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This discussion thread is devoted to photos of current aircraft model builds in progress, separate discussion threads will be posted regarding model collections.
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Aeronautica Macchi C.205M Post WWII Merlin Engine-Powered Variant March 29, 2019

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:48 pm

Following WWII Aeronautica Macchi and FIAT resumed production of their Daimler-Benz DB 605-powered C.205V and G.55 fighters for the Aeronautica Militare Italiana, Egypt and Levantine state air forces (G.55s only for the latter), whilst DB 605 engine stocks were being used up FIAT commenced building the Rolls-Royce Merlin-powered G.59 Aeronautica Macchi alternatively developing the C.205M (Merlin) it never going beyond the wooden mockup stage of the forward fuselage "power egg":

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Several years ago Italian Kits Wings marketed the IKW 7206 Macchi C.205M Resin Conversion Kit for the 1/72 scale Hasegawa Macchi C.202 kit one of which I'd purchased in 2017 and completed on March 28, 2019 in Aeronautica Militare Italiana livery:

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Aeronautica Macchi C.204 April 8, 2019

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:57 pm

The Aeronautica Macchi C.204 ("C.202 Isotta Fraschini" originally) powered by a 900hp Isotta Fraschini Asso XI L.121 upright V-12 engine was designed during autumn 1940 as an indigenous Italian-built alternative to the difficult to produce well as expensive 1,175hp Alfa Romeo RA.1000 R.C.41-I Monsone license-built Daimler-Benz DB 601 inverted V-12. A wooden mockup of the fuselage nose with a mounted Asso XI was built but further development was abandoned after calculations showed the type's performance would be subpar to Monsone-powered C.202s.

The 1/72 scale SEM Model C.204 72810 Resin Conversion Kit for the Italeri C.202, C.205 or Hasegawa C.202 kits comes with a one-piece fuselage & propeller spinner resin parts, vacuformed plastic canopy ones and water decals for a Regia Aeronautica Italiana kit build. The build was easy thanks to good castings and high-quality decals though additional ones were taken from SKY Models 72-014 Macchi C.202 sheets, Aero Detail 15 Macchi C.202/202/205 (Dai Nippon Kaiga Co. Ltd. August 1995) being referenced for location placements.

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Aeronautica Macchi C.205 Veltro Prototype MM.9287 April 10, 2019

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:00 pm

The Aeronautica Macchi C.205 Veltro (Greyhound) along with the Reggiane Re.2005 & Fiat G.55 was one of three mid-WWII Italian Serie 5 fighters built around the 1,475hp FIAT RA.1050 R.C.58 Tifone (Typhoon) licensed built version of the Daimler-Benz DB.605 inverted V-12 engine the sole C.205V prototype MM.9287 first flying on April 19, 1942. The Veltro prototype was the basis of the wartime built & flown C.205N-1 & N-2, long wingspan C.206 (prototype destroyed by Allied bombing before completion), stillborn Daimler-Benz DB 603-powered C.207 & post-WWII Rolls-Royce Merlin-powered C.205M projects. Scale models of the C.205N-1 & N-2, C.205M & C.207 in 1/72 scale have been on the market for some years whilst none yet of the C.206 nor C.205V MM.9287, attempting to rectify the situation with respect to the latter during late March 2019 I'd built a model of the Veltro prototype by modifying the 1973-vintage SUPERMODEL C.205V kit with half-sized engine oil cooler cans (see photos below) fitted only on the prototype well as employing SKY Models 72-014 Macchi C.202 water decals.

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Aeronautica Macchi C.205V Serie I April 18, 2019

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:04 pm

The Aeronautica Macchi C.205 Veltro (Greyhound) along with the Reggiane Re.2005 & Fiat G.55 was one of three mid-WWII Italian Serie 5 fighters built around the 1,475hp FIAT RA.1050 R.C.58 Tifone (Typhoon) licensed built version of the Daimler-Benz DB.605 inverted V-12 engine. The Veltro was the best WWII Regia Aeronautica Italiana (RAI) fighter available in quantity before the September 8, 1943 Italian Armistice, 100 built (MM.9287-9386) including the sole prototype (MM.9287) by June 1943, though weakly armed with two each 7.7 & 12.7mm Breda SAFAT machine guns against multi 12.7mm & cannon-armed Allied fighters.

This SUPERMODEL build depicts a 1° Stormo, 6° Gruppo, 88° Squadriglia C.205V based at Catania, Sicily in May 1943 providing sea convoy air defense for retreating Axis forces in Tunisia till June when all 1° Stormo aircraft were withdrawn to the Italian homeland following their surrender, Humbrol, Testors & Model Master enamel paints per late 1990s IPMS-Italy RAI model painting formulas, SKY Models 72-014 Macchi C.202 & 72-034 C.205 water decals being employed throughout.

In late spring 1984 I'd built two SUPERMODEL kits in similar 88° Squadriglia livery with contemporary Humbrol & Testors paints per the late Giorgio Apostolo's RAI Color Formulas originally published in a 1977 IPMS-Italy monthly re-published c.1981 in an IPMS-USA one I got whilst then subscribing to them - the first "authoritative" information I'd obtained regarding RAI model painting formulas - employing 1970s vintage ETRL-ESCI RAI, Microscale Luftwaffe Number & SUPERMODEL kit decals. The builds were amongst the best of my 1980s ones but they well as near all the others were given away though this build won't be - for now!

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Aeronautica Macchi C.202 Esperimento Cannoni / Liquid Oxygen Bomb Builds April 27 & 28 2019

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:08 pm

In Spring 1943 Aeronautica Macchi C.202 M.M.91974 was fitted with a pair of gondola-mounted Mauser M.G. 151 20 mm cannons each with 200 rounds as the Esperimento Cannoni (Experimental Cannon - EC) variant to increase the type's firepower in combat against cannon-armed Allied aircraft. First flying on May 12, 1943 evaluation trials at the Regia Aeronautica Italiana (RAI) Guidonia Montecelio Flight Testing Center reportedly went well, four other aircraft supposedly also being fitted with Mausers though no series production was authortized ostensibly because the external gondolas degraded flight performance well as advent of interally wing-mounted cannon-armed Macchi C.205V Series III aircraft 15 reportedly being delivered to the RAI just before the September 8, 1943 Italian Armistice.

The option-rich 1973-vintage 1/72 Scale SUPERMODEL Macchi C.202 kit includes M.G. 151 cannon gondola parts model of which I'd built in November 2018:

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The newer well as superior-tooled 1992-vintage Hasegawa & 2001-vintage Italeri 1/72 scale kits unfortunately do not include M.G. 151 gondolas though some years ago the SEM Model 72809 C.202 EC Resin Conversion Kit designed by Philippe Martin was issued for the Italeri kit complete with decals for C.202 M.M.91974. As of time of writing obtaining the Italeri kit has been near impossible for me so instead utilized a Hasegawa kit well as True Details 72462 C.202 Cockpit Interior Resin Parts designed for this kit I'd bought over decade and a half ago to build this model completed on April 26, 2019:

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SUPERMODEL & Hasegawa Build Comparison Views:

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Bomba a Ossigeno Liquido Experimental Weapon

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Bomb colors are incorrect though one could argue it might had been painted such if were operational; one weapon was mounted on an Regia Aeronautica Italiana Reggiane Re.2001 for VIP field display in 1943 supposedly red-white quarter-painted.

Liquid Oxygen Bomb Build With Corrected Body Coloration

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FIAT CR.42 DB (Daimler-Benz Inline) May 9, 2019

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:19 pm

The FIAT CR.42 DB was a failed attempt to "revitalize" the obsolete biplane design ala installing an early production Daimler-Benz DB 601A 1,010hp V-12 inline engine, the sole prototype MM.469 built in March 1941 flying for the first time at the hands of FIAT's Valentino Cuz shortly thereafter. During flight testing 326 mph was attained breaking all previous biplane speed records and according to Guinness Worlds Records still stands in May 2019. Impressed with the type's performance the Regia Aeronautica Italia (RAI) ordered 150 "DBs" but soon cancelled it presumably to concentrate on Aeronautica Macchi C.202 & Reggiane Re.2001 monoplane aircraft production.

The 1/72 scale resin Italian Kits Wings IKW7205 + Italeri FIAT CR.42 injected-plastic donor kit conversion build came off remarkably well despite fears of grossly misaligned fuselage joins. The resin casting's starboard side is slightly off center, landing gear a few millimeters higher, wings appearing off center. Nearly all resin kit castings I've worked with had similar misalignment issues this one not amongst the worst fortunately!

Information regarding the FIAT CR.42 DB via the Internet is sparse, two port-side period photographs was all I had available to accomplish the kit build. The MM.469 prototype appears to had been painted the three-color Giallo-3, Verde-3, Marrone-1 over Grigio RAI Mimetico Schema C1B typical of FIAT-built aircraft of the day, used Humbrol, Testors & Model Master enamel paints to replicate it, water decals taken from a number of SKY & Tauro Model Decal Sheets as well. The two Internet photographs of MM.469 do not show a Fuselage Fascio nor the MM.469 serial having been painted on the fuselage so left them off though a House of Savoia crest was applied on the Distintivo di Guerra white rudder cross.

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FIAT CR.42B Two-Seat Basic Trainer May 19, 2019

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:21 pm

The FIAT CR.42B (Biposto lit. Two-Seater) was the basic training version of the CR.42 Biplane extensively modified with an elongated two-seat fuselage, empty weight increasing just 40 kg (88.2 lbs) by eliminating lower main landing gear spats & tailwheel fairings well as other weight savings measures, gross weight increasing from 2,295 kg (5,060 lbs) of WWII combat-armed CR.42 single-seaters to 2,300 kg (5,070.6 lbs). Forty existing Regia Aeronautica Italiana (RAI) CR.42 aircraft stationed in Agusta & Caproni Trento Italy were modified to CR.42B standard c.1942-43 retaining their 12.7mm Breda SAFAT machine guns in post September 8, 1943 Armistice Aviazione Cobelligerante Italiana service in southern Italy till 1945, unarmed aircraft serving with the post-WWII Aeronautica Militare Italiana (AMI) some years thereafter.

The 1/72 Scale Italian Kits Wings IKW7218 FIAT CR.42B Resin Conversion Kit designed for utilizing plastic-injected Italeri FIAT CR.42 parts was a very straight-forward build, the port-side fuselage casting rudder unfortunately was off-center but not enough to justify corrective surgery to center it. The IKW7218 kit came with spat-less main landing gear resin strut parts though I already had a set saved from previous Italeri CR.42 kit builds, unfortunately they both were starboard struts so employed the port resin strut for the build.

The IKW7218 kit came with decals depicting the AMI FIAT CR.42B “MM.8572” based in Milan, Italy with the 1st Zona Aera Territoriale in 1946; “MM.8572” was one of 35 FIAT G.50s built for the RAI during spring 1942, whether the AMI recycled it or was speculated upon isn’t known as currently am unable to obtain more information regarding this CR.42B.

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FIAT G.55B Two-Seat Advanced Trainer May 30, 2019

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:23 pm

The Fiat G.55 Centauro (Centaur) designed by Giuseppe Gabrielli (1903-1987) arguably was the best World War II Italian fighter flown by the Regia Aeronautica Italia (RAI) & Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana (ANR). During its short wartime operational service primarily with the ANR this powerful, robust & fast cannon-armed aircraft clashed on equal terms with RAF Supermarine Spitfires, U.S.A.A.F. P-38s, P-47s & P-51s engaged in bomber escort & ground attack sorties over Northern Italy during 1944-45 though only a few dozen were operational at any time.

No G.55 trainers were available during the war but soon thereafter Gabrielli designed the G.55B (Biposto lit. twin-seat) & G.55A single-seat advanced trainers the former first flying on February 12, 1946 latter September 5th. Utilizing left over stocks of incomplete G.55 fighter airframes, parts & 1,475hp FIAT RA.1050 R.C.58 Tifone (Typhoon) inverted V-12 license-built Daimler-Benz DB 605A-1 engines presumably well as converting surviving wartime G.55 fighter aircraft FIAT produced 19 G.55A & 10 G.55B trainers for the Aeronautica Militare Italiana (AMI) well as 30 G.55A & 15 G.55B ones for the Fuerza Aérea Argentina (FAA - Argentine Air Force) during 1946.

The 2007-vintage Special Hobby SH72104 1/72 scale FIAT G.55B injected-plastic kit with vacuform plastic, resin, etched brass parts & water decals for AMI & FAA versions is the only one available in that scale, interior detail rich it was a relatively easy build despite noticeably poor fuselage-upper main wing root fits well as no pitot tube nor radio antenna masts for the type these I’d had to scratch build. The kit decals depict AMI G.55B MM.91170, presumably a rebuild of the G.55 Serie I single-seat fighter one of 144 originally ordered by the RAI in 1943, as it appeared on “rollout” per surviving photos in 1946, various Humbrol & Testors enamel paints being used for the build.

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S.B.S. Model FIAT G.50 Freccia June 9, 2019

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:25 pm

The FIAT G.50 Freccia (Arrow) designed by Giuseppe Gabrielli (1903-1987) was the first Italian low-wing monoplane fighter with enclosed cockpit & retractable landing gear, the majority built with open cockpits in response to strident pilot objections regarding the alleged poorly designed enclosed cockpits of the first 45 production aircraft. The main production G.50bis variant with open cockpits saw service with the Regia Aeronautica Italiana, Aviazione Cobelligerante Italiana, Aviazione Cobelligerante Italiana, Finnish Ilmavoimat, Croatian Zrakoplovstvo Nezavisne Države Hrvatske, Spanish Ejército del Aire & Yugoslavian Zrakoplovstvo vojske Kraljevine Jugoslavije WWII air forces; 780-plus production aircraft, prototypes & variants (G.50bis/A Regia Marina Aquila aircraft carrier fighter, G.50ter, G.50V/G.51 Daimler-Benz DB 601-powered, G.50A/N night fighter & G.50B two-seat advanced trainers) built between 1937 and 1942.

The 2018-vintage S.B.S. Model SBS-7017 FIAT G.50 Freccia ‘Regia Aeronautica’ kit is the first of a series of 1/72 scale G.50 kits along with the SBS-7018 ‘Finish Air Force’, SBS-7019 G.50bis ‘Regia Aeronautica’, SBS-7020 G.50bis ‘German & Croatian Air Force’ kits featuring common resin, white metal & etched brass parts with different water decals, SBS-7018 featuring different 12.7mm machine gun & mount castings. Featuring detail rich well casted resin parts the S.B.S. kits are the best available of the G.50 in 1/72 scale though large upper fuselage-wing root & engine mount gaps necessitated considerable puttying & sanding work. The fuselage to engine cowling machine gun trough mount part for my build came up short on the fuselage side though the unpainted assembled S.B.S. model shows a perfect fit, highly disconcerting given I’d painted & glued together engine parts & cowling in place onto the fuselage beforehand! At over U.S. $45 the kit is expensive so chose to build only SBS-7017 in 150 Squadriglia colors & markings with Humbrol, Model Master & Testors enamels with Polyscale acrylics for weathering.

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SEM Model FIAT G.12T Currently Under Construction

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:39 pm

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This 1/72 scale resin kit is slightly smaller than a Boeing B-17, challenge to build as well. The one-piece main wing castings absolutely must be securely attached to the fuselage, lathering them up with cyanoacrylate glue just isn't going to cut it, must fabricate attachments for them, still studying how so [see June 11 update]. Am not going to super-detail the fuselage interior, cost involved obtaining passenger seats et. al. associated parts not worth it never mind lotta time involved in getting them well as fabricating others. I'm going to build G.12T M.M.60673 "606-2" in FIAT factory-applied Schema C1A Mimetico good multi-view color photos of which readily available via the Internet. This is going to be a "slow build" though nevertheless want to get it done by month's end so can get to the Xotic cum Aviation-USK FIAT RS.14 floatplane itself just if not more of a "bear" to build.

June 11, 2019 Update

Fuselage rod run-throughs is likely what I'll do though don't have large enough drill bits. I'd like to get by with two 1/4-inch rods, ask old neighbor friends if I could use their drills & bits for the job, will report on this later.

June 12, 2019 Update

Had to buy electric drill & bits, former neighbors not at home to borrow their hardware, needed those I'd bought for any future resin builds requiring power drilling well as for household use. Quarter-inch holes drilled same-size as clear plastic fuselage pass-through pegs, good "dry" fuselage & main wing fits. Major fuselage interior parts painted Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix + 36% White shading replicating Verde Anticorruzione (VM; anti-corrosion green) yesterday, tomorrow will get on with detail fuselage interior assembly & painting work.

FIAT well as Savoia-Marchetti painted fuselage interiors a Grigio (gray) shade, don't have readily available info regarding G.50T MM.60673 interior color so defaulted to VM. Regia Aeronautica Italiana (RAI) aircraft interior colors is a research specialty onto itself for RAI aficionados, paint availability more than anything determining how aircraft were factory painted well as at Servizia Riparazioni Aeromonili e Motori (SRAeM) depots. Reggiane in particular painted interiors of their 2000-series fighter/bombers a green similar to FS 34227, Humbrol 120 Matt Light Green coming closest, dutifully I'd painted the interiors of my models that color but not all, after using up the tin reverted to Humbrol 78, color difference between the two not enough to warrant buying another.

June 14, 2019 Update

Two days spent cutting & gluing in fuselage window parts, masking them for spray painting over; kit provided ones mostly too small. new ones cut & fitted, much time spent. Major kit cockpit parts sprayed & glued in place, detail painting them et. al. tomorrow, may glue fuselage halves tomorrow if can complete the work during A.M. This isn't going to be a five-star build by any means, if it comes out competently built will be thrilled.

June 15, 2019 Update

Fuselage interior parts glued in place:

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Fuselage halves glued together & putty filled:

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Fuselage-Mainwings join dry fitting:

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June 16, 2019 Update

Fuselage putty seam filing & sanding complete; molded-in underside airframe ridge extending most of fuselage length required additional spot puttying, extensive filing & standing work; topside seams broke in several places whilst handling the fuselage, glued them back together. Rudder & tailplane sails glued in place, seams puttied, sanding them tomorrow.

June 17, 2019 Update

Fuselage rudder & tailplane sails sanded; starboard side fuselage tailplane sail root misaligned, considerable filing & sanding necessary. Entire upper fuselage painted Humbrol 63 Matt Sand + 10% Testors Flat Yellow + 36% Flat White shading replicating Giallo Mimetico 3 (GM3), set aside to dry. Fuselage topside seam section & rear starboard side tailplane root imperfections must be puttied, sanded over & repainted, will do that tomorrow well as painting the mainwings. Heavy one-piece resin mainwings precluded gluing them on the fuselage before spraying on GM3 that along with having to extensively handle the assembly whilst spraying on other mimetico colors, fuselage & mainwings will be separately painted before joining them.

June 19, 2019 Update

Schema C1A/C1B Mimetico mottles applied to Mainwings with Humbrol 117 Matt US Light Green replicating Verde Mimetico 3, Model Master 2009 British Crimson + Humbrol 118 US Matt Tan 80/20 mix replicating Marrone Mimetico 2 each with 36% Testors Flat White shading:

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June 20, 2019 Update

Fuselage mimetico mottles applied, set aside to dry:

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June 21, 2019 Update

All model undersides painted Humbrol 140 Matt Gull Grey + 36% Testors Flat White replicating Grigio Mimetico.

June 23, 2019 Update

Testors Flat White fuselage band & Distintivo di Guerra cross sprayed on rudder; engine cowling interiors & exteriors respectively base painted Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix replicating Verde Anticorruzione & Humbrol 63 Matt Sand + 10% Testors Flat Yellow replicating Giallo Mimetico 3 each shaded 36% Testors Flat White; engines painted Testors Flat Black + 5% Flat White.

June 24, 2019 Update

Landing gear components base painted Testors Flat Aluminum, tires 70:30:10 Testors Flat Rubber, Black, White mix, propeller reverse sides Testors Flat Black + 5% Flat White; considerable resin flash carve-out removal & filing was necessary prior to painting. Engine surface details painted with Testors Flat Aluminum & Model Master 7510 Dark Blue Grey (crankcase housing), propeller shaft holes drilled out to fit propeller parts.

June 25, 2019 Update

Engine cowlings & aileron counterweights fully mimetico painted. Propellers fully painted, obverse blade sides Testors Model Master 2078 RLM 65 Hellblau enamel approximating Regia Aeronautica Italiana specs. Tire hubs painted Testors Flat Aluminum.

June 26, 2019 Update

FIAT A.74 R.C.42 engine mounted on fuselage nose, alignment acceptable following three glue-on tries last after drilling holes, gluing in plastic shaft to hold engine in place. All water decals placed on fuselage & rudder latter subsequently glued on fuselage. Main landing gear struts & tires mud-weathered with Polyscale "Dirt" & "Mud" acrylics, tires subsequently glued on struts. Fuselage will be spray-sealed with Testors Semi-Gloss Clear Lacquer, clear plastic masks removed A.M. tomorrow, spot putty patching may be necessary. Engine exhaust pipes painted a Testors Rust & Steel enamel mix, detailing with Polyscale acrylics tomorrow . All fuselage components will be glued on prior to joining with main wings latter by this weekend.

June 27, 2019 Update

Fuselage fully painted & assembled; several passenger windows needed replacement whilst cleaning others "inside from the outside" with brushes & Q-Tips, FIAT A.74 R.C.42 nose engine cowling lightly weathered then glued on fuselage, exhausts stubs glued on afterwards, radio mast & EZ Line thread replicating antenna wire glued on. Attention turns on final painting & parts assembly of main wings tomorrow, model completion this weekend, watch for photos...
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Re: Retired In Kalifornia's Aircraft Model Builds In Progress Photos

Post by Editor » Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:13 pm

Good job Richard. I'll need the following when you can:

C.205M (article)
C.204 (article)
Re.2001 - Bomba a Ossigeno Liquido (more photos) - we lost your posts in the old forum
CR.42DB (article)
CR.42B (article)
G.55B (article)
G.50 (article)
G.12T (article)
Ro.58 (photos)
AVIA FL.3 (photos)
FC.12 (photos)
CR.25 (photos)
SM.86 G & W (photos)
FC.20 (photos)
Ca.331 (photos)
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Photos On The Way...

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:10 pm

Editor wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:13 pm
Good job Richard. I'll need the following when you can:
Here's what's included in the ZIP files I'd just sent you:
  • Re.2001 - Bomba a Ossigeno Liquido (more photos) - we lost your posts in the old forum
  • Ro.58 (photos)
  • AVIA FL.3 (photos)
  • FC.12 (photos)
  • CR.25 (photos)
  • SM.86 G & W (photos)
  • FC.20 (photos)
  • Ca.331 (photos)
They're everything for each model build. Writing articles for these...
  • C.205M - Y'all done that for me, thanks :ewink:
  • C.204
  • CR.42DB
  • CR.42B
  • G.55B
  • G.50 - Y'all done that for me, thanks :ewink:
  • G.12T - Y'all done that for me, thanks :ewink:
...will take awhile so please be patient.

Am hoping to get the FIAT G.12T done by month's end [on June 29th, see post below], want to get the FIAT RS.14 & G.55 "What-IF" with five cannons done before August 1st [starting on RS.14 June 30th].
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Post by Vincent Fiore » Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:34 am

Richard, I just completed building the Fiat G 12. What I did for the wing reinforcing was. I used two-part epoxy. First I glued the wing to the fuselage half, then drilled through the fuselage into the wing and then inserted pre-cut finish nails with epoxy. This makes alinement much easier and eliminates gaps.

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Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:49 am

Vincent Fiore wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:34 am
Richard, I just completed building the Fiat G 12. What I did for the wing reinforcing was. I used two-part epoxy. First I glued the wing to the fuselage half, then drilled through the fuselage into the wing and then inserted pre-cut finish nails with epoxy. This makes alinement much easier and eliminates gaps.
I'd thought about doing something similar with my build but decided on painting the fuselage & mainwings separately before assembly. The holes I'd drilled in the fuselage & mainwings have enough "play" for when they're glued together should get good alignments, absolutely know for sure I couldn't had done all the putty fill, filing & sanding work around the rudder & tailplane sails if had glued mainwing halves on fuselage halves first.

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