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Italian aircraft of WWII
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1/72 Misterkit Fiat CR 42
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Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2020 - 09:48 PM UTC
Amazing work, Magnus!

Congratulations on another fine addition to the collection!

See you over on the new forums!
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Posted: Monday, November 30, 2020 - 08:32 AM UTC
Russell! The look of those struts is probably partly due to the kit's design but even in real life it looks rather sturdy, much more so than it's contemporary, the Gladiator. Since we used them here in Sweden we are lucky enough to have one at the Air Force Museum in Linköping so I've seen it up close!

Michael! Nobody is happier than me right now !


















I added a minimum of mud around the wheels and the spats. More really ought to be done around the lower surfaces but for the time being I feel that I'm finished with this one !

Retiring the avatar...

...and adding one final build to the collection before moving on to the new forums!



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Posted: Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 12:49 PM UTC
You've got this, Magnus!

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Posted: Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 10:34 PM UTC
Well, Magnus! Asymmetric fuselage halves, the lopsided engine cover, the blast tubes that don't match up with the cowling and all the other quirks of this kit aside, you've done a great job on bringing this kit to life.

The struts do look weird: but maybe Fiat thought they were designing a bridge rather than an aircraft, as they sure look chunky!

Looking forward to seeing you get the exhausts on and finishing this off
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Posted: Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 05:37 AM UTC
If I was a cheater this one could pass off as finished but it is still missing it's exhaust pipes. I'll add them tonight and follow up with some weathering!


Part of it looks good, part of it doesn't... In my eyes, the major giveaways are where the struts attaches to the lower wing, it doesn't really meet and it looks toy like. Apart from that, it didn't look like this in real life either, each strut meets the wing separately but I glued them together in order to be able to handle it as a subassembly.


Things that can't be seen in the pics are the asymmetric fuselage halves, the lopsided engine cover, the blast tubes that don't match up with the cowling and so on...

Remember, the main selling point for this kit was "accuracy", do you remember those times? It is more "accurate" than the Revell kit...

So, enough of whining, I have to admit that I've grown quite fond of it, like when you suddenly realise that you like that troublesome work mate of your's a bit anyway !

And a final confession: I have bought the Italeri kit just to see what it is like. It's not here yet but I think it will arrive during next week.



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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 01:22 PM UTC

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Eight days left and I seriously think I'm going to make it in time !


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You can do it, Magnus!
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Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 08:42 AM UTC
Eight days left and I seriously think I'm going to make it in time !


Decals are on, sharply printed with very good colour density but a bit on the stiff side. I finally resorted to Daco's strong setting solution.



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Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 08:52 AM UTC
Russell! I finally feel that I can see the light in the tunnel now !








How very unpleasant! The Fiat has one of my pet hates: wrap-around camo around the leading edges !



And these are the colours I used to mix up the camouflage from! The green is used out of the bottle while Tamiya XF-59 was picked up from a nice build on Hyperscale but I found it turned out a bit on the orange side on my small scale kit so I mixed it with Gunze 79 and finally added a drop or two of yellow. As for the brown - I don't want to talk about it but here are the ingredients at least !

I like the colours but the overall look isn't 100% what I wanted (paint fields should be smaller and there should be more of them) but I'll let it go this time. I've got a double boxing of Hasegawa Macchi 202:s that can be used as a means for further exploration of the world of Italian camouflages!



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Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 06:20 PM UTC
You can do it Magnus!
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Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 09:39 AM UTC
Frederick and Russell! Thanks for your comments - no way I can give up now, is there ? It has been close several times but I think I will see it through, the fun has begun and there is after all not too much more to do than paint and weather!


Repaint! I used the 3-view for inspiration...


...and this is with the brown done as well. Fuselage and lower wing had a more standard mottling, I'll start with that tomorrow!



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Posted: Monday, November 09, 2020 - 02:17 PM UTC
Magnus, this will certainly be one kit you will remember building...
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Posted: Monday, November 09, 2020 - 01:43 PM UTC
Magnus,

you are an inspiration to me for perseverance, and expert modeling.
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Posted: Monday, November 09, 2020 - 06:37 AM UTC
Torsten! I promise, I've checked where the switch is !


Last parts to put in place: a pair of photo etch air outlets that I formed over a suitably sized drill bit. I brush painted them with metal primer (VMS Metal Prep 4K) since I've had problems with paint wearing of metal parts even if I have primed them using Tamiya Fine White. Seems to work so this is something I can recommend!


I attached the windscreen using CA (since I can reach the inside and remove any fogging) and built up a leather coaming around the rear edge using Milliput. I always get nervous working with the clear parts but it went well !


Ready for the fun to start! I've masked the areas for the national insignia to ensure a white background for them (they look nice enough on the decal sheet but wise from previous experiences with this build, there are no guarantees for anything...). I will also mask the fuselage band.


I just had to start painting...


...and one thing leading to another I ended up with this. Which I'm not very happy with after finding a book that I thought was lost a long time ago where there is a very nice three-view showing one the machines based in Belgium and that certainly doesn't look like this. Oh well, it's an enjoyable process so I can live through it again, I'll keep you posted on the results ! Of course that three-view is just an artist's impression but it is an Italian artist and I assume he knows his Fiats a lot better than I do!




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Posted: Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 04:09 AM UTC
Amazing work on the details of this dinosaur as always, Magnus!

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Russell! I'll finish this one over here and will move over to you with my next build!



Magnus


Don't forget to switch off the light here before you join us on the other side ....
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Posted: Friday, October 30, 2020 - 07:16 PM UTC
I realise now why I very much prefer kits to scratchbuilding...


Since getting the struts to fit against the curved spats was impossible (for me at least ) I fixed the struts using metal wire so that I could adjust the angles to something suitable. After this, I filled the gaps with CA and baking soda to get a strong and sandable joint...


...which I then sanded to something that was absolutely smooth and perfect, or at least that's what I thought until first layer of primer...


Some sanding later and now I'm adding the upper edge of the fairings using Milliput, the one on the left has been sanded to shape while the one on the right awaits it's turn in the torture chamber...


And just to be able to post something of more general interest: a Fiat on a stick. With the tailplanes on!



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Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 09:18 PM UTC
Russell! I'll finish this one over here and will move over to you with my next build!



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Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 08:48 PM UTC

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Russell! We'll see where it all ends. I'm not ready to give up just yet !

I correct myself, I thought I could live with the landing gear but I've decided that I can't...



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Magnus, you might just be the last one over here at the old site: You're not ready to give up yet hey??

Come on over and join us at the dark side
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Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 04:19 AM UTC
Russell! We'll see where it all ends. I'm not ready to give up just yet !


I correct myself, I thought I could live with the landing gear but I've decided that I can't...



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Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 12:33 PM UTC

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This really is a horrible little model, I'm sorry !


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well, as we say, Magnus, you've turned a pig's ear of a kit into a silk purse
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Posted: Friday, October 23, 2020 - 07:13 PM UTC
This really is a horrible little model, I'm sorry !

I've glued the landing gear in place only to realise that the angles are all wrong (they are much too splayed outwards, cast with the wrong angle between spat and leg) and that symmetry was out for lunch either when they were cast or when the masters were done. I've sanded one of the spats so that they at least are more or less the same thickness but one of the gear legs is still far thicker than the other one. Oh well, I leave it as it is.


Gear is on and I'm doing the final work filling in the gaps between the struts and the fuselage using super glue.





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Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 07:51 AM UTC
Jesper! Good to see you ! I'm sure I'll have great fun with the camo, for the final result: we'll see...

Michael! Thanks ! An extension would certainly be most helpful, I would really appreciate it! Reminds me of going over to the campaign tread for a visit by the way.

Russell! Yep !


This one most definitively has a wing loading problem!


Didn't turn out too bad, I now realise that I forgot to paint the stick handle though. Can be reached with a paint brush so I'll solve it later!



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Posted: Monday, October 19, 2020 - 12:39 PM UTC

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Russell! I'll really need company and support on this one !

This is so tedious but I'm finally getting something that is at least acceptable. Using super glue helps a bit since it fills the gaps between struts and wing surfaces, it is however difficult to sand and file especially since the structure is rather fragile and easily cracks when sanding it.

Interior is mostly a case of looking busy through the rather small cockpit hole...



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OMG Magnus... it's like a glass spiderweb!
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Posted: Monday, October 19, 2020 - 02:53 AM UTC
You are a brave, brave man, Magnus. As was any Italian who flew these things against Hurris and Spits.

I'm seriously contemplating a 1 month extension on the BoB campaign, if that helps you.

Michael