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Re: The twice captured Dewoitine
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2021, 04:07:32 pm »
The (widened...) DB engine is glued in place, it's been PSR'd within an inch of its life, the tailplanes are glued on and the canopy's on as well. Masking of the transparencies will happen tomorrow and then the first primer coat.

Followed no doubt by at least one more PSR session, maybe more.....:(



It doesn't look as ugly as I expected to be actually, certainly not as elegant as the original all French version, but not all that bad.
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Re: The twice captured Dewoitine
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2021, 04:45:58 am »
All the PSR and priming is done now, and I've got the first, and second, AND third colour coat on!  :banghead:

The underside yellow was a feature of the OKB's test aircraft at Rechlin, but this will need at least one more coat before I'm satisfied.

This Halfords yellow doesn't cover very well at all. :(



The new nose blends quite well into the D520's fuselage, apart from that HUGE air filter!
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Re: The twice captured Dewoitine
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2021, 03:07:59 am »
Got most of the painting done now, after loads of masking sessions. Some detail painting to do and then the decals.

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Re: The twice captured Dewoitine
« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2021, 06:08:03 am »
I'm seeing that in either Romanian or Bulgarian markings Kit. I bet you'd throw some people if it appeared at a show like that  :angel:
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Re: The twice captured Dewoitine
« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2021, 07:24:16 am »
There's a Bulgarian decal option in the kit actually, but that scheme is a 100% Luftwaffe test scheme, as used at Rechlin of course.
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Re: The twice captured Dewoitine
« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2021, 06:29:21 am »
I've got all the decals printed and in place now. A coat of Klear and some matte varnish and that'll be it for the main assembly.

Just got the blasted landing gear to go, and I HATE painting tyres and wheels. :(
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Re: The twice captured Dewoitine (Finished)
« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2021, 09:54:29 am »
That's got one model done for this GB anyway.  ;D

Here's the Dewoitine D.520 that was used by the Luftwaffe as an engine test airframe at the Rechlin air base and which was subsequently captured by the RAF and tested at Farnborough after the war's end.













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And the backstory.........

The tale of the twice captured Dewoitine D.520.

D.520 No. 94 served with GCII/3 during the early days of WWII. Flying from the tiny A de l'Air air field of Betz-Bouillancy north east of Paris, the Groupe were fairly successful against the Luftwaffe bomber fleets, the D.520's superb manoeuvrability being more than a match for the Me-109Es forming the escort fighter squadrons at the time. Unfortunately the Wehrmacht panzers were Blitzkrieging their way across Northern France and GCII/3 were forced to abandon their base and move south. Sadly No. 94 had a hydraulic problem at the time and had to be left behind, but the destruction charges left in the cockpit failed to fire and the aircraft was captured, for the first time.

 Luftwaffe engineers, moving along behind the German land forces, took over the airfield and managed to repair 94's hydraulics and it was flown to the Luftwaffe's Erprobrungsstelle test airfield, at Rechlin north of Berlin, for evaluation. When the trials were completed some thoughts were given to returning No. 94 to France for service with the Vichy Air Force, but some interest was taken in the very light weight of the Hispano Suiza engine, it being considerably lighter than the DB 601s used in the Me-109Es. Further trials were carried out and eventually a DB 601 was installed in the D.520's airframe for direct comparison trials.

 The aircraft having proved useful in this engine test role, later German engines were also trialled, including the DB 603 and the later DB 605, as used in the Me-109G. In this form No. 94 ended its days at Rechlin and it was parked up on the west side of the airfield where failed test aircraft resided until British Army Forces took over the site in the late Spring of 1945, and No. 94 was captured for the second time. As that area was due to be assigned to Russia for administrative purposes before much longer, many of the captured aircraft were quickly transported to the UK, either by land transport or by flying them directly. In the Case of No. 94 it was flown out by an RAF pilot directly to RAE Farnborough via Venlo airfield in the Netherlands.

 The D.520 was stored at Farnborough where many of the captured Luftwaffe aircraft were examined and in many cases test flown too. The Enemy Aircraft Flight there was commanded by the then Lt. Cmdr. Eric 'Winkle' Brown, who became fascinated by the combination of German/French engineering offered by No. 94. He test flew the aircraft a number of times, comparing it with a standard D.520 which was also based at Farnborough. He disliked the standard D.520 intensely, while admiring its manoeuvrability, claiming that the aircraft was very unstable, difficult to fly and could even decide not to taxi straight when on the ground. No. 94 was deemed '...even worse, if that was possible! The extra torque of the DB 605 could flip the aircraft during the run-up if you weren't careful...'

 Bearing a strange mixture of colours and markings from its varied life, No. 94 had all its Luftwaffe insignia roughly painted out and RAF roundels and fin flashes were applied in the same positions. The large Rechlin test codes were retained, as were the bright yellow undersides. In addition the AirMin No., in this case No. 240, was painted beneath the cockpit on both sides. The yellow '94' applied on top of the Rechlin codes were the result of a Free French Armee de l'Air officer who had been posted to Farnborough for test flying duties, and who had flown No. 94 during its brief service in France. He decided that the aircraft should retain some semblance of its original identity and had its number restored.

 Despite attempts to return the aircraft to France in late 1945 it seems most likely that No. 94 was scrapped at the RAE during the massive destruction of old airframes that took place at that time, as no trace of it has ever been found in French records.

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It's an ex-Heller D.520 re-popped by Mister Craft, with the engine from a Hasegawa Me-109G Trop grafted onto the front. Paint scheme and decals are a mixture of the kit scheme and some home printed stuff, weathered more than somewhat. The whole thing was kicked off by Dave Kitbasher's lovely Ta-154 in an AirMin scheme.

And Dave, you haven't posted your pics of the 154 in the 'Finished Builds' thread,
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Re: The twice captured Dewoitine
« Reply #22 on: January 23, 2021, 09:58:32 am »
Nice one, Kit.  :thumbsup:

The 154 was a 'background build', so won't be posted in the completed build section.  That and the 'background' Ki-61 were essentially already built at the start of the GB and it would have been churlish to ask the mods for them to be included - however the GB inspired me to finish them.
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Re: The twice captured Dewoitine
« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2021, 10:00:23 am »
Awww what a pity. :(

But thanks very much for the inspiration for this one.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: The twice captured Dewoitine
« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2021, 10:05:02 am »
Looks good!

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Re: The twice captured Dewoitine
« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2021, 02:11:25 pm »
So well done. The change of lines with the engine, excellent.
Paint scheme works, but what really sells it for me is the overlaid markings.

Terrific :thumbsup:

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Re: The twice captured Dewoitine
« Reply #26 on: January 24, 2021, 12:44:31 am »
Lovely job on that! After bouncing back and forth like that I would have called the Shuttlecock!  ;D
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Re: The twice captured Dewoitine
« Reply #27 on: January 24, 2021, 03:04:36 am »
Looks great Kit.

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Re: The twice captured Dewoitine
« Reply #28 on: January 24, 2021, 03:22:39 am »
That's looking very good!  :thumbsup:

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Re: The twice captured Dewoitine
« Reply #29 on: January 24, 2021, 03:35:11 am »
Looks good  :thumbsup:

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