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VICIOUS VELTRO
Upgrading the Italeri Macchi C.205
Aurelio Reale

Introduction

The Macchi C.205 Veltro , was a Daimler-Benz DB 605 powered Italian World War II fighter aircraft built by Aeronautica Macchi, to replace the Macchi C.202 Folgore. Along with the Reggiane Re.2005 and Fiat G.55, the Macchi C.205 was one of the three "Serie 5" Italian fighters built around the powerful DB 605. It had a top speed in level flight of some 640 km/h and was armed equipped with a pair of 20 mm cannon as well as 12.7 mm Breda machine guns. The Veltro was highly respected by Allied and Axis pilots alike. Widely regarded as one of the best Italian aircraft of World War II, in action it proved to be extremely effective, destroying a large number of Allied bombers and capable of successfully clashing on equal terms with fighters such as the North American P-51D Mustang, a capability which encouraged the Luftwaffe to use a number of these aircraft to equip one Gruppe.

However, while the C.205 was able to match the best Allied opponents in speed and manoeuvrability, it was introduced late in the conflict. Moreover, due to the poor Italian industrial capacity of the time, only a small production run was delivered before the end of the war.

The Kit

The 1/48 C.205 by Italeri, is the old trusted Hasegawa kit that all know well, with a new big and well-done decals sheet from Italeri. My intention with this model was to build it with some scratch upgrades on the cockpit and wheels bay to bring it to a higher-detail finish than the normal OOB.

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February 2020