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I am new to the forum and plan to assemble a Dewoitine D.520 with Bulgarian markings from the period when they joined the allies and immediately after the war.

I am using the Tamiya kit in 1/48 scale. I hope you like it.  

 

 

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11 minutes ago, Segursky said:

I am new to the forum and plan to assemble a Dewoitine D.520 with Bulgarian markings from the period when they joined the allies and immediately after the war.

I am using the Tamiya kit in 1/48 scale. I hope you like it.  

 

 

Oh this will be exciting; looking forward to some photos! 

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And here some pictures of the process of assembling the model

 

The Cockpit with Eduard Zoom Photoetched

 

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Fuselage closed

 

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Painted with Tamiya Primer

 

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With RLM 76 now

 

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Hello @Segursky!

 

Posting in the thread rather than PM in case it's useful for other modeller too.

 

 

Regarding you question if the roundels were used during the war, no, they were not. The ОФ roundels (from Отечествен Фронт, Patriotic Front in English) were not introduced until sometime in Spring 1945, at which point the Bulgarian Air Force did not execute combat missions. The BAF was denied access to airfields on the territory of Yugoslavia so after mid-November 1944 the frontline of the Bulgarian Army was too far Northwest, outside of the range of all Bulgarian planes excluding the Do. 17 (with no bombload).

 

When Bulgaria joined the Allies in September 1944, all Axis yellow recognition markings were overpainted with pure white, generally wider than the underlying yellow, and an additional white fuselage band was added. But the Royal Bulgarian Air Force insignia - the St. Andrews' Cross (on my avatar) remained in use.

 

If you want to model a D.520 in wartime Allied markings, go for a machine with St. Andrews' Cross and white theater markings (wingtips, rudder, etc.). The famous White 14 photographed around Winter 1944/45 at Marno pole AF is an excellent example.

 

The OF is an excellent choice for a complex camo, and I really like it too, but bear in mind that it was never worn by our D.520s in combat - strictly post-war usage.

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@Ventsislav Gramatski thank you for the informations. 

 

I changed the theme to the wartime White 14. 

 

I would guess that the Dewoitine's camouflage - White 14 - has the French pattern with RLM 76 on the sides and lower surface with patches in RLM 74/75.

In the photo, you can see 3 shades of colours on the wing as well as on the upper part of the fuselage.

The Flap seems to be a spare, taken from another aircraft.

 

 

 

 

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I changed the project to represent this aircraft:

 

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Let's go to the pictures of the project.

 

First I masked where the insignias decal will be used:

 

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Than I start painting the french camouflage:

 

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After the french clours I used the RLM 74/75 to make the Luftwaft smoky spots over the RLM 76 on the sides:

 

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And this is the model now, waiting for the decals arrive by mail.

 

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On 07/09/2021 at 16:20, Segursky said:

changed the project to represent this aircraft:

Glad you did: that's a fascinating scheme  and beautifully rendered! :clap2:

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