Dewoitine D.520


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Sport Scale French WWII Fighter

Four channel (R/E/A/T)
Wingspan: 45"
Weight: 48oz

Recommended equipment:
Motor: EFlite Power 10
Battery: 3s3700
Servos: Three HS-81

Includes laser cut parts, plans and vacuum formed plastic canopy

The Dewoitine D-520 was a French fighter aircraft that entered service in the early part of 1940. The Dewoitine was driven by a Hispano-Suiza 12Y liquid cooled engine and its top speed was 535 km/h. The D-520 was the only French fighter, used in operational squadrons, that could keep up with the German planes at the time of the battle of France. The famous German Fighter ace Werner Mölders was shot down by a D-520 over France.

Under the Vichy regime the Dewoitine fighters flew missions in north Africa and fought P-40’s, Hurricanes, Spitfires and US navy fighters. French pilots who had switched sides also fought with the allies against axis forces in North Africa with their Dewoitines. The D-520 was used by many air forces: the Armée de l’Air (French air force), Armée de l’Air de l’Armistice (the French Vichy Air force), the Aéronavalle (French Navy air force), the Luftwaffe (German air force), the Regia Aeronautica (Italian air force) and the Bulgarian Air force. The Luftwaffe used the D-520 as a fighter trainer in training facilities in France.

The 1/9th scale model of this great plane is made for a speed 600 size brushless motor powered by a 3s Lipo pack, capable of delivering at least 300 Watt. The fuselage is made around a box. The fuselage formers fit over this box. Then a couple of spruce spars are added and finally the planking is applied over the fuselage frame. The wing is made with ribs on a spar and is fully sheeted. All pieces feature tabs and locks. The prototype model was finished with 25g/m² glass cloth and resin.

The model is launched with a bungee and control is 4 channel. It is aerobatic and fast, but it has good low speed handling for landings.

The prototype was build for the Ezone / Manzano Laser Scale Model Build-Off Competition and ended up second place in the amateur military category. It is painted in the colours of Dewoitine D-520 n° 248 when it was stationed in Gabes, Tunisia in 1942. It flew with the 4th Escadrille, Groupe de Chasse II/7. It was aircraft number 4 of this fighter group and fought first in the battle of France and afterwards in Tunisia with the Vichy forces.

  • Model: 45"
  • Designer/Source: Tom van Haaren

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