Classic Airframes 1/48 FIAT CR.32
Italian Chirri - Part II Fuselage Assembly
by Davide Splendore
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Assembly continues with the resin nose and fuselage.  Take note to leave a small joint between the resin nose and the fuselage and its well worth the time to do this carefully than to damage the beautifully case resin nose.   Attach the resin nose to the fuselage using superglue.
Technical Data
Aircraft:
Fiat CR.32
Manufacturer: FIAT S.A.
Type:
Fighter
Year: 1935
Engine: FIAT A.30 RA, 12-cyclinder V, liquid-cooled, 600hp
Wingspan: 31 ft 2 in (9.50 m))
Length: 24 ft 5 in (7.45 m)
Height: 8 ft 8 in (2.63 m)
Weight: 4,080 lb (1,850 kg)
Maximum Speed:
233 mph at 19,685 ft (375 km/h at 3,000 m)
Ceiling:
28,900 ft (8,800 m)
Range:
460 miles (760 km)
Armament:
2 x 12.7mm SAFAT machine guns
Crew:
1

February, 2008
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Painting and Decals in PART III...
To increase the detail of the kit I added tubes for the spent cartdriges on each side of the front cowling.
Continued from Part I
Now that the fuselage is complete, move to the upper wings. Ideally, the wing is cast as a singale part making assembly all that much easier since panel lines don't need to be rescribed.  The ailerons were cut out for added realism.
Placements for the navigation lights were added using a tad of plasticard at the end of the leading edge of the wing.
The lower wings are also cast as single parts and in order to align them to the fuselage accurately it is necessary to mark reference points. With the aid of a compass the exact location points can be defined between the wings and the fuselage.
At this point plasticard branches were added to the wing roots.
The same approach was taken with the tail planes using plans as a guide to determine the exact length of the branches needed.
Prior to painting the fuselage, it was necessary to allow all the joints to dry before mounting the wings, in order to avoid damaging the susbequent fragile paint job.  Also it was necessary to add branches and location holes for the joints to the fuselage.  Allot of dry fitting was necessary before assembly.