Hasegawa 1/48 Macchi C. 205 Veltro
Italian Greyhound
by Jean Barby
Technical Data:
Aircraft:
Macchi C.205 Serie I
Manufacturer:
Aeronautica Macchi S.p.A.
Type:
Fighter
Year:
1943
Engine:
Daimler Benz DB 605A, 12-cylinder V, liquid-cooled, 1,475hp
Wingspan:
34 ft 8 1/2 in (10.59m)
Length:
29 ft 1 in (8.85 m)
Height:
10 ft (3.05 m)
Weight:
7,120 lb (3,224 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed:
403 mph (650 km/h) at 24,300 ft (7,400 m)
Ceiling:
37,200 ft (11,350 m)
Range:
646 miles (1,040 km)
Armament:
2 x 12.7 mm SAFATs (0.5 in), 2 x 7.7mm MGs
Crew:
1

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When a more powerful version of the German Daimler Benz became availlable, the last Italian fighters of the war were built. These aircraft were on a par with the best American, British, and German aircraft. The Macchi MC.205 was the first Italian aeroplane to be powered by the new engine, and it was also the first 'Series 5' aeroplane to see substantial service before the 1943 armistice.

The prototype took to the air on April 19, 1942. It was derived from the MC.202. The only apparent difference between the MC.205 and its preedecessor was the engine housing. The MC.205 also had two oil radiators on the sides, while the earlier aeroplane had a single belly radiator. Because of the greater power of the Daimler Benz DB 605 (1,475 hp), the MC.205 was a far better plane than the MC.202. The prototype reached a speed of 407 mph (655 km/h), and it could gain 20,000 ft (6,096 m) in 4 minutes and 52 seconds. The MC.205 was the first Italian fighter to carry 20 mm cannons on the wings, indispensable for bomber interception. This was the first Italian aeroplane to be as heavily armed as those of other air forces, and with the bigger and more powerful engine, the MC.205 was an extremely manoeuvrrable aeroplane, especially at medium and low altitudes.

Large-scale production was ordered at once, but production was slowed down by scarcity of strategic materials and engines. Between October 1942 and September 1943 about 200 aircraft were built. Macchi continued to build the aeroplane even after the 1943 armistice and another 112 aeroplanes were built before the assembly line was put out of commission by Allied bombing raids. All these aircraft were delivered to Mussolini's 'SaI6' Republican forces.

The aircraft became operational in 1943 and was used chiefly in the Mediterranean and in Sicily at the time of the Allied invasion. The period of greatest activity, however, was after the 1943 armistice. At this time thirty four aircraft were used by the Allies, especially on the Yugoslavian front, while in the north there were 29 Macchi MC.205s in addition to the 112 new ones that were already built. All these aircraft remained in active service until the summer of 1944.

A few MC.205s were kept in service after the war. They were assigned to the 5th Fighter Group until 1947 and were then reassigned to flying schools, where they remained operational until as late as 1951.
June, 2011
STORMO! 2011

Construction
I used the Hasegawa Macchi C.205, and as a model its a composite of a C.202 and a C.205 from the Serie III, it makes things easier!

The first serie was mainly a 202 with a DB 605 engine, no wing guns but keeping the two 7,7 mm Breda Safat machine guns. As such all access panels must disappear from the wing, let alone the long one , MG cover, and the smaller one which must be scribed at a proper position using the plan from Alid'italia as a guide. Fill the small hole above the right exhaust and built a new one further front, once again using the plan as a reference. Fill the hatches behind the hump and scribe them at the position familiar with the 202. Keep the antenna from a 202, the stronger one is for a 205 serie III. For the rest of the construction, please
check my article on Stormo about the MC 205 as I have used the same process.

For the paints I have used the Gunze range, with Grey H-324 for the underside, Viet-nam tan for the Nocciola chiaro and RLM 70 for the smoke rings. The decals are from my personal dungeon. Aftermarkets used on this model are: FM cockpit (now available with SBS),
Ultracast exhausts wheels and seat with harness. There is no evidence that the shadowing on the white band was grey, it could be NC as Stefano suggested it to me lately. I thought that grey was cool, anyway! All in all a very enjoyable project, best regards, jean. "credo quia absurdum est."