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wayne 0

Macchi C200 Saetta

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Macchi C200 easy build kit from HobbyBoss.

362 Squadriglia, 22 Gruppo Russia 1941

This kit has pretty good shape, but skips many important details.

I attempted to add the missing parts, and in the process picked up some ideas on how to build another one more efficiently, and with better detail.

All out of box except the cockpit from a Hasagawa C202, with tape belts.

Starboard wing cut and shortened to replicate asymmetrical design.

Drop of canopy glue for rear navigation light.

Styrene scratch built inner landing gear doors and (wire) retraction arms (none in kit).

Styrene scratched top centre cowling piece (not in kit).

Tyres flattened and bulged by heating.

Machine guns (a bit too thick) made from steel wire (none in kit).

Exhaust manifold (in behind cowling) made from bent stretched sprue.

Air intake at bottom of cowling made from cut up Hasegawa C202 part and shaped sprue (not in kit).

Wheel wells ground out to better represent the actual aircraft, a bit of detail added.

Painted with Tamiya acrylic.

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Thanks for looking.

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Well done, those wheel wells look nice! I've the old Revell offering, and the HB offering looks to be leaps and bounds ahead.

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Look's superb Wayne,a kit I've eyed up a few times might have to have a go after seeing how good it can look.

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Lovely work and well done for taking on the lack of asymmetry! I wrestled with the Revell version but that bit was beyond me.

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Great overall impression of that Italian 'Arrow'! I'm surprised that those HB Easy builds can look so good.

On the thext one, perhaps also remove the leading edge and engine valve cover moulding seams for pure perfection?

Slick job with the camouflage and finish!

Kind regards,

Joachim

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Your Seatta model really looks the part -

Well done!

Regards

Dave

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I love those easy kits. I always buy two so the kids can (hopefully) get hooked on the hobby. I've finished the Me 109E and the P-39.

Mine aren't half as nice as yours.

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Thanks for the kind words.

I went with the easy build Hobby Boss kit because reviews on the Revell offering didn't seem very favourable.

At least the Revell kit comes with machine guns, inner gear doors and a pitot tube (which I forgot to add to my build oops!).

It (Revell) has raised panel lines a worse canopy and prop, not at the HB standard.

I do believe Kora make early and late model wing correction sets to suit the Revell kit (more expensive than the kit though).

If I can find a Special Hobby kit, I will build one of them.

Great overall impression of that Italian 'Arrow'! I'm surprised that those HB Easy builds can look so good.

On the thext one, perhaps also remove the leading edge and engine valve cover moulding seams for pure perfection?

Slick job with the camouflage and finish!

Kind regards,

Joachim

Hahaha ! Ooops.

It was only after I posted the pics up that I realised I had left the seam on both sides of the cowling, the leading edge of the entire wing, and a small knobby bit just forward of the tail wheel.

Just a few things on the list to fix next time.

Wayne.

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