Italeri/Hasegawa Mc 205 Veltro
Hope you all are alright and safe during this difficult period. I’ve been working from home for 7 weeks now, just a little touch of cabin fever – cured with a daily cold beer and some modeling!
Here is my attempt at Hasegawa’s 1/48 Veltro. It is reboxed by Italeri with a giant decal sheet with 6 options – 3 with smoke rings and 3 Luftwaffe style. The smoke rings are provided in the decal sheet, too.
Looking at the decals, I decided I wouldn’t yellow out and opted for the color scheme you see here. There’s a nice wasp cartoon character nose art to go with it. These decals are very easy to apply and the instructions even tell you were to add them on the airframe, which keeps things pleasant to the eye. There was zero silvering, but of course you can see decal film if you look closely. This downside is more than compensated by how great they look: there’s even a bit of “overspray” represented. Also, there’s no leftover film in decals that should go on corners, so they also fit very nicely on their designated locations. I spent some 4 or 5 sessions applying the decals, and allowing some time to Set/Sol work their magic, which they did. This is an interesting – if a bit work intensive – alternative if you do not own a good quality airbrush, which is my case. I could never reproduce this with my cheap chinese knockoffs and limited airbrushing skills, that’s for sure!
Italeri may not always deliver the greatest kits, but their work on this reboxing is worth the praise. Interestingly, it is a licensed product – to the italian air force; I presume they hold the rights to the aircraft.
The kit is well known, a sweet build without any problems. The Macchi fighters look really good and I guess it was a good thing the italian industry couldn’t build more of them.
As always, thanks for looking and all feedback is welcome.
Stay safe, fellas! Cheers!
4 additional images. Click to enlarge.