The Caudron 714 was one of the few true lightweight fighters to actually reach production status. During the Winter War of 1939-1940 between Finland and the Russia, France gifted 80 Caudron fighters to Finland. Due to various circumstances and the French armistice of March 13 1940 only 6 aircraft arrived in Finland. Short Finnish airfield runways and the Caudron’s long take off runs made it apparent the plane and airfields were not compatible. All six planes were permanently grounded and put into storage. The model represents a plane that survives today in the Finnish Air Force Museum for restoration.
This is the 1/48 RS Models limited run kit. I added Eduard seat belts and lead wire brake lines to the landing gear. The gun sight was fabricated with plastic rod, fine stretched sprue and a photoetch ring sight. Paints are a combination of Pollyscale and Lifecolor water based acrylics.
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