Macchi MB 326 H
Macchi MB 326 H
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Here is my Macchi MB 326 H, aircraft serial A7-062 in "25th
Anniversary of Service" markings in 76 Squadron colours.
The model started life as the 1/48 Esci offering. This is
basically a very good kit with nicely engraved panel lines and good
overall shape and dimensions. It is just a shame it is not currently
Construction began in the cockpit with the addition of
scratchbuilt instrument panels, cockpit sidewalls, canopy raising struts
and the use of a 'Plane Bits' resin ejection seats. The canopy was
vacformed by a fellow modeller.
The flaps were cut out, reshaped and reinstalled in the
lowered position. This is a commonly observed configuration when the
Macchis were on the ground. 'Plane Bits' 90 gallon resin wing tanks were
also installed along with scratchbuilt wingtip navigation lights.
Other small details included brake lines on the
undercarriage, aerials and the large red navigation light on the spine of
Painting was done with Gunze Sangyo acrylics and a clear
gloss cote applied after painting.
Decals were a mixture of 'Hawkeye Models Australia' with
additional markings from 'Aussie Decals'. The black finish on the wing
leading edges was replicated using black decal strips from the Hasegawa
Many thanks to Darren Mottram who originally devised the
scheme when he was in the RAAF, and also supplied additional reference
material and corrected a couple of my minor errors in the paint scheme.
James Blackwell took the pics.
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Page Created 14 December, 2001
04 June, 2007
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