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Clear-Vax set 23: Italy, part 2 (1/72 scale)

1. Savoia Marchetti S.55X. Suggested kit: Delta S.55X.

Before fitting the Clear-Vax item, carefully trim the raised line around the sill away from the fuselage. Note how the Clear-Vax canopy has had its profile lowered for better accuracy. Replace the kit porthole glazing with clear styrene or acetate.
Suggested reference: Scale Models, October 1973.
2. Fiat C.R.32. Suggested kit: Supermodel Fiat C.R.32.

The Clear-Vax windscreen replaces the kit item. Drill a small hole in the windscreen to accept the gunsight.
Suggested references: Profile 22; Aircam/Airwar 3 - Spanish Civil War Air Forces; Modelaid 11.
3. Reggiane Re.2002. Suggested kit: Supermodel Re.2002.

Cut off the rear of the kit canopy and fix it in place on the fuselage. The Clear-Vax canopy is designed to replace the kit forward section.
Suggested references: Re.2002 by Sergio Govi (Giorgio Apostolo, ed.); Profile 244.
4. Cant Z.506. Suggested kit: Cant Z.506.

The drawing shows the early Z.506 upper turret. In order to fit this item, cut the base off the kit turret 3 mm from the bottom then glue the Clear-Vax turret to the base and fit into place. To fit the later-style turret, also supplied, cut the base off the kit turret 5 mm from the bottom and fit in the same way as the early-style turret. To fit the lower rear gun position, cut away the shaded area marked X, then fit the entire Clear-Vax canopy in place. The remaining Clear-Vax canopies directly replace the kit items without modification.
Suggested references: Cant Z.506/Z.1007 Mucchi-Modena; Aviation News Plan, July/August 1982.
5. Reggiane Re.2001. Suggested kit: Supermodel Re.2001.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item.
Suggested references: Re.2001 by Sergio Govi (Giorgio Apostolo, ed.); Profile 244.
6. Reggiane Re.2000 (late style). Suggested kit: Supermodel Re.2000.

The sliding section of the canopy is designed to overlap the rear piece. Use a piece of suitably shaped plasticard to blank off the front of the rear piece.
Suggested references: Re.2000 by Sergio Govi (Giorgio Apostolo, ed.); Profile 123; Air Enthusiast Quarterly No.41.
7. Fiat G.50 (early style). Suggested kit: Airfix Fiat G.50.

In order to fit the Clear-Vax canopy, place the kit fuselage on the scrap drawing and make a 1.5 mm cut at line X. Carefully cut an 8 mm long line using line Y as a guide. Then cut another line between lines X and Y 10 mm long. Some decking will need to be fabricated and fitted in the cutout area before fitting the canopy. Note the alteration required to the rudder hinge line.
Suggested references: Profile 188; Modelaid No.17; Air International May & June 1988.
8. Fiat G.55. Suggested kit: Supermodel & Frog/Revell Fiat G.55.

Clear-Vax canopy 8A fits the Supermodel kit. Carefully cut away the shaded area from the kit fuselage at the line marked X. Note the corrected sill line for the hinged section. This correction has also been made to canopy 8B, which is made to fit the Frog/Revell kit.
Suggested reference: Air Enthusiast, May 1974.
9. Fiat C.R.42. Suggested kit: Revell Fiat C.R.42.

The Clear-Vax windscreen directly replaces the kit item.
Suggested references: Profile 16; Replic No.50, October 1995.
10. Macchi M.C.200 (early style). Suggested kit: Revell M.C.200.

Carefully cut away the headrest framing from the kit fuselage. The corresponding cutout will need to be fitted with a plasticard decking and internal structure as shown in the scrap drawing. After fitting the canopy, make and fit canopy guide rails from 0.5 mm plasticard cut to the shape shown in the drawing marked X.
Suggested references: Profile 64; Air International, December 1977; Argus Specialist Publications Plan Pack 3054.
11. I.M.A.M. Ro.43. Suggested kit: Airmodel Ro.43.

The Clear-Vax canopies directly replace the kit parts. Use clear styrene or acetate for the fuselage window.
Suggested reference: Modelaid, October 1987.
12. Caproni Ca.311/313 (stepped windscreen). Suggested kits: Italeri Ca.311 and Ca.313/314.

The Clear-Vax canopies directly replace the kit nose/pilot's canopy and dorsal turret. It is recommended that the kit side windows be replaced with thin clear styrene or acetate.
Suggested references: Replic No.44, April 1995; Aviation News Plan No.10/7.
13. Savoia Marchetti S.M.81. Suggested kit: Supermodel S.M.81.

The lower gondola directly replaces the kit item. Carefully cut the raised strip (marked X) from the kit gondola and fit to the Clear-Vax gondola. To fit the upper turret top, cut the top off the kit turret 6 mm from the base, glue the Clear-Vax turret top to the base and fit in place in the fuselage. Use the kit side windows and lower turret. Two styles of main pilot's canopies are supplied. The early-style canopy with upright windscreen directly replaces the kit part. Most aircraft used the later-style canopy with extra glazing at the rear. In order to fit this canopy, carefully cut away the kit fuselage at the line marked X.

General references

The following books are recommended as a source of further information:

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