Macchi-Castoli M.C. 72Item Number: 1182
Macchi Castoli floatplane racer airplane model. With the amazing Macchi M. C. 72, Mario Castoldi reached the pinnacle of his design career. This plane used one 2,850 hp Fiat A. S. 6 24-cylinder double V-12 piston engine. Essentially two V-12 engines in tandem joined by a single crankshaft, each driving one of the two contra rotating propellers via a co-axial shaft, counter rotating propellers which eliminated the on-water torque problems that plagued high-powered seaplanes. On October 23, 1934, an M.C.72 set an absolute world speed record of 440.683 mph, to this day it is still the world speed record for a piston engined float plane.
Mahogany Wood. Scale: 1/20. Wingspan 18 1/2 inches, Length 16 1/4 inches.