Edurd 1/48 Folgore - Limited Edition

A new Limited Edition release from Eduard, the WW2 Italian Macchi Folgore in 1/48.  It appears to be the Hasegawa kit, though with extra markings, details etc.  So the basic plastic kit is good and has been available before.  Now Eduard have added to it with etch brass and resin detailing parts to upgrade it, and of course they include their excellent pre-coloured instrument panels and seatbelts which will add greatly to the look of the cockpit, and likely to encourage many modellers to build it with the canopy open so all that detailing can be clearly seen.  The Folgore was one of, if not the best Italian fighters of WW2, and powered by an Alfa Romeo licensed copy of the DB601a engine, the RA.1000 R.C. 41-I Monsone.

Not many resin parts, but these do include well detailed main and tail wheels.  Among the etch detailing parts are the grills inside the air intake.  It is another really good mix of the basic Hasegawa plastic kit and the additional upgrading parts that Eduard have added to improve it still further.  With kits like this one, where a set number of mouldings have been acquired from Hasegawa and upgrade sets made to go with them, hence this is a Limited Edition kit.

As ever, the variety of colour and marking options Eduard have gone for provide for an interested and varied selection to choose from.  The first is for aircraft M.M.9066, flown by Italian ace Maresciallo Ennio Tarantola, in 151a Squadriglia, 51 Stormo C.T. at Gela in September 1942.  The colours for this one are a hazelnut brown with olive green 'smoke rings' on the upper surfaces and a pale blue-grey undersides.  The second os for a Breda built example, serving with 70a Squadriglia, 3 Stormo C.T. at Cerveteri in August 1943.  This one has the same hazelnut brown base colour, but with solid green blotches and the blue-grey undersides.  Option C is another Breda built example, M.M.8122, with 386a Squadriglia, 21 Gruppo Autonomo C.T. as Kantemirowka.  This one carries a lighter looking scheme of the hazelnut brown and lighter random green pattern, the blue-grey underside plus the yellow nose, fuselage ring and wingtips which identify Italian aircraft on the Eastern Front.  Option D is a darker camoufage scheme, though made more interesting by the upper engine cowling being a different pattern, where is was taken from another aircraft.  This airframe is M.M.7711, flown by 378a Squadriglia, 155 Gruppo, 51 Stormo C.T. at Gela during August 1942.  Option E is for a Breda built airframe again, and has extra interest by differing camouflage schemes for the fuselage and the main wings, which were taken from a different aircraft.  The aircraft flew with 24 Gruppo Autonomo C.T. from Olbia-Venafiorita in June 1943.  Then your final option is F, and this has an upper surface in darg green, plus the blue-grey undersides plus a yellow nose and white band around the rear fuselage.  Airframe M.M.7860, this is in the markings of 71a Squadriglia, 17 Gruppo, 1st Stormo |C.T. at Udine-Campoformido in October 1941.

With thanks to Eduard models for our example.

For more details or to order from their full range, see the Eduard website.