Silver Wings 1/32 Fiat CR.42 Build Guide

By Doug Nelson


This kit gives the builder the option to do either an Italian, German or Swedish version. Be sure to review the instructions and highlight which parts you will need for the version you are building. Also note that I used standard superglue for all assembling, with the exception of the struts, where I used slower setting superglue gel to give me more time for adjustments.

Parts Cleanup

As with other Silver Wings kits, parts cleanup is fairly simple, and due to the soft resin they use for their kit, a sprue cutter can even be used to snip most parts from their pour stubs. After that, a few scrapes with the Xacto knife and/or sanding stick and the part is ready for use.

With these kits, since there are no part numbers to worry about, I like to clean up all the parts and then begin the build. The only exception to this is the struts. Any parts can be painted as appropriate after cleanup and before assembly as well. A few things to note when preparing your kit parts for use:

Interior Subassemblies

There are a few items that can be assembled before installation in the cockpit, as indicated on page 3/4 of the instructions. I'll review them here:

Cockpit Assembly

Cockpit assembly is shown on pages 2 and 5 of the instructions. If you've built any other Silver Wings kits, assembly should be familiar to you.

Fuselage Assembly

Fuselage assembly is covered on page 7/8 of the instructions.

Engine Assembly

Engine assembly is covered in the upper section of page 6 of the instructions, although you can complete this step at any time during the assembly of your model.

Lower Wings

The lower wings have a metal rod inserted for strength, the remains of which can be used for attaching the lower wings to the fuselage. As mentioned in the fuselage section, I recommend drilling out the appropriate hole on each side of the fuselage attachment point to accept the entire metal rod.

Rear Empennage

The rear empennage is covered on page 9. Note that you can install these parts at any time after the fuselage is completed.

Upper Wings and Wing Attachment

The upper wings should have 5mm of dihedral according to the instructions (page 11). As shown on page 10, you will need to join both upper wing halves to the center piece. As with the lower wings, I recommend you drill out the appropriate holes for the struts.

Test fit the upper wings together and check the dihedral, adjust as necessary. When satisfied, glue together using a spacer taped to the bottom of the wing tip (photo 33).

Now for the "tricky part". With the more complicated strut design of these Italian fighters, I had to think for some time on what would be the best way to go about attaching the struts. In the end, I think I found an easy way to do it. It turns out we only really need the inner cabane struts (parts IX, X, XI and XII) and the inner interplane (parts III, IV, V, and VI) struts to provide strong enough support to attach the upper wing in place.

Main Landing Gear

The main gear struts are shown being assembled on page 4 of the instructions, and shown being attached on page 12.

Final Assembly

Congratulations on your newly finished model!

Photos and text copyright © Doug Nelson 2013

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This article was published on Tuesday, December 17 2013; Last modified on Wednesday, December 18 2013