Hasegawa 1/48 Macchi C.205 Veltro
|KIT #:||Jt 33|
|PRICE:||$43 AUD a few years ago|
|NOTES:||Third Group Decals and etched metal seatbelts used|
The origins of the Macchi 205 date back
to 1936, when the Italian Air Force placed an order with Aermacchi for a high
performance interceptor. The Macchi
MC 200 was the first offering by the company. Due to a lack of power from the
radial engine, the DB 601 liquid cooled inline engine was fitted during 1940,
eventually resulting in the Macchi 202. However the Ď202 had its
of problem, primarily it was
woefully underarmed, sporting only two 12.7mm fuselage mounted machine guns. To
rectify the problems of the Macchi 202, the more powerful DB 605 engine was
fitted and provision made to accommodate two 20mm cannon in the wings.
The first prototype flew on
The kit comes in the usual Hasegawa light grey plastic with extremely well done surface detail. No flash was encountered on any of the parts. Cockpit detail is excellent straight out of the box and can be seen through the inclusion of a two piece canopy. Cartograph decals look great and have gone into my spares folder for future use.
I started where most of us do, with the cockpit. Assembly was straight forward; however I decided to add some seatbelts to the rather large and naked seat. I lacked any Italian seat belts and couldnít actually find any aftermarket ones (if you know of some in 1/48 drop me a line), so I used some RAF belts I had from Red Roo. I painted the cockpit Humbrol Matt 30 green and black for the instrument panel.
Installing the cockpit and gluing the fuselage was very easy with the fit being every bit as good as Tamiya. A quick run over with some 800 grade sandpaper was all that was needed. The fit of the horizontal stabilisers was so good I opted to leave them off and install them after Iíd finished painting.
I painted the wheel well RLM 66 light blue and then assembled it. Once again the fit was perfect, but just take a minute to make sure you align everything correctly. Wing to fuselage fit was almost perfect but did require some correcting and re-scribing aft of the radiator, so make sure you clean up this join before fixing the radiator in place.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
I chose to build the Egyptian Macchi as I have a strong interest in the post war use of Axis aircraft.
The painting guide on the Third Group decals is very good and calls for Dark Olive Green and RAF Middle Stone over Azure Blue. I used Gunze Azure Blue and Middle Stone, but I canít remember the Green. Any RAF dark green will probably do, as the REAF had copious amounts of RAF paint on hand. Although the upper surface camouflage pattern is unknown, they do give you a guide which I chose to follow.
I think the Italians made some of the most aesthetically pleasing aircraft, and the Macchi 205 is no exception. The Hasegawa kit does the aircraft justice and is, in my opinion, suitable for all skill levels. If you spot one around and have an interest in Italian aircraft, buy it, you wonít be disappointed!
Alex Yofe, Spitfire - Star Of Israel, Ventura Publications, New Zealand, 1996
Scale Aviation Modeller International, Volume 8 Issue 8, August 2002
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