Macchi C.202 Folgore
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This is Hasegawa's 1/48 Macchi C.202 Folgore built out of the box apart from
etched brass seatbelts and spare Italian decals from Sky Models and Superscale.
The markings represent an aircraft in the 73 Squadriglia, 4th Stormo during
A few minor enhancements were made to the model during construction. These
Syringe tubing was used for the machine guns added
to the wings.
Wing tip lights were made by fitting pieces of
clear sprue into sections cut from the wing tips. These lights were later
painted with Tamiya clear red and clear green paint.
The flaps on the horizontal stabilizers were
Antenna wires were made from stretched sprue, as
was the wire attached to the open canopy.
The cockpit was painted RAF interior green. Using a cotton swab, small
amounts of SnJ aluminum polishing powder were touched lightly to specific areas
of the cockpit (e.g., seat, floor) to simulate worn paint. When done sparingly
this technique produces a very subtle and convincing worn-paint effect.
SnJ Aluminum metallizer was used as a base coat for the exterior surfaces of the
model. Prior to spraying the base coat, a band of white paint was applied aft of
the cockpit and then masked for the fuselage band.
undersides of the wings were painted Italian light blue gray using PollyScale
acrylic. The upper surfaces were painted Italian Hazel Tan with a touch of dark
brown added to darken the mixture. Finally, patches of Dark Italian Green were
airbrushed free hand.
Once the camouflage scheme was complete, medium and fine grain sandpaper was
used to make surface abrasions and expose the SnJ aluminum beneath, particularly
on the wing roots and leading edges of the wings.
Exhaust stains were simulated by spraying highly thinned black paint.
The figures appearing in some of the photographs are 1/48 Italian pilots made
The photos were taken with a SONY digital camera in sagebrush-scrub desert south
of Boise Idaho. In the background are the Owyhee Mountains.
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Article Copyright © 2002 by Ian
Page Created 27 June 2002
Last updated 04 June 2007
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