Italeri SEM Model 1/72 Macchi C.202D
by Philippe Martin

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Through the first two years of its operational life, the C.202 had gone through virtually no modification. From Serie VII on a bullet proof windscreen was fitted, an auxilliary plate of armored glass that could stop a 0.50 cal round. Later Folgores also had armor plate for the pilot's head and back. The last few Serie had a small supplementary air intake immediately in front of the cockpit and had the venturi tube moved from the aircraft's belly in front of the radiator to position on the aircraft's starboard side. The last serie had wing racks for fuel tanks or bombs but these were rarely carried. All but the first several Serie had space in each wing for the mounting of a 7.7mm machine gun, but these were not often actually fitted until late in the production run. Even after Folgores were delivered with the 7.7mm guns in place, they were rarely, if ever, armed because they were generally ineffective against the large American heavy bombers or well-protected fighters that were being encountered In 1943. One C.202, M.M.7768, was tested with a chin mounted radiator and named C.202D, however the improvement in performance was only marginal, not justifying an interuption to assembly lines. Another, M.M.91974, was tested with 20mm Mauser gun pods, similar to those used on the Luftwaffe Bf109s. The Italians, however, weren't willing to accept the degradation of performance as the Germans were, and the gun pods never were used operationally.


The C.202D was an attempt by Aeronautica Macchi to move the radiator of the C.202 forward towards the engine, thus simplifying installation, piping and other mechanical considerations as well as cost and the reduced probability of damage during combat.

In this build I modify the Italeri 1/72 C.202 with resin parts from the SEM Model Conversion kit. If the combination of the new parts is done without problem, it is not the case of assembly of the model due to a lack of details, the connection of the wings-fuselage is difficult, wheel well doors - Italeri could have done better for this emblematic fighter of Italian Aviation in World War II.

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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