Tamiya 1:48 Scale, Dewoitine D-520
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays everyone! It’s been a wee bit since my last post, but I figured with the end of the year so close at hand, why not?
Anyway, I had this kit sitting up in the stash, and I saw one in a video about the early part of WWII. I got the bug to build one from that. I dug through the boxes and after a few minutes, found her, and down to the ‘Laborotory’ we went. (That does sound a little off, doesn’t it?)
The kit is fairly simple. Not a lot of parts involved, but what there is, really goes together very well. Fit and alignment are excellent, and detail is well represented in the interior as well as the exterior. All in all a terrific little kit, and one not seen all that much on contest tables. I highly recommend it.
About the build itself, the instructions say to paint the cockpit a medium grey. This is wrong, and the cockpits on many French aircraft were a dark blue. I used Dark Sea Blue, and did a lot of highlighting to bring out some detail. I know in the pictures, it looks black, but rest assured it is indeed Dark Blue. Wheel bays and landing gear are all the lower color of Light Blue Grey, and wheel hubs are aluminium. Otherwise the color call outs are pretty well spot on. I used Tamiya acrylics, (Except in the cockpit) exclusively and custom mixed the camo colors according to Tamiya’s instruction sheet. I can say I am happy with the results and will continue this trend, getting away from enamels and towards safer, more environmentally friendly products.
Markings are those of French Ace, Ad. Chef, Denis Ponteine, of G/CII/7, 3rd Esc. Chef Pontaine was credited with either five or six confirmed victories, plus one probable during the Battle of France.
On 5 June, 1940, Ponteine attacked and thoroughly roughed up a Heinkel He-111, near the beaches over Dunkirk. After dispatching the German bomber, he was attacked by one of the escorting Bf-109’s, whose pilot overshot Ponteine. The French pilot turned after the German and put a few rounds into the Messerschmitt, which caused it to begin smoking.
Ponteine was then set upon by a following Bf-109, who hit his little fighter hard. The first burst hit the engine, causing ‘White 3’ to begin smoking heavily. The second, hit square in the cockpit, smashing instruments and seriously wounding Ponteine in his legs. With the D-520 losing speed and altitude rapidly, Ponteine rolled the stricken fighter over and bailed out. He was recovered by friendly forces, and spent months in the hospital.
With his flying carreer over as a result of his injuries, Chef Ponteine continued his war as a member of the French Resistance.
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