|This is the very good model from Italian Classic which had been sold to a customer some years ago. Ali d'Italia books were yet to be printed and our knowledge on Italian camouflages were rather primitive. So the model was finished using Aeromaster decals largely inspired by the Aerodetail book, and it was sold dressed with the insignias of the 81 sq. 6°gruppo 1st stormo Caccia . Last week I met with my customer/friend in Belgium and he asked me if I could restore the "Saetta" and give it the scheme and markings of Tenente Franco Lucchini from the 90a Sq. When I started the project, I was quite dubious about what I was going to achieve, but the more I went in to it and the more I became excited... The paint scheme was the classical "poached eggs" one, Giallo Mimetico 3 blotches filled with Marrone Mimetico on a Verde Mimetico2 background. The trickiest part was to paint the yellow band on the cowling! A spray of white as a primer helped the yellow to shine without using too much paint (a trick one can use also with red paint). Then I used the decals from Stormo: excellent! They react fairly well to Micro sol/set solutions and they adhere to any detail on the surface of the model. A true joy to use, a Cartograf trademark!
This morning was pretty cold in Paris but the light was great so I went outside to take the pics, putting Ian Robertson technique to good use (he does a tremendous photo job on his models and you can find his goodies on Hyper scale), so this is my gift to Stormo bona fide, ciao tutti, jean.
Aircraft: Macchi MC.200
Manufacturer: Aeronautica Macchi S.p.A.
Engine: Fiat A.74 RC 38, 14-cyclinder radial, air-cooled, 870hp
Wingspan: 34 ft 8 1/2 in (10.57m)
Length: 26 ft 11 in (8.19 m)
Height: 11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
Weight: 4,874 lb (2,208 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed: 319 mph (512 km/h) at 16,400ft (5,000 m)
Ceiling: 28,700 ft (8,750 m)
Range: 540 miles (870 km)
Armament: 2 machine guns
|Italian Classic 1/48 Macchi C.200 Saetta
Italian Ace Franco Lucchini
by Jean Barby
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