Macchi C.202 Folgore
by Marco Bossi
Macchi C.202 Folgore
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Here is Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Aermacchi C.202 "
This is a third serie C.202 "Folgore" MM7726, of 96a Squdriglia , 9°
Gruppo , 4° Stormo C.T. ( Land
Fighters Group ) of the Regia Aeronautica in Martuba (Lybia), December
I built this kit some years ago straight from the box except for
correcting the headrest fairing area and the shape of the tails. Also, the
pitot tube is rebuilt with syringe needle, and the external gun sights are
in thin metallic wire; as is the early stub radio mast .
Recently I made further corrections in decals and I touched up the
camouflage so that I can present my project to reproduce the scene on the
volume No.41 by Squadron/Signal Publication.
The camouflage consists of an early standard
three-tone scheme called "fried eggs". This comprises spots of Giallo
Mimetico 4 and Bruno Mimetico 2 (mimetic brown and mimetic
yellow) over dark olive green background and Grigio Azzurro Chiaro
1 (Light Blue Gray ) undersides.
I used exclusively a mixture of Tamiya basic colours.
Decals are Hasegawa, Tauro Model and Skymodels.
This plane has gray paint over repairs at the wing root,on the fuselage
and some holes and repairs on the tail controls, resulting from damage
previously acquired in the sky of Malta and next emergency landing sear
Siracusa (Sicily) the 4th of October 1941 flown by Tenente
(Lieutenant ) Bruno Spitzl. On 11 March 1942 , probably because of
mechanical troubles , the C202 MM7931 newly-built by Breda Factory flown
by Spitzl, crashed into a building in Milano town during a test flying
session. Lt. Spitz , who are still survived an other previous terrible
accident of 16th December 1941 in Ain el Gazala ( Northern Africa ), died
in pain one month later.
In the real picture there are one S.81 and more
distant one S.79 both under maintenance.
In order to reproduce this scene I needed some date palms and two
trimotors planes as background .
My initial intent was to use for this porpoise one old 1/72 scale Airfix
kit of SM.79 and one Supermodel S.81but two reasons dissuaded me for .
First reason is the S.81 "Pipistrello" ( Bat ) was under
reconstruction, second one I'm already working on another "big project"
and I needed to save time building the only one essential date palm tree.
So , I used one very old Supermodel cantZ.1007 in 1/72 scale recently
heavily rebuilt by my brother Luca.
To make the basic parts of the palm I used thick
tinfoil for leaves (obtained from a cover of yoghurt packaging), nylon
fishing line for stems and one plastic tube covered by Milliput resin
putty was the trunk.
When my palm was finished I photographed it with a digital camera from
different angles of view and distances , taking care to maintain the same
angle of shadow for the purpose to collect a series of palm's images ,
different by dimensions and layout of the leaves.
Then, I took the definitive photo of the diorama using the palm as
background in the centre of the picture and at last I adjoined tree more
"electronic" palms cut out from the "digital palm data base".
Macchi C.202 in action -
AIRCRAFT No.41 --- Squadron/Signal publications
Aer.Macchi C.202 - Ali e
Colori No.4 --- La Bancarella Aeronautica
Storia Militare No. 111
--- Albertelli Edizioni Speciali SrL
--- author of the article is Giovanni Massimello
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by Marco Bossi
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