Hasegawa 1:48 Macchi C.205
The aircraft is from 360ª Squadriglia, (155° Gruppo, 51° Stormo), Monserrato Airfield in Sardinia, summer of ’43. As usual, being a Hasegawa kit the build went smoothly up to the installation of the main landing gear. The square mounting pegs on the struts needed to be filed down, the retraction strut had to be threaded through some tubing on the airframe to a small hole on the wing spar and then attached to a small pin on the strut. The inner gear door is flush mounted to the fuselage and then the retraction arm is attached to the wing spar and a very small hole in the gear door. I’m building the Italeri reboxing of this kit and I’m at this stage now so I’ll report later if this is a recurring problem. I would love to tell you that I painted the smoke rings but the are decals from the Italeri kit. I whole heartedly applaud Italeri for doing this. There is a large amount of clear decal film in the center of the decals and I was worried about silvering but this was minimal; I think I had to fix maybe less than 10 of the close to 100 smoke rings. The rest of the markings are from the Hasegawa kit and they weren’t very good as they are fairly old and lacked a lot of adhesion.
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