Fiat G.55 Prototype
by Riccardo Trotta
I built this model some years ago using the 1/48 scale resin kit by RCR.
The version supplied in the kit is a I° series with the guns in the wings. However, this version was not widely used by the Regia Aeronautica so I decided to research all the characteristics that distinguished the prototype from the I° series. I was largely inspired by the interesting camouflage scheme.
I hope that these brief notes will help anyone who wants to repeat my project using the new Vintage resin kit 1/48 scale.
When I built my model, number 10 of the Ali d'Italia series dedicated to the Fiat G.55 had not yet been released. I can recommend this excellent book as a reference today. In the absence of this book, I used an article published on the Notiziario by Club Modellismo Plastico Ravenna (CMPR), which is one of the most authoritative clubs about the Regia Aeronautica in Italy. I also used the book "I caccia della serie 5 - Fiat G55" by N.Arena, the number 4/1976 of the magazine Aerei, an article dedicated to this plane in the magazine "Storia Militare" n°5 February 1994 and the publication "Catalogo Nomenclatore" where all the parts composing the aeroplane are detailed with drawings.
The characteristics of the prototype are as follows:
I also corrected the position and the dimensions of the rudder according to 1/48 drawing published in the magazine Storia Militare.
There are some other minor details to be added, but they can easily found by a careful examination of photos and drawings published on Ali d'Italia.
I thought it was interesting to add a drawing from the Catalogo Nomenclatore showing the seat and the correct position of the harness and four photos of the details of the landing gear bay.
These photos belong to a Fiat G59, but this plane, which was the successor of the Fiat G55 after the WW II war, mounted the same wing.
Furthermore, the restored example of a Fiat G.55 surviving today has been obtained by backdating a G.59, so I the photos might be useful. I have not added photos of the the cockpit interior because they can be examined in the Ali d'Italia book.
Camouflage is typical of Fiat during this period - Verde Oliva scuro 2 (dark olive green FS 34052) with large mottles of Nocciola Chiaro 4 (light hazel brown FS 30219) for the upper surfaces and Grigio Azzurro chiaro 1 ( light blue gray FS 36307) for the lower surfaces.
Riccardo Trotta Plastimodeler Group of Florence, Italy
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