Contents and Media:
for six aircraft plus profiles, instructions and notes
$11.99 from Stormo Magazine
matter, excellent printing, registration and detail.
You will need the
Osprey Italian Aces book.
Reviewed by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
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There has been any number of decals for the aircraft of World War 2 Aces in the
USAAF, the Luftwaffe and the RAF and air forces of the Commonwealth nations. Now
the time has come for the Italian Aces of the Second World War to be
Vincenzo “Vince” Tassone, the founder of
Stormo Magazine website, is the person responsible for bringing out this
first part of a two part set of decals honoring Italian fighter aces. For those
who have not come across Stormo Magazine on the internet, it is an excellent
on-line reference and discussion site focusing on Italian military aviation,
primarily during the Second World War.
The inspiration for this sheet appears to be the Osprey publication “Italian
Aces of World War 2”. But, I must admit that the inspiration is also the one
drawback of these decals. The marking/painting guide included with the decals
only shows the left side of the aircraft. There are no views of the right side
or the top or bottom of each aircraft. For example, for painting the Macchi 202
of Capitano Franco Lucchini, you will definitely need the photos of his aircraft
that appear on page 61 of the Osprey book,
unless you go here…..
The markings are to be used in conjunction with the decals that came in the
kits, which are to be used for the various subject aircraft. The decals also
come with additional national markings for the correct color and style for the
particular subject matter aircraft.
The kits recommended for the aircraft are the
Classic Airframes Cr.42, Pacific Coast Models Macchi 200,
The Flying Machines Fiat G.50bis AS, the Classic Airframes
Reggiane RE 2001, and the Hasegawa Macchi C.202.
Fiat Cr. 42 flown by
Tenente Mario Visintini,
412a Squadriglia Autonima, Gura, Summer 1940. The aircraft wears a
scheme of Giallo Mimetico 3 with small blotches of Verde Mimetico 2 and Marrone
Mimetico 3. The underside is Grgio Mimetico.
Macchi C.200 flown by
Tenente Franco Lucchini,
90a Squadriglia, 10° Stormo, Catinia 1941. This aircraft carries a
base of Verde Mimetico (2?) with the “fried egg” pattern of Giallo Mimetico (4?)
blotches with blotches of Marrone Mimetico (2?) on the Giallo blotches. Other
sources indicate that Bruno Mimetico, rather than Marrone, was used. The
underside is Grgio Mimetico. The cowl had a yellow band.
Fiat G.50 flown by
Sargente Maggiore Also Buvoli,
378a Squadriglia, 155° Gruppo Autonimao, Castle Benito 1941. This
aircraft had an interesting scheme of alternating Verde (?) and Giallo (?)
Mimetico diagonal stripes. The underside is Grgio Mimetico. It is not clear
from any sources that I have as to how the stripes were applied to the right
side of the aircraft or to the wing tops. They could be in the “herringbone”
pattern radiating from the centerline, or going across the aircraft from
rear-left to front-right. The cowl was yellow.
Reggiane RE.2001 flown
by Tenente Agostino Celentano,
378a Squadriglia, 155° Gruppo Autonimo, Castle Benito 1941. This is
the basic Reggiane scheme of Verde Olivo Scuro on top with Grigio Azzuro Chiaro
undersides. The spinner and nose was white.
Macchi C.202 Series III
flown by Sargente Maggiore Teresio Martinoli,
CO 73a Squadriglia, 9° Gruppo, 4° Stormo, Gela, July 1942. Although
not stated, the scheme is most likely a base of Nocciola Chiaro with small
“heart shaped” blotches of Verde Oliva Scuro with Grigio Azzuro Chiaro
undersides. The spinner and nose are white and the cowl bears the stylized
signature of Italy’s famous WW-1 ace, Francesco Baracca on both sides.
Macchi 202 (Early
production with short radio mast.) flown by Capitano Franco Lucchiano,
CO 84 Squadrglia, 9° Gruppo, 4° Stormo, Fuka September 1942. The
aircraft has a most unique scheme. It is a field applied scheme of large
Nocciola Chiaro blotches over the original base of Verde Oliva Scuro with Grigio
Azzuro Chiaro undersides. The right wing was replaced with a wing painted in
the smoke ring pattern. The spinner is white and the cowl bears the stylized
signature of Francesco Baracca on both sides.
This is an excellent collection of markings, in spite of the limitations of the
marking/painting guide. Both a modeler new to Italian aircraft modeling and a
Regia Aeronautical Esperto should find this set of decals the basis for a
Thanks to Vince Tassone
for the review sample.
Retailers may obtain Stormo decals from Douglas Model Distributors.
Review Copyright © 2007 by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
This Page Created on 30 August, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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