Hassegawa 1/72 Macchi C. 202 Folgore
Italian Ace - Giulio Reiner
by William Landelle
August 1942, the first Macchi C.202 tropicalized lands in Nort Africa and with it the Regia Aeronautica received a first rate fighter.  The main change from the C.200 was the replacement of A.74 FIAT engine with Daimler Benz 601A-1 built under license by Alfa Romeo under the name RA 1000RC41 which gave the plane its line so elegant.
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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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Construction
This is a Macchi C.202 Series III  of 73a Squadrigila, 9o Gruppo (Cavalino Rampante), 4o Stormo CT (F. Baracca), based at Fuka in Egypt in August 1942. The aircraft was flown by
Italian Ace Tenente Giulio Reiner wing commander.

I built this kit "out of the box".  I just modified the instrument panel, added seat belts in alumnium paper and cut and paste the number 4 to make a 7.  Overall the Hasegawa kit construction is straight forward with no difficulties.   The cockpit is painted in RAF interior green with a little blue, the undersides are in Grigio Azzurro Chiaro (acheived using a mixture of Tamiya black and white), the uppersurfaces are the D1 camouflage scheme (see
STORMO! Regia Aeronautica and ANR Colors and Camouflage Schemes) Verde Oliva Scuro 2  Gunze H 65 with a drop of yellow  and Nocciola Chiaro 4 Gunze H 310 for the bloches.

References
1) Ali d'Itali 22 AERMACCHI C.202 by Giorgio Apostolo, Gianni Cattaneo and Giovanni Massimello - LA BANCARELLA  AERONAUTICA

2) Colori e Insegne - Regia Aeronautica Caccia e Assalto 1940-1943, Part II - LA BANCARELLA  AERONAUTICA
Regia Aeronautica Caccia e Assalto 1940-1943, Part I-III (Set)
Ali e Colori #5 Macchi C.202-205