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  1. This is the first aircraft model kit that I have completed since I was a kid. I normally do ship models. Lots of mistakes and errors but had loads of fun doing it. Built straight out of the box. But added some paper surgical tape to the wings, tailplane and fuselage to try and create a more authentic finish that more closely resembles linen. Also scratchbuilt propeller from laminated 0.5mm pear veneer. Rigging made from elastic thread with turnbuckles from 0.1mm wire with 0.5mm steel tubes. The case is a $7 candle holder from Kmart. Model is suspended by elastic thread glued to inside of case with CA.
  2. This is the first aircraft model kit that I have completed since I was a kid. I normally do ship models. Lots of mistakes and errors but had loads of fun doing it. Built straight out of the box. But added some paper surgical tape to the wings and fuselage to try and create a more authentic finish that more closely resembles linen. Also scratchbuilt propeller from 0.5mm pear veneer. Rigging made from elastic thread with turnbuckles from 0.1mm wire with 0.5mm steel tubes. The case is a $7 candle holder from Kmart.
  3. Dora Wings is to release a 1/48th (later 1/72nd?) Morane-Saulnier MS.230 kits Source: https://www.facebook.com/1929101897320378/photos/a.2014888442075056/2549562265274335 3D render V.P.
  4. At the time of the Munich Crisis, the Morane-Saulnier MS406 was the pride of the Aviation Militaire of France. A pre-production batch had begun service trials several months earlier, and the production version reached first-line units in December, 1938. The MS406 was designed around the Hispano-Suiza moteur-canon, a twelve cylinder vee engine of 860hp, geared to accommodate a 20mm cannon firing through the propellor hub. This combination was already employed by the Dewoitine D.510, a fixed-gear open-cockpit low-wing cantilever monoplane of all-metal stressed skin construction, in wide service since 1936. The MS406 was of fully modern configuration, with a retracting undercarriage and an enclosed cockpit, but its fuselage aft of the cockpit was fabric covered, and the rest clad in hinged or screw-on panels. The wings were covered in a laminate of plywood between sheets of aluminum. The MS406 was appreciable faster than the earlier Dewoitine, reaching 300mph vs the 250mph of the latter, at roughly the same altitude. This was enough to match the early marques of the German Messerschmitt 109, but much slower than later models of the German fighter, which predominated by the time war broke out. In combat, the MS406 proved manouverable enough to defend itself, but suffered from lack of armor and armament that performed poorly. Its weapons were fired by a pneumatic system, which introduced a lag between triggering and shooting that badly affected accuracy, and the drum-fed cannon and machine guns (one in each wing) were prone to jams. Replacement of the MS406 was underway in the final weeks before Petain signed the armistice with Hitler. Some continued in service with the Vichy regime, a few pilots defected from Syria flying Moranes, and served with the English in the Middle East so long as they could be kept airworthy. Vichy machines engaged Allied aircraft in the Middle East, and Thai and Japanese aircraft in Indochina, where one escadrille was equipped with Moranes originally intended for delivery to Nationalist China. Finland received some examples of the MS406. These came to be fitted with more powerful Soviet engines of 1100hp, which put their best speed up to about 325mph. Similar results were obtained with a 1000hp motor employed by the Swiss, who built a good many on license. This model represents a Morane of 5th Escadrille, GC III/6, in the spring of 1939, when the unit was established on the type. Morane-Saulnier MS406 No163, military serial N483, was flown then by Pierre Le Gloan, a military pilot for six years already, who as Adjutant was commander of the escadrille. He swapped this machine for another MS406 in October. The unit was re-equipped with the new Dewoitine D529 in June. Before the armistice he was accorded ace status, credited with four German and seven Italian aeroplanes. Adj. Le Gloan remained with his unit under the Vichy regime, and engaging the English in Syria was credited with six RAF machines. When Vichy units in North Africa went over to the Allies, he led briefly a unit equipped with the P-39 Airacobra assigned to off-shore patrols. His engine broke down, he was forced to land, and when he did, he forgot to jettison a belly tank, which ignited a conflagration in which he perished. I do not know that the camouflage pattern is just right --- French camouflage was applied rather freestyle, and without several photographs of a machine to hand guesswork is all there is. Full size upper-surface roundels, and fuselage roundels, were not employed until early in 1940. The kit is the RS boxing of the MS406 in 1/72 scale. It's a good enough kit, but not an easy build. Canopy, however, fit extremely well, and fit of the big pieces was good. The troubles were little things with the interior, and radiator assembly, and landing gear door. All colors but the green are home mixes, the green is MM Green Drab. To get an over-spray effect, I mixed adjacent colors, brushed a thin line of this at the demarcations, then went back with washes of the base color on either side of the line. I used a Print Scale decal sheet, and cannot say I recommend them. They were extremely hard to handle, being quite prone to fold over on themselves. If the sheet had not contained some duplicates (for 'N' and '8' on the under-surface) I would have had to choose another subject. Their blue is too dark and pure, and I painted over that. Wife made the final serials for the rudder (the first off the sheet having balled up hopelessly), and a roundel center to touch-up one of the little ones. I supplied raised surface detail, by putting 0.01" strip in the recessed lines on the fuselage, sealing them down with Tamiya extra-thin, to represent the hinged fastenings. I got a little carried away, as the nose actually had seams, even gaps, between its screw-on panels. But many of the engraved lines on this kit really ought to be raised. Here is the WIP thread, from the 'French Fancy II' GB, for anyone interested in greater detail: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235100066-cest-fini-morane-saulnier-ms406-rs-models-172/
  5. Dora Wings is working on new tool 1/48th Morane-Saulnier MS.405, 406 & 410 kits. - ref. DW48031 - Morane-Saulnier MS.406C-1 - ref. DW48038 - Morane-Saulnier MS.405C-1 Source: https://www.facebook.com/DoraWings-1929101897320378/ Update V.P.
  6. Previous boxings https://www.rsmodels.cz/en/e/search?word=Morane - ref. 92094 - Morane D-3801 - https://www.rsmodels.cz/en/p/329/92094-morane-d-3801 - ref. 92114 - Morane Saulnier MS.406 Vichy - https://www.rsmodels.cz/en/p/310/morane-saulnier-ms-406-vichy - ref. 92118 - Morane Saulnier MS.406 France 1940 - https://www.rsmodels.cz/en/p/308/92118-morane-saulnier-ms-406-france-1940 - ref.92119 - Morane Saulnier MS.406 Naval/D-3800 - https://www.rsmodels.cz/en/p/309/92119-morane-saulnier-ms-406-naval-d-3800 New boxings - ref.92152 - Morane Saulnier MS.405 kit by RS Models Source: https://www.rsmodels.cz/en/p/272/92152-morane-saulnier-ms-405 - ref.92134 - Mörkö-Morane Source: https://www.rsmodels.cz/en/p/290/92134-morko-morane V.P.
  7. SBS and Antarki Models are working together on 1/72nd and 1/48th Morane-Saulnier MS.315/.316/.317 series of kits. Source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.948077698573524.1073741856.134774536570515&type=3 V.P.
  8. AZmodel is to release two 1/72nd Morane-Saulnier MS.406 C1 boxings - ref. AZ7528 & AZ7529 Source: http://azmodel.cz/avizo/AVIZOAZ-EN-0416.pdf V.P.
  9. FSC Dujin has released 1/72nd Morane-Saulnier MS880 Rallye resin kits Source: http://www.jfrteam-neufgrange.fr/pages/maquettes-fsc/fsc-dujin/morane-saulnier-ms-880-rallye.html ref. FSC 501 ref. FSC 501-B ref. FSC 501- CIV Instructions: http://www.jfrteam-neufgrange.fr/medias/files/plan-de-montage-ms880-rallye-1.pdf V.P.
  10. RetroWings (https://retrokitonline.net/) is to release a 1/72nd Mosca MB bis kit - ref.PRS7203 AZ model Morane-Saulnier G-type kit with extra resin parts to create a two seat Russian Morane Sources: https://retrokitonline.net/product/mosca-mb-bis/ http://www.aviationmegastore.com/mosca-mb-bis-prs7203-retrowings-prs7203-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=135068 V.P.
  11. Morane-Saulnier MS.505 "Criquet". This is a French built example of the Fieseler Fi 156 Storch. It differed from the Storch by having a radial engine. Pics thanks to Nigel Heath at the national Museum of Flight in Edinburgh.
  12. Morane-Saulnier M.S.406, pics thanks to Martin.
  13. Hi All, David Aiken posted a link on the Hyperscale Plane Talking Forum about the Finnish Wartime Photograph Archive it is well worth visiting, the images further below are some of what I found following ten minutes of putting in search terms on their website. Please note however that you need to use Finnish terms since English will not work although manufacturers names like Brewster, Fiat, Fokker Focke, Gloster and Morane for example bring up some results while Hawker does not. It is also worth noting that these images at least the ones I have seen are around 4900 pixels across one side are also watermarked and are only 8 bit sRGB jpg files. If you are after better quality files lest watermarks contact details are provided for the archive. To start people off I suggest the following search terms will bring up some worthwhile results; Suulajärvi, tyyppisiä, hävittäjiä, Suomalainen, syöksypommittajia & Lentolaivueen amongst others. The following images are all worthy of a seperate discussion in their own right however to help get them out here quickly I have posted them without any explanatory captioning so please enjoy as have I. All images SA-kuva. Cheers, Daniel. More images to follow.....
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