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Fiat CR.42 Falco
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Fiat CR.42
Fiat CR.42 Falco
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Fiat A.74 radial
840 h.p.
3,930 lbs.
5,060 lbs.
2-12.7 mm
27 ft. 2 in.
31 ft. 10 in.
267 mph
2,350 fpm
33,500 feet
480 miles

The Fiat CR.42 Falco was the world's last biplane fighter aircraft. The aircraft was produced as a result of a mistaken belief by the Italian Air Ministry that fighter aircraft maneuverability would triumph over speed.

By the time the Fiat CR.42 Falco entered service, it was already obsolete. It would be facing monoplane aircraft made from metal, with enclosed cockpits, and retractable landing gear.  The Fiat CR.42 was made from wood, had fabric covered wings, an open cockpit, and fixed landing gear.

In 1941 a single Fiat CR.42 Falco was produced that was equipped with a 1,000 h.p. DB 601 engine. It became the world's fastest biplane and unofficial speed record holder with a top speed of 323 mph.

The Fiat CR.42 Falco served a major role as a bomber escort for the Italian Air Force (Regia Aeronautica) when Italy entered the Second World War. The biplane not only served in Italy, but with the air forces of Belgium, Sweden and Hungry.

Initially used over France as bomber escorts, Fiat CR.42 aircraft were eventually based in Belgium for Italian bombing attacks against England where they had heavy losses against modern British fighter aircraft.

The biplane fighters fared much better over the Balkans, Greece and North Africa, where most of the enemy aircraft that they encountered were other biplanes.

The Fiat CR.42 Falco was among the most maneuverable of World War II aircraft and had excellent speed for a biplane, but it lacked the speed of monoplane fighter aircraft of its day.

The Fiat CR.42 continued in operations until the surrender of Italy in 1943.

A total of 1,784 Fiat CR.42 Falco aircraft were produced.

Fiat CR.42
Fiat CR.42 Falco by Phil Hale.

With the exception of plans, we were not able to find recent examples of the rc Fiat CR.42 scale model radio control airplane.

Ken Kehlet of RC Universe (kbcopy@cox. net) has rc Fiat CR.42 plans for sale. They are designed by Harold Osborne.

The smaller rc Fiat CR.42 plan for sale builds to a 63" wingspan. It uses from .45 to .75 two stroke or .80 to 1.20 four stroke engines.

The larger giant scale rc Fiat CR.42 plan for sale from Ken Kehlet builds to a wingspan of 80". Engines can be from .75 to 1.20 two stroke or .91 to 1.50 four stroke.

Horn had plans for a 63" wingspan rc Fiat CR.42.

Demuzio had plans for a 64 1/2" wingspan Fiat CR.42.

Gazzi had Fiat CR.42 plans that build to a 79" wingspan.

Some times these plans will come up for sale on eBay or in RC Groups.

Lucky, for those who enjoy building Fiat CR.42 plastic scale model airplane kits, there are several to choose from.

In the picture immediately above is the 1/48 scale Classic Airframes Fiat CR.42 built by Phil Hale.  The kit contains 42 pieces and is of excellent quality.  No flash has been observed on the kit pieces and all parts have good detailing.

Italiari has a 1/48 scale Fiat CR.42 kit for sale shown in the first picture below. It has about 75 pieces, with numerous markings choices.  There are good motor and cockpit details.

In the second picture below is a Fiat CR.42 built from a 1/48 scale Italeri kit.  It was built by Jean Barby.  The kit is of good quality, with  a number of good marking choices.

Pavla has a 1/72 scale Fiat CR.42 kit that consists of 42 pieces.  Kit parts need some extra trimming, but the overall quality is good.

Revell Matchbox has a 1/72 kit of the Fiat CR.42.  It has a wingspan of 5 1/4" and a length of 4 1/2".  The 27 plastic part kit is easy to construct, but has decals for only a single version.

The next picture below is of a prototype Fiat CR.42 float plane from a 1/48 scale Classic Airframes kit.  It was built by Ron Getz.  The kit contains 62 pieces that have good attention to detail and scale accuracy.

The final picture on this page is of a 1/72 scale Fiat CR.42 built by Mark Fordham from a kit by Mr. Kit.  The kit contains parts made from resin and brass.  There are good details and very little flash to trim.

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1/48 Fiat CR.42 Falco from a kit by Italeri.

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1/48 scale Fiat CR.42 Falco by Jean Barby.

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Fiat CR.42 Falco on floats built by Ron Getz

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1/72 scale Fiat CR.42 Falco by Mark Fordham.

Please email us if you know of any other Fiat CR.42 Falco that we should mention here.