conversion Italian Classic 005
+ conversion Italian Classic 005
In 1939, it became clear that war clouds were looming again above Belgium. In an effort to modernize the "Aeronautique Militaire", the Belgian governement decided to purchase modern fighters to replace the obsolete biplanes then in service. But the choice was limited, so forty FIAT CR.42 were purchased in Italy and delivered in the following months to the 2nd Regiment based at Nivelles. On May 10, 1940, most of the Falcos were scrambled and directed to intercept the German formations then attacking Belgium. In the coming days, many FIATs were lost, but seven German planes were shot down. The remaining aircraft were transferred to France where they helped in the defence of the French city of Chartres. On May 28 however, with the surrender of Belgium, the remaining CR.42's were sabotaged.
appreciate the Classic Airframes kits very much; the multi-media approach of
important aircraft is always very exciting, and as these planes aren't likely to
be produced by "major" firms, it usually is the only game in town. The
box of the Fiat CR.42 kit holds nicely engraved injected parts, resin parts for
the engine and the cockpit, some P/E, a vac canopy, two brass tubes for the
machine-guns, and a decal sheet for two Italian planes.
After studying the kit and my main reference(Footnote #1), it appeared however that the kit lacked somewhat in accuracy : lower wings too small, cowling too long, inaccurate engine, wing struts and u/c "pants" too long…so the completed model wasn't to capture the look of the real plane, and for me, that's an important point.
Photos and text © by Marc Brouyère