Tamiya 1/48 dewoitine d. 520
GC 2/3 Dauphiné, 2 Esc.(Adj. Chef Bouton) June 1940. A very nice kit with a few glitches. The instructions miss the color for the cockpit innards. It’s actually a dark blue and for this I used Tamiya X-3 Royal Blue. The cockpit floor is depicted as a solid piece but it has cutouts to allow the pilot to see if his wheels are raised or lowered I believe. This is an easy fix or there is a resin cockpit with the floor in the correct shape. I just studied the resin piece online and made my cuts accordingly. Almost every build I read online mentioned a gap at the underside wing/fuselage join at the rear. I glued some stretched sprue here and sanded. This was my first attempt at airbrushing the camouflage free hand. It helps as the French seemed to use a fire hose when they applied the camo. For paint I used Mr Hobby Aqueous Hobby Color H67 – RLM65. For the top-side colors I used Tamiya paints: XF-18 Medium Blue, XF-51 Khaki Drab and XF-64 Red Brown. Tamiya instructions have mixes but these are close enough. I used the kit decals and was concerned about the very large red fuselage striped folding up, ripping or both. In the end they were sturdy to withstand the abuse. A word of caution here… the fuselage roundel goes over the stripe. For some reason Tamiya colored the stripe white here and I found out too late that the roundels are slightly translucent. Two options here: wait until the stripe dries and remove the white section or paint the area white to match the roundel size. This is a fantastic kit and I will be buying another kit in the future as I spotted a spiffy oddball “captured” version…Woof Woof
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