MMP/Stratus | Macchi C.202 Folgore
Reviewed by Kevin Williams
Author: Przemysław Skulski
Publishing date: 2021
ISBN: 978-83-65958-89-1 (Softcover)
I must confess that despite owning many MMP/Stratus (Mushroom) publications, I've never really understood the breakdown of the colors series at all. This particular volume falls under the heading of the "Orange" series, and is obviously dedicated exclusively to the Macchi C.202 series.
This specific volume, deals in general with the interesting Macchi C.202 Folgore (Thunderbolt). Generally regarded as one of the more successful WWII Italian fighter types, this book is chock full of photos, illustrations and color profiles. There is also included, a reasonably comprehensive walk around type section, illustrating many salient details of this interesting machine.
Perhaps one of the more interesting aspects of this aircraft, is the wide variety of applied camouflage schemes in use during the war-time years.
While there are a few options for the C.202 in 1:32 scale, a new injection molded kit is long overdue, at least in my opinion.
Typical Photo/Illustration Excerpts
This publication is a nice blend of some black & white and color photographs, with very nice artwork, usually in the form of detailed elevation and some plan view drawings of different machines, as well as many great color photos. All books in this series that I've seen thus far, are printed on good quality glossy paper, which I also consider to be a big plus in their favor, adding a great additional dimension to the overall appeal of the volumes.
Certainly the highlight of this volume (at least for me anyway), are the splendid color photos that appear throughout; some great photos of what is a truly iconic machine, and in every sense of the word.
Containing a whopping 116 pages, with several of the photographs being in full-on color, this volume is seen by me to be a spectacular value, providing lots of information, photos, drawings and technical items that should give the average C.202 fan a very broad ranging informative source of Macchi "stuff".
I'd say that if you're any sort of C.202 fan at all, this book is most certainly one you'll want to add to your collection, and will undoubtedly form the backbone of any worthwhile library on Italian WWII fighting aircraft.
My review copy compliments of Casemate Publishers. Thanks a ton to Casemate, it's truly an outstanding reference book for the sleek Macchi C.202 during the World War II time-frame; really top-notch stuff, and one that I'm most certainly more than proud to add to my own personal library.
© Kevin Williams 2022
This review was published on Thursday, January 13 2022; Last modified on Saturday, February 05 2022