JACH 1/72 SAIMAN 200
by Enrico Calanchini

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Societa Anonima Industrie Meccaniche Aeronautiche Navali (Caproni). Solely a producer of light aircraft, S.A.I.M.A.N., a member of the Caproni group, was founded in 1934 at Lido di Roma, taking over the works of S.A. Navigazione Aerea. In addition to repair and maintenance work, S.A.I.M.A.N built touring and training machines of their own design. The touring models were extremely successful in international rallies before the war, winning, among other events, the Second Annual Sahara Rally in 1937. On that occasion Gori Castellani ptloted the winning S.A.I.M.A.N. CA low-wing two-seat cabin monoplane. During the war many of the touring aircraft were employed as liaison machines in North Africa, Sicily, and Metropolitan Italy. Chief designer for S.A.I.M.A.N. Was Mario Bottini. The firm is best known for the S.A.I.M.A.N. 202.

S.A.I.M.A.N. 200
Captured in some numbers by the Allied forces in Sicily, the S.A.I.M.A.N. 200 two-seat trainer, also used for communications, was well known during the Second World War. Employed by flying clubs throughout Italy in the late 1930's, the conventional biplane was powered by a 200 h.p. Alfa Romeo 115-I six-cylinder inverted in-line engine, usually driving a two-bladed vartable-pitch airscrew. Structure was of wood with plywood and fabric covering. Ailerons were employed on both upper and lower wings. The S.A.I.M.A.N. 200, which weighed 1606 lb. empty and 2209 lb. loaded, had a maximum speed of 137 m.p.h., a cruising speed of 116 m.p.h., and a landing speed of 43 m.p.h. Range was 310 miles (or endurance 2 hrs.) and ceiling 19,680 ft. Dimensions were: span 28 ft. 10 1/2 in., length 24 ft. 3 1/4 in., height 8 ft. 3 1/2 in., and wing area 236 sq. ft. The prototype MM.364 first flew in 1938 in Rome at the hands of test pilot Mario De Bernardi and was designed by Mario Bottini.


The Model
This is the JACH Model 1/72 SAIMAN 200, a Czech outfit. The wingspan measures to plans accurately. It should be noted that the prototype wings were shorter, which were later extended toward the wing tips in the production aircraft, which are represented accurately by the kit. The horizontal tail planes are a wider and could be corrected.

Assembly was easy without time consuming corrections, the cockpit only needing detailing, exhausts should be added and little else. Painting was done using Puravest R.A. the tricolor using Vallejo Air, and rigging using filaments of optical fiber. The parachute was scratch-built. Decals include options for an RA plane and USAAF plane.

 Technical Specifications

Aircraft: SAIMAN 200
Manufacturer: Societa Anonima Industrie Meccaniche Aeronautiche Navali (Caproni)
Type: Trainer
Year: 1938
Engine: One Alfa Romeo 115-I six-cylinder inverted in-line engine, 200 h.p.
Wingspan: 28 ft. 10 1/2 in (8.80 m)
Length: 24 ft. 3 1/4 in (7.40 m)
Height: 8 ft. 3 1/2 in (2.53 m)
Weight: 2209 lb. (1002 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed: 137 mph (220 km/h)
Ceiling: NA
Range: 310 miles (499 km)
Armament: None
Crew: 2

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February, 2018
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