CMASA

CMASA is the acronym of Costruzioni Meccaniche Aeronautiche Sp.A and was absorbed by Fiat in 1926. It undertook a variety of projects, perhaps the most well known being the RS-14 seaplane.

The FIAT RS-14 was very elegant seaplane developed as a replacement for the slower CRDA Z.501. Fully aerobatic during testing, its fragile float struts and troublesome engines prevented a successful entry into Regia Aeronautica service. Ultimately it entered service alongside the aircraft it was designed to replace. The Aviation USK kit is the only 1/72 kit produced but it was completely inaccurate. It needs wholesale changes to most parts to get an accurate model. For example the wings are too narrow in chord and the tail fin is oversized. With it’s numerous other faults, it will probably be too much of a challenge for most modellers to correct. Ali d'Italia published a very useful reference book which will be helpful for anyone willing to take on such a task. Aviation USK re-released the FIAT RS-14 kit as part of their new Xotic-72 range, although no attempt was made to correct its faults. MassiModel produced an impressive looking 1/48 resin kit that looks very accurate but is for experienced modellers only. Check out this Massimodel RS-14 on-line build


CANSA

Yet another Fiat division was CANSA, or Costruzioni Aeronautiche Novaresi Sp.A.

CANSA FC.12. Originally designed as a two-seat trainer, it was intended be used for light ground attack. Only 10 were built, so they probably never saw service. Available as an SEModels 1/72 resin kit.

CANSA FC.20. The only CANSA aircraft built specifically for military use. Although this twin engined aircraft looked very similar the Gloster F.9, it was built around the wing platform of the Fiat Cr.25 in order to keep development time to a minimum. Anyone wanting a decent kit of this interesting aircraft should get their hands on Planet Models 1/72 resin bis or ter variants. The Legato 1/72 resin kit had too many faults to make it a worthwhile purchase.