Fiat CR 42 LW Falco - Italeri

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This was actually part of the SuperModel double kit - the Falco and the AB40 armor car.

 

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This is Italeri's Cr.42 LW in markings of the Luftwaffe night fighter stationed in Italy.

The cockpit was embellished with the Eduard Zoom kit.

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The rest of the build was straight forward, so onto painting. The bottom wings had two color mottles that was applied freehand with an airbrush. On top, I tried to do the splotches by using enlarging the instructions and then tracing the patterns onto frisket paper. Finally using a #11 blade to cut out the patterns. Whie it worked, it was much more work than I had bargained for, so I finished the 2nd set of splotches with hand brushing.

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As usual, trying to put the top wing on in a biplane is always a challenge, the structs height weren't spot on, so some CA glue were used as fillers, and then touched up with paint afterwards. For rigging, I used EZ-Line from Bobe's hobby store (Florida). I'm a new convert, this will be my new rigging method, the line takes to CA glue really well, the bond is secure in 2-3 seconds, no accelerator needed. Since it stretches really well, it will not get knocked off easily. The best part is for me is that I no longer have to drill through the lower wing to thread rigging material. I can simply glue it into holes drilled partly in the inner part of the two wings. No precise measurement needed either, just cut a piece about 1/2 the length you need, and then just stretch to glue. Just make sure the length is consistent, as it gets thinner with more stretching.

 

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