|Ing. Fratelli Nardi was founded in Milan in 1932 by the Nardi brothers. This small company developed and built a number of excellent training and light touring aircraft and components although facilities never permitted large-scale production. Flown for the first time in February 1935 by Arturo Ferrarin, the FN.305 was a two seat light training monoplane and was an excellent airplane on all counts. The aircraft was originally powered by a 185 hp Alfa Romeo six cylinder inverted in-line engine. The FN.305 was also one of the first Italian aircraft with retractable landing gear. In an attempt to demonstrate the ruggedness of this aircraft, Ferrain made a deliberate wheels-up landing at Guidonia in 1935 sustaining only slight damage to the airscrew. The entire design of this aircraft was extremely neat and efficient. On July 17, 1936 Capt. Giovanni Zappetta and Guido Stellingwerf set the light aircraft speed record of 193.1 mph over 631 miles from Fiumicino-Ortobello-Livorno-Fiumicino. In 1937 a FN.305D won the speed record category of the Circuito Internazionale delle Oasi held in Cairo. The type also completed a record flight in March 1939 from Rome to Addis Ababa AOI at an average speed of 149 mph gaining the distance record for two seat light aircraft at 2773.7 miles. The same year the FN.305 won the endurance competition of the Raduno Internazaionale del Littorio. The FN.305 was immediately successful as a military trainer securing orders from foreign airforces that included Belgium, Chile, France, Hungary, Portugal, Rumania, Switzerland and Yugoslavia. Piaggio also built a large number of these aicraft under license for the Regia Aeronautica.
This is the Special Hobby 1/48 Nardi FN.305. In general, the kit comes together nicely and is simple to build. Construction proceeds rapidly, except for the cockpit internals where some detailing is required. I added some additional detailing such as a throttle, rudder pedals and rebuilt completely the instrument panel. The rest of the kit goes together quite well, needing only some putty between the wings and the fuselage. I prefer to split the rudder and elevators to give a more realistic look to the model. The same went for the canopy, I separated parts of the canopy leaving the canopy in the open position.
I took particular care in detailing other parts of this kit which included detailing the exhaust pipes with plastic tubing, landing lights, aileron, elevator and rudder control horns.
Regarding paint, I chose the standard camouflage scheme of 1940, Giallo Mimetico 1, Verde Mimetico 1 and Marrone Mimetico for top surfaces with Grigio Mimetico for undersides. Paints were mixed until the desired color shade was obtained for corresponding FS color chips. I then air brushed the model using a 0,2 needle and 0,6 bar to get the particular camo scheme of interest. For Giallo Mimetico 1, I used Vallejo paints, for Grigio Mimetico Gunze paints were used and for Verde and Marrone Mimetico I used Acrylic inks. Before applying a wash, the model was sprayed with a coat of Future and then a flat coat of Gunze Transparent Matt applied.
I used the kit supplied decals which went on well.
The final result is quite nice. Highly recommended.
Aircraft: Nardi FN.305
Manufacturer: Ing. Fratelli Nardi
Type: Military Training
Engine: Alfa Romeo 115-I, 6-cyclinder inverted in-line, liquid cooled, 185hp
Wingspan: 27 ft 9 in (8.458 m)
Length: 22 ft 11 1/2 in (6.998 m)
Height: 6 ft 10 2/3 in (2.10 m)
Weight: 1,474 lb empty (668 kg); 2,090 loaded (948 kg)
Maximum Speed: 193 mph (310.6 km/h)
Ceiling: 21,320 ft (6,498 m)
Range: 500 miles (804.7 km)
Armament: 2 machine guns
|Special Hobby 1/48 Nardi FN.305
RA Training Aircraft
by Davide Splendore
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