Tamiya's 1/48 scale D.520
The D.520 was the French Air Force's best fighter at the outbreak
of WWII. However, they were too few in number to stem the onslaught of
the advancing Luftwaffe. With the fall of France in June 1940, many
surviving D.520 aircraft ended up serving with the Vichy Air Force.
These aircraft can generally be recognized by their striking yellow or
yellow and red markings. My model depicts a Vichy aircraft serving in
My only alternations to Tamiya's 1/48 kit were the inclusion of
etched brass seatbelts and crosshairs on the cowl. The prowling feline
decal came from Aeromaster. Although I usually paint with Polly Scale
acrylics, for this model I used Model Master enamels (French aircraft
colors). Prior to painting the yellow on the tail and underside of the
cowl I used a base of light grey. I find that yellow paint adheres
better to a base paint.
Exhaust stains were made using highly thinned black paint. Chips
were simulated with a silver pencil. Chalk pastels were used to
lightly weather the model.
Figures and Diorama
The figures are Jaguar's 1/48 Italian pilots representing Vichy
French pilots. Jaguar's figures are excellent quality - highly
I used celluclay covered with very fine sand for the groundwork.
When the celluclay and sand dried I painted the surface light brown.
The fence in the background was made from thin wood strips and
electrical wire. The dried grass behind the fence is hair (purchased
as a diorama accessory at a hobby shop). The resin oil drum was made
by Custom Dioramics.
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