Fiat CR.42 Close-Up
by Werner Scheibling
proudly supported by Squadron.com
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
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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Created 28 January, 2005
28 January 2005
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