Certainly the best first line fighter the Regia Aeronautica had at its disposal at the beginning of Italy's entry into WWII, the Macchi MC.200 Saetta would go on to earn itself a very respectful reputation in every theater of war the aircraft was employed; highlighted by superlative flight characteristics, no vices and an impressive dog fighting record.

This is the very good PCM (Pacific Coast Models) 1/48 Macchi C. 200. The shape of the model is excellent witth only minor details needing work. A complete construction article and coverage is provided in Replic n°149 where the photos tell the whole story. The only difficulty of this kit was the need to re-build the whole undercarriage, however with plastic tubing the task is fairly straight forward.  The paint scheme is the typical Breda factory camo scheme with a Verde Mimetico 2 base, followed by Bruno Mimetico and Giallo Mimetico 3. Undersides are Grigio Mimetico.

Regia Aeronautica camouflage schemes provide a real thrill for the airbrusher and the results are well worth the effort, as can be seen from the photos of this article.  Additional detailing included seat belts from the RCR PE set and the rest of the cockpit and interior details are sufficiently provided for by resin cast pieces in the kit.

Decals are kit supplied and depict MC-200 from the 95 éme Sqadr. 18 éme Gruppo Autonomo based in Roma-Ciampino in October 1941.

Technical Data:
Aircraft:
Macchi MC.200
Manufacturer: Aeronautica Macchi S.p.A.
Type:
Fighter
Year: 1939
Engine: Fiat A.74 RC 38, 14-cyclinder radial, air-cooled, 870hp
Wingspan:
34 ft 8 1/2 in (10.57m)
Length:
26 ft 11 in (8.19 m)
Height:
11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
Weight:
4,874 lb (2,208 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed:
319 mph (512 km/h) at 16,400ft (5,000 m)
Ceiling:
28,700 ft (8,750 m)
Range:
540 miles (870 km)
Armament:
2 machine guns
Crew:
1

Addional Images:
PCM 1/48 Macchi C.200 Saetta
Italian Lightning
by Jean Barby
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