The Varese based Societa Anonima Nieuport Macchi was founded in 1912 by Giulio Macchi. The majority of their early aircraft designs were seaplanes and flying boats, including the famous Schneider Trophy seaplanes designed by ing. Mario Castoldi (1888-1967). His WWII fighter aircraft designs have been very popular subjects for kit manufacturers and modellers alike. The company exists to this day as Alenia Aermacchi.
C.200 Saetta. Castoldi’s first military aircraft design proved to be an outstanding one. Extremely nimble and well made, only its weak armament and slow speed let it down. At one time, the only 1/72 C.200 worth looking out for was the RCR Models/Sign kit which was a limited-run mixed-media effort. It was a bit fiddly, especially the separately moulded cowling bulges, but with effort could be made into a nice model. Flying Machines have since released an accurate 1/72 multi media kit which has a complete resin cowl. The early serie C.200, with the enclosed canopy, was issued by Special Hobby, based on the same tooling. Click on the top image to find out more. AML have also produced a limited run 1/72 kit. Other 1/72 examples are by Revell and Hobbyboss. In the past, Classic Airframe produced a fairly good limited-run 1/48 C.200 model but it was not without its faults. Pacific Coast Models and Special Hobby both released very accurate 1/48 injection moulded kits using multi-media parts and are both based on the same tooling, with Special Hobby concentrating on the early closed canopy variant. Click on the second image to find out more. Being injection moulded kits, these would make them a preferred choice over the 1/48 Astrokit and Italian Classic resin kits. Italeri have also produced a good looking 1/48 C.200.
Sweet have produced a very "sweet" duo of 1/144 scale Saetta's that cannot be faulted. One of them even comes with decals for the mottled scheme.
Craftworks released a very poor 1/32 C.200 Saetta resin kit, released in conjunction with their C.202/5 models. It had many, many faults to correct and only tenacious, experienced modellers were likely be able to do this model any justice. Click the third image to find out more. Luckily, for more sensible modellers, Pacific Coast Models released a 1/32 injection moulded multi-media kit that is far more accurate and offers a nice selection of schemes on their decal sheet.
C.201. This was a refinement of the C.200 but production was stopped in favour of the C.202, which displayed a far superior performance during development. Available from LF Models as a 1/72 resin kit.
C.202 Folgore/C.205 Veltro. With a perfect blend of maneuverability of a C.200 and power from the proven DB.601 engine, the C.202 was considered the best fighter design to come out of Italy during WWII. It was built in sufficient numbers to have some impact and when the DB.605 available, it was mounted into the same airframe to become the C.205 Veltro. This aircraft entered Regia Aeronautica service just a few months before the Armistice but continued its illustrious career as part of both the Co-Belligerante and ANR forces. It even saw limited postwar service in the AMI and Egypt. For a long time, Hasegawa produced the best C.202 in 1/72 and the best C.202 & C.205 in 1/48, despite the C.205 having incorrect wing armament panel detail in the wings. Click on the fourth image to see more. Italeri have since released 1/72 C.202 & C.205 kits of comparable quality to the Hasegawa 1/72 kit. Click on the fifth image to find out more.
Craftworks produced a highly detailed C.202/205 1/32 resin kit that, with modelling skills, could be made into an impressive model. However, it did have a variety of outline faults, the tail fin and cockpit canopy in particular were poorly shaped. Click on the last image for more details.
In a logical follow up to their 1/32 C.200 multi-media kit, Pacific Coast Models released 1/32 kits of both the C.202 and C.205. As each kit shares the same tooling, the C.202 wing will have to be modified accordingly, a simple enough operation as explained on the instructions.
Other versions modelled are the two variants of the C.205N Orione by SEM Models in 1/72 resin . Both had an increased wing area to improve performance at higher altitude. The C.206 was a "paper" project powered by the DB.603 engine. Cunarmodels released a 1/72 resin kit of the C.207 project, which was a C.206 fitted with 4 wing cannons instead of two.
Tauro (the decal specialists) produced a series of 1/48 injection kits, but they're known to have poor quality control, compounded by heavy flash, heavily engraved panel lines and ambitious, over-engineered parts.
There are a plethora of 1/72 & 1/48 after-market items to help add greater levels of detail. Highly recommended (if still around) are the Misterkit 1/72 C.202 detail & C.205 conversion sets, which contain a slightly revised injection moulded fuselage, resin cockpit & wheel well parts and brass-etch detail items. True Details produce good quality 1/72 &1/48 resin cockpit sets and wheels, but the best detail sets by far are the 1/48 FM and Jaguar C.202 sets and the SBS Models C.205 cockpit set. Other resin details part are made by Ultracast, Quickboost (Aires) and Eduard. After market decals printed by Tauro & SkyModels are still around but AeroMaster decals are now OOP.
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