Author Topic: Aeronautica Macchi C.202 Esperimento Cannoni / Liquid Oxygen Bomb Builds  (Read 446 times)

Offline Retired In Kalifornia

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In Spring 1943 Aeronautica Macchi C.202 M.M.91974 was fitted with a pair of gondola-mounted Mauser M.G. 151 20 mm cannons each with 200 rounds as the Esperimento Cannoni (Experimental Cannon - EC) variant to increase the type's firepower in combat against cannon-armed Allied aircraft. First flying on May 12, 1943 evaluation trials at the Regia Aeronautica Italiana (RAI) Guidonia Montecelio Flight Testing Center reportedly went well, four other aircraft supposedly also being fitted with Mausers though no series production was authortized ostensibly because the external gondolas degraded flight performance well as advent of interally wing-mounted cannon-armed Macchi C.205V Series III aircraft 15 reportedly being delivered to the RAI just before the September 8, 1943 Italian Armistice.

The option-rich 1973-vintage 1/72 Scale SUPERMODEL Macchi C.202 kit includes M.G. 151 cannon gondola parts model of which I'd built in November 2018:









































The newer well as superior-tooled 1992-vintage Hasegawa & 2001-vintage Italeri 1/72 scale kits unfortunately do not include M.G. 151 gondolas though some years ago the SEM Model 72809 C.202 EC Resin Conversion Kit designed by Philippe Martin was issued for the Italeri kit complete with decals for C.202 M.M.91974. As of time of writing obtaining the Italeri kit has been near impossible for me so instead utilized a Hasegawa kit well as True Details 72462 C.202 Cockpit Interior Resin Parts designed for this kit I'd bought over decade and a half ago to build this model completed on April 26, 2019:















































SUPERMODEL & Hasegawa Build Comparison Views:











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Re: Aeronautica Macchi C.202 Esperimento Cannoni
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2019, 06:33:16 AM »
Cool to see the differences between those two. Now you’ve gotta line up all these Italian craft together for a group photo!
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Offline Brian da Basher

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Re: Aeronautica Macchi C.202 Esperimento Cannoni
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2019, 07:39:35 AM »
Yet another magnificent Macchi from Cali!

Very cool smoke ring camo.  8)

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Re: Aeronautica Macchi C.202 Esperimento Cannoni
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2019, 09:22:07 AM »
 :smiley: 8)
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Offline Retired In Kalifornia

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Re: Aeronautica Macchi C.202 Esperimento Cannoni
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2019, 09:27:40 AM »
Cool to see the differences between those two. Now you’ve gotta line up all these Italian craft together for a group photo!
There are over 200 of them last time I'd counted all in custom-built fully dust-proofed display cases. I may photograph each of them after building what's available in 1/72 scale hopefully by Spring 2021 if not sooner.

Offline finsrin

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Re: Aeronautica Macchi C.202 Esperimento Cannoni
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2019, 09:37:52 AM »
Both looking as fine as they should and could to me.  :smiley:

Offline Retired In Kalifornia

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Bomba a Ossigeno Liquido Experimental Weapon
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2019, 09:39:00 AM »


Bomb colors are incorrect  :o though one could argue it might had been painted such if were operational. Far as I know only one weapon was mounted on an Regia Aeronautica Italiana Reggiane Re.2001 for VIP field display in 1943 supposedly red-white quarter-painted, next couple of days will build & paint another as such, post photos of it here as don't think it necessary to start another discussion thread about it.
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Beautiful, all of them!!!

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Offline Retired In Kalifornia

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Liquid Oxygen Bomb Build With Corrected Body Coloration
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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2019, 11:57:55 AM »
...watch for new subject post when completed c. May 10th:


Offline elmayerle

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I've got that conversion kit, too.  Be very interested in seeing your take on it.

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My what a lovely pair of spats you have there!
 :-*
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