Italeri 1/72 Fiat CR.42 Falco

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Italeri 1/72 Fiat CR.42 Falco

Post by warhawk » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:52 am

Hi everyone! Here's my latest project

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Italeri kit has many plus sides:
- nicely printed decals
- very useful reference booklet
- large number of options

Although it's the best CR.42 kit in 72nd, there are a few minor complaints
- Decal instrument panel and seatbelts (I hate this the most in modelling)
- Propeler is faced the wrong way (just move the axis on the oposite side)
- Rib and panel lines on the wings too heavy
- Thick trailing edge (although not as serious as in short-run kits)

The ribs were fixed with a few light passes with a '1000' sanding paper
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The framework looked nice, but when painted, I decided it woud be better to see through it, so I sanded it from the back until only the framework was left. Then some structure was added to the fuselage sides...
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I added instrument bezels made out of fine wire. I just wrapped it around a toothpick or something else depending its radius and voila - many perfect circles! :wink:
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Seatbelts were "borrowed" from AML' G.50 (i'll find a replacement later for it)
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The engine was also modified. Actuator rods were removed and new were made along with some pipelines...
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Aleksandar
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Post by m.lacivita » Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:50 am

I'm righ-click-saving this build for future reference. Very good find about the wrong propeller, I have to check my kit as I didn't realize that at first glance. Excellent idea to hollow the side framing, too. I'm just a little dubious about the shade of green you used, I would have used a grey instead. But that's not to be intended as a criticism on an excellent work!

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Post by Vincent Biondi » Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:21 am

Hello Aleksandar,
Your model is looking great so far!
I really like the cockpit interior and seat belts.
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Post by Adamello » Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:33 pm

Good job, Aleksandar, especially with the cockpit frame and those instrument bezels. :shock:

Kind regards,

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Post by warhawk » Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:47 am

Thanks, glad you like it.

As far as the green interior is concerned, I am aware that it was probably gray, but I'm building the machine as preserved at Vigna di Valle museum (162a squadriglia), and i like how the cockpit looks with portions of it painted in green. A little detour from reality, but no one will know :wink:

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Post by GAJouette » Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:54 am

Aleksandar,
Beautiful work my friend.Love the details,keep us posted to your progress.
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Post by Editor » Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:32 pm

Great job on this scale. Instrument panel and cokpit frame nice done! Look forward to your updates.
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Post by Luftwoller » Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:05 pm

Fantastic work especially on the IP. The bezels look great, ill nick that idea for future reference,
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Post by warhawk » Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:03 am

Well, I have finally passed all my exams, so let's get to the fun stuff - yes, CAMOUFLAGE! :wink:

I drilled the holes in the struts for the wires. Wheels are cut in this way, so I could just slide them in at the end (I figured this would be easier than assembling them inside the "trousers" and masking them)
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After priming I airbrushed the white fuselage band and painted the nose yelow. When dry, the undersides received a gloss black coat as a primer for the aluminum. Then I started masking for the upper cammo, which wraps around the leading edge and slightly onto the undersides. To achieve softer egde, I have distanced that edge of tape with some fishing line (you can see black threads through the tape)
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I chose standard 1941 cammo for my Fiat. When I was done with the green blotches, I sad "man, no way am I gonna fit brown between them". But highly thinned paint and lower pressure solved the problem... The mottles should be even smaller, but this is all I could do with my current airbrush.
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Post by Kubrt » Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:40 am

Nice!
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Post by Editor » Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:50 pm

Very nice work in a tough scale!
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1/72 CR.42

Post by Cjohn62 » Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:08 am

Aleksander, very nice work in this scale. I am especially impressed by what you did with the cockpit framework and the engine. Painting a mottled paint scheme in 1/72 can also be especially daunting. I use primarily a Pasche VL; what type of airbrush are you using?

Keep up the good work and be sure to post pictures of the competed project.

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Post by warhawk » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:38 am

Thanks for the kind comments! :D
@Cjohn62: I used Revell's MasterclassPro with a medium nozzle (I haven't managed to find the fine one yet). The paint was diluted in about 60:40 ratio and pressure set to lowest.

Anyway, the final touches:

Added cowling strap cables made of wire, those panels were deepened quite a bit...
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Rudder and aileron cables added, navigation lights scratchbuilt made with a drop of white wood glue (it dries clearly), wing colored lights made using the same method, except I mixed some acrylic paint with the glue...
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Scratchbuilt gunsight...
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And now for some other bits...
Cheers :wink:

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Post by warhawk » Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:15 am

Finally finished :)

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And a couple pics with my Amodel 1/72 Hawker Fury finished in Royal Yugoslav Airforce colors (who knows - maybe they met in the air, since they were used in the same theater of war)
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Post by LazyCat » Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:25 am

That worked out great!
Very nice detail :D
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