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Swampyankee

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https://www.homebuiltairplanes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21182&p=361247&viewfull=1#post361247 mentioned some WW2-era Italian aircraft, a category that's been woefully ignored in the replica community.

Some of these aircraft include the CR.42, the last biplane fighter, the CR.32, the G-55, possibly one of the best fighters of WW2, and the SM.79.

My personal favorite is the Re.2005.

Since I can't figure out how to put up a poll, what's your choice to promote as a replica of a WW2 Italian aircraft?

Remember, Italian aircraft of WW2, not German, British, or US aircraft in Italian service.
 
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Macchi C.202. I was thinking if it would be possible to use a Porsche 911 flat six in direct drive in 3.0 or 3.2 L normally aspirated form. I don't know how well that would work because they are short stroke high rpm engines (maybe with different cams?) and tend to be expensive and anyway you could just put and 0200 in there, but the airframe I was thinking of would be basically a scaled down Macchi 202 with an all wood airframe with the fuselage in plywood/balsa sandwich and conventionally constructed wooden flying surfaces - just like the DH Mosquito. A clear bubble instead of the birdcage, paint it red and put the tricolor flag on the fin - nice...I also really like some of the Italian biplanes.
 

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From a versatility standpoint, I'd think you'd get the most interest in a Reggiane Re.2000-2002 since there are a couple engine options and when scaled down to stand-off scale it could also be finished as a Seversky P-35. Unfortunately I don't think any Italian airplanes realistically have the mass appeal that a Mustang, Spitfire, P-40 or Corsair have.

From a thumb your nose at everyone and have some fun standpoint, I'd want a SM-81 stretched and tortured into a caricature of itself and scaled down to a two-seater. Maybe with three little V-twins or half-VWs or something.
 

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i appreciate Tiger Tim's sense of fun, but my vote would be for a standoff-scale version of the radial-engined Macchi C.200 Saetta or Fiat G.50 Freccia monoplanes powered by a Verner radial or maybe a disguised big-bore VW, though I would certainly not turn up my nose at a similarly-powered Fiat CR.42 Falco as I love the Warren-truss biplane look.
 

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I wanted to say a Breda Ba.88 would be cool, and those huge engines and chunky fuselage would both lend themselves well to scaling down:

...but then I read that they were such a failure that they were relegated to being parked at airfields as decoys.
 

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The Fiat or Macchi radials would be fun racers with the MP series. 350-400 hp.

That would give you a nice diameter fuselage for a scale fighter... with slightly over sized tail surfaces for stability.

Not a Sport Class winner at Reno but a fun runner & crowd pleaser.

Either riveted al or composite kits might sell. Very sleek planes and the match for contemporary allied planes. The Daimler powered versions with a LS series V-8?
 

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I've got an acquaintance that is working on a full scale, all metal P-35. He has made some rumblings about the project.
 
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