Fiat CR.42 Falco
Fiat Cr.42 Falco
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When it became evident that the "Falco" could not
fulfill the task a fighter was meant to do, the Regia Aeronautica made
good use of the CR.42 for ground attack duties.
Two bomb racks were fitted underwings in order to
hunt the vehicles columns of the allies in North Africa.
Those modifications occurred during 1942 and the
camouflage rules had changed quite a bit. No more the tri colors with
the intricate mottles but rather a sort of large blotches of "Oliva
scurro" over a base "Nocchiola chiaro", giving birth to the so called "Lizzard
scheme". The unde color was also changed from the "Griggio mimetico" to
the lighter "Griggio azzurro chiaro", a light grey but with no blue hue
The model is the very good 1/48 scale kit from
Italeri, built nearly straight from of the box.
The wings' ribbing is a bit on the heavy side and
require a good sanding to tone them down.
The aileron and rudder command were made from
plastic card and stretched sprue, and the length of the tail wheel cover
must be longer than proposed. Otherwise the only point I did not correct
is the shape of the air filter but I was not sure of that correction
when I made the kit.
As it is the same than the one used on the Fiat
G-50, the kit's one is to narrow.The plane is from the 387° squadriglia,
158 °gruppo 50° stormo d'assalto at Abu Nimier in Egypt August 1942.
The colors used were from Testor's Model Master
range and they worked just fine.
Decals are from an old sheet bought in Telford some
years ago, from Third Group decals.
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2006 by Jean Barby
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