Tamiya's 1/48 scale Dewoitine D.520 is available online from
This is another Tamiya 1/48 Dewoitine D.520 kit.
This particular model represents the D.520 flown by
Adjutant Chef Bouton of Groupe de chasse II/3, 2ieme Escadrille, while
engaged in Syrian campaign (Operation Levante) and was based at Rayak,
Lebanon, during June 1941.
I am aware of only two photos of Bouton's aircraft. One is found in the
Polish publication entitled 'D.520' by Books International. It depicts
Bouton's aircraft prior to the application of Vichy markings and is
invaluable in determining the starboard side camouflage pattern. At this
particular time, it also sported the red stripes on the fuselage. There
has been some debate over the stripes, with some claiming they are
personal markings. In reality, they are a standard feature on D.520's of
the 2ieme Escadrille, of Groupe de chasse II/3. An interesting aspect of
this photo is that fact that it clearly illustrates the use of the short
dorsal antenna mast and is the only photo I have seen of a short-masted
The other photo of Bouton's aircraft appears in the French publication
entitled 'Le Dewoitine' by Raymond Danel and Jean Cuny. In this photo
the aircraft is shown after being destroyed on the ground in July 1941.
You can clearly see the all-yellow tail surfaces, indicative of aircraft
involved in Syria and at this time the aircraft was fitted with the more
commonly seen tall dorsal antenna mast.
Bouton's aircraft has been confused with another similarly marked
Dewoitine flown by Sergent Robert Killy, father of the famous French
downhill skier, Jean-Claude Killy, but there are subtle differences in
the camo pattern and the large number '30'.
My model is not quite out of the box as I added some photo-etched
seatbelts. It is finished in Xtracolor X384 WWII Kaki, X386 WWII Ombre
Calcinee, X388 WWII Gris Bleu Foncé, X389 WWII Gris Bleu Clair, X103,
X106 Insignia Yellow FS13538, X103 Insignia Red FS11136, X124 Blue
FS15109 and X141 White FS17875. All markings are by Aeromaster from
sheet 48-095 and the aircraft was weathered with chalk pastels.
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