Sunday, June 18

The Italian Thunderbolt strikes! Italeri's new 32nd scale Folgore...

The calendar girl of this year's catalogue - we knew it would not be long before Italeri presents us with information on this - their new-tooled Macchi M.C. 202 Folgore. We look at colour choices, CADs & other details about the model in our preview...

The Italian Thunderbolt strikes! Italeri's new 32nd scale Folgore...

Macchi M.C. 202 Folgore
From Italeri
No #2518
1/32nd scale
100% new mould kit
Photo-etch included
Eight (8!) marking choices in the box
Available in the first weeks of August.
Italeri's cover of their calendar for this year - the new incoming 1/32nd scale model kit dedicated to the Italian WW2 fighter Macchi M.C. 202 “Folgore” will be with us in July.

The Subject:
The introduction of the Macchi MC 202 Folgore was a significant development for the fighter squadrons of the Italian Regia Aeronautica. Stylishly designed from an aerodynamical perspective, it was fitted with the powerful German DB.601 engine produced under license by the Italian aeronautical industry. The engine and overall aeronautical performance of the aircraft provided the Regia Aeronautica with a fighter capable of actively engaging Allied fighters. 

Luftwaffe Macchi MC202 Folgore in Luftwaffe service with II.JG108 White 214, in  1942
The flight performance compared to the previous generation of fighters equipped with radial engines, such as the Fiat G-50 and the Macchi Mc-200, was in fact much better. Manoeuvrable and fast (it was able to reach 600 km h), it was armed, in the early versions, with two 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns installed in the nose. Only in later versions were the armaments improved with additional machine-guns installed in the wings.

A captured C.202 Folgore in North Africa, thought to be with No 3 Squadron RAAF 
During late 1941, it commenced offensive operations over Malta and in North Africa, where Italian and German forces were engaged in heavy combat against British and later American operations. The C.202 continued to be used in North Africa as late as mid-1943, by which point the type was withdrawn to support defensive efforts in Sicily and the Italian mainland following their invasion by Allied forces. It also saw limited use on the Eastern Front. Following the 1943 Armistice with Italy, the type was mostly used as a trainer aircraft. It was also operated by Croatia.

Rare wartime colour photos of the Macchi C 202 "Folgore"/ C 205 " Veltro".
The Macchi C.202 was flown by almost all of the most successful Italian aces. During mid-1942, in North Africa, the Folgore achieved a ratio kill/loss better than that of the Messerschmitt Bf 109. The Australian ace Clive Caldwell, who fought a wide variety of German, Italian and Japanese fighters during 1941–45, later stated that the C.202 was "one of the best and most undervalued of fighters". The type also had well-known design flaws: in particular, like the C.200, the C.202 was prone to suddenly entering dangerous spins. Its radios were also unreliable, routinely forcing pilots to communicate by waggling their wings. 
The C.202 was lightly armed relative to its contemporaries, with just a pair of machine guns that had a tendency for jamming. To improve its performance it was developed into its successor: the Macchi C.205 Veltro.

Macchi C.202 "M.M. 9476(?)"Shown in the markings of the 90ª Squadriglia, 10° Gruppo, 4° Stormo, was dramatically displayed in Gallery 205 above the World War II Aviation diorama at the US National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian, Washington, DC.

The kit from Italeri

The Macchi M.C. 202 “Folgore” in 1/32nd scale (kit no. 2518) will be available from the first week of August. The kit contains plastic from 100% completely new moulds made with the most advanced design and production standards, great attention to detail and the introduction of innovative solutions such as the cockpit with 3D decals, which is a first for Italeri. 

First, the CAD drawings of the new kit... The DB 601 engine is included and faithfully reproduced
The cowlings can be posed on or removed from the aircraft.
A detail wheel well and landing gear is included.
A detailed cockpit with those 3-D printed decals, plastic and waterslide alternatives and photo-etch is included.
The photo-etched parts included in the box
The 3-D printed decal sheet for the cockpit instrument panel is included.
Speaking of decals, there is also the unique camouflage pattern of the Italian Air Force supplied for the modeller.
The main decal sheet of the kit
The eight (yes 8!) colour profiles included in this kit.
In the next days we will present you more images of the plastic parts, the box and the final assembly of the test shot before release.

This kit will be available in the first weeks of August.
We will present more news on this kit as it comes to hand. From more on Italeri's kits check out their website...