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Aircraft from France are featured here.


Marcel Bloch MB-152C.1

Heller 1/72 Scale Bloch 152 Model Aircraft Kit

This Marcel Bloch MB-152C.1 served with Groupe de Chase GC I/8 of the Armee de l'Air in 1940. It was piloted by Sgt. Chef Eduard Prchal of Czechoslovakia.

Heller 1/72 Scale Bloch 152 Model Aircraft Kit

Heller 1/72 Scale Bloch 152 Model Aircraft Kit

Heller 1/72 Scale Bloch 152 Model Aircraft Kit

Heller 1/72 Scale Bloch 152 Model Aircraft Kit

Heller 1/72 Scale Bloch 152 Model Aircraft Kit



Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver

Heller Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/72 scale

USA-built Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver ordered by France but never destined to see service with the French Navy in combat.

Heller Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/72 scale

Heller Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/72 scale

Heller Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/72 scale

Heller Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/72 scale

Heller Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/72 scale

Heller Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/72 scale



Martin 167F

FROG Martin Maryland 167F Bomber model kit in 1/72 scale

USA-built Martin 167F Bomber of the Vichy French Navy. Vichy French aircraft were among the most colorful aircraft of WWII.

FROG Martin Maryland 167F Bomber model kit in 1/72 scale

FROG Martin Maryland 167F Bomber model kit in 1/72 scale

FROG Martin Maryland 167F Bomber model kit in 1/72 scale

FROG Martin Maryland 167F Bomber model kit in 1/72 scale

FROG Martin Maryland 167F Bomber model kit in 1/72 scale



Dewoitine D.520

Heller Dewoitine D.520 1/72 scale aircraft model

The best French fighter in 1940 was the Dewoitine D.520. It was an equal with the Bf-109E. I built this D.520 from a Heller 1:72 scale kit. The model was finished with paints from Gunze-Sangyo, Floquil and Tamiya. The decals came from the kit.

Heller Dewoitine D.520 1/72 scale aircraft model

Heller Dewoitine D.520 1/72 scale aircraft model

After the Fall of France, a number of D.520s were transferred from Metropolitan France to Syria and Lebanon to protect Vichy French interests in the Middle East. In the Summer of 1941 they were engaged in combat against Hawker Hurricanes and Curtiss Tomahawks of the RAF and RAAF. The aircraft modelled here (below) belonged to GC III/6 2nd Escadrille "Masque de Comedie" (Laughing Mask) of the Vichy French Air Force and was based at Alep-Nerab in Lebanon. I built this D.520 from a FROG 1:72 scale kit. The model was finished with paints from Gunze-Sangyo, Floquil and Tamiya. The decals came from Carpena.

FROG Dewoitine D.520 1/72 scale aircraft model

FROG Dewoitine D.520 1/72 scale aircraft model

FROG Dewoitine D.520 1/72 scale aircraft model

FROG Dewoitine D.520 1/72 scale aircraft model

FROG Dewoitine D.520 1/72 scale aircraft model


A number of Dewoitine D.520 aircraft survived WWII and continued to serve with the French Air Force at home and overseas. One such survivor, and probably the most unusual, was the D.520 painted in a "Safari" type scheme serving in French North Africa (see below). This aircraft was surely an eye-catcher in its "zebra" like finish. I built this D.520 from a Heller 1:72 scale kit. The model was finished with paints from Floquil and Tamiya. The decals came from Hi-Decal.

Heller Dewoitine D.520 1/72 scale aircraft model

Heller Dewoitine D.520 1/72 scale aircraft model

Heller Dewoitine D.520 1/72 scale aircraft model

Heller Dewoitine D.520 1/72 scale aircraft model

Heller Dewoitine D.520 1/72 scale aircraft model


Morane-Saulnier MS.406

Heller Smer Morane Saulnier MS.406 1/72 scale aircraft model

The most numerous French fighter in 1940 was the Morane-Saulnier MS.406. I built this MS.406 from an SMER(Heller mold) 1:72 scale kit. The model was finished with paints from Gunze-Sangyo, Floquil and Tamiya. The decals came from the kit.

Heller Smer Morane Saulnier MS.406 1/72 scale aircraft model

Heller Smer Morane Saulnier MS.406 1/72 scale aircraft model

After the fall of France in 1940, many French aircraft remained in use by Vichy Authorities in French colonies. The MS.406 (below) served in Rayak, Syria in 1941. I built this MS.406 from an Heller 1:72 scale kit. The model was finished with paints from Gunze-Sangyo, Floquil and Tamiya. The decals came from a Ministry of Small Aircraft Production sheet.

Heller Smer Morane Saulnier MS.406 1/72 scale aircraft model

Heller Smer Morane Saulnier MS.406 1/72 scale aircraft model

Heller Smer Morane Saulnier MS.406 1/72 scale aircraft model


Curtiss Hawk 75

Heller Smer Curtiss Hawk 75 1/72 scale aircraft model

The American made Curtiss Hawk 75 was exported to numerous counties. This example was used by France. I built this Hawk 75 from a SMER (Heller mold) 1:72 scale kit. The model was finished with paints from Gunze-Sangyo, Floquil and Tamiya. The decals came from the kit.

Heller Smer Curtiss Hawk 75 1/72 scale aircraft model

Heller Smer Curtiss Hawk 75 1/72 scale aircraft model


Bloch MB.152

Heller Bloch MB.152 1/72 scale aircraft model

This was one of the main French fighters during the Battle of France. I built this MB.152 from a Heller 1:72 scale kit. The model was finished with paints from Gunze-Sangyo, Floquil and Tamiya. The decals came from Carpena.

Heller Bloch MB.152 1/72 scale aircraft model

Heller Bloch MB.152 1/72 scale aircraft model

Heller Bloch MB.152 1/72 scale aircraft model


Arsenal VG.33

Azur Arsenal VG.33 1/72 scale aircraft model

The excellent VG.33 was still being assembled in the factory when France fell and none saw service in combat. I built this VG.33 from an Azur 1:72 scale kit. The model was finished with paints from Gunze-Sangyo, Floquil and Tamiya. The decals came from the kit.

Azur Arsenal VG.33 1/72 scale aircraft model

Azur Arsenal VG.33 1/72 scale aircraft model

Azur Arsenal VG.33 1/72 scale aircraft model


Republic RC-3 Seabee

Mach2 Republic RC-3 Seabee 1/72 scale aircraft model

The Republic RC-3 Seabee was a post WWII amphibious aircraft that first flew in December of 1945. It was used by civilian operators world wide. In addition several armed forces used them as well. This example served in French Indochina in 1947. I built this Seabee from a Mach 2 1:72 scale kit. I used the kit decals (which are very nice) and painted the model with Floquil, Gunze-Sangyo, and Tamiya paints.

Mach2 Republic RC-3 Seabee 1/72 scale aircraft model

Mach2 Republic RC-3 Seabee 1/72 scale aircraft model

Mach2 Republic RC-3 Seabee 1/72 scale aircraft model

Mach2 Republic RC-3 Seabee 1/72 scale aircraft model

Mach2 Republic RC-3 Seabee 1/72 scale aircraft model

Mach2 Republic RC-3 Seabee 1/72 scale aircraft model

Mach2 Republic RC-3 Seabee 1/72 scale aircraft model


Bristol Blenheim IV

Airfix Bristol Blenheim IV 1/72 scale aircraft model

The Blenheim was the RAF's most widely used light bomber during the early war years. It served with allied air forces such as Greece, South Africa and Free France. This particular Blenheim was operated in the Sudan against Italian Forces by the Free French "Lorraine" Squadron. I built this Blenheim from an Airfix 1:72 scale kit. It features the kit decals.

Airfix Bristol Blenheim IV 1/72 scale aircraft model

Airfix Bristol Blenheim IV 1/72 scale aircraft model

Airfix Bristol Blenheim IV 1/72 scale aircraft model

Airfix Bristol Blenheim IV 1/72 scale aircraft model

Airfix Bristol Blenheim IV 1/72 scale aircraft model

Airfix Bristol Blenheim IV 1/72 scale aircraft model


Hawker Hurricane Mk.I

Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.I 1/72 scale aircraft model

The Hawker Hurricane was one of a number of British aircraft that were used by the Free French forces. This particular aircraft flew with the Alsace Squadron in North Africa supporting the Allied effort against the Afrika Korps. I built this Hurricane from an Airfix 1:72 scale kit. It features decals from Airfix and Model Decal and a Vokes sand filter from a Heller Hurricane II kit.

Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.I 1/72 scale aircraft model

Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.I 1/72 scale aircraft model


Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXC

Italeri Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX 1/72 scale aircraft model

The Spitfire MK. IX was the most successful of the war time Spitfires. It was able to deal with most of the German fighters except for the jets. After the war many nations flew the Spitfire in combat in the various conflicts that occurred in the post war era. This Spitfire IX was operated by the French in Indo-China in 1947. I built this Spitfire Mk.IX from an Italeri 1:72 scale kit. The model was finished with paints from Floquil, Tamiya and Gunze-Sangyo. The decals came from a Carpena Exotic Spitfire sheet.

Italeri Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX 1/72 scale aircraft model

Italeri Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX 1/72 scale aircraft model

Italeri Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX 1/72 scale aircraft model

Italeri Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX 1/72 scale aircraft model


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