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& additions made on the kit:
The nose air intakes were originally the wrong shape being too narrow at their
forward end. This was corrected with plastic inserts and re-shaping. The louvers
were added to the intakes as it can be seen on the photos.
The under-belly cooler was too narrow and also not curved
enough in outline. It was re-shaped by making two cuts in its rear part,
repositioning the rear ends of the cooler sides outward and filling the gaps
The cooler interior (area covered by the cooler) was
completely re-worked by cutting out the flat plastic fragment of the lower wing
part and making an appropriate niche instead, as it was on the real thing.
Therefore, the etched cooler grills by Eduard (designed to fit the kit parts)
became just useless and the replacement parts were finally scratch built. The
wing area where the cooler is attached was also modified according to the
The main wheel wells (too shallow and
represented totally wrong on the kit) were completely re-worked, in particular, the niches for
the landing gear legs.
For the wheel well “ceilings” the Eduard parts were used, with some
The kit parts for the landing gear covers were thinned down
and modified for correct appearance. This way they still look much better than
the flat etched pieces.
The incorrect curved representation of the area under the
rear view windows behind the cockpit (à la P-40) was removed and replaced by
the flat panels at it was the case with the real thing.
Some panel lines were added and some were corrected according
to the reference photos.
The rear view windows (unfortunately, not present with the
Falcon set and too thick as kit parts) were therma-formed using the kit-parts as
The main wheels were flattened using the surface of the
The etched parts for the gun sight were still too big and
this one was eventually scratch built as well. I decided to add the ring gun
sight as well, since it can be clearly seen on one of the photos showing this
Some further minor improvements made on the model can be
clearly seen on the photos.
This replica represents the famous “No.277”, or “White 6”, flown by the
top-scoring French WWII ace Pierre Le Gloan during the Syrian campaign in June
The model was finished with Model Master II enamel paints
from the set “French Air Force WWII”. However, the only paint I used just
out of the bottle was the light blue grey for the lower surface. For all other
colours I just made my own mixes which looked acceptable to my eyes and
corresponded more or less with some colour photos and artwork of better quality
(oh well…) .
This particular airplane is quite well documented. I was able
to found at least 7 different photos showing it during its service life between
mid-1940 and the 15.06.1941 when it was shot down. As the kit instruction and
the most colour profiles proved to be not very accurate, the camouflage pattern
and the markings were made according to the photos.
Unfortunately, I was not able to find any correct
after-market decals and the kit decals were of limited use because of
inaccuracies and especially of ivory tone where it should actually be white…
To fix this problem, the white areas were replaced with pieces cut out from
spare decals. The tri-colour chevron was made from spare decal pieces too and
for the white “6” on the fuselage and top starboard wing the kit decals were
used. The shape of the wing number was OK, however, the fuselage markings were
rather incorrect. To correct the shape I made carvings on the decals in several
places and then repositioned the pieces to get the desired shape. After that the
decals were sealed with white paint for the uniform white surface.
Pastel chalks were used for the panel lines highlighting (wet
method), shading and weathering (dry method). Some moderate washing was done as
well. Future was used as clear coat: pure before applying decals and for sealing
them and mixed with Tamiya Flat base for the final coat.
- 1. DTU D.520
- 2. Armee de
l’Air – A Pictorial History by Paul Camelio & Christopher Shores
– Squadron/Signal Publications
- 3. L’Aviation de
Vichy au Combat – Vol.2 – Ehrengardt/Shores – Ed. Lavauzelle
- 4. D.520 Aircraft
Profile No. 135
- 5. French Aces of
WW II – Osprey Aitcraft of the Aces No. 28
- 6. Avions No.1, 83
- 7. Replic No. 34,
- 8. Scale Aviation
Modeller International No. 10-1998, 02-2004
- 9. Armee de l' Air
39-45 Wing Masters Hors Serie
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