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Here is the civil Caproni of the London-Cape Town attempt in all its Italian redness. For the step-by-step building article please go here in Britmodeller. (I made a mistake on the WiP and many photos are now missing, but I re-uploaded many of them at the end of that post): http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235027739-caproni-ca310-civil/ My thanks to Fabrizio D'Isanto who provided useful input. He is not responsible for any mistake I may have committed. As I mentioned before, there were several Caproni Ca.310 civil machines that participated in raids, record attempts and long distance flights: I-BFBA, I-BFBB, I-BFBC, I-LIRA, I-MANU, I-ORSA, I-LUAL, I-META, I-MOTO, I-ORSA, I-LUPA, I-ABMI, I-GARA, I-SVSB, for some of which you may find photos online. Details vary between them. There is a clip showing the machines at the Saharian Raid here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWIBtENfu7c All these other machines wore an ivory/metal scheme with most likely black regs. I used a custom decal set by Mika Jernfors of Arctic Decals. Many drab military models offered in the market can be easily converted into their civil counterparts (and again, in this case the manufacturer fortunately did include at least one "civil" option, although not really civil) for a more appealing result. This kit has very good detail and external parts' surface. The resin and P.E. accessories in the box are also nice. It is good that with some modifications this well done kit can be converted into many options for the civil versions of it. Old Airfix converted to one of the Corsa (I-12), rather poor Dujin Breda 33 kit righted, and the nice Azur kit of the Caproni, to establish a size comparison:
Several civil machines existed of the otherwise somewhat bellicose Caproni Ca.310 Libeccio in the late 30's. They participated in competitions and long distance raids. Of them, the most colorful was I-ENEI, that sported two different decorations. This colorful machine attracted my attention and as I was searching for a suitable kit I found the lovely Azur rendition. I bought the issue that even has a civil Norwegian registration, thus including the parts needed for the making of the civil machines (mainly a fuselage plug for where the dorsal turret was). When the kit arrived, I was pleasantly surprised with the contents, which include the said decals plus resin and photo-etched parts. The molds are very nice and with very good detail. More will be told as the build advances. An image of I-ENEI can be foud in the Gallica archives: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k6553461s/f31.item.r="type 310"libeccio Contents: Parts are separated and given a cursory cleanup. Kids, don't do this at home: The resin bits are very easily separated from their casting blocks, the casting are really good: I stress the easiness of separating the parts from their bases, provided you know what you are doing and are using the right tools and are careful. No broken parts, no bubbles, no stubborn, extra large, extra heavy casting block. Nicely done, Azur (with Czech associates): The snowy bits, not necessary for this version, are gladly stored: Some of the bellicose bits are cast aside: The fuselage plug for the civil version. As you can see, it doesn't have the stringers' relief as the rest of the back. We'll see if this matches reality: Again, very nice surface detail: I am so far very happy with what I purchased.