|Hasegawa 1/48 Macchi MC. 202 Folgore
by Jean Barby
|When I had to buid a MC 202 for the special issue of WingMaster on the desert war, I decided to tackle the things I needed to. Let me explain myself: like most of us I enjoy surfing the web, researching what modelers in some other parts of the world are doing. The result is often frustrating as it seems that the global world has also hit the modeler's world. When it comes to the MC 202, I see some strange things, and more strange things on the MC 205! But let's stay with the "Folgore". We have a lot of very good references nowadays: Maurizio di Terlizi Aviolilbri, Aerodetail, Alid'Italia, and yet I see some models with easy to avoid mistakes, fancy markings, panels appearing where they are not supposed to, wrong colors etc..... So!!!!!! I wanted my model to conform to a model of the XIIth Serie, and I applied straight forward clever directions ptrovided by the Aviolibri reference. The second point I wanted conform to, was the visual presence of the complete DB-601. And, an old Hitech DB-601 found a new life in the belly of my Folgore and the wheel bay was so well filled with cables and wires that, in the end, it looked like an octopus. I also made good use of the Eduard Photo Etch sets, for the cockpit and the flaps. So far so good, now we had to paint the plane: Ahhhhh the sweet Breda camo scheme was calling to me and mixing some white with the Nocciola Chiaro from Aeromaster (a surviving sampler) I sprayed the upper surfaces, respecting the characteristic separation lines inherent to the Breda paint shop, then with some British dark green (don't laugh it has the perfect hue for a Verde Olive Scuro 2 worn by the dester wind and the sun) I pictured the blotches so typical in their shape. In the end a very light spray of Nocciola Chiaro tied in green and light brown. The plane represents the mount of Tenente Giorgio Solaroli, Marquis of Brione from the 74 squ. 23 gruppo 3° Stormo in Abou Aggag in August 1942.
Best regards to all Stormo friends, Jean.
Aircraft: Macchi MC.202
Manufacturer: Aeronautica Macchi S.p.A.
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)
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