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"The Italian Job"--Fiat CR-32

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My model is the Italeri 1/72 scale Fiat CR-32 Chirri."  It represents an aircraft assigned to  XXIII Grupo Caccia, Aviazione Legionaria.  The unit was led by Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Zotti and based at Puig Moreno, Spain, June-July 1938.  The unit formed part of the Italian contingent fighting for the Nationalist cause during the Spanish Civil War.  I used the Osprey Fiat CR-32 Aces of the Spanish Civil War (Aircraft of the Aces 94) for inspiration; profile 28.  I wanted to model Zotti's aircraft; he flew "3-4", but I only had the decals for "3-6".

The model was built out-of-the-box except for the rigging.  Took me 3-months to figure out I can't paint Italian camouflage with an airbrush freehand and another 3-months and a lot of Tamiya tape to manage that effort.  I enjoyed the build; never worked harder to complete a model...

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Amazing paint job John. This is one interesting build too.

Regards

Christopher

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That is magnificent! It looks like a larger scale aircraft! Congrats on doing such an incredible job!

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Very cool camo scheme and a great looking build! I had to go back and look before I realized it was only 1/72. Sweet!

 

GIL :cool:

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Christopher / Mark / Gil -

Wanted to thank you for your comments; I really enjoyed the build.  It got me so interested in aircraft used during the Spanish Civil War, I bought a Russian I-15 that I will paint with Republican markings, and early model Bf-109 and Heinkel He-51 that I will paint in Nationalist markings.  That's what I love about our hobby, it combines my passion for history with my love of the airplane.  Hope to see you all at the Nationals in Chattanooga! 

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