 1918, a feat that involved a 1,200km round trip. The aircraft was used by the air forces of a number of different nations, including Poland, Latvia, the Soviet Union and a number of South American countries. Fly’s Ansaldo S.V.A. 5 follows hot on the heels of their rather excellent Avia BH 22 kit, so my expectations are really rather high. Fly also released this kit in 1:48 scale some time ago, so it should be a subject about which they know a thing or two. Inside the robust, end-opening box are two sprues of caramel coloured plastic, a one-piece resin seat/cockpit, a vacuum formed windscreen and a sheet of decals. As with the Avia we reviewed last month, the quality of the injection moulded parts looks very good. There is little or no flash and fine details and features such as the fabric effect on wings have been captured very well. Thanks to the clever use of a single-piece resin cockpit, construction of the interior is relatively straightforward. The cockpit is comprised of just three parts, including the aforementioned resin tub/seat, a control column and an instrument panel. The level of moulded detail is pretty good and some structural details are moulded on the inside of the fuselage halves. Raised details have been used to depict the instruments on the instrument panel. The seat is cast in cream coloured resin with harnesses sculpted in place. It looks very nice indeed and should look great once painted. Once the cockpit is finished, you can join the fuselage halves together. The instructions require you to add the stubby exhaust pipes at this point. These are presented as six individual pipes, which may be tricky to align properly. I think I would have preferred a set of pipes joined by a common rail at the back, seeing as they have to be fixed in place from the inside anyway, but with care and attention the versions provided should look ok. Be sure to use the larger radiator as the smaller type used on the early S.V.A. 5 is also provided. The wings have locating points for the struts, and the main struts themselves are provided as V-shaped parts. Correct alignment will still require a degree of patience, however. A series of excellent diagrams are provided to help you do this, and well as rig the whole thing once construction is complete. The rudder and elevators are provided as separate parts, but the control surfaces are moulded in place. Finishing touches such as the undercarriage and tail skid are all nicely reproduced. The decals look good, particularly the eagle motif for the second Italian Air Force aircraft, although it is completely different in design from that depicted on the back of the box! The following schemes are incuded: • Ansaldo S.V.A. 5, Postwar Reconnaissance School, Italian Air Force; • Ansaldo S.V.A. 5, Rome-Pisa-Genoa Airmail Transport, 1919; and • Ansaldo S.V.A. 5 , Breda Flying School, 1925. The fuselages of all three aircraft are varnished plywood, while the wings are either doped linen or mottled camouflage. The underside of the wings for the Italian Air Force versions are painted in the colours of il Tricolore, which adds a splash of colour. Conclusion Whilst the Ansaldo S.V.A. 5 may not be the most elegant of Great War aircraft, this is an interesting kit nonetheless. It makes a nice change from the usual British or German types which seem to be relatively well served by kit manufacturers. If you have some experience of building biplanes, then you shouldn’t have too much trouble with this. Recommended. Available in the UK from Hannants Review sample courtesy of