Hasegawa - 1/48 Macchi MC.202
Italian Interceptor
by Michel Gruson
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Technical Specifcations:

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
March, 2011
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Background
This was probably the best Italian fighter of the Second World War. It was an excellent airplane, it was used in several theatres of operation, and it was produced in large quantity. More than 1,100 aircraft were built in little more than two years. Better planes were designed, such as the 'Series 5' (Macchi MC.205, Fiat G.55, and Caproni-Reggiane Re 2005), but very few of them were built, and they arrived too late in the war to have any significant effect.

The prototype first took to the air on August 10, 1940. Test results showed that Italy had caught up with Britain and Germany in the field of fighter airplanes. It was a fine airplane and very easy to handle. It was also a fast and reached high altitude rapidly.

The Macchi MC.202 marked a fundamental step ahead. Until then all the combat airplanes in Italy had been built around radial engines, and earlier Italian fighters had all been limited by the relatively low power of these engines, as well as by their aerodynamic weaknesses. The decision to use radial engines had been made in the second half of the 1930s, notwithstanding the excellent racing results that Italian aircraft with in-line engines had obtained in that period.

The Macchi MC.202 was the first of this new line of airplanes. It was designed by Mario Castoldi, who had designed the MC.200.  The new airplane kept many features of its predecessors, including the wing-system and tail-plane, but the fuselage was changed and became extremely elegant and streamlined.  The two 12.5 mm (0.5 caliber) machine guns and the two wing mounted 7.7 mm guns provided sufficient firepower.

The Macchi MC.202's operational career began in Libya in November 1941. It was later used in the rest of Africa, in the Balkans, in the Mediterranean and in Russia. After the 1943 armistice, the MC.202 remained in service, with the Allies in the south and with Mussolini's ANR in the north. Surviving aircraft were used as trainers until 1948.
Construction
This is the Hasegawa C.202 in 1/48. To reproduce a real Folgore, it is necessary to take back, to drill and to block certain engravings. Helped with the plan found in the magazine usual Ali d' Italia N°22, we are going to review in photo of the various modifications to make Macchi 202.
Continuation with the cockpit:
The kit cockpit was replaced by 
True Details resin cockpit. The seat it is the one of Ultracast with the good harnesses, the dashboard is changed for that in photo-etched Eduard. The painting begins with an spraying  of verde anticorrosione. The seat receives a color aluminum.  All the elements of the cockpit are painted with acrylic tints Prince August.
The partition is increased first of all with the plastic card and several holes are drilled to stick cables in thread of tin.
On wings and join Karma, four reinforcements and gas caps are reproduced with the sticky leaf of aluminum.
The shutter of the lap radiator was activated by two amounts, the hole of origin  is filled and two holes are drilled. Linkages are added.
The landing gear, the too unrefined supports of trapdoors are to be eliminated and will be replaced by parts in photo cut of the board Eduard, without forgetting those of the bottom who are cut in the plastic card. The durits of brakes, reproduced in thread of tin, and necklaces of maintainings (fine strips of ribbon-mask Tamiya) is added.
Markings
My choice was dictated by the originality of the camouflage of this Macchi 202. It is the device piloted by the Maggiore Luigi Filippi, major of 23 ° Gruppo, 3 ° Stormo in Tunisia in January, 1942. This decoration is not proposed by the manufacturers, but very fortunately on the very beautiful board of décals Stormo! "  Italian WWII Aces Part III " I found badges: N°75 white of MM 8081 and the blue badge of "Vespa Arrabiata" of the device of the Tenente Giorgio Solarelli. This camouflage, rather singular, is similar to the plan of type  " Macchi ", where the " circles of smoke " seem to be interconnected, forming a green "meshing". Tints of this device, are classic: grigio azzuro chiaro for the intrados, nocciola chiaro 4 for the top with the tasks verde olivio scuro 2.
To reproduce the meshing Verde olivia scuro of the device in question of best possible, I have draw with a pencil the future rings.
I do not have more than to follow the guide. Several passages are necessary to restore the good tint by paying well attention not to thicken rings.

Some discreet stripes is realized on joins Karma with some ink silvered, spent by means of a fine brush.
The continuation is classic with the second layer of varnish glittering before the weathering. Some matt varnish Tamiya in spray ends. Before tidying up definitively the aéro , smokes of escapes are realized with the black mixed with a little red strongly diluted. Maintaining here we are arrived at the last stage: the final assembly which ends with added of both test cards made plastic stretched on the hood.
Material:
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Ultracast: Exhausts, seat and wheels
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True Detail: cockpit
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Eduard Photo-etched: dashboard
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