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Dewoitine D. 520 Azur 1:32


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Hello all,

 

for my first WIP here I chose Azurs Dewoitine. It’s not only because I spend some great days at the Côte d‘Azur, I loved the Dewoitine since I saw here for the first time. If I weren’t that deep in 1:32 scale since some 9 years, I‘d simply have dug out my Tamiya kit in 1:48. But I had build some Special Hobby kits and all went together quite nicely. How often I should wish I‘d have gone with the Tamiya kit….
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these are the aftermarket items I had brought together. They are spread over the Medieval floor of an Old French House we spent some wonderful days. Afterwards some Berna Decals and a Vacu canopy from Squadron made their way to my workbench.

On a sunny day I cut the sprues and taped together the main parts.

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Not too bad on the first view, besides of the fact that the kit completely lacks the wing‘s dihedral of the original.

Best regards

Andreas

 

 

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Thanks a lot, folks!

4 hours ago, GroovyPapa said:

Oh, it looks to have some nice surface detail. Perhaps it won't be difficult to get the correct wing-angle with a little bit of sanding block and a little bit of putty... ;)

Sadly the lower part of both wings (which is one single part) needs a little more force than that...

 

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I must say that I was really sceptic regarding the resin parts, especially when it came to this... some magicians could possibly turn that into a nicely looking figure after heavy clean up and some coats of paint -- we will never know :huh:

 

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The plastic parts are actually quite nice.

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The dihedral problem after glueing the wingparts together. Was this a good idea to do before having found a solution...?

The positive thing with the Dewoitine (contrary to the Bf-109 e. g.) is that this bird is not really well known (which I cannot understand). So If I'd use the wings like they were, not too many people would realize the missing dihedral, no? -- But I always would know it, and I am sure I always would regret it not to have done my best to improve that aera.

 

Browsing through some French forums I learned two things:

1. In spite of having learned that beautiful language for three years at school (back then ... in the Stone Age...), one's able to forget a language almost completely (or is this just me?)

2. Many French modellers seem to have corrected the dihedral problem by glueing a strong piece of plasticcard cut to the proper angle between the upper and the lower halves of the wings. Great idea, but in my case...:wacko:

 

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As you can see in the end I went on with a much more brutal way of correction. But after some extensive puttying and sanding it looks like it should and -- most importantly -- it stays in place like it should:

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Best regards,

Andreas

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Nice start, a great looking subject,  the D520 was my first French AF subject and a very nice build it was, nice surface detail and great decals as well, the end result was a very nice looking model.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

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On 10/26/2022 at 7:59 AM, Borsos said:

The positive thing with the Dewoitine (contrary to the Bf-109 e. g.) is that this bird is not really well known (which I cannot understand).

Ask @waroff. He knows everything about the D.520 and then some :bow:.

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Thanks a lot folks!

7 hours ago, quang said:

Ask @waroff. He knows everything about the D.520 and then some :bow:.

As this bird is on it’s finishing line in reality, I hope he won’t see too many errors when he should look by :closedeyes:

 

When I turned my attention to the fuselage, something showed up that I had never expected after an … ahem … mediocre fit of the flaps: The resin parts for the cockpit fit surprisingly well after some cleanup:

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I actually liked this resin cockpit and kept adding scratch built detail to a minimum. The instrument panel is from Yahu. It’s always wise to paint your cockpit in a color that fits your prepainted panel — or you can do it like I did ^_^ . 
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When it’s about painting cockpits I don’t mind overdoing the contrast between lights and shadows. It brings out the details better after closing things up; in my opinion at least.

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As there’s no engine with this kit (which I am completely fine with), I was ready to attach the fuselage halves now. The seat belts were made of lead foil and wire. There are some useful PE parts with this kit, but I always hate PE seat belts. I find them looking way to stiff.

best regards

Andreas

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