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Something new, something different..

This is by Pedro Caparros and available FREE on
I've tried to bring up the detail as much as I can, not fill the scene with 'clutter'.. Also I tried to light it at night.. (Not quite sure that worked but still...
The idea is to have a few 'Portrait Renders', close views.. You will see as they arrive..

The Fiat CR.32 was an Italian biplane fighter used in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. This nimble little Fiat was compact, robust and highly manoeuvrable and gave impressive displays all over Europe in the hands of the Pattuglie Acrobatiche. The CR.32 fought in North and East Africa, in Albania and in the Mediterranean theatre. The CR.32 saw service in the air forces of China, Austria, Hungary, Paraguay and Venezuela. Used extensively in Spanish Civil War, it gained a reputation as one of the outstanding fighter biplanes of all time. But then it was overtaken by more advanced monoplane designs and was obsolete by 1939..

In 1938 Spain acquired a license to build the CR.32. Hispano Aviación built 100 examples under the designation HA-132-L Chirri, some of these remaining in service as C.1 aerobatic trainers up to 1953. The Fiat CR.32 was used extensively in the Spanish Civil War on the side of the military rebellion against the Spanish Republic. At least 380 took part in the air battles fought over Spain, proving formidable adversaries to the Soviet Polikarpov I-15 and Polikarpov I-16 monoplanes that formed the backbone of the Spanish Republican Air Force. It had its baptism of fire in 1936. On 18 August 1936, the first 12 CR.32 Freccias arrived in Spain and formed the Squadriglia 'Gamba di Ferro', 'Cucaracha' and 'Asso di Bastoni' of 3° Stormo. Three days later, Tenente Vittorino Ceccherelli, Gold Medal of Military Valor, shot down the first enemy aircraft, a Nieuport 52, over Cordoba. In total, the Italian government sent 365–405 C.R.32s to Spain while 127–131 were delivered directly to the Nationalist Aviation units. Six aircraft were captured by Republican FARE, with one sent to the USSR for evaluation..

Thanks to the agile CR.32, the Italians managed to obtain air superiority against its Fuerzas Aéreas de la República Española loyalist opponents, that flew a motley collection of very different, often obsolete aircraft. The Fiat biplane proved to be effective with Aviación Legionaria claiming 60 (48 confirmed) modern Russian bombers Tupolev SB, once believed impossible to intercept, 242 Polikarpov I-15 biplane fighters and 240 Polikarpov I-16 monoplane fighters, plus another hundred not confirmed. Fiat C.R.32 losses were only 73. According to other sources, of the 376 Fiat shipped to Spain, 175 (43 Spanish operated and 132 Italian) were lost, including 99 (26 Spanish and 73 Italian) shot down, while, by January 1939, the I-15s shot down were just 88..

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October 17, 2012
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Oct 17, 2012 11:51:19 am
Something GOOD! (WELL done!)

by TallPockets Homepage »

Oct 17, 2012 11:54:13 am
An excellent render of this biplane fighter. Your usual first rate history, too!

by Buffalo1 Homepage »

Oct 17, 2012 12:39:30 pm
Way cool...for a moment I thought it was another 'Grand Tour' shot, one of your best renders to date. Like the idea of 'Portraits'and look forward to more...seriously good work here mate, I'm impressed!

by neiwil Homepage »

Oct 17, 2012 1:07:22 pm
This is a great looking little plane and one which I have never heard of, super camouflage too.

by jayfar Homepage »

Oct 17, 2012 1:21:02 pm
Very cool aircraft and information

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Oct 17, 2012 1:33:21 pm
That is one cool little plane Rob, thanks for telling us about this model

by magnus073 Homepage »

Oct 17, 2012 2:51:28 pm
Hey.. that looks great Rob.. rendered up very well!!

by tigertim Homepage »

Oct 17, 2012 3:23:55 pm
Fine picture. I like Italian aircrafts.

by AliceFromLake Homepage »

Oct 17, 2012 5:02:55 pm
I've found that night time renders just don't work for some reason. However, this is still cool.

by Inspired_Art Homepage »

Oct 17, 2012 5:09:14 pm
outstanding picture and story

by flavia49 Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 17, 2012 5:16:40 pm
Excellent, cool photo and work!

by bebopdlx Homepage »

Oct 17, 2012 5:39:56 pm
It really was an exceptional aircraft. In fact the Italians were not aware that the era of biplanes ended, and continued development of the CR-42 "Falco", which was ineffective since the beginning of the Second World War.
Thank you very much for the mention.

by pcaparrosc Homepage »

Oct 18, 2012 5:56:42 am
Too often overlooked, I love these and the CR-42.

Damn fine work on this one Rob, yes you've pulled off the night scene very well.
Good work on the shadows too as they are not too sharp.

I think you could be on to something here mate so more of these 'Portrait Renders'.

by Maxidyne Homepage »

Oct 18, 2012 7:22:03 am
Great work :)

by tamburro Homepage »

Oct 18, 2012 7:25:32 am
Wonderful art work here Rob.

by dakotabluemoon Homepage »

Oct 18, 2012 3:48:22 pm
Ya did a good job. Full size the gun port and even the rivets jump out at you.

by HADCANCER Homepage »

Oct 19, 2012 10:24:19 am
Good model. Cool picture.

by ragouc Homepage »

Oct 19, 2012 12:52:50 pm
Looking good Rob!!! I think you did very well with the night lighting!!!

by lunchlady Homepage »

Oct 19, 2012 5:31:14 pm
Excellent Work!

by BiggDevo Homepage »

Oct 20, 2012 1:56:06 am
Great render and heads-up about Pedro's model... I like the lighting- brings out the camo well. Now if this was night-time in North Africa, it would often be lit up like this... by the light of burning fuel dumps... ;-)

by Briney Homepage »

Oct 20, 2012 8:24:29 pm
You did great on this, Rob! When the image first came up I thought you had photographed this plane in a museum! An excellent render!

by RodS Homepage »

Oct 20, 2012 9:12:09 pm
always had a thing for bipes, and this is a grand example of the best of the breed... nicely done, m'friend... nicely done!

by 1358 Homepage »


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