Flying Machines 1/48 Fiat G.50 Serie III
Battle of Britain FIAT

by Fabrizio Frassica
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Although produced in comparatively fewer numbers than corresponding Macchi aircraft of WWII, the Fiat G.50 nonetheless draws as much interest, particularly amongst scale aviation modelers.  The most interesting use of this aircraft was in the Battle of Britain and the clash between Finland and Russia in 1940-1944.  In the hands of Finnish pilots, the Fiat G.50 achieved remarkable success and was responsible for 101 Soviet aircraft shot-down for the loss of only two Fiats.  This success mirrored the Italian performance in southern Russia using the more effective Macchi MC.200.  The total production of Fiat's amounted to 791 of all types.  The Fiat G.50 was designed by the young and gifted Ing. Giuseppe Gabrielli in 1937 and he drew upon this experience to design one of the war's most effective fighters, the Fiat G.55 Centauro.  He later designed the highly successful Fiat G.91 multirole combat jet aircraft, winning the European competition for its type and the plane was subsequently adopted for use by the AMI, the Luftwaffe and the Portugese air force.

In 1940 the Regia Aeronautica joined the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain with an expeditionary force "Corpo Aereo Italiano - CAI" equipped with bombers (Fiat Br. 20 and CANT Z 1007) and fighters (Fiat G50 and Fiat CR42).  G50s operated from Belgium (Magden and Ursel) and the the plane was used up until April 1941, completing fighter sweeps between Calais and Dunquerque.

Markings are for Major Bonzano's plane, commander of 20o gruppo, 56o stormo of Corpo Aereo Italiano in Belgium (Magden airfield) over the channel during Battle of Britain (winter 1940-41). Colours by life colours: Basic colour giallo mimetico 3, mottled with verde mimetico 2 and marrone mimetico 3. Underside painted with grigio mimetico. Heavy weathering around cockpit area was caused by protective tarpaulin friction and by not easy weather condition of Channel. Decals by Tauro Model.
Technical Data:
Aircraft: Fiat G.50
Manufacturer: Fiat S.A.
Type: Fighter
Year: 1939
Engine: Fiat A.74 RC 38, 14-cyclinder radial, air-cooled, 870hp
Wingspan: 36 ft (10.98 m)
Length: 25 ft 7 in (7.80 m)
Height: 9 ft 8 1/2 in (2.95 m)
Weight: 5,280 lb (2,395 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed: 294 mph (473 km/h) at 19,685 ft (6,000 m)
Ceiling: 35,200 ft (10,700 m)
Range: 420 miles (675 km)
Armament: 2 x 12.7mm (0.5 in) SAFAT machine guns

Additional Images:

Osprey Aviation Elite Units #38 53o Stormo
May, 2013
STORMO! 2013
Stormo Decals 48002 - Italian WWII Aces Part II 1/48
Special Hobby - Fiat G.50 Finnish Version 1/48 - 48086