|The Fiat G.50 was the first fighter designed by ing. G. Gabrielle who would design the Fiat G.55 and later the Fiat G.91 jet aircraft. The Fiat G.50 was the first of the R-Programme fighters and was an all-metal plane with a radial engine. The plane was characterized by good handling and was put into good use by the Finns on the Eastern Front and was used brielfy by the Regia Aeronautica over the English Channel, North Africa and Greece.
The Pacific Coast Model Fiat G.50 Bis kit is based on the old Secter G.50 kit but with the addition of a lot of resin goodies and a photo etched fret to enhance it. The Secter kit is a good starting point for
a G.50 model, although it has its disadvantages, such as the somewhat weak panel line detail, a scarce cockpit, too shallow wheel wells, not to mention the poor representation of the tailplanes. Pacific Coast models addressed some of this issues with a nicely detailed resin cockpit, a new vertical tailplane, a new Bis tail cone section, engine exhausts, a sand filter, a new cowling with the tiny bumps associated with CMASA built G.50 Bis fighters and bomb racks and bombs to do the
fighter bomber AS version. The photo etched fret is somewhat useless a part from the instrument panel and some levers and handles if one decides to use the resin interior.
It all started with the cockpit. I painted it with Verde Anticorrosione from Lifecolor and weathered it with oil washes. I decided to use the photo etched dashboard which really is a great improvement over the kit part. To complete the cockpit I added a photo etched harness from RCR. I also had to scratch build the San Giorgio gunsight. The cockpit floor has to be trimmed in order to fit inside
the fuselage and one has to be very careful where to position it or otherwise it might be too deep inside the fuselage and all of the detail work will be lost.
The fit of the Secter kit is not that bad, but trying to fit the resin pieces is somewhat tricky. Dry fitting and putty are necessary in order to get a good join of the resin vertical tailplane and tail cone. After the major construction was done, I reescribed lost detail and enhanced some of the soft panel line detailing specially on the control surfaces. It this time I started working on the Engines 'n' Things Fiat A.74 which is vastly superior to the joke of an engine that Secter molded.
I had decided to do a G.50 Bis that had bumps on the cowling to use the nice resin piece, but I managed to ruin it while cutting it, so my options became limited. I finally found a G.50 Bis with a smooth cowling that I liked on a color profile in the Regia Aeronautica Caccia & Assalto 1940-1943 Parte I by Paolo Waldis and Marino de Bortoli. The model was painted with Lifecolor's Giallo Mimetico 3, Grigio Azzuro Chiaro for the undersides, and giallo cromo for the cowling, and Misterkit's Verde Mimetico 3 and Bruno Mimetico 2 for the camouflage colors. The decals came from the excellent Sky Models sheet that came with the kit.
To weather my G.50 Bis I did a panel wash with oil colors. Then I toned the finish down with diluted Tamiya buff to give it a sun bleached look. I give it a hand of a mix of chalk pastel dust and
sealed it all with a flat Future application.
This was a great build, I specially enjoyed spraying the camouflage as helped me learn some important skills to do other more difficult Regia Aeronautica schemes.
Aircraft: Fiat G.50
Manufacturer: Fiat S.A.
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
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