Macchi MC 202 from Hasegawa
My version of the Hasegawa Macchi MC 202 presented for iModeler colleagues. This kit is just 'aces'! It builds so amazingly well. It is painted in Model Master enamels.
The MC 202 Folgore mated the famed (and feared) DB 601A1, inverted V-12, fuel-injected engine from the Bf-109 series and merged it with Mario Castoldi's clean, but underpowered Macchi MC 200 airframe. The result was a beautiful aircraft and dangerous opponent for the RAF's Tomahawks and Hurricanes which were the backbone of the Desert Air Force in 1941. It is fortunate for the allies that Italy was not able to produce more than 1100 of these planes. At the zenith of the plane's career there were about 150 of them in North Africa from mid to late 1942.
I have also posed an Italeri Fiat BR 20 bomber in the background of 2 of the pictures. The BR 20 is in 1/72 scale.
This aircraft is from 53º Stormo, 150º Gruppo, 363ª Squadriglia and was based at Martuba and Benghazi in Libya during 1942, and would have been involved in the battles around Tobruk and El Alamein. I have been unable to 'ID' the pilot of 363 - 2, but it may have been flown by Tenente Ugo Drago (17 kill ace), who became CO of this unit in late 1942. Drago flew for the Regia Aeronautica until the armistice and later flew Bf-109s for the Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana (ANR), aligned with the Axis forces. Drago was CO of this unit from late1942 until 1945.
If anyone has info on the pilot, or 363ª Squadriglia please post in the comments, and I will update this write-up. Thanks in advance.
11 additional images. Click to enlarge.