Hasegawa 1/48 Macchi MC. 202 Folgore
Italian Lighting
by Jean Barby
Likely 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 0.50 in caliber SAFATs provided adequate firepower and had double the range of the 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 the American four-engine heavy bombers.  The Folgore (Lighting) was well liked by its pilots and its only shortcoming was that too few were built.
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Technical Data:
Macchi MC.202
Manufacturer: Aeronautica Macchi S.p.A.
Daimler Benz DB 601A-1, 12-cylinder V, liquid-cooled, 1,175hp
34 ft 8 1/2 in (10.57m)
29 ft 1 in (8.85 m)
9 ft 11 1/2 in (3.02 m)
6,480 lb (2,937 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed:
372 mph (600 km/h) at 18,050 ft (5,500 m)
37,700 ft (11,500 m)
475 miles (765 km)
2 x 12.7 mm SAFATs (0.5 in)
Crew: 1

Additional Images:
This is the well known Hasegawa 1/48 C.202.  The plane depicted is that of Giorgio Bertolaso at Fuka. I used the Jaguar interior set for the cockpit, the wheel bay was closed with the Sky resin piece to avoid building all the piping connections, then Eduard's photo etch set for the flaps was used, not easy and time consuming should I say! Concerning the colors I used Gunze H310 as a start for the NC4, adding white and yellow as I was looking for a light color but not a bleach one. Photos show the camo most of the time as light shaded sand and I tried my best to achieve that shade. Green is Gunze RLM70. The pattern was haindpainted using photos as a guide.
Regia Aeronautica Caccia e Assalto 1940-1943, Part I-III (Set)
Ali e Colori #5 Macchi C.202-205