|The FIAT G.50 was the first Italian monoplane fighter. It was an all-metal aircraft and had retractable undercarriage and was designed at the same time as the last biplane fighter, the Fiat CR.42 and first appeared in 1939. The G.50 was a typical transition aeroplane and it took some time to perfect the formula. The plane was sturdy and easy to handle although it was not very fast but proved troublesome to the British in Greece and served with the 56o Stormo in offensive operations against the British in the BoB and was used very successfully by the Finns as late as 1944. Although only briefly employed as a frontline fighter by the RA, the G.50 served as a ground attack aircraft. A second model appear in 1940, the G.50bis. The G.50 continued in use until the end of hostilties and was also employed by the Germans. Among the chief variant models was a dual control trainer, a carrier version and one with a Daimler Benz inline engine.
The kit used here is the resin 1/48 scale FIAT G.50 bis by Italian Classic. The kit dimensions were verified using as a reference the drawings contained in the booklet “Ali d’Italia” series, the drawings from the CMPR Notiziario 4/81 scaled up to 1/48 using a photocopier with three digital digits and original sections from Fiat drawings, again scaled up to1/48 scale.
The kit fuselage corresponds perfectly with the Ali d’Italia drawings and with Fiat drawings, practically also with the CMPR drawings (discrepancies are of the order of some tenths of a millimeter) .
The internal sides of the fuselage are somewhat thick, all the ribs are reproduced and it is possible to remove the lateral ports for the machine gun inspection ports which are also provided as separate parts to be assembled in the open position.
To complete the fuselage assembly the followig details are provided as separate parts:
• The upper front part of the fuselage in two versions, with different bulges in correspondence with the machine guns;
• The upper rear part of the fuselage, behind the cockpit;
• The tail stern and the fin
The internals of the fuselage are provided with parts for improving the detail, the seat is perfectly reproduced with respect to the Fiat drawings, and the instrument panel is very accurate. The upper front fuselage part could also be cut and removed in such a way to have visibility of the machine guns (perfectly reproduced) with the relevant details; furthermore the oil and gasoline tanks are available.
The engine is provided with separate cylinders to be assembled on a very detailed engine body; the propeller nose is provide in two versions. The wings and the landing gear details correspond perfectly with the drawings.
The selection of the subject to be reproduced is a very interesting phase for me in the construction of the model; normally I prefer subjects perfectly individuated, i. e. with the complete insigna, squadriglia numbers and possibly serial numbers (MM Matricola Militare) known. It was from a long time I wanted to reproduce the subject 162-1, MM 6050; a poster of this plane (a b/w photo) was published in 1972 attached to the first volume (A1) of the series Dimensione Cielo – Immagini; so this was the occasion; furthermore a very nice profile of this plane had been published on “Ali e colori “dedicated to the G50.
I started with the engine, adding the piston rods, using Evergreen plastic rod 0,50 mm,and using electric wire for other details. In the photo of the half fuselage assembly you can see all the details, as, in a first moment, I had thought to open the guns hollow, but subsequently I reconsidered this option, just to save the plane profile aspect. Also the cockpit is well detailed; I had only to add the safety belt and the belt of the pedals; the colours to be used for the internal details are:
• Rosso bandiera (flag red) : fire-fighting equipment
• Azzurro Savoia (blue Savoia): air piping
• Giallo medio (middle yellow): gasoline piping
• Bruno mimetico (mimetic brown) : lubricant piping
• Bianco neve ( snow white) ; oxygen piping
For the oxygen bottle, only the upper part has been painted in white as shown by the photos of the internal of other planes (for istance C200 and C202). The internal part of the fuselage was washed with well thinned oil colours after having been painted in anticorrosion light grey (probably primer FS 36599). The wing assembly does not present particular difficulties: instead what is easy, is to lose the little photoetched parts of the details!
The subject 162 – 1 camouflaged with a background in mimetic yellow 3 (FS 33434) on which mottles in mimetic green 3 (FS 34102) and mimetic brown (FS30109) have been sprayed. For the reproduction of these colours, I used the mixtures with Tamiya acrilic colours, reported in the booklet “Euro Modelismo – Aircraft in Africa – Monograph n°9”. I have compared these mixtures with the hand painted chips of the first edition of the CMPR book on Italian camouflage (1979) and found them practically exact. In this way it is possible to have exact colours and the repeatibility is assured.
The mixtures are:
• Mimetic yellow 3 : 36% XF59 + 36% XF3 + 7% XF64 + 21% XF2
• Mimetic green 3 : 80% XF5 + 20% XF62
• Mimetic brown 2 : 36% XF7 + 36% XF79 + 28% XF62
• Mimetic grey : 63% XF19 + 37% XF53
I used a graduated syringe and setting for istance, the equivalence 1 cm3 = 36% and from this deriving the other percentages; the weathering was not heavy as in the photos the plane look new enough.
Gruppo Plastimodellismo Fiorentino ( Florence Plastimodelers Group)
IPMS Italy # 826/77
Club Modellismo Plastico Ravenna (CMPR)
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
|Italian Classic 1/48 Fiat G.50 Freccia
by Riccardo Trotta
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