Fiat G.50 bis/AS
by Riccardo Trotta
The sole kit available to build a Fiat G50 Bis/AS in 1/48 scale is from Secter/Hasegawa. Unfortunately, this kit is not very detailed. Luckily it can be greatly improved using the resin kit 008 by Italian Classic.
This is an almost complete kit with respect to
the model and includes:
The detailed engine, including carburettor,
separated cylinders, the exhaust ring and the sand filter; it
is to be further on detailed inserting the equaliser rods and the cables;
a well detailed bonnet is also provided.
The cockpit, with the floor, the detailed sidewalls,
the instruments panel, correctly divided in two parts, the seat with its
structure and the bottles.
The upper front bonnet with the machine guns.
of the fuselage behind the cockpit;
The fin with the rudder and the ailerons;
furthermore the flaps to substitute the ones of the kit, that are to be removed.
The landing gear is provided in white metal while the covers of the gear are photoetched. The result is a very detailed kit which must be assembled with much care (also because the instruction sheet is restricted to the essential points) but that can also give great satisfaction.I decided to finish my Fiat G.50 as an aeroplane belonging to the 352° Squadriglia in Northern Africa in 1941.
According to the research of the Club Modellismo Plastico Ravenna (CMPR) which is one of the foremost sources of information about WWII Italian camouflage, the camouflage was constituted by a background of Giallo Mimetico 3 (mimetic yellow 3) with diagonal mottles of Verde Mimetico 3 (mimetic green 3) and Marrone Mimetico 2 (mimetic brown 2) (CMPR Notiziario n° 4/81), with a yellow cowling.
I used the Tauromodel decals in red, the individual number 2 coming from another squadriglia code, where the numbers are black.
Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2000 by Riccardo