Fiat Cr 32 from Silver Wings kit (1:32)

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  1. al49

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    #1 al49, Sep 14, 2011
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    Hi everybody,
    I also started working on this biplane fighter, that Regia Aeronautica sent to support Nationalists in the Spanish civil war and also had a role in WW2, specially in East Africa.
    See here for more details:
    Fiat CR.32 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The box and its content:
    DSCN1394.JPG
    DSCN1395.JPG DSCN1396.JPG DSCN1397.JPG DSCN1398.JPG DSCN1399.JPG

    As usual I started with the cockpit:
    DSCN1492.JPG
    As you surely noticed I painted almost everything in aluminium because the the typical "anticorrosion green" was a later introduction.
    Canvas parts were instead covered with a yellowish dope.
    View attachment 178442 DSCN1498.JPG DSCN1499.JPG
    Unfortunately not much of my work will be seen through the very small cockpit opening ...but I like to know that I've done it.
    More to follow.
    Comment and suggestion are always very welcome.
    Alberto
     
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    Looking very good. :)
     
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    Very good start Alberto, and looks like a nicely detailed kit.
     
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    A few more.
    The first to show the cockpit structure that, originally, was assembled incorrectly:
    - correct one
    DSCN1508.JPG
    - and the wrong one
    DSCN1498 a.jpg

    then to show instrument panel
    DSCN1510.JPG
    DSCN1511.JPG

    and the right side of the office
    DSCN1509.JPG

    Alberto
     
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    Lovely work. Looks like a great kit.
     
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    #10 al49, Sep 19, 2011
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    Hi,
    some more pictures as I wanted to show the model in the assembly stage, to give an idea of the bird and to outline that, besides it's a resin kit, parts are very well made with almost zero defects.

    DSCN1516-vi.jpg
    DSCN1517-vi.jpg
    DSCN1518-vi.jpg

    Propeller, ailerons, tail planes, rudder and landing gear are just dry fit.

    Then my present headache: to find the correct positioning of all these struts:

    DSCN1519-vi.jpg


    finally I wanted to present, in just one shot, the difference between two WW2 Fiat fighter: the Cr 32 and the G 55
    DSCN1523-vi.jpg

    Cheers
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    Good stuff Alberto. Stupid question but did those elevators actually deflect opposite like that or is it just you trying out the fit? Sorry but I'm on my third glass of Shiraz right now.
     
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    good work so far Alberto...
     
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    Right, it was just a test to see how ailerons etc. fit into their location and they do well!
    Shiraz is good, I had it a few times when in UK, but I do prefer Italian wines, of course!
    Alberto
     
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    Looks like it will make a beautiful model Alberto.
     
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    Many thanks for all nice comments.

    For sure it will be a challenging model, with a lot to trials to be done in order to find the correct positioning of all wing struts, as the upper wing will be glued at the end, after coloring, weathering etc.

    Alberto
     
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    Beautiful work Alberto!
     
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    Finally I did some progress!:D:D

    First of all I had to make a jig.
    DSCN1561-vi.jpg

    It has been made mostly with plywood, with balsa wood inserts in contact with the model and also balsa eccentric blocks used to hold the main wing and the fin.

    DSCN1563-vi.jpg DSCN1565-vi.jpg

    So eventually I was able to identify and glue all wing and cabane struts.

    DSCN1569-vi.jpg DSCN1566-vi.jpg

    So here is an other dry-fit test

    DSCN1571bis-vi.jpg

    marked in red is a 50 kg bomb I had in my spare box and I will position later. In facts this small, old fashion biplane, in last days of her career was also used as fighter-bomber with either one 50 Kg bomb or two 24 Kg.

    Next step will be again an hard match for me: I will have to position and glue on the cowl the 42 cooling fins... wish me good luck, if you like!:shock:
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