Building the newly tooled 1/32 Fiat CR.42 Falco from ICM is a delight for Peter Fearon.


Designed by Celestino Rosatelli as a development of his successful CR.32 fighter, which had performed well during the Spanish Civil War, the Fiat CR.42 Falco (falcon) first flew in May 1938 and entered service just a year later.

Quite why the Italian engineer persisted with the sesquiplane concept (one-and-a-half wing, ie with a much shorter lower wing) when all other major powers had successfully developed monoplanes, which were clearly superior, is the subject of many theories – though these are not appropriate to explore here.

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