Dewoitine D.520 - Part 5
Tamiya's 1/48 scale Dewoitine D.520 is available online from
This is another Dewoitine D.520 and, as with all
the others, it is based on the Tamiya 1/48 kit.
This particular model represents the D.520 flown by Commandant Paul
Stehlin, of Groupe de Chasse III/6 while based at Maison Blanche,
Algeria in July 1940.
To model Stehlin's aircraft I was fortunate to have three photos from
three different time periods. By coincidence, all three photos are of
the exact same airframe. One of the photos, a close-up of the rear,
shows Stehlin's aircraft in pre-Armistice markings and was a great aid
in determining the camo pattern on this area.
The second photo was taken about a month later when the aircraft was
displaying the full white Armistice markings. This photo provided a
complete starboard side camo pattern, although the nose area was too
dark to see the pattern.
The final photo showed Stehlin's aircraft after being painted with the
yellow tail surfaces as seen on Syrian based machines, but had much
better exposure in the nose area and allowed me to duplicate the camo
pattern in this area.
One thing Aero Master missed in their decal option was the extra white
letter 'A' on the top of the starboard wing, inboard of the roundel.
This made it necessary for me to pick up another set of these decals to
obtain the missing 'A'. The application of the individual aircraft
letter or number was a common practice of Groupe de chasse III/6 and can
be traced back to MS.406's of early war days. Aero Master also suggest
that the numero de matricule (serial number) No.331 is shown on the
rudder. However, this is incorrect as it is clearly not visible in the 3
photos of Stehlin's Dewoitine. One final complaint with the Aero Master
markings relates to the size of the fuselage letter 'A'. It is a little
oversize and because of that, it would be impossible to model Stehlin's
aircraft in the Syrian markings as the letter 'A' would not fit in
between the yellow rear fuselage and the fuselage roundel.
In keeping with my standard painting practices, this model was finished
with Xtracolor X384 WWII Kaki, X386 WWII Ombre Calcinee, X388 WWII Gris
Bleu Foncé, X389 WWII Gris Bleu Clair, X103 Insignia Red FS11136, X124
Blue FS15109 and X141 White FS17875. The decals are from Aeromaster
sheet 48-095 and the aircraft was weathered with chalk pastels.
As with all my other Dewoitines, this one is essentially out of the box,
save the photo-etched seatbelts. This is my sixth Dewoitine and I would
have to say that the appeal of this subject has to be on account of the
varied marking choices. I have many more in the queue to model,
including both Allied and Axis Bulgarian machines, a Free French, and a
few from the Aeronavale.
We all have our favourite subjects we like to
model. For some it is Me-109's, or Spitfires. But for me it is D.520's.
However, I also like Nates and Mustangs.
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