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Pacific Coast Models 1/32 scale Regia Aeronautica Macchi C.202

Kit: No. 32002
Scale: 1/32
Manufacturer: Pacific Coast Models, 707-538-4850,
Price: $53.95
Comments: Mixed media, 222 parts (50 injection-molded, 32 resin, 139 photoetched metal), decals
Pros: Excellent resin and photoetched parts, excellent decals
Cons: Parts fit, interrupted panel lines on plastic parts
The Macchi MC.202 is easily recognized as one of Italy's most famous World War II aircraft. Like their sports cars, it looks sleek and sexy.

Pacific Coast Models' MC.202 kit offers plastic parts, resin castings, photoetched parts made by Eduard, and Skymodels decals printed by Cartograf. The plastic parts have some flash, and the surface details suffer a bit from the interrupted- panel-line syndrome. The surfaces of the large parts have a slightly rough texture that is easily eliminated with a light sanding.

The cockpit is highly detailed, but comprising plastic, resin, and photoetched metal parts, there are some fit problems. A folding tool really comes in handy with all the photoetched parts in this kit. Because there are no alignment points, installing the completed cockpit module in the fuselage required many dry runs to determine placement.

The fuselage exhaust-port interior needs to be enlarged to accept the resin exhaust stacks. I used a motor tool and grinding bit for the job. I also drilled a hole at the front of the exhaust covering to match the actual design.

The fuselage is a complex assembly of plastic and resin parts. The fit of the parts is tight in spots and not precise in others. I needed several dry runs, with sanding and filing in between, to get the job done.

A tip on installing the oil cooler assembly: The resin lower nose has thin flash over the opening for the oil cooler. Remove only enough of it to match the size of the oil cooler. If you remove all of the flash, the opening will be too large and require filler.

After assembling the prop and spinner, a check fit against the fuselage revealed the spinner back plate is undersized.

The wings were straightforward, but the resin landing gear bay parts need to be sanded down to allow the top wing parts to fit properly. When I checked the assembled wing fit to the fuselage, I ran into problems. The wing roots were way too tight. I needed to sand both the fuselage and wing root areas to allow the attachment of the wing. Note the wings of the MC.202 have almost no dihedral.

I painted the model with Polly Scale Regia Aeronautica WW II paints. The excellent Skymodel/Cartograf decal sheet holds markings for eight aircraft. They went on fine, but must go over a high gloss surface to avoid silvering.

I finished my Macchi in 35 hours, a little more than expected. All mixed media kits should be considered advanced projects - you just can't throw glue and paint at it and make it work. But with effort and patience, the end result is a great model.

- Jim Zeske


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