RS Models 1/72 Dewoitine D.520
By Matt Bittner
The Dewoitine D.520 was a very good fighter at the time it was flown operationally. There weren't that many when Germany invaded, but the production never ceased, with over 200 examples being made before the end of hostilities.
- D.520 flown by Col. Václav Cukr of 4. Escadrille GCII/3, France, June 1940
- D.520 flown by Col. Mieczyslaw Mümler of 3. Escadrille GCII/7, Ounans, June 1940
- D.520 "6" flown by S/Lt. Rene Pomier-Layarques, 4. Escadrille GCII/7
- D.520 "3" (no.273) flown by A/C Denis Ponteins, 4. Escadrille GCII/7, Meaux-Esby, June 1940, unique markings include a "shark mouth"
- D.520 C1 (no.207) flown by Adj. Chef M.E. Leblanc, 5. Escadrille GC II/5, Relizanne, June 1940
Decals are nicely done, in register and the colors are excellent.
Now that items are in and on the fuselage you glue the wings together, glue that to the fuselage and add the horizontal tail pieces. It might be better to glue the lower wing-piece to the fuselage first to ensure a good join at the wing root on the upper pieces. Something you might want to try before committing to adding glue.
The same goes in the next step, which has you add the separate nose, prop, spinner (two types) clear pieces, pitot and antenna mast. There is nothing in the instructions on which spinner to use so again, further research is required. Plus you'll probably want to leave the antenna, prop/spinner and pitot off until the end.
My thanks to UMM-USA for supplying the kit to review.