Tamiya's 1/48 scale Dewoitine D.520 is available online from
This is another Tamiya 1/48 Dewoitine D.520 kit built
basically out of the box.
The markings are a combination of Aero Master
roundels and wing stripes from sheet 48-095, while the shadow-shaded
white "1" is from an old Letraset sheet and the Grim Reaper emblem is
from Aero Master 48-300.
The Aero Master wing bands are printed with a curve at the front to
allow them to wrap around the leading edge of the wing. However, as
given by Aero Master they are wrong, in that the way they are
designed/printed and shown in the instruction, the blue stripe would be
outboard. This is incorrect, as the red is supposed to be outboard. This
meant that the wing band decals had to be reversed end-to-end to allow
for the proper positioning of the colours. However, in doing this you
lose the benefit of the shape of the decal. I find glaring errors such
as this inexcusable, especially when it is so well documented in the
references cited by Aero Master.
The model is finished in Gris Bleu Foncé, Kaki and Ombre Calcinée over
Gris Bleu Clair, with just a hint of over-painted fuselage rondels. All
colours are from the Xtracolor range of paints. It is weathered with
chalk pastels, which I am discovering do not show up well in digital
photography. This particular machine, serial No. 517 has often been
noted as being in Italian service in various publications, but this is
erroneous. No. 517 was not one of the Vichy Dewoitines captured and
impressed into Italian service. As shown this D.520 was flown by
Lieutenant Fabre of Groupe de chasse II/1, 3ieme Escadrille while based
at Le Luc, France during August 1942.
I have four colour profiles of this Dewoitine in four different books
and none of them match and none of them are right. It is commonly
illustrated with a black spinner and sometimes a white spinner. However,
photos clearly show that it is definitely not black and probably not
white. Therefore, I elected to paint mine yellow, as this was a colour
stipulated for Vichy aircraft and is a plausible choice based on the
tonal values of photos. Note how the undersurface Gris Bleu Clair is
quite high up on the nose. This is another area where the profiles are
wrong. In my many years of modelling, I have learned that colour
profiles should not be taken as gospel without photos as a backup.
Remember the ancient Aircam series?
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