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MACCHI MC.200 Saetta Fighter

An Italian WW II precision-scale masterpiece

 

The WW II ITALIAN MACCHI MC.200 Saetta fighter was my first serious attempt at a true

scale RIC model. As usual, I was unable to find accurately drawn 3-views, so I produced my

own from measurements I had made of a full-size aircraft at a museum. Powered by a

Webra· Speed .61 and a 12×6 propeller, my original ‘Al.5-scale model had no bad flight habits. All

maneuvers including spins showed no problems despite the model’s small, scale tail surfaces and

its asymmetrical wing design (its left wing panel is slightly longer than its right one). In the air, the

model proved to be very stable despite a gross weight of almost 10 pounds that resulted in a very

high wing loading. This hefty loading made takeoffs and landings especially tricky and inspired me

to begin work on a second, %.2-scale version of the Macchi, the subject of this article.

To read more, click the link to open the PDF: x12961 Macchi MC.200 Saetta

Updated: July 2, 2014 — 12:18 PM
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