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Fiat CR.42 Close-Up

by Werner Scheibling

 

Fiat CR.42 Falco

 


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After enjoying all the gorgeous CR 42 articles about Classic Airframe's latest creation, I'd like to contribute some reference photos that I took in Hendon's (North London) RAF museum - to the enjoyment of all the guys who want to get their hands as soon as possible on this pretty kit.

On 11 November 1940 this CR 42 made an emergency landing on Orfordness Beach, Suffolk in the UK after a skirmish with Spitfires and Hurricanes. The captured aircraft was later test flown by the RAF.

The airframe now resides in Hendon's Battle of Britain Hall and still seems to be in pretty good condition.

The windshield plexiglass should be replaced though (it's in a sort of chemical self -destruction process) and some instruments in the cockpit and the safety harness seem to be missing. Unfortunately the camouflage restoration job is pretty amaterish, but regardless, it is still an extremely beautiful biplane.

 

 

Modelers should note that Classic Airframes did not properly represent the prominent oil cooler inlets in the wing roots and - worse - the trickily shaped oil cooler exhausts towards the trailing edge of the lower wing.

 

 

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Model, Images and Article Copyright 2004 by Werner Scheibling
Page Created 28 January, 2005
Last updated 28 January 2005

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