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PostSubject: Revell 1/72 Fiat CR.42 Falco   Mon Feb 20 2017, 15:56

A fun kit to build from the "Golden Days" of plastic kits way back in 1966. I built this same model back then when I was eight years old, and I can assure you, that model did not look anything like this one does!

Strangely out of place in a world of high performance aircraft, the Fiat CR. 42 biplane still served Italy faithfully throughout the Second World War. Although it was clearly outclassed by the newer monoplanes, the Falco was available in quantity at the outbreak of the war. Its initial role was that of a bomber escort, but the superior performance of the allied fighters soon discouraged this practice. The CR. 42 found its greatest successes came as a night fighter and fighter-bomber, as its agility was found to be a great advantage and CR.42's were used very effectively in this guise during the North African Campaign. As bombers, Falcos were designated CR. 42- A.S. and carried two 220 pound bombs.

The little biplane served in nearly every Italian fighter squadron during the war, as well as forming substantial parts of the air forces of Sweden, Hungary, and Belgium. Many Falcos were still in operation with the Italian Air Force when that nation surrendered. Some of them continued to fight in the hands of the Anti-Facist Co-Belligerent Air Forces, thus holding the distinction of fighting on both sides of the conflict.

The Fiat CR.42 was the last biplane fighter to be produced by the combatants, surpassing the British Gladiator which also saw service in the war. It was constructed of welded steel tubes covered with fabric. The Falco's clean lines and 840 hp Fiat A74 R. C. 38 engine gave the plane an unusually high speed for a biplane: 267 mph. The service ceiling exceeded 33,000 feet, and the maximum range was over 600 miles. The Falco or "Falcon" carried two nose mounted 12.7 mm Breda machine guns with 400 rounds per gun. The upper wing had a span of 31 feet, 9.75 inches. The overall length was 27 feet, 2.75 inches.


No issues were encountered. Parts are small, but go together nicely. Back in the 60s, many kits incorporated little "features" to entice a builder - this kit was no different as a removable cowling led to a really detailed engine. I just built the kit straight out of the box. I only added some bombs and rigging. Decals were old but still usable.


Just a shot of the completed kit in my hand so you can see how tiny it really is.

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