My involvement with the Alphaflight kit manufacturer was to prepare all their decal artwork and boxart. So far this is the only 1/48 kit I have successfully completed by them, the other being the Caproni Vizzola F.5 in 1/72 scale.


I decided to build the model as it came, with none of the extra work that Jean Barby carried out on his build, which can be googled. His build seemed too involved for my taste. One thing I did do was to shorten the undercarriage, as recommended by him. The cockpit on this model is quite well detailed, but does not feature the armour plating that was fitted inside the aircraft, the most visible being around both seats. The Ali d'Italia book has a diagram on how it should look. I agreed with J. Barby's comments about the seating appearing to be located too far back from the instrument panel. After fitting any detail parts inside the fuselage halves that could not be placed after it was joined together, the interior was sprayed and painted in the recommended light grey, along with the rear fuselage sections and fuselage/cockpit floor parts. The rear fuselage pieces were joined to the main halves before closing up the fuselage. There is more than enough space to install the floor through the gap below where the bomb bay would have been.


The top wing sections were attached to the fuselage and the join reinforced with strips of plasticard as there is very little contact area for super glue to work effectively here. The one piece lower wing/mid fuselage section incorporates both wheel well fairings and the closed bomb bay. With the separately moulded interior of each wheel well having already been glued in place, installing this large part was probably the most problematic part of the whole build and was the only part that needed any filler (I used Mr Surfacer 500 elsewhere to hide any join lines).  Only then was the outer sections of the lower wings glued in place, followed the leading edge intakes.

The tail sections need their mating surfaces re-aligned to get the right dihedral. All the other control surfaces/pieces came together quite neatly, although the flaps did take a bit more time than I would have thought necessary. It was difficult to get an even gap.


The vac form parts were trimmed, masked and glued in place, including the turret. This is to get the camouflage started. White was sprayed for the fuselage band and rudder crosses first off. I used WEM's new GAC enamel for the lower surfaces, but stuck with Humbrol 91 for the upper VOS2 colour. After looking at period colour photos, I felt it captured the greener hue that was evident. WEM's VOS2 looks closer to that seen on other aircraft, such as the Reggiane's.


I applied the very matt 'nerofumo' black colour at the end, even after the decals have been applied as it was often applied in a hasty fashion on the field and did not give complete coverage, hence the decision to paint the GAC and white band and crosses first. This should help me to achieve a 'show-through' of sorts.


One thing that strikes me about this single colour camouflage scheme is how it emphasises the elegant lines of this aircraft. It also neatly side steps the issue of trying to replicate the dauntingly complex 'spinach' scheme so typical of this aircraft.

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