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  1. The Musée des Arts et Métiers is in downtown Paris is a science museum and has a small aviation collection of interesting artefacts. The full size airframes are historic each in their own right, which makes this a worthy destination after visiting the Musée de L'Air at le Bourget, especially since the pioneer and Great War gallery there seems to have been stuck in refurbishment limbo for years now. Some images. By far the star at the museum is Clement Ader's Avion III. Europe 204 Ader's novel and complex steam engine that powered the Avion III. Europe 206 The vehicle gallery inside the old church. Europe 210 The ungainly Breguet R.U.1. Europe 211 Robert Esnault-Pelterie's R.E.P. of 1908. Europe 212 Louis Blériot's English Channel crossing XI. Europe 213 Not an aeroplane, but Marcel Leyat's Hélica D.21, which was known as "L'avion sans ailes" - the aircraft without wings. Europe 214 Another 'not an aircraft'; this bicycle was designed by Clement Ader. Europe 215 Model of a Deperdussin A. Europe 216 A model of an Antoinette monoplane. Europe 217 Swiss brothers Armand and Henri Dufaux's unpiloted hélicoptère of 1905, which they flew from the Parc de St Cloud near Paris. This is the full size vehicle. Europe 218 Thanks for looking.
  2. Frenchman Clement Ader, aviation pioneer, built in the late 1800s a series of steam-powered "avions" with a unique "bat-plane" flavor to them. Reputedly the first one, the "Eole", barely lifted and flew erratically for a little while. The Avion III -represented by this "dR design" kit- is a further development that again, reputedly, took off -tethered- from a circular track but crash-landed. These "flights", although neither spectacular nor really effectively controlled -more like hops-, precede nevertheless the Wright Bros. historic flight by many years. I built this model some time ago, but I though of posting it as it is related and appeared in conversation the comments of the Cayley's Glider I posted yesterday. The DR kit from Brazil is a meritorious effort and deserves praise and support, but the kit leaves quite a bit to be desired, especially regarding its resin components, which are frankly lacking in many aspects. This is no beginner kit and requires experience and skill to be built, but it can be built.
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