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Group II Plastics: Hasegawa, Italeri, FROG "What-If" Macchi C.202s

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:44 am

GROUP II PLASTIC MODEL BUILDS ARE COMPLETE

Build Progress Reports Will Be Continuously Posted Here, Photos Of Built Models Will Be On Separate Postings

The FROG, Hasegawa, Italeri & SUPERMODEL Macchi C.202 1/72 scale injected plastic model kits of the Folgore are decades-old none of which in production though all are still available on the secondary market albeit sporadically. The 2001-vintage Italeri 1222 C.202 kit is the most recent new-tooled Folgore kit the last rerelease of it in 2013, it and the 2001-vintage Italeri 1227 Macchi C.205V are derived from common molds similar to the 1970s-vintage SUPERMODEL C.202/205 kits.

The sole Italeri C.202 kit I had in stock was used as a parts donor for building the resin SEM Model Macchi C.204 (see above post), having saved unused parts from it will "bash" a C.202 from my last in-stock Italeri C.205V kit:

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March 1, 2020

- > Fuselage halve & landing gear wheel wells, mainwing landing gear well interiors, engine oil & coolant radiator housings spray painted Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix + 36% Flat White shading enamels replicating Verde Anticorrosione.

- > Cockpit flight deck, pilot seat, joystick, main landing gear wheel mount strut parts & tailwheel spray painted Testors Flat Aluminum enamel.

- > Cockpit instrument panel base painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels.

- > True Details 72035 resin mainwing landing gear tires replacing generic kit ones base spray painted Testors Rubber, Black & White "special mix" enamels.

March 2 & 3, 2020

- > Pilot seat belts made from cut Scotch Magic Mending Tape strips hand painted over with Humbrol 29 Matt Dark Earth, buckles Testors Flat Aluminum enamels, glued in place on pilot seat.

- > Pilot seat & joystick glued in place on flight deck.

- > Molded-in fuselage cockpit interior detail hand painted in with Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" & Flat Aluminum enamels.

- > Italeri C.205V kit decals placed on cockpit instrument panel, same as for their C.202 kit.

- > Generic appearing San Giorgio Tipo C gunsight fabricated from styrene sheet plastic, painted with Testors "special mix", Silver & Rust enamels.

- > Flight deck, instrument panel, gunsight glued on starboard fuselage cockpit interior side:

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- > Fuselage halves glued together.

- > Wheel mount struts & wheel hubs detail painted Testors Aluminum & Silver enamels, wheel treads sprayed Poly Scale Mud acrylic paint.

- > Wheel well cover outsides spray painted Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1.

- > Main landing gear units assembled.

- > Italeri C.202 kit tailwheel fairing parts assembled & glued in fuselage tail u-slot, seams puttied & sanded.

- > Propeller shaft retaining cap drilled out, glued in place over inside fuselage nose shaft hole as a reinforcement, allows painting propeller-spinner assembly, sliding it in shaft hole later.

- > Upper engine cowling part with molded-in machine gun troughs trimmed & sanded, glued in place on forward fuselage, seams puttied & sanded.

- > Italeri C.202 kit lower engine cowling part glued underneath upper cowling, some seam puttying & sanding necessary.

- > Lower one-piece mainwing part glued on fuselage.

- > Upper mainwing parts glued on lower mainwing, leading & trailing edge trimming & puttying necessary, fuselage-upper mainwing join seam puttying also necessary.

- > Clear plastic kit cockpit windscreen masked for painting, glued in place on fuselage:

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March 4, 2020

- > All model topsides, wrap-around mainwing & tailplane leading edges base spray painted Humbrol 119 Matt Light Earth + 36% Testors Flat White enamels replicating Nocciola Chiaro 4, set aside to dry till tomorrow.

March 5, 2020

- > All model topsides, wrap-around mainwing & tailplane leading edges, spray painted a Matt Black Green + 36% Testors Flat White shading enamels replicating Verde Oliva Scuro 2 mottles, set aside to dry till tomorrow.

March 6, 2020

- > All model undersides spray painted Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1, set aside to dry till tomorrow.

March 7, 2020

- > Fuselage identification band masked off, propeller spinner parts spray painted Testors Flat White enamel.

- > Mainwing navigation lights masked off & spray painted Testors White base, Flat Green & Model Master Insignia Red enamels.

- > Propeller blade tips spray painted Testors White base & Flat Yellow, blades & engine cowling machine gun troughs Testors Flat + White "special mix" enamels.

March 8, 2020

- > Model is 95% complete.

- > All fuselage detail painting done, including gun trough & engine exhaust staining latter couple with Poly Scale Flat Back, Dirty White & Mud spot mix acrylics.

- > All model water decals are on, employed SKY Models 72-014 Macchi C.202 & KORA 72-202 Macchi propeller blade logotype decal sheets, AML 72-032 Macchi C.200 tailplane incidence arrow marker water decals.

- > All main & tailwheel landing gear parts painted & glued on.

Work Left To Do:

- > Cockpit canopy masked ready for spray painting.

- > Dry brush-on Testors Flat Aluminum enamel simulating paint chip weathering spot applied on fuselage & mainwings.

- > Over spray model with Testors Semi-Gloss Clear Lacquer.

- > String radio antennas with EZ Line stretch thread.

- > Photos posted tomorrow.

March 9, 2020

Italeri Macchi C.202 "Recovery Bash" With C.202 & C.205 Kit Parts Model Complete, See Post Below

March 9, 2020

The Hasegawa Macchi C.202 51302 (1992) 51618/SP118 (1993), 51381/AP121 (1995), 00045 (1999), 00662 (2003) 00992 Combo (2010) 1/72 scale injected-molded plastic model kit arguably is the best molded though no longer most detailed compared to Italeri's newer kit of any in this scale of the Folgore, differing only by water decal sheets none are in production though all are still available on the secondary market albeit sporadically. The Hobby 2000 72005 Combo with Bristol Beaufighter Ic, 72006, 72007, 72008 C.202 kits available since 2019 appear to be rebranded Hasegawa C.202s with new decal sheets, how long they're in production is uncertain, wise indeed to buy them now whilst available!

Three 1992-vintage Hasegawa 51302 kits will be concurrently built, one with Eduard 72369 etched brass detailing parts another with True Detail 72462 cockpit and/or with 72035 main landing gear wheel set resin detailing parts. An extra two sets of resin wheels are available for detailing from an unknown manufacturer may/may not use them for the kits builds.

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March 10, 2020

- > Fuselage halves & mainwing parts interiors of two "earlier production" C.202 models spray painted Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix + 36% Flat White shading enamels replicating Verde Anticorrosione, one "later production" Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1.

- > Upper mainwing parts glued on single-piece lower mainwing ones for all models.

- > Resuming kit building tomorrow, meantime deciding how each model will be painted & water decaled well as which ones endowed with True Detail & Eduard super detailing parts, one model regardless will be rendered in 79° Squadriglia, 1° Stormo "Indian Archer" livery.

March 11, 2020

- > Mainwing landing gear door part interiors spray painted, one each full set Verde Anticorrosione (VA) & Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1 (CAC1), third set partially Verde Anticorrosione, fuselage wheel well covers of that set not painted, to be modified with Eduard etched brass detail parts for later painting.

- > Third-party mainwing wheels (two sets from unknown maker & True Details 72035 set) base spray painted Testors Rubber, Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels, hubs hand painted Testors Flat Aluminum, "weathering" them tomorrow.

- > Two engine coolant & oil radiator part interiors spray painted VA, one GAC1.

- > True Detail 72462 resin Cockpit Interior vertical insides spray painted GAC1, flight deck Testors Flat Aluminum enamels, pilot seat to be painted later after removing resin sprue.

- > One each kit flight decks spray painted VA & GAC1, third deck not painted, to be modified with Eduard etched brass detail parts for later painting.

- > Two sets main landing gear wheel mount struts base spray painted aluminum, third set not painted, to be modified with Eduard etched brass detail parts for later painting.

- > Two propeller spinner & mount interiors spray painted VA, third set interiors to be painted GAC1 later.

March 12, 2020

- > Third propeller spinner & mount interiors spray painted GAC1.

- > All main landing gear wheels "weathered" with sprayed-on Poly Scale Mud acrylic paint.

- > Two mainwing landing gear parts sets assembled, third set awaits Eduard etched brass parts detailing & painting.

March 13-14, 2020

- > Pilot seat straps fabricated from Scotch Magic Mending Tape strips over sprayed with Humbrol 29 Matt Dark Earth, buckle ends hand painted Testors Flat Aluminum enamels, glued in place on aluminum spray painted Hasegawa kit pilot seat.

- > Pilot seat & aluminum spray painted joystick glued on flight deck, assembly glued on a Verde Anticorrosione (VA) base painted port fuselage halve, beautifully detailed though not used SEM Model Macchi kit instrument panel glued in front of the assembly.

- > VA base painted starboard & port fuselage halves glued together, pilot head rest base area hand painted Testors Flat Aluminum.

- > Not used Italeri Macchi C.205V armored pilot head rest part painted Testors Flat Steel enamel, glued over pilot head rest area.

- > VA interior base painted mainwing assembly glued on assembled fuselage, some seam puttying necessary.

- > Propeller shaft retaining cup drilled out, glued inside upper fuselage engine cowling, allows slipping on propeller assembly later.

- > Engine cowling glued on forward fuselage.

- > Model kit pilot cockpit air intake part glued portside in front of windshield.

- > To date photos of the "mostly out-of-box" C.202 kit build:

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March 15, 2020

- > True Details 72462 Macchi C.202 resin cockpit interior detail parts hand painted assorted Testors & Model Masters enamel colors including Flat Black & White "special mix" per Aero Detail 15 Macchi C.200/202/205 documentation, pilot seat belts Humbrol 29 Matt Dark Earth enamel.

- > Pre-painted Hasegawa kit joystick glued in place on True Details cockpit flight deck.

- > True Details cockpit interior detail parts glued in place on Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1 (CAC1) base painted starboard fuselage halve interior:

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- > GAC1 base painted starboard & port fuselage halves glued together, pilot head rest base area hand painted Testors Flat Aluminum beforhand.

- > Molded on pilot seat True Details armored head rest area painted Testors Flat Steel enamel.

- > GAC1 interior base painted mainwing assembly glued on assembled fuselage, some seam puttying & sanding necessary.

- > Propeller shaft retaining cup drilled out, glued inside upper fuselage engine cowling, allows slipping on propeller assembly later.

- > Engine cowling glued on forward fuselage.

- > Model kit pilot cockpit air intake part glued portside in front of windshield.

- > To date photo of the "True Details" C.202 kit build in front of the "mostly out-of-box" C.202 kit build:

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March 16, 2020

- > Modeling work continues despite COVID-19 pandemic :thumbup: third "Eduard" Hasegawa Macchi C.202 model build underway.

- > Cockpit flight deck modified with Eduard 72369 etched brass detailing parts.

- > Fuselage halves modified to take Eduard brass parts, much cutting & trim shaving necessary, more may be needed whilst test fitting the parts.

- > Extensive cutting, trimming & sanding the lower single-piece Hasegawa kit mainwing part necessary before gluing Eduard brass landing flap parts on upper Hasegawa kit mainwing parts, forgot to do that :shock: invoked "Plan B" ala size-trimming the brass parts, gluing them on the single-piece Hasegawa kit part, acceptable considering the Eduard parts won't easily be seen.

March 17, 2020 - Happy Saint Paddy's Day

- > Eduard brass cockpit interior parts bent-shaped & glued in place on interior fuselage halve cockpit areas, over sprayed with Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix + 36% Flat White shading enamels replicating Verde Anticorrosione.

- > Cockpit flight deck modified with Eduard 72369 etched brass detailing parts over sprayed with Testors Flat aluminum enamel, after drying pre-painted Hasegawa kit pilot seat glued in place.

- > All Hasegawa kit propeller spinner part exteriors & propeller blade tips spray painted Testors Flat White enamel.

- > All propeller blade tips & one set of propeller spinner part exteriors over sprayed Testors Flat Yellow enamel, latter part of the "True Details" C.202 build in Corpo di Spedizione Italiano Russia livery.

- > Two propeller blade sets over sprayed with Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels, third set will be sprayed later.

- > Kit building suspended March 18th & 19th, resuming Friday the 20th.

March 20, 2020

- > Verde Anticorrosione over-sprayed Eduard brass cockpit interior parts detailed with various Testors enamel paints including Flat Black & White "special mix" per Aero Detail Macchi C.200/202/205 references:

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- > Eduard brass pilot seatbelt part hand painted with Humbrol 29 Matt Dark Earth & Testors Flat Aluminum enamels, glued on pilot seat & bent to fit over it.

- > Aluminum painted Hasegawa joystick part glued in place on cockpit flight deck.

- > Completed flight deck assembly glued in place on starboard fuselage halve cockpit area:

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- > Fuselage halves glued together, set it aside till tomorrow.

March 21, 2020

- > Eduard brass cockpit instrument panel parts painted various Testors enamels including Flat Black & White "special mix" & assembled:

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- > Instrument panel glued in place inside fuselage:

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March 22, 2020

- > Eduard brass main wing wheel well parts glued in place inside lower fuselage & mainwings of the "Eduard" Hasegawa Macchi C.202 build, spray painted Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix + 36% Flat White shading enamels replicating Verde Anticorrosione.

- > Lower fuselage brass part needed good deal of trimming to fit, none for large mainwing wheel well brass part other than temporarily removing wheel well separator stake to slip it in between mainwings, much effort expended "flattening" brass part whilst gluing it down on lower single-piece mainwing part.

- > More mainwing wheel well brass parts yet to be glued in place & painted, photos of all work will be posted tomorrow.

March 23, 2020

- > Additional Eduard brass parts painted various Testors enamels, glued in place inside lower fuselage & mainwings of the "Eduard" Hasegawa Macchi C.202 build, engine air sand filter partially drilled out, Eduard brass "cap" glued in place inside hole:

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- > Lower one-piece mainwing glued on fuselage of the of the "Eduard" C.202 build, some trimming, puttying, sanding necessary around fuselage-wing roots.

- > Eduard brass cockpit windshield rear-view mirror painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" & Silver enamels, glued in place inside the windshield:

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- > All Hasegawa kit cockpit windshields masked for spray painting, glued in place on respective model builds:

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March 24, 2020

- > All Hasegawa model builds to date topsides & tailplanes base spray painted Humbrol 119 Matt Light Earth + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Nocciola Chiaro 4:

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- > Consideration given spray painting "Eduard" C.202 build topsides with VITO Charts Giallo Mimetico (1916) Ocra O.M.S. (1936), CMPR Giallo Mimetico 3 rough equivalent with Humbrol 63 Matt Sand enamel representing a very early field repainted North African 79° Squadriglia 1° Stormo aircraft similar to Breda-built Serie I MM.7948:

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though lacking info whether undersides were CMPR Grigio Mimetico, VITO Charts Colore 1 Grigio Azzurro (1941) or 7 Colore 1 in variante (Macchi - Reggiane) stayed with CMPR Nocciola Chiaro 4 (Humbrol 119), Grigio Azzurro Chiaro 1 (Testors 1726 Light Sea Gray) assuming a "proper" Servizia Riparazioni Aeromobili e Motori depot repaint.

March 25, 2020

- > Hasegawa Macchi C.202 "True Details" build topsides, tailplanes & leading edge wrap arounds spray painted Humbrol 91 Matt Black Green + Testors Flat White 36% shading enamels replicating Verde Oliva Scuro 2 Breda-style mottles, engine cowling machine gun troughs Testors Flat + White "special mix" enamels.

- > "True Details" build undersides & tailplanes masked-off with high Breda-style fuselage cheatlines, spray painted Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1:

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March 26, 2020

- > Corpo di Spedizione Italiano yellow "Russian Front" identification markings sprayed on Hasegawa Macchi C.202 "True Details" build fuselage nose & belly band, under mainwing ends with Testors Flat White base & over-sprayed Flat Yellow enamel paints.

- > Sparse Humbrol 91 Matt Black Green + Testors Flat White 36% shading enamels replicating Verde Oliva Scuro 2 mottles sprayed on Hasegawa Macchi C.202 "Eduard" build per period photos of 79° Squadriglia, 1° Stormo North African aircraft.

March 27, 2020

- > Hasegawa Macchi C.202 "Eduard" build undersides & tailplanes masked-off with low Macchi-style fuselage cheatlines, spray painted Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray + 36% Testors Flat White shading enamels replicating Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1 assuming it being a straightforward Servizia Riparazioni Aeromobili e Motori depot repaint with Tavola X colors of a early Macchi-built Serie III in the M.M.7709-7858 range, engine cowling machine gun troughs Testors Flat + White "special mix" enamels.

- > 79° Squadriglia, 1° Stormo Africa Settentrionale white identification markings on fuselage nose & belly band, upper & lower mainwing ends sprayed on with Testors Flat White enamel paint.

- > Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix + 36% Flat White shading enamels replicating Verde Anticorrosione sprayed over glued on Eduard brass mainwing landing flap upper sides:

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March 28, 2020

- > Hasegawa Macchi C.202 "mostly out-of-box" build topsides & tailplanes laboriously spray painted Humbrol 91 Matt Black Green + Testors Flat White 36% shading enamels replicating Verde Oliva Scuro 2 Macchi-style anelli (rings), , engine cowling machine gun troughs Testors Flat + White "special mix" enamels, set aside to dry till tomorrow.

March 29, 2020

- > Hasegawa Macchi C.202 "mostly out-of-box" build undersides & tailplanes masked-off with low Macchi-style fuselage cheatlines, spray painted Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray + 36% Testors Flat White shading enamels replicating Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1.

- > Fuselage belly band sprayed on with Testors Flat White enamel paint.

- > All model build mainwing navigation light areas masked off & sprayed Testors & Model Master Flat Green & Red enamels:

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March 30, 2020

- > Hasegawa Macchi C.202 kits lacked mainwing 7.7 mm machine gun barrel parts, "virtually" replicated them with small holes drilled in mainwings of all models infilled with Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamel paints, good aesthetic results :biggrin:

- > Fuel, oil, electrical & oxygen access points on all models hand painted with various Testors enamel paints including "special mix" per Aero Detail 15 Macchi C.200/202/205 documentation.

- > AML 72-032 Macchi C.200 tailplane incidence arrow marker water decals applied on all models.

- > SKY Models 72-014 Macchi C.202 fuel, oil, medical, machine gun synchronizing, cockpit canopy latching water decal markings applied on all models, white "MC 202" decals on "True Details" build fuselage sides in front of pivot holes nest to tailplanes.

March 31, 2020

- > Distintivo di Guerra rudder crosses, House of Savoy crests, fuselage fasci water decals from several sheets SKY Models 72-014 applied on all model builds.

- > SKY Models 72-014 79°, 91°, 361° Squadriglie water decal markings respectively applied on the "Eduard", "mostly out-of-box", "True Details" builds.

April 1, 2020

- > SKY Models 72-014 Macchi C.202 simplified mainwing tri-fasci water decals applied to "Eduard" & "mostly out-of-box" builds, detailed 72-061 C.200 ones on "True Details" one.

- > SKY Models 72-014 Macchi & Breda logo water decals respectively applied on "True Details" & "mostly out of box" builds propeller blades, propeller-spinner parts respectively assembled afterwards.

April 2, 2020

- > Hasegawa Macchi C.202 "True Details" & "mostly out-of-box" builds oil & engine coolant radiator housings spray painted Humbrol 119 Matt Light Earth + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Nocciola Chiaro 4, Humbrol 91 Matt Black Green + Testors Flat White 36% shading enamels replicating Verde Oliva Scuro 2 mottling per build type, Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1, molded-in "radiators" hand painted Testors Bronze enamels, radiators subsequently glued in place.

- > Hasegawa kit radiator parts for "Eduard" build require modification prior to painting & gluing in Eduard brass detail parts, getting to that task this weekend.

- > All model builds hand & spray weathered with Testors Flat Aluminum enamel, Poly Scale acrylics paints, good aesthetic results :thumbup:

April 3, 2020

- > Venturi tubes for all Hasegawa C.202 model builds fabricated from styrene sheet plastic, hand painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels, glued in place on all models.

- > Tailwheel parts for all builds finish painted Testors Flat Black, White Rubber "special mix", glued in place on all models.

- > Painted tailplane parts for all builds glued in place on all models.

- > Painted & assembled mainwing landing gear parts glued in place on "True Details" & "mostly out-of-box" builds.

- > Hasegawa C.202 kits lack center fuselage wheel well cover retraction arms, fabricated them from styrene sheet plastic, glued them on covers, glued assemblies on center fuselage mounting stakes of "True Details" & "mostly out-of-box" builds.

- > Painted Pitot tube & radio masts glued in place on "True Details" & "mostly out-of-box" builds, Pitot tube tips hand painted Testors Brass & "special mix" enamels.

- > "True Details" & "mostly out-of-box" builds will be over-sprayed with Testors Semi-Gloss Clear Lacquer, EZ Line stretch thread to make radio antenna wire tomorrow, photos of finished models afterwards :grin:

April 4, 2020

Hasegawa Macchi C.202 "Mostly Out-Of-Box" & "True Details Models Complete, See Posts Below

April 5, 2020

- > Hasegawa Macchi C.202 "Eduard" build engine oil & coolant radiator housings, mainwing landing gear model kit & Eduard etched brass parts spray & hand painted various Testors & "special mix", Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix + 36% Flat White shading enamels replicating Verde Anticorrosione. enamels & assembled:

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- Outer mainwing landing gear covers will be spray painted tomorrow.

Hasegawa Macchi C.202 "Eduard" Model Complete, See Post Below

April 7, 2020

The 1963-vintage FROG Aeronautica Macchi C.202 was the first 1/72 scale injected plastic kit of the Folgore, clunky well as inaccurate it nevertheless is easy to build, out of production since the mid-1970s affordable aftermarket kits are still available.

All my previous "What-If" FROG C.202 models with early 1943 C.205N-1 style fuselage-wing root-mounted Breda-SAFAT 12.7mm machine gun packs utilizing SUPERMODEL FIAT CR.32 wing-mounted machine gun blisters were in pre-June 1940 Regia Aeronautica Italiana (RAI) liveries & markings well as wartime extensions thereof assuming Folgori entered RAI service early in 1940, the next three well as my last-ever FROG kit builds will be in post-June 1940 RAI Tavola X livery & markings, one in a colorful though not without precedent "What-If" livery. Two of the kits are 1963-1974 FROG releases third a 1964 AIR LINES release:

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April 8, 2020

- > Building of two FROG Macchi C.202 models now underway, third kit currently in transit.

- > Kit propeller shaft guides glued in place on port fuselage halves.

- > Kits lacked engine oil cooling radiator parts, glued in place substitutes fabricated from styrene sheet plastic in port radiator housings.

- > Kits also lacked engine gas exhaust channels, fabricated sets from cut & shape sanded styrene sheet plastic, glued in place above & below exhaust ejectors.

- > SUPERMODEL FIAT CR.32 wing-mounted machine gun blisters replicating Breda-SAFAT 12.7mm machine gun packs shape sanded, glued in place on fuselage halve sides.

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April 9, 2020

- > FROG Macchi C.202 model fuselages when assembled have unsightly mainwing wheel well voids, fabricated void covers from sheet styrene plastic for all kit builds.

- > Fuselage halve & central mainwing support unit interiors for two kit builds, wheel well void covers for all builds, spray painted Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1 per STORMO Color Guide for aircraft painted in Tavola X liveries.

- > Mainwing & tailplane sail parts assembled for two kit builds, associated ailerons & tailplane elevator parts pared for later painting & assembly.

- > Original 1964 issue AIR LINES C.202 kit arrived in mail today, aluminum colored parts molded by Pyro Plastics of Union New Jersey in good order, commencing work on it tomorrow, last ever build of a 1964-66 U.S.A. molded FROG kit :sad:

April 10, 2020

- > AIR LINES C.202 kit propeller shaft guide glued in place on port fuselage halve.

- > Kit lacked engine oil cooling radiator part, glued in place substitute fabricated from styrene sheet plastic in port radiator housing.

- > Kit also lacked engine gas exhaust channels, fabricated set from cut & shape sanded styrene sheet plastic, glued in place above & below exhaust ejectors.

- > SUPERMODEL FIAT CR.32 wing-mounted machine gun blisters replicating Breda-SAFAT 12.7mm machine gun packs shape sanded, glued in place on fuselage halve sides.

- > AIR LINES C.202 kit missing central mainwing support & propeller unit parts, mainwing landing gear retraction, radio & Pitot tube mast parts :surprised: :wtf: pilfered them except propeller unit from "never-build" 1974-vintage FROG F225 C.202 kit molded in Navy Blue styrene plastic it also missing the propeller unit part :wtf: :twisted: retrived a nicely molded well as to scale unit from the parts bin as a more than suitable replacement :grin:

- > All fabricated mainwing wheel well voids glued in place on central mainwing support unit interiors.

- > Test mainwing unit assembled, difficulties encountered gluing mainwings on central mainwing support unit, no difficulties puttying-in join gaps, set assembled unit aside for now:

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April 11, 2020

- > Remaining mainwings units assembled, difficulties still encountered gluing mainwings on central mainwing support units :evil: no difficulties puttying-in join gaps, set assembled units aside for now.

- > AIR LINES C.202 kits lack form-fitting fuselage rear cockpit backstop panels, fabricated them from sheet styrene plastic strips per Aero Detail 15 Macchi C.200/202/205 photo references, glued them in place, over sprayed all with Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1 per STORMO Color Guide for aircraft painted in Tavola X liveries.

- > AIR LINES C.202 kits came with pilot seats (shown) though lack flight decks, fabricated latter from plastic strips (shown), fabricating details for them tomorrow:

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April 12, 2020

- > Flight decks detail-populated with styrene sheet plastic fabricated "kidney" rudder foot pads, crossbar supports & joysticks per Aero Detail 15 Macchi C.200/202/205 photo references, over sprayed with Testors Flat Aluminum & Model Master replicated Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1 enamels, fabricating rudder push bars tomorrow.

- > Spare Hasegawa C.202 instrument panels detail-populated with styrene sheet plastic fabricated armament control panels per Aero Detail 15 Macchi C.200/202/205 photo references, over sprayed with Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels.

- > Pilot head armor triangles fabricated from styrene sheet plastic per Aero Detail 15 Macchi C.200/202/205 photo references, hand painted Testors Flat Steel enamel, glued in place on form-fitted fuselage rear cockpit backstop panels.

- > Scotch Magic Mending Tape over sprayed with Humbrol 29 Matt Dark Earth enamel paint for later cutting up pilot seat belt strips:

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April 13, 2020

- > Weight pivot holes forward of fuselage tailplanes, fuel filling points aft of starboard pilot headrests drilled in all FROG C.202 kit fuselage halves per Aero Detail 15 Macchi C.200/202/205 photo references.

- > Rudder bars for all models fabricated from styrene sheet plastic per Aero Detail 15 Macchi C.200/202/205 photo references, spray & hand painted Testors Flat Aluminum & "special mix" enamels, glued in place on detail-populated flight decks.

- > Hasegawa C.202 cockpit instrument panel kit decals placed on detailed-populated kit instrument panels.

- > Detail-populated kit instrument panels glued in place on FROG C.202 kit port fuselage halves with cut sheet styrene plastic stays.

- > San Giorgio Tipo C Gunsights fabricated from cut opaque & clear styrene sheet plastic strips, spray & hand painted Testors "special mix", Rust & Silver enamels, glued in place on detail-populated kit instrument panels.

- > All now fully detail-populated flight decks glued in place beneath FROG C.202 port fuselage halve pilot seat retaining brackets.

- > Cut Humbrol 29 Matt Dark Earth enamel spray painted strips glued in place on FROG C.202 kit pilot seats, trimmed & glued down in place, "buckle" ends hand painted Testors Flat Aluminum enamel, seats glued in place in port fuselage halve retaining brackets:

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April 14, 2020

- > All FROG C.202 kit clear plastic cockpit canopies two-piece cut-modified, cut ends smooth sanded, windshields glued in place on fuselages, them & canopy frames masked-off, over spray painted with Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels per Aero Detail 15 Macchi C.200/202/205 photo references.

- > All assembled mainwing units glued beneath fuselages & join seams puttied well as sanded, agonizingly slow, tedious, laborious work, far more than anticipated :surprised: :( acceptable results nonetheless.

- > Engine & cockpit fresh air inlet vents fabricated from sheet styrene plastic, glued in place on forward dorsal fuselage per Aero Detail 15 Macchi C.200/202/205 photo references:

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April 15, 2020

- > Location holes drilled in all model fuselage undersides for fabricated Venturi tubes, spare SUPERMODEL Macchi C.202/205 kit D/F rings fitted on several late production C.202s.

- > Two model rudder & fuselage sail sections, entire sail of one model sprayed Testors Flat White enamel paint, former after drying Distintivi di Guerra mask-filled for camouflage paint over-spraying, later after drying masked for spraying on Italian national flag colors.

- > All mainwing landing gear covers completely sprayed painted Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1.

- > All landing gear struts base spray painted Testors Flat Aluminum enamel.

- > All mainwing landing gear wheels base spray painted Testors Flat Rubber, Black, White "special mix", rims hand painted Flat Aluminum enamels.

- > All engine coolant radiator housing interiors detailed with cut styrene plastic strips replicating air flow guides per Aero Detail 15 Macchi C.200/202/205 photo references.

April 16, 2020

- > All model topsides forward of fuselage rudder sails well as wrapping around mainwing leading edges, cockpit canopies, aileron & tailplane kit sub assembly parts of two models, sides of two engine coolant radiator housings, one propeller spinner inside & out base spray painted Humbrol 119 Matt Light Earth + 36% Testors Flat White enamels replicating Nocciola Chiaro 4, everything set aside to dry till tomorrow.

- > Tailplane sub assembly parts of one kit entirely spray painted Testors Flat White after drying masked for spraying on Italian national flag colors.

- > Two propeller spinners inside & out, all model kit propeller part blade tips spray painted Testors Flat White enamel.

- > All model kit propeller parts finish spray painted Testors Flat Yellow (tips) & Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels.

- > All mainwing landing gear wheels "weathered" with sprayed-on Poly Scale Dirt acrylic, landing gear strut oleos hand detail-painted Testors Silver enamel paints.

- > All mainwing landing gear units assembled, cut to size black decal rectangles replicating wheel air pressure panels applied:

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April 17, 2020

- > Distintivo di Guerra (DdG) rudder crosses area masked on two white-painted rudders, over sprayed Humbrol 119 Matt Light Earth + 36% Testors Flat White enamels replicating Nocciola Chiaro 4 (NC4), set aside to dry till tomorrow.

- > Previously white painted fuselage rudder sail sections on two model builds removed & over sprayed NC4, edge rather than area masking DgG areas easier insofar as better aligning them with the rudder DdGs.

- > Italian tri-color flags masked out & spray painted Testors Flat Olive & Model Master Insignia Red enamels both sides of fuselage sail, rudder & tailplane parts of one model build, set aside to dry till tomorrow:

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April 18, 2020

- > All model build topsides & wrap-around mainwings well as cockpit canopy frames, tailplane leading edges & engine coolant radiator housing sides of two builds, propeller spinner of one, spray painted Humbrol 91 Matt Black Green + 36% Testors Flat White shading enamels replicating Verde Oliva Scuro 2 (VOS2), two with mottles one Macchi-style anelli.

- > Distintivo di Guerra rudder cross arms masked off both sides of fuselage sails of two model builds, spray painted Testors Flat White enamel.

- > Angrily frustrating work spraying cross arms on rudder sails :evil: length & width masking on one build way off alignment, paint had to be scrapped off, Nocciola Chiaro 4 & VOS2 colors resprayed, correct masking done, white resprayed, acceptable results:

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April 19, 2020

- > All model build undersides, tailplane & engine coolant radiator housing undersides of two builds, entire housing of another, masked off & spray painted Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1, set aside to dry till tomorrow:

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April 20, 2020

- > Fuselage identification bands of all model builds masked-off & spray painted Testors Flat White enamel paint.

- > Navigation lights of all model builds masked-off & base spray painted Flat White followed by Testors Green & Model Master Insignia Red enamels.

- > One white base spray painted propeller spinner masked-off & spray painted Testors Green & Model Master Insignia Red enamels replicating Italian national flag colors.

- > Fuselage engine cowling Breda-SAFAT 12.7mm machine gun troughts masked-off & spray painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" replicating heat-resistant paint on FIAT, Macchi, Reggiane et. al. inline-engine Regia Aeronautica Italiana fighters:

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April 21, 2020

- > Fuel, oil, electrical & oxygen access points on all models hand painted with various Testors enamel paints including "special mix" per Aero Detail 15 Macchi C.200/202/205 documentation.

- > Engine exhaust ejectors on all models hand painted with Testors Flat Rust & Steel spot mix.

- > Engine coolant radiator cores in housings on all models hand painted with Testors Brass enamel.

- > Super detailed prototype mainwing flap fabricated from sheet styrene plastic, six sets needed, will take another day to fabricate them all; detailing effort well beyond that originally intended ala simple X-Acto blade scoring of structural rib lines.

April 22, 2020

- > Six sets of mainwing flaps fabricated & super detailed from sheet styrene plastic per Aero Detail 15 Macchi C.200/202/205 documentation, spray painted all over with Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1:

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April 23, 2020

- > SKY Models 72-014 Macchi C.202 fuel & oil triangles, machine gun synchronization & canopy lock placards, first aid crosses, water decal markings for three different flying units applied on fuselages of all model builds, very good results :biggrin:

April 24, 2020

- > Pitot tubes for all model builds fabricated from styrene sheet plastic, they, all D/F rings & fuselage-wing root-mounted Breda-SAFAT 7.7mm machine gun barrels, spray painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels.

- > Machine gun barrels glued in fuselage-wing root-mounts for all model builds.

- > Engine coolant radiator housings, Pitot tubes, D/F rings glued in place underneath all model build fuselages.

- > Ailerons, tailplanes & rudders glued in place on all model builds.

- > All tailwheels spray painted Testors Rubber, Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels, detailed hand-painted Flat Aluminum, glued in place on all model builds.

- > Propeller spinners respectively glued in place on propeller units for all model builds, tricky work :crazy: Italian tri-color flag spinner white center smeared with red paint whilst handling it :wtf: had to be masked off & resprayed Testors Flat White enamel paint, decent results.

FROG Macchi C.202 "What-If" Models Complete, See Posts Below
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Re: Retired In Kalifornia's Aircraft Model Builds In Progress Photos

Post by Editor » Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:11 am

That's one heck of a collection. Notice how much larger the C.206 is. I like the engine and mount you added to the C.206.
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Thanks...

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That's one heck of a collection. Notice how much larger the C.206 is. I like the engine and mount you added to the C.206.
...Y'all mean the C.207 :biggrin: Daimler-Benz DB 603 engine & mount were kit provided I'd added resin exhausts from parts bin, nylon fishing string magneto wire leads. Engine very nice though too large, 15% or so smaller to get supercharger "snail" inside the port bearer; bears gluing bearer pieces together :evil: should had been molded one piece, whomever else builds this model needs to know to leave off the "snail" if they want to firewall mount the engine! I may need to fabricate a display stand for the engine, still thinking on this.
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Italeri Macchi C.202 "Recovery Bash" With C.202 & C.205 Kit Parts

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Balaton Modell SM.75 Build Will Be Regia Aeronautica Italia Version

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:55 am

The 1/72 scale Balaton Modell Savoia-Marchetti SM.75 resin kit build will be the Regia Aeronautica Italia version, this after researching building the Hungarian one apparently in German RLM 61, 62, 63, 65 "export" livery colors proved too expensive insofar as buying & shipping to me either enamel or acrylic paints, building the kit will commence during April 2020.

I prefer painting with enamels, Testors Model Master 2075 RLM 61 & 2076 RLM 62 enamels supposedly are available, 2077 RLM 63 isn't. Acrylics in near all RLM colors are available but expensive, that along with chronic fear they'd peel off whilst masking model parts for painting over slick resin surfaces even after priming, issues I'd had with every resin or plastic painted kit had built in the past.
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Update-Balaton Modell SM.75 Regia Aeronautica Italia Build

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:22 pm

This promising build candidate via Wikipedia Commons:

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Unarmed aircraft appears to be a early civil serving with 602 Squadriglia before painting on white belly band, might be able to piece together water decals from stores.
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Re: Retired In Kalifornia's Aircraft Model Builds In Progress Photos

Post by Seagladiator » Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:17 pm

Wonderfull planes and projects. I didn’t even know about the S.75 existance.

Thanks again for the decals !

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Re: Retired In Kalifornia's Aircraft Model Builds In Progress Photos

Post by Seagladiator » Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:23 pm

Your Fiat G12T is a splendid kit !!!!!

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Thanks For The Comments!

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:21 pm

Seagladiator wrote:
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Wonderfull planes and projects. I didn’t even know about the S.75 existance.

Thanks again for the decals !
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Your Fiat G12T is a splendid kit !!!!!
The FIAT G.12T per CMPR & VITO Charts camouflage & paint research isn't a kosher build, frankly didn't appreciate that till after I'd build the dang thing :oops: :sick: Despite it being inaccurate liked how it came out, that along with having been a difficult kit build, one I had to build for my 1/72 scale Regia Aeronautica Italiana (RAI) collection, was glad I did given SEM Models has gone out of business!

By September this year should have built all my Italian aircraft kits in stock, will begin disposing more of my 1/72 scale RAI decals well as some of my Italian aircraft research publications. I'd sooner give them directly to modelers like you than try to sell them, items I can't give away due to lack of interest will "donate" to Viking Hobbies in Sacramento assuming they're still in business over the next couple of years.
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Hasegawa Aeronautica Macchi C.202 "Mostly Out-Of-Box"

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Hasegawa Aeronautica Macchi C.202 "True Details"

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:!: ERRATA April 28, 2020; White Tactical Markings Spay Painted On Mainwing Leading Edges:

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Hasegawa Aeronautica Macchi C.202 "Eduard"

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:oops: Glued Down Eduard Etched Brass Engine Coolant Radiator Housing Louver:

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Last Ever Hasagawa Aeronautica Macchi C.202 Models Shown Above...

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:04 pm

...But not of Folgori, FROG "What-If" builds follow, see above Group II Plastics: Hasegawa, Italeri, FROG "What-If" Macchi C.202s post for progress reporting well as on the Beyond The Sprues website. Any future Folgori builds will be of the Italeri kit, are hard to come by but if price is right will buy one or two well as another C.205V kit to fill up a display case.

The Hasegawa "Eduard" model fulfills a decades-old desire inspired by PROFILE Publications No.28 wanting to build the "perfect" Folgore in 79º Squadriglia North African livery c. winter-spring 1942, though not entirely "perfect" it indeed does fulfill it curiously during the 2019-2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, gravest since the 1918-1920 Spanish Flu though not anywhere near as deadly as the latter.
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"What-If" FROG Aeronautica Macchi C.202s With Four Breda-SAFAT 12.7mm Machine Guns Group Photos

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"What-If" FROG Aeronautica Macchi C.202s With Four Breda-SAFAT 12.7mm Machine Guns Individual Model Photos

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