A racer not a fighter… Caudron 714, Azur 1/32
Develped from the Caudron C450 racing aircraft, was this attempt at a "light fighter", one that could be built cheaply with minimum use of resources. The mainly wooden airframe was powered by an air-cooled inline engine, a rarity for sure. The French decided they didn't want it, so of the 90 built, they were destined to go to Finland when War broke out. When the refugee Polish pilot Corps needed aircraft, a use was found for them. The Polish flew them like they did most everything, with courageous abandon, the final tally being something like 7 to 4 in favor, in the 4 combats that took place before the collapse.
Azur's kit is pretty good, shapes and fit being OK, just a little engine detail being added. The cockpit is pretty busy, and the weird canopy arrangement well done. The paint job was the most work, taken from photos in a "Decal and Camouflage" publication. It represents one of the Polish Squadron machines from GC 1/145. Always thought this was a good-lookin' airplane, pointy nose, racing ancestry and all.