Dewoitine D.520, Armée de l’Air GC I/3
I am happy to present you my fourth achievement to imodeler: the Dewoitine D.520 Tamiya at 1/48 scale. This aircraft occupies an important place in the heart of every French modelers, so I had to make one.
The D.520 is considered by almost all aeronautical historians as the French equivalent of Supermarine Spitfire (Mk.I). He was an excellent fighter who could have changed the outcome of the French campaign in May / June 1940 if he had been built in sufficient numbers to cope with the mighty Luftwaffe. Unfortunately, the politicians reacted too late, and of the 2,200 copies ordered, only 437 were delivered until the armistice. Others will be built later for the Vichy government.
In terms of statistics, the D.520 does not have to blush in the face of its competitors: a total of 108 enemy planes (German and Italian) were shot down with certainty, and 39 others are probable, vs. 26 D.520 only lost in combat (more were destroyed, but because of her delicate flying, and not because of the guns of the enemy). It is sure that if France had not been defeated, the D.520 would have developed similar to that of the Spitfire. Moreover, his successor, the D.551, was ready to fly when the armistice was signed.
The D.520 that I realized is the well known No. 90 of the 1st squadron of the Groupe de Chasse (Fighter Group) GC I / 3 piloted by second lieutenant Michel Madon, and based on the airfield of Meaux-Esbly in May / June 1940, about 50 km East of Paris.
This is the Dewoitine D.520 Tamiya released in 1996 (already …), who had created a great surprise in the small community of French modelers! The decals come from a Berna board. The paintings are Mr Hobby Aqueous for the cockpit and the upperside, and Vallejo Air for the underside. Mr Color GX113 matte varnish (the best varnish I have ever used!). It may be that the gray I used for camouflage (H53) is not dark enough. Never mind… The camouflage was made by hand, without mask (except the delineation between lower and upper surfaces). My airbrush is a Mr Procon Boy PS-270 (0.2 mm).
Weathering is very light, because the French planes had little aged between May and June 1940 (it is not only disadvantages to lose the war quickly …).
Hoping that this interpretation of Dewoitine D.520 pleases you.
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