Fiat CR-32 by debbielove ()
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Something new, something different..
This is by Pedro Caparros and available FREE on ShareCG.com
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..
Image Comments (22)
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.
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'.