|InTech's 1/48 Macchi MC.200 Saetta
Lightning Over Malta
by Vince Tassone
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|Produced in relatively large numbers the MC.200 Saetta was used extensively by the Regia Aeronautica in North Africa and Malta as a front line fighter until the appearance of the MC.202. Like many Italian fighters designed during this period, the MC.200 was light, maneuverable, reasonably fast and could climb to combat altitudes quickly. Its wings were advanced and the overall design was based on the experienced of Mario Castoldi, the designer of various Schneider Trophy seaplane winners. The Macchi MC. 200 was the contemporary of the Hawker Hurricane, although it could out climb the Hurricane and was far more maneuverable and was only slightly slower in level flight.
This is the 1/48 MC.200 Intech kit of Poland and is the (1/50) SMER Kit reboxed. I obtained the kit at our local hobby show for a few dollars. Nothing has changed from the SMER kit and the kit is very rough indeed with a great amount of flashing. I removed the conspicuously large raised rivets on the wing areas and scribed recessed panel lines using the wing of the Hasegawa 1/48 MC.202 as a reference plus drawings. I also replaced the kit provided canopy with an extra one provided in the Hasegawa kit. The rear wheel and the landing gear were also replaced with those from the MC.202 Hasegawa kit since the MC.200 and MC.202 shared the same landing gear.
The kit was finished in Humbrol Foliage Green FS. 34092 for Verde Mimetico 2. The mottle was finished with Testors paint for Giallo Mimetico 4 and Polly Scale paint for Bruno Mimetico. Polly Scale paint was used for Grigio Mimetico undersurfaces. The underside wheel wells and cockpit interior were finished in Polly Scale Grigio Azzuro Chiaro. The aircraft depicts Black 6, 167 Sq., 54 Gr. operating from Sicily during raids on Malta. Aeromaster Decal Sheet - Macchi 200 Collection - 48 -154 was used to complete the model.
Although the additional parts from the Hasegawa kit greatly enhanced the original kit, the Special Hobby or the Pacific Coast Models kits are recommended instead.
Aircraft: Macchi MC.200
Manufacturer: Aeronautica Macchi S.p.A.
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