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Costruzioni Meccaniche Aeronautiche S.A.

Founded in 1922, the Societa de Costruzioni Meccaniche di Pisa built Dornier aircraft under license. A year after it had been absorbed into the FIAT empire in 1929, it changed its name to CMASA, the acronym of Costruzioni Meccaniche Aeronautiche S.A. It undertook a variety of projects, quite a few of which were seaplanes, such the FIAT Cr.42 idro, and a series of MF (Marina FIAT) flying boats. Their most wide known aircraft is probably the RS-14 seaplane.

FIAT G.8. Designed by ing. Gabrielli, only a few of these two seat training biplane aircraft were built. It has the Warren strut system favoured by FIAT and is available as a 1/72 resin kit from Chorosy Modelbud. It is a typically high quality kit, although the struts are best replaced. Click on the top image on the right to find out more about this kit.

FIAT RS-14. An elegant seaplane intended as a replacement for the slower CANT Z.501. Designed by Manlio Stiavelli, it first flew in 1939 and entered service in 1941. Fully aerobatic during testing, its fragile float struts and troublesome engines prevented a completely successful entry into Regia Aeronautica service. About 186 were built and it was used mainly in the Sicily and Sardinia regions. It was retired in 1948. The discontinued Aviation USK kit was the only 1/72 kit but it was very inaccurate. Also discontinued is the MassiModel 1/48 resin kit.

Construzioni Aeronautiche Novaresi S.A.

Founded in 1913, Aeronautica Gabardini S.A. changed its name to Construzioni Aeronautiche Novaresi S.A in 1936 and became part of the FIAT empire in 1939. The majority its aircraft were built for training purposes, namely the C.5 and C.6 biplanes and the C.4 monoplane. Two more of their aircraft are described below.

CANSA FC.12. Originally designed as tandem two-seat fighter & dive-bomber trainer powered by a FIAT A30 V12 engine. The prototype first flew in 1940 and 10 aircraft were built. Its role was changed to that of light ground attack but they probably never saw active combat. The now discontinued SEM Models 1/72 resin kit was rather poor quality.

CANSA FC.20. The only CANSA aircraft built specifically for military use. This twin-engined aircraft looked very similar the Gloster F.9. It first flew in 1941 and was built around the wing of the Fiat Cr.25 in order to keep development time to a minimum. Only a few were built before the Armistice. Planet Models 1/72 resin kit is the best choice. Both the KPL 1/72 vacuform and Legato 1/72 resin kit are discontinued.