|CAD$19.49 from Stormo Magazine|
It has been a couple of years since the last Stormo decal sheet, but the wait is over with this super offering that covers the Macchi C.205 Veltro. It is an Italian Aces sheet that provides markings for six aces. In addition, there are some bonus markings that are quite welcome. It is not surprising that the majority of these markings are for the ANR as the 205 was just entering service with the armistice of 1943.
So far, there is still only one decent kit in this scale and that is the one by Hasegawa. All but the co-belligerant aircraft were with 1 Gruppo as that was the only unit flying the type. Unless noted all aircraft are Series III. So here is what is covered:
From 1 squadron, the aircraft of Capt Amedeo Guidi who had six victories.
Another 1 squadron plane was flown by Captain A Visconti, the squadron commander with 10 victories.
With 2 squadroin is this 205 flown by Tenente Guiseppe Robetto in March 1944 with 10 kills.
Fourth is a 3 squadron plane of Colonel Pio Tomasetti, also in March 1944 with six victories. All these planes had the 'smoke ring camouflage.
Fifth is a plane of 1 squadroin, again flown by Captain Visconti. This plane is in German colors of RLM 74/75/76.
In an unusual camouflage scheme that is stated as RLM 74/75/76 but looks sort of tan on the fuselage is this 1 squadron plane flown by top scoring 205 ace Sergente L Gorrini in May 1944. He is credited with between 19 and 24 victories depending on the source.
The sixth option is our co-belligerant offering as flown by Maggiori Carlo Maurixio Ruspoli of 4 Stormo in October 1943. He is credited with ten victories.
In the neat 'herring bone' scheme is this 205 with 1 squadron as one of the bonus markings.
Finally, another bonus marking in a combination herring bone front and standard RLM 74/75/76 scheme on the rest of the plane. One for those who like non-standard camouflage. This plane was with 2 squadron in the summer of 1944.
The decals are superbly printed by Microscale. Enough markings to do up to five aircraft.
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