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As I mentioned in my P-61 build, I'm entering the Flory Model's  ‘The Italian Job’ SIG, and this, the Italeri 1//48 Macchi MC.205 Veltro ‘Greyhound.’ will be my entry.

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Whenever the topic of the best fighter of WWII crops up, arguments will be made in favour of classics like the Spitfire, the P-51 or the Fw-190.  Some might argue the case for the Yak-3 or even the Mitsubishi Zero.  In my own humble opinion, however, I would place this aircraft above all of the aforementioned.  A development of the earlier MC.202 Folgore, it took the already proven and successful airframe and replaced the earlier German DB.601 engine with the more powerful DB.605 and turned a great fighter into a superlative one.  Many allied pilots agreed, with one American, who flew a captured example, stating, “Gee, that’s one honey of an airplane!”  In the hands of an experienced pilot the Veltro could best anything the allied air forces could throw at it.


So, to the kit, a re-box of the Hasegawa kit.

Parts are crisp and clean, and I hope I don’t have too many problems putting it all together.  The runner shots.

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Transparencies are good and clear.

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Instructions.  Nicely printed in booklet format.

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Colour schemes.  I’ll be doing scheme 2.

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The decal sheet.  I have to admit, when I first opened the box, and saw that sheet, my first reaction was ‘Seriously?  You’re havin’ a giraffe!’  No way was I going to place all those decals, but at the same time I really liked the smoke ring camo scheme.  However, I have since seen a couple of other builds online that did use the decals, and they looked fantastic, so I’ll be using the decals too.

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Aftermarket goodies, an SBS models resin cockpit.

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And a good old Eduard p.e. set and canopy mask set.

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I’ve had a few, shall we say, ‘difficult’ builds over the past year, so I’m hoping for a relatively trouble-free ride with this one!


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Looks an interesting subject you've chosen there.

Good luck with the build,especially the decaling [crazy] 

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Thanks, Geoff, I recon the decaling will take a couple of days on their own!
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Oh wow, looks like a very complete project. Enjoy!
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more popcorn please! interesting airframe
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Oh wow, looks like a very complete project. Enjoy!


Actually the build itself looks to be relatively simple.  It'll be those decals that will provide the real challenge!

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more popcorn please! interesting airframe


Thanks, Ted.  Been having a dry fit session this morning, and it all looks to be very nice indeed!

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HO !!! All those decals !!! And they all have a dedicaded place where they are supposed to be applied !!! Sure it will look great once done. Very nice choice indeed.
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I’ve seen lots of decals but not those! If you were to do that freehand, mission almost impossible? Should look really cool and unique when completed.
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Actually the build itself looks to be relatively simple.  It'll be those decals that will provide the real challenge!


Putting on decals is actually one of my favorite parts 😊. They bring scale models to life. So maybe a kit I should get for myself 😂

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As usual, the workstation is cleared and prepared, with reference shots pinned to the board.  When possible, if the layout will allow, I also much prefer to pin the instructions up this way, too.  It keeps them clear of the work area and out of the way, while being easy to see and access.

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I’ll be making good use if this book, part of my Telford hall.  It’s the MC.202 rather than the 205, but structurally the two were more or less identical from the engine back.

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The book is full of blueprints in all the main scales. 


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So, after two solid days of re-riveting the P-61, what’s the first thing I elected to do…?

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Placing the kit parts over the blueprints, I used a pencil to mark out the lines of rivets, then impressed them with the rivet tool.

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While I was at it, I nipped out the nav light sockets.  These I’ll replace with some Micro krystal-clear.

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Where the rivet wheel couldn’t get in, such as the wing roots, I finished off the lines with a needle in a pin-vice.

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Re-riveting done.  Not so much of a chore on a smaller kit like this.  (I really must get a new cutting mat!)

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Now that’s done I can start the assembly proper.


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Great beginning! I have a riveting tool but have not used it yet. Cheers
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Thanks, Ted!
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Very tidy, love it 😊
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Very impressed. Must have a steady and precise hand for such precision. Not that easy.
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