Italeri 1/48 Fiat CR.42

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Italeri 1/48 Fiat CR.42

Post by kensar » Sat Sep 17, 2022 11:30 am

Today I start posting my progress on my second Italian subject, the Fiat CR.42. I will be adding detail to this, as I really like the looks of this plane. It will be a Hungarian version. I have the Montex painting mask set (K48351), so this will be interesting.

I started off with the cockpit, adding structural detail, discarding the kit cockpit sides.

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I removed the molded in control console and oxygen tank to make room for details and have room to work.

After much progress adding detail based on the maintenance manual and parts manual, I have finished the cockpit module:

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The instrument faces are Airscale items. The control knobs are wire with an end dipped in epoxy.

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Added ribs to the inside of the fuselage halves, along with the interior of the pilot's step.

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and finally, the gun sight reflector.

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I discovered that a Hasegawa Macchi C.202 windshield will fit very nicely on this kit with some sanding on the bottom edge of the frame. It stands a little higher than the kit windshield, but is much better being more clear and much less distortion - to be shown later.
I'll be closing the fuselage after looking closer at the tail wheel assembly.
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Re: Italeri 1/48 Fiat CR.42

Post by Editor » Sun Sep 18, 2022 8:48 pm

Great job Ken! The cockpit detail is excellent. Interesting that the C.202 windshield works well on this kit. Occasionally I'll do the same thing and swap-out parts from different kits.

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Re: Italeri 1/48 Fiat CR.42

Post by Icepol » Tue Sep 20, 2022 4:11 am

Beuatifull work!! well done!

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Re: Italeri 1/48 Fiat CR.42

Post by davenport49 » Thu Sep 22, 2022 9:24 am

Beautiful detail. Look forward to more.

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Re: Italeri 1/48 Fiat CR.42

Post by kensar » Sat Oct 08, 2022 9:31 am

More pics of my slow progress

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Test fit in the cowling.
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Here is the Macchi C.202 canopy compared to the kit canopy. I plan to use the Macchi canopy even though its a bit taller than the kit one.
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Re: Italeri 1/48 Fiat CR.42

Post by Editor » Sat Oct 08, 2022 10:29 am

Beautiful job Ken on the A.74, you brought it to life. Very well done.

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Re: Italeri 1/48 Fiat CR.42

Post by kensar » Sat Oct 29, 2022 8:09 am

Painting almost finished.

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Per the painting instructions, the factory camo scheme just shows through on the tail, fuselage band and upper wing.
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Re: Italeri 1/48 Fiat CR.42

Post by Editor » Sat Oct 29, 2022 5:40 pm

I love the subject, a Magyar Falco. I built one a little while ago and it shows beautifully - its one of my favorites.

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Re: Italeri 1/48 Fiat CR.42

Post by kensar » Sun Nov 06, 2022 5:35 pm

Just finished this Hungarian Fiat CR-42 from April 1941. This one took a lot of painting, having to paint the entire Italian camo and Hungarian insignias, then over paint the yellow areas. I used the Montex painting masks and a variety of paints, mainly AK Interactive lacquers for the main colors and Testors enamels for the insignias. I decided to use the kit windshield because it has a unique shape and isn't very visible.

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Fitting the struts was a little dicey. They had to be shortened. Everything else fit without much trouble.
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Re: Italeri 1/48 Fiat CR.42

Post by davenport49 » Mon Nov 07, 2022 5:57 am

Beautiful, Ken. :thumbup:

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Re: Italeri 1/48 Fiat CR.42

Post by Editor » Tue Nov 08, 2022 8:50 pm

Thanks Ken and I agree the struts can be tricky on this plane and you went with the kit supplied windshield after all.

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