Saturday, February 16, 2013

MC.200 Saetta

First flown in December 1937, Macchi's C.200 Saetta was powered by a Fiat radial, with early versions being armed with a pair of 12.7mm machine guns. The C.200B1 had a much more powerful Piaggio radial, but only a single conversion was produced. No more successful was the Fiat-powered C.201, with a redesigned fuselage and better cockpit visibility. By the time this last aircraft had flown, testing was already underway on the C.202 Folgore, powered by a Daimler-Benz DB601A. Performance gains were substantial, and by 1941 production aircraft with engines built under license by Alfa Romeo were arriving.

Macchi MC.200 Saetta photo
The NMUSAF's Saetta, on display in front of the Museum's B-24 Strawberry Bitch

MC.200 Saetta landing gear photo

Build article on the Hasegawa 1/48 scale Folgore

Scale Models:

Pacific Coast Models makes a 1/32 scale C.200

Hasegawa 1/48 scale Macchi C.202 Folgore

 

Italeri 1/72 Macchi MC.202 Folgore model kit




Bibliography:

Photo: Maachi MC.205V I-MCVL overturned. Air Pictorial October 1986  p.515

Preview: The Italeri 1/48 scale MC.200 kit  Model Airplane International September 2010  p.62

Color profile: MC.205V Veltro of 351 Squadriglia.  Encyclopedia of 20th Century Air Warfare, edited by Chris Bishop  p.147
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