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Oxford Diecast Oxford Aviation AC091
Macchi M.C.205 Veltro Diecast Model
Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana, Luigi Gorrini, 1944

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Macchi M.C.205 Veltro   4.75"   5.75"

The Italian World War II fighter aircraft, the Aermacchi Veltro C.205 was built by the Italian company Aeonautica Macchi which had been in the industry since before the First World War. The C.205 was one of three Series 5 Italian fighters built using the powerful Daimler-Benz DB605 engine. It came with a top speed of 400 mph, equipped with two 20.mm cannon as well as 12.7 Breda machine guns. It was a force to be reckoned with and despite its late entry into the conflict, only being produced between 1942 and 1944 and a mere 262 aircraft at that, it was highly successful , being both respected and feared by Allied pilots. Its pilots downed many Allied fighters, notably the American P-51D Mustang, Curtiss P-40, as well as Liberators, Blenheims and P-38 Lightnings. Even the noble Spitfire was part of their tallies.

One of these Italian fighter aces was Sergente Maggiore Luigi Gorrini who was born in 1917. His distinguished World War II flying career saw him fighting over Libya and Tunisia as well as in the defence of the Italian mainland. He shot his first Allied plane down over Libya in 1941. At the end of 1943, Gorrini joined the Italian national republican air force, (ANR) where he was assigned to 1 Squadriglia, 1 Gruppa Caccia, where he continued to fly C.205 fighters. At the end of January 1944, under the command of "Ace" Capitano Adriano Visconti, the Gruppa was sent out to attack a formation of American bombers under P-47 escort. Gorrini's score included a B-24, P-47 and then a P-38. His last air battle was on 15th June 1944 when his plane was hit during a dogfight with four P-47 Thunderbolts. He baled out but was too close to the ground, subsequently waking up in hospital. He recovered but did not fly operationally again. Living until November 2014, he summed up his World War II record as 212 air combats, 24 solo air victories and 5 parachute bale-outs. Not only was he the highest ranking Italian fighter ace still alive at the time but was also the only surviving pilot to be awarded the Gold Medal of Military Valour.

All this history is encapsulated in our 1:72 scale model of the Veltro C.205 which appears in the typical Italian World War II camouflage scheme of dark grey/mid grey upper body and wings, pale blue/grey mottled fuselage and pale blue grey under body. A white rear fuselage band is painted under the Italian flag with the 23 - 1 identity numbers in red and white on each side behind the cockpit. Finishing touches see the Italian flag on the vertical tail fin, the propeller spinner painted white and green and the underside of the engine cowl coloured bright yellow.

Macchi M.C.205 Veltro

Designed as a high-speed interceptor with a ground-attack capability, the M.C.205 was first flown on April 19th, 1942. The Veltro was a refinement of the M.C.202 Folgore and used a more powerful license-built version of the Daimler-Benz DB 605 engine that powered the German Bf 109. It was fast and maneuverable and was widely regarded as the best Italian aircraft of World War II, more than capable of engaging allied fighters like the P-51 Mustang or attacking allied bomber formations. The complexity of its construction and a lack of manufacturing resources hampered production though, and only 262 examples were eventually built.

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Oxford Diecast Oxford Aviation

The Oxford Diecast "Oxford Aviation" range presents affordable, ready made diecast models of military aircraft.

Oxford Diecast "Oxford Aviation" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Permanently retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Fixed, non-spinning plastic propellers.
  • No pilot figures.

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