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c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Sunday, February 05, 2017 - 08:07 PM GMT+7
Great choice of airframe Gaz although the kit will likely fight you all the way it is quite buildable just takes a little persistence. Thanks for joining in and welcome!
GazzaS
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Sunday, February 05, 2017 - 02:31 PM GMT+7
Hi Everyone,
Sorry so late to get into it. This summer's heat is really cramping my build time.

I started this kit a couple of years ago, but ended up shelving it. It's a short run kit with lots of cleaning to do and some scratch building and using your own spares required. It even says so in the directions.

Who has spares for Italian aircraft??

Here is a photo of it in it's current state:


The Reggiane 2005 Sagittario shared the same Daimler Benz 605 that was being used in the Bf109G-6. However, due to it's clean lines it was quite a bit faster than it's German cousin.

However, the wing construction was overly complicated, leading to slower construction. It was armed with two Breda Safat 12.5 machine guns and two MG-151's in the wings.

Gaz
BoiseBlade
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Idaho, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 05:59 AM GMT+7
Chris

Looking good!

Yep really thin an well detailed but fragile.
Yeah that kind of sucks doesn't it.
c4willy
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017 - 08:38 PM GMT+7
Ouch Jeff! I know what you mean the engine cowl on the Macchi was a two piece affair with the front ring being separate from the cowl and both are beautifully thin but very delicate and easily broken. Which I did on a couple of occasions. I had to then fill a hole left by a piece flying off never to be seen again.
c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017 - 08:31 PM GMT+7
Did a little detail painting on the Macchi specifically the exhausts and undercarriage door closing gear. Now for a little oil staining and some final weathering followed by a flat coat.






BoiseBlade
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017 - 06:07 PM GMT+7
Chris,

Most resin parts are playing nice with CA.
The only problem I have with them is the engine cowlings. One was almost football shape not round. I tested warming up some resin that thin and it kind of melted very easy.
So I decided to squeeze it round till it broke then glue it in a round shape. The rework the detail.

Bu all other parts are nice.
c4willy
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Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 11:51 AM GMT+7
Geez that's fast progress Jeff! It's a great looking kit how is it going together? Are the resin details playing nice?
GazzaS
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2017 - 06:37 PM GMT+7
I'll be interested to see what you make of this bird, Jeff.

Gaz
BoiseBlade
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Idaho, United States
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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2017 - 06:10 PM GMT+7
Well I started my build.
Here are some pictures.


c4willy
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Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 12:51 AM GMT+7
Thanks Gaz! Not far now and I'll be finished with her.
GazzaS
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Posted: Friday, January 20, 2017 - 11:05 PM GMT+7
Chris,
Your Macchi is looking great! Nice fabrication underneath!

Gaz
c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Friday, January 20, 2017 - 10:56 PM GMT+7
I've gotten a little further with the Mc.200 I've added the outer gear doors and their closing mechanism I had to fabricate them from brass wire as they weren't supplied with the kit surprisingly enough as there is plenty of other detail. Just a rough representation of it as it won't be often seen as it's under the aircraft. (Yes I know there will be those who'll turn it over to have a look!) Just need to paint them and do some final touch up before applying weathering and a matt coat and then I'm done. (errrr hopefully)







c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 11:06 AM GMT+7
Jeff just imagine it with a couple of DB605's in place of the radials! Now wouldn't that say vroommmmmmm????

Tom I'm positively green with envy I've wanted that kit like .... forever since it was released! Welcome! Glad to have you on-board and I'm looking forward to see how this builds. I'll be using it as reference for my build .... eventually ..... (in my best Smeagol impression) the precious will be mine!!!!!

There may well be an extension of the time frame depending on how many Aoeroscalers we get involved and how close they all are to finishing by the due date. So don't sweat it yet take your time and have a blast.

D glad you're liking the campaign so far. You're most welcome to join us oh illustrious one!
AussieReg
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Victoria, Australia
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Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 10:39 AM GMT+7
Jeff, excellent choice, I've always like the look of this fighter. It's just a shame that it didn't perform up to expectations.

Tom, another excellent choice. I had no idea that Trumpeter had this kit in their range!

Two more really interesting builds added to what is already a "must-watch" Campaign.

Cheers, D
macotra4
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Illinois, United States
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Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 09:58 AM GMT+7
So this is my entry to the campaign. I will try to finish a 1/48 Trumpeter Sm.79 Sparviero. I will use Eduard Big Ed photoeteched for it. Also i will Use Montex Super Mask. I will try to make an aircraft from 281st Squadriglia AS. I hope that i will have enough time to finish it within time limits of the campaign.






c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 07:18 AM GMT+7
Awesome Jeff! Glad I could "encourage" you to take the plunge on the Ro.57. I look forward to seeing what you do with it!
BoiseBlade
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Idaho, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 05:37 PM GMT+7
Hi all,

Here will be my entry for this campaign.

Chris,
This will be a 3 tone Italian camo.
c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Sunday, December 25, 2016 - 11:13 PM GMT+7
Now while I've been concentrating on my P-47 build I haven't neglected (too much) My Astrokit Mc.200 Saetta. The tubing I got was to build the pitot tubes for the kit as the kit ones were either missing or so ill formed that they didn't look the part. Here's a pic of the fabricated items it has not one but TWO of them.

c4willy
#305
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 07:03 PM GMT+7
You're more than welcome Jeff don't mention it!
BoiseBlade
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Idaho, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 02:57 AM GMT+7
Gee, Thanks Chris!

I guess that means the IMAM Ro.57 with the dot on spot scheme (My name for it) Maronne-Giallo over Verde base.

Forza Italia!
c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016 - 09:31 PM GMT+7
Merci! Thanks Nico I appreciate the compliment.
nico37
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Indre-et-Loire, France
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Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016 - 07:37 PM GMT+7
Hi,

well done Chris with your camo

nico
c4willy
#305
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016 - 09:24 AM GMT+7
Thanks Jeff just about done with this build got the wheel covers, prop and spinner on. Just need to put on the inner gear doors and fabricate the closing mechanism which Astrokit haven't supplied which is strange as they supplied pretty much everything else! Fairly simple system just figuring out how to replicate it.

One question Jeff which one has the most outrageous camo? I suggest you do that one! LOL
BoiseBlade
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Idaho, United States
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Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016 - 07:14 AM GMT+7
Chris,

Really nice. I like the paint job and the wheel wells look really good.

I am still trying to decide.
I am down to 4.......
1/72 Special Hobby IMAM Ro 57, Fiat CR 25, and Caproni Ca 310-311
Or
1/72 MPM Breda Ba 88B

Decisions, decisions.......

c4willy
#305
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2016 - 06:43 PM GMT+7
I did intend to paint the copper oil cooler first and then mask before painting however with the desire to paint the camo pushing me on I subsequently forgot. So it was a troublesome masking job and some Vallejo copper paint and I've got it done.