Hasegawa 1/48 Macchi MC.202
Folgore (Thunderbolt)
by Jean Barby

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The Macchi C.202 Folgore (Thunderbolt) plane was one of the best fighters of World War II. This classic fighter possessed a great rate of climb, high speed and maneuvreability and was a first-rate aircraft on all counts.

The Macchi C.202 was the contemporary of the Bf.109F and the Spitfire Mk.V, and in certain aspects the aircraft was superior to both, such as in the rate of climb, dive speed and agility. Both the Macchi and the Sptifire shared a common lineage in the Schneider Trophy racers. In fact the Supermarine (Spitfire) designs were largely influenced by the Macchi M.39. The C.202 was used extensively in North Africa, the Soviet Union and in defense of the homeland and was Italy's best fighter of WWII, although more powerful fighters had been produced later in the war. Over 1,100 C.202s were built in little over two years. Although often overlooked, the two Breda 0.50 in caliber SAFATs provided adequate firepower and had double the range of the contemporary English fighter 0.303 MGs as well as greater hitting power. In fact no formal request for heavier armament was made until the appearance of the American four-engine heavy bombers. The Folgore (Thunderbolt) was well liked by its pilots and its only shortcoming was that too few were built.


Concerning the Macchi, I used the great SBS cockpit which fits like a glove to the Hasegawa model on which the same treatment as in the previous build were used: filling and sanding the wing panels, scribing new ones using Ali d'Italia book. The decals are from Sky and the colors are Nocchiola Chiaro with the typical Breda Verde Oliva Scuro blotches. The underside is Grigio Azurro Chiaro.

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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