1:48 Fiat CR.42 (Italeri) Royal Hungarian Air Force 1942
It’s been a while I posted anything. I slowed down a bit but some work done recently among the “half-made stash”. I started this kit a year ago parallel with the awful Artiplast CR.32 but couldn’t decide what color fits to it best so I set it aside. I exchanged some decal sets with a fellow modeler and I get a nearly new HAD CR.42 no.2 decal set (HAD is an acronyme of Hungarian Armour Decals 😀 ), so it was the perfect time to finish it. I chosed the infamous “magyartarka” multi coloring. The early RHAF colors are somewhat a mistery (later in the WW2 Hungarian used German RLM colors) but based on recent researhes they say that the Hungarian “Krayer” firm was closely connected with IG Farben sooo early RHAF colors compares to early Luftwaffe colors. The discussion is not over so I chosed colors in my stash that were close enough to my imagination (and some contemporary colored photos). The decals were very old and soon became apparent that I can use only the small parts and stenciles. To masking the early RHAF shevron fortunately not a difficult task. Oh, the kit: really it is a good kit. Italian in every respect (beautiful details here sloppy joits and surfaces there, overall good fit but You can see that the mould is handmade – which is a good thing in my opinion) but has the potential to make out something great from it. Everything that proved difficult is direct consequence of my laziness 🙂 – I used Eduard Zoom for the interior which profites a lot from the photoech because Italeri didn’t break up themself to make it busy (ie. decal instruments and side consoles not a too good idea in 1:48 in an exposed – say open – cockpit). Just one compliment to Eduard: for god’s sake please MEASURE before start designing an update set! The build went surprisingly well so I can’t riport any modeling horror this time 😀 – boooring, eh? 😉 After this build I dug out an old SMER Reggiane 2000. 😀 Cheers!
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