Macchi C202 Folgore (oz15109)


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Macchi C202 Folgore. Radio control sport-scale model for RC Combat. For .15 size engine.

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Update 14/2/2024: Added article, thanks to RFJ. Note this includes a drawing of the wing ribs.

Quote: "Macchi C202 Folgore. Peter Miller's 1/12 scale fighter, for .15 power.

I was looking for a 1/12 scale combat subject and I didn't want a model that would be indistinguishable from two dozen similar aircraft on the flight line. I wanted something beautiful, different and a bit of character. Look around at any collection of model warbirds and you will notice that Italian aircraft are extremely rare. This is hard to understand, as the Italians produced some beautiful aircraft which had very good performance. I chose the Macchi C-202 Folgore (Thunderbolt). There is something about the lines of this aircraft that really appeals to me.

I ordered 3-views from Air Pictorial and also bought two books from Midland Counties publications. One is a Polish language book with good 3 views and colour information - there is English text on the colour schemes with FS references. It is from the Tod Lupa' series No7. This cost £6.99 and is worth it for the colour schemes. The other book was an Italian publication at £11.95 From the Ail d'Italia series No2 with even more information, and the text in Italian and English. This book also has good colour information, but doesn't include the all green ones, or the German, Swiss and other Axis ones.

Powered by a licence-built Daimler Benz engine, the Folgore was equal in performance to most contemporary allied fighters of its day. I was interested to learn that the Italians used them on the Russian front and at the battle of Stalingrad. If you happen to come up against a Messerschmitt in combat, that is OK (because after the Italian surrender, Macchis were used by the Italians in the Axis air force.

Macchi at Mach Speeds: I know that you will want to know how it flies, so lets get down to the interesting part. I must admit that as I built the model, I did wonder at the tiny tailplane. Stuart Pickett, who flies my models for the camera, said that it looked smaller every time he looked at it.

The Super Custom 15 was started up and the model blue. It was quickly apparent that here we had a superb model, surprisingly stable. and yet very responsive - and very, very fast. The climb is excellent, long vertical climbs being quite easy.

Aerobatics are smooth and positive, although outside loops are large, due to the flat bottomed wing. The second fight for the camera was made after some slight reductions in throw on the controls, to make the low passes a little easier.

On the third flight. I made long low. passes at maximum speed. and she really shifts. The glide is long and flat, with no tendency to drop a wing, this is due to the 2° of washout on the wings. Even if you never plan to fly combat, this is a fun to fly.

Building: The model is quite easy to build, although there are one or two techniques which may be unfamiliar. It is a one-piece model, which makes it much stronger, makes access to the works easy, and saves having to assemble and disassemble a model on a cold winter's day - just wipe it down and put it in the car.

Glue the doublers to the sides. DO NOT glue on the 3/8 sq strips, or the 3/8 triangular stock, at this stage. Join the sides the with F3 and F4, then pull in the rear and join with F10, and add formers F5 to F9.

Pull in the nose and fit formers F1 and F2, always checking that the fuselage is true. Now fit the 3/16 sq strips each side of the hatch area and the triangular strip under the lower rear fuselage. If you had fitted these before, bending the sides would have been difficult..."

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Macchi C202 Folgore (oz15109) by Peter Miller 2000 - model pic

  • (oz15109)
    Macchi C202 Folgore
    by Peter Miller
    from Aviation Modeller International
    September 2000 
    36in span
    Scale IC R/C LowWing Military Fighter
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
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Excellent. Thank you :)
Hubert - 14/02/2024
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