|Hasegawa 1/48 Macchi C. 205 Veltro Serie III
by Michel Gruson
Aircraft: Macchi C.205 Serie III
Manufacturer: Aeronautica Macchi S.p.A.
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 20mm cannons
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This model is the Hasegawa 1/48 Macchi C.205V, a very beautiful kit which asks for a little of work to reproduce faithfully a VELTRO put into series III. For guidance, I used the plans in ALI D'ITALIA N 25.
To resume the engraving, retouched or add the specific details to Veltro puts into series III.
To realize this plane, I used the supplements:
- Cockpit S.B.S Model in resin.
- Decals Aéromaster N ?
- Eduard photo etch frets for the landing gear and the bays of train.
- Wheel and escapes in resin Ultracast.
- RCR model for the railings (bars) of the coolers of oil.
- Engine DB 605 and hoist in resin made by my friend Laurent.
Easy to rise, it is a very beautiful part, very detailed.
The partition firewall:
I redid the partition with the plastic card. Added cables and durits with the brass thread, the tin.
Fixed the engine in resin in the fuselage.
I resumed many parts to refine them.
- Filtre in
- Cooler of oil.
- Shutter(Sector) of the lap radiator.
The landing gear I added of the band(strip) - hiding place Tamiya to represent the necklaces of trapdoor and added of the plastic card for the last support of trapdoor.
I began with the intrados with the Griggio Azzuro Chiaro. Then Nocciola Chiaro 4. To make Smoke Rings, I drew on the plane the future rings. For it I used the profile of 4-2 in the book CAMOUFLAGE and MARKINGS OF tea A.N.R on 1943-1945. To paint Verde Sciuro, I followed drawings. Several passages are made. After the brilliant varnish. Her(it) skate is made for the juice of oil paint(painting). The smoke of escapes is made with the much diluted black.
The chosen plane is 4-2 2 ° Squadriglia, 1 ° gruppo caccia. The badge is Vespa arrabiata. Piloted by Giuseppe Robetto Très purposes, they settle(arise) easily.
I took a very big pleasure building this plane, which will not be the last one!
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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 airplane 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 cyclindrical oil coolers on each side, while the earlier airplane 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 airplane 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 the 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 ANR Republican airforce.
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 thirtyy 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 5o Gruppo until 1947 and were then reassigned to flying schools, where they remained operational until as late as 1951.