The Saetta was initially designed for a 1936 requirement for a new interceptor. The Saetta was the winner of the selection however, it’s rival Fiat G.50 was also ordered as the it would be available sooner.
In June 1939 production of the Saetta formally commenced. 1153 were eventually produced.
In August 1939, 30 Saettas were delivered to the 10th Gruppo stationed in North Africa. Pilots of this unit rejected the Saetta in favour of the more manouveable Fiat CR.42 biplane.
The Macchis were transferred to Sicily where pilots were enthusiastic for the new type.
After a rocky start, the Saetta would serve in all theatres where Italian forces were engaged, fly more operational sorties than any other type.
As the aircraft was gradually overtaken by newer types it was used for ground attack duties.
At the time of Italy’s signing of the armistice, only 33 remained in serviceable condition and 23 were flown for a short time by the Co-Belligerent Air Force.
Revell 1/72 kit completed by Steve Pulbrook in 2008.