Hasegawa 1/48 Macchi C.202
Folgore (Thunderbolt)
by Jean Barby


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One of the best fighters of World War II, this classic fighter possessed a great rate of climb, high speed and maneuvreability and was a first-rate aircraft on all counts. The Macchi C.202 was the contemporary of the Bf.109F and the Spitfire Mk.V and in certain aspects the aircraft was superior to both, such as in the rate of climb, dive speed and agility. Both the Macchi and the Sptifire shared a common lineage in the Schneider Trophy racers. In fact the Supermarine (Spitfire) designs were largely influenced by the Macchi M.39. The C.202 was used extensively in North Africa, the Soviet Union and in defense of the homeland and was Italy’s best fighter of WWII, although more powerful fighters had been produced later in the war. Over 1,100 C.202s were built in little over two years. Although often overlooked, the two Breda 0.50in caliber SAFATs provided adequate firepower and had double the range of contemporary English fighter 0.303 MGs as well as greater hitting power. In fact no formal request for heavier armament was made until the appearance of American four-engine heavy bombers. The Folgore was well liked by its pilots and its only shortcoming was that too few were built.







Construction

I think, with this one , that my exploration of the « Folgore » is reaching its end. I had never tackled that scheme before and I liked the idea of showing the emplacement of the fascists insignias before they were removed once Mussolini was dismissed. On this kit I have used the new Vector resin part for the undercarriage bay, a nice thing but nearly impossible to fix properly if you do not sand the resin and the plastic parts to the limits of transparency. Very tricky! Used the superlative SBS interior and some leftover photo-etch. The continental Breda scheme had a more dense green pattern to better cope with the Italian mainland where the « Vespa Arrabiata » squadron fought in the defense of Roma after the last dogfights over Tunisia. the serial number is not certain. The white bordered black numbers were done using the Silhouette, as were the masks for the previous wing and fuselage fasces.

Technical Data

Aircraft: Macchi MC.202
Manufacturer: Aeronautica Macchi S.p.A.
Type: Fighter
Year: 1941
Engine: Daimler Benz DB 601A-1, 12-cylinder V, liquid-cooled, 1,175hp
Wingspan: 34 ft 8 1/2 in (10.57m)
Length: 29 ft 1 in (8.85 m)
Height: 9 ft 11 1/2 in (3.02 m)
Weight: 6,480 lb (2,937 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed: 372 mph (600 km/h) at 18,050 ft (5,500 m)
Ceiling: 37,700 ft (11,500 m)
Range: 475 miles (765 km)
Armament: 2 x 12.7 mm SAFATs (0.5 in)
Crew: 1

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