Azur 1/32 Dewoitine D.520 By Chris Sherland. The Dewoitine D.520 was a French fighter aircraft that entered service in early 1940, shortly after the beginning of the Second World War. Voir plus d'idées sur le thème Armée de l'air, Dewoitine 520, Marine nationale. Thank you Pierre. That day, 31 B-24s escorted by P-38s, were intercepted by six Dewoitines of the II/6th Fighter Regiment from Vrazhdebna and 16 D.520s of the I/6th Fighter Regiment from Karlovo (along with 17 Bf 109G-2s). [28], By 1940 a version of the 520D was flying with a Rolls Royce Merlin X engine. I really like my new Dewoitine D.520 model. Twenty four Dewoitines took off from Vrazhdebna base (along with 16 Bf 109G-2s from Bojourishte) and attacked the bombers and their 35 escorting P-38 Lightnings. Sjaak's Hobbyshop : Easy Model Dewoitine D.520 Bulgaria 1:72 #36339 - Kant en klaar model van een Dewoitine D.520 Bulgaria in schaal 1:72. Milos Gazdic. National markings were the standard light-blue-white-red roundels on the wingtips, as well as on the rear fuselage, and the rudder flag. First designed in 1936, It had a wingspan of 10.2 meters and was armed with a 20 mm Hispano-Suiza HS.404 cannon and 4 7.5 mm machine guns. See more ideas about wwii aircraft, ww2 aircraft, military aircraft. [7], However, Émile Dewoitine, now the deputy managing director of SNCAM, was keen to proceed with the project and decided to proceed to the detail design drawing phase with the aim of producing a pair of prototypes and a single structural test frame, confident that official interest would be found for the type. For this I used Model Master Dark Sea Blue with a few drops of white to lighten it. This gave me more time to spend on rolling on bunch of rivets all over the plane to improve the appearance and details. [18] The next day, two D.520s were lost while a total of ten Luftwaffe aircraft (4 Messerschmitt Bf 110s, 2 Bf 109Es, 2 Dornier Do 17s, and 2 He 111s) were confirmed to be destroyed. It's a 6-1/2" x 9-1/2" card cover with 104 pages, copyrighted 2005. After the country's defeat, it continued to be produced, and was used by both Vichy and Free French forces, as well as Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania. This meant several thousand kilometers were flown over mountains and sea. "I have collected several dozen Dewoitines from various French airfields and the Toulouse factory", he recalled later. Its almost straight out of the box except exhaust stacks from ultra cast and a photoetch gunsight from Eduard. Use the parts listing below to identify all parts. 525 125. C $7.67. The French Air Ministry planned for over 300 aircraft a month to be built and managed to reach this goal, especially in June 1940, but it was too late to affect the tide of battle. Hasegawa Dewoitine D.520 & Messerschmitt Bf109E BATTLE OF FRANCE -02332 A French fighter that entered service in early 1940, just shortly after the Second World War started. The French Dewoitine D.520 is not a well known aeroplane of the World War II-era largely because its use was limited to the French and few were used by Germany and Italy in North Africa. [9] Other aerodynamic improvements were made around this time, such as the minor enlargement of the fin and rudder, for greater lateral stability. Your commentary regarding Capt. The last flight of an operational D.520 was made on 3 September 1953 with EPAA (Équipes de présentation de l'armée de l'air). Danel and Cuny 1966, pp. ( Log Out /  A Viet 250 air compressor charged several air bottles (one with a 12-litre capacity, as well as another eight litre tank, three smaller one litre units were matched to the weapons). [46][55] However, D.520s reached Bulgaria only in August 1943, as the fighter pilots of that country were still training on the type at Nancy with JG 107. Sep 5, 2018 - Explore Kaitlin Smith's board "Dewoitine D 520" on Pinterest. The Dewoitine D.520 was a single seat piston-engine fighter designed and built for the French Air Force. To fill the machine gun ammunition boxes took 15 minutes, while five minutes were needed to empty the 20 mm box (the cartridges were not expelled). On 1 March 1943, Maggiore Minguzzi claimed a B-24 while flying a D.520. French Fighter Aircraft 1930-1939: Dewoitine D.520, Morane-Saulnier M.S.406, Potez 630, Bloch MB.150, Caudron C.714, Nieuport-Delage Nid 52 (Paperback) by Source Wikipedia and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.co.uk. [11] The major differences between the first prototype and the second and third were the adoption of a new sliding canopy, the fitting of a re-designed and larger tail unit, and longer Oleo-manufactured undercarriage legs; they also omitted the Handley Page slats fitted to the outer wings on 01. It was overhauled in 1977-80, and it flew at the Le Bourget airshow in 1980. Box is not in mint condition, but still brand new. Commanded by former test pilot Marcel Doret, one such unit attacked German forces at Royan and Pointe de Grave, performing strafing runs upon enemy artillery positions, as well as providing air cover for Allied bombers. Dewoitine D.520 & Messerschmitt Bf109E “BATTLE OF FRANCE” (2 kits in the box) ... ・MUSEUM MODEL SERIES ・1:72 AIRCRAFT IN ACTION ・1:48 AIRCRAFT IN ACTION SHIP ・1:350 Scale ・1:450 Scale ・1:700 WATER LINE SERIES CAR ・1:24 Scale ・1:12 MOTORBIKE SERIES MINIBOX SERIES The D.520 had a fire-suppression system with a fire extinguisher activated from the cockpit. 12 responses to Tamiya 1:48 Scale, Dewoitine D-520. This model was anticipated to have been powered by an Allison V-1710-C15 engine, capable of generating 1,040 hp, instead. [13] With the outbreak of war, a new contract brought the total of D.520s on order to 1,280, with the production rate to be 200 aircraft per month from May 1940. Dewoitine D 520 book. [30] Except over the long nose, the pilot's view was good, since he was seated quite high over the forward fuselage; however, no rear-facing mirrors were fitted. At the end of February the 359a Squadriglia (22° Gruppo), led by Major Vittorio Minguzzi, received eight Dewoitine D.520. Two Hurricanes were shot down (with another D.520 lost) on 9 June. [23], The D.520 was designed to be maintained easily with many inspection panels, a rare feature for its time. or Best Offer. The inwardly retracting undercarriage had a broad 2.83 m (9.3 ft) track, and was fitted with wide, low-pressure tyres. Development of the engine had not been straightforward, and had delayed overall production of the aircraft. [37] From serial number 543 on, however, D.520s used the 12Y-49 engine that had a slightly higher rated performance than the 12Y-45, although the German Armistice Commission explicitly prohibited replacing the original power plants with the more powerful 12Y51 or 12Z engines. [8][5], A large portion of responsibility for the encountered temperature issue was judged to have been a product of greater than expected drag resulting from the underwing radiators, which exhausted across the upper wing surface and were relatively inefficient; this arrangement was replaced with a single radiator unit housed under the fuselage in a streamlined fairing. The ferry trip was very difficult for a 1940 interceptor and the pilots pushed their planes as far as their fuel tanks would allow them to. From early 1943 on, they were relegated to training duties at the fighter school in Meknes, and progressively replaced by Supermarine Spitfires and Bell P-39 Airacobras in combat units. After the French surrender, the D.520 served as the main fighter aircraft for the Vichy French Air Force and was used against the Allies in the Moddle East and North Africa. [62], In 1940, SNCAM had several projects to fit the D.520 airframe with more powerful engines. Preparing for the flight of the aircraft. [22] GC I/3, II/3, III/3, III/6 and II/7 flew their aircraft to Algeria to avoid capture. The Dewoitine D.520 was a French fighter aircraft that entered service in early 1940, shortly after the beginning of the Second World War. ( Log Out /  On 13 July 1934, the French Air Force launched a new technical programme, under which the development of improved fighter aircraft to improve upon the Dewoitine D.510, which was yet to enter service at that point but was already considered to be obsolete in the face of rapid advances being made in several European nations. It was capable of holding its own against the Messerschmitt Bf 109E, but the D.520 was not available in sufficient numbers in 1940 to make a real difference. 277 is the D.520 aircraft of Le Goan when he was flying with the French airforce based in Le Luc against the Italian invasion during the Summer of 1940. [31], Although employing a modern design philosophy for its time, the D.520 was considered more difficult to fly than the older MS.406. The pilot figure is from PJ Productions. He died in September 11, 1943, when he tried to land a faltering P-39 Aircobra. [35] After the armistice, 165 D.520s were evacuated to North Africa. The Navy had Esc 1AC and 2AC. On 31 July 1943, the Regia Aeronautica still had 47 Dewoitines in service. It was slower than the Bf 109E but superior in manoeuvrability. The Vichy French Air Force was already relatively strong, but several units were sent to reinforce it. [2], In April 1941, during the aftermath of the armistice with Germany, a new programme was launched in which the production of 1,074 new aircraft were to be manufactured in the unoccupied zone of Vichy France. The handling changed according to the amount of fuel carried; using the fuselage tank alone, fuel consumption had no appreciable effect on handling because the tank was at the centre of gravity, but with full wing tanks, directional control was compromised, especially in a dive. 1/48 Tamiya Dewoitine D.520 . The known French losses of fighter aircraft were 26 in air combat and 45 in strafing and bombing actions. Painting the stripes is the most tedious and time consuming aspect of this project. Your correct on the Blue interior. Amateur filming. You could be taxiing toward the hangar and sit back when suddenly it would go in a right angle."[33]. "Allez le Gosse:The Dewoitine D.520. Glad you like this article. All the basic components in the interior except the seat pad and the instrument panel are in this colour. Aircraft that is of my interest is: one portrayed on the decal sheet of Iliad Design in 1/48 scale and is a D.520 n°302. Dewoitine D.520. Many D.520s were destroyed on the ground by Allied bombing. The D.520 was designed in response to a 1936 requirement from the French Air Force for a fast, modern fighter with a good climbing speed and an armament centred on a 20 mm cannon. 58. Near the end of the war, examples those recaptured by Free French forces were once again flown against Germany. French WWII Fighter Dewoitine D-520 - Paper Card Model Scale 1/33 * OR-28. [2] While French aircraft company Dewoitine initially responded with an improved design based on the D.510, designated as the D.513, this quickly proved to be inferior to the in-development Morane-Saulnier M.S.405, a domestic competitor. [1] Because of production delays, only a small number were available for combat against the Luftwaffe. [29] Equipment included a Radio Industrie Type Rl 537 radio-receiver set, an OPL RX 39 reflector sight (less effective than the Revi system), a height-adjustable seat, and a sliding canopy with large, clear panels. on the left : max speed at level flight (km/h) ; on the right : time to height (km) source: J. Cuny, R. Danel, Dewoitine 520, Docavia n° 4, 1975 Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The subject is the excellent Dewoitine D.520 fighter. [61] In March 1946, after further experiments, the French Air Force ordered a further batch of 20 D.520s to be likewise converted; however, only 13 of these D.520 DC conversions were completed. Dewoitine D.520 (HYTGTJNE3) by wwwitalik on Shapeways. During early flight tests, the first prototype managed to reach only 480 km/h (300 mph), and suffered from dangerously high engine temperatures. [58] [2], By 10 May 1940, when the Phoney War came to an end as Germany launched the invasion of France and the Low Countries, a total of 246 D.520s had been manufactured, but the French Air Force had accepted only 79 of these, as most others had been sent back to the factory to be retrofitted to the new standard. [53], The following month, the first 48 Dewoitines were taken over in a ceremony on Karlovo airfield. The D.500 series proved itself an interim fighter design for the nation of France heading into World War 2 (1939-1945). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France". The French Dewoitine D.520 is not a well known aeroplane of the World War II-era largely because its use was limited to the French and few were used by Germany and Italy in North Africa. During Operation Torch (the invasion of North Africa), GC III/3 (previously known as GC I/3), was engaged in combat with the Allies over Oran. The Bf 109, owing to its slats, could easily sustain the turn on the edge of a stall. Thats what I thought when I saw this kit was released. The D.520 is a rank III French fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB), 2.7 (RB), and 2.3 (SB). [35], In April 1941, the German armistice commission authorized Vichy authorities to resume production of a batch of 1,000 military aircraft for their own use, under the condition that 2,000 German-designed aircraft would later be manufactured in France and delivered to Germany. ... one portrayed on the decal sheet of Iliad Design in 1/48 scale and is a D.520 n°302. The D.520s were therefore the most active of the French aircraft in the campaign, where they claimed 31 kills over British and Australian units while losing 11 of their own in air combat and a further 24 to anti-aircraft fire, accidents and attacks on their airfields. Learn more before you buy, or discover other cool products in Aircraft. 1/32 Dewoitine D.520 Short Run Injected Plastic, Photo-etch and Resin Manufacturer: Azur Catalogue # A108 Available directly from www.cmkkits.com What a cool little plane! By the end of the campaign, Vichy forces had lost 179 aircraft from the approximately 289 committed to the Levant. [41][42] The following day, a Dewoitine pilot shot a P-40 down from 3 Sqn, the only Tomahawk lost during the campaign. 30 juil. In return, Germany permitted the Vichy French Government to retain an airforce (Armée de l’air de Vichy) to maintain order in France and in its colonies. [24], A self-sealing fuel tank with a capacity of 396 litres (87 imperial gallons) was mounted between the engine and cockpit, along with two wing tanks which, combined, carried another 240 L (53 imp gal), for a total of 636 L (140 imp gal);[25] this was considerably more than the contemporary Bf 109E, Spitfire I and early Italian fighters, each with about 400 L (88 imp gal) fuel capacity. This gave the pilot good downward visibility, but the long nose in front of him was a drawback when taxiing on the ground. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. At least ten Allied aircraft (eight bombers and two P-38s) were shot down, while the Bulgarian Air Force lost five fighters and three pilots. The D.520's cockpit was set well back in the fuselage, aft of the trailing edge of the wings. Dewoitine D.520 The D.520 was designed in response to a 1936 requirement from the French Air Force for a fast, modern fighter with a good climbing speed and an armament centered on a 20 mm cannon. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. [12][11], These prototypes were also provisioned with armaments, being armed with a single 20 mm Hispano-Suiza HS.9 cannon in an engine mount in which the barrel was mounted in a sleeve between the cylinder banks and fired through the propeller spinner. Along with the three examples that had flown to Britain in June 1940, two other Dewoitines were recovered from retreating Vichy forces in Rayak, Lebanon. Unfortunately, The remaining aircraft with the range to do so, evacuated to Rhodes. The D.520 had the most unique gun sight of any WWII fighter planes of its time as it looked like a lantern. The Dewoitine D.520 was the best fighter aircraft available to the French Air Force (Armée de l’Air) in 1940. Aircraft is also shown in Docavia book with one photo on the page 119 and on page 224 of the same book there is a profile. Additional examples were operated by the Luftwaffe, Regia Aeronautica, and the Bulgarian Air Force. Thank you Sir! At that time, American B-24s frequently bombed Naples, so an effective interceptor was badly needed, and D.520s were all that were available in early 1943. Yellow Series; Dewoitine D.520; We use cookies to better understand how the site is used and give you the best experience. [2] The design had been rejected by the French Air Ministry, which, after being impressed by the British Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire, had decided to respond by uprating the specifications to include a maximum speed requirement of 500 km/h. The D.520’s performance was capable enough to be a match for the BF-109E. Additional details for the Dewoitine D.520 marking / livery: Manufactured by Berna Decals in 1/48 scale with reference BD48-23. Includes a free display stand. June 1, 2017; in Aviation; 1/48 D.520 Tamiya; 24 Comments; Here is my D.520. The 359a Squadriglia pilots used Dewoitines with some success. This Tamiya kit so easy to build and it fit very well. [34] GC II/3, GC III/3, GC III/6 and GC II/7 later completed conversion on the D.520. For a more serious enthusiast, this volume will probably fall a bit short. [5] These included changing the engine to a newer -29 model and incorporating exhaust ejectors which provided added thrust, along with a three-blade variable-pitch propeller. The type was also returned to production during 1942, although it was manufactured at a lower rate than it had been during 1940. [20][2] The armistice greatly curtailed production of D.520, which would have otherwise been a fighter aircraft produced in far greater numbers and with improved models. 157/41 on 8 August 1941. The 12-litre air bottle was used for the brakes and later, for the Chauvière propeller's constant speed adjustment. [4] The armament was to be two 7.5 mm (0.295 in) machine guns and one 20 mm Hispano-Suiza HS.9 cannon, or two HS.9 cannon. I think just about anything would look better than the blob the kit gave me. Pierre Le Gloan – Dewoitine D.520, GC III/6, 5th Squadron. Included is 1:150 die-cast plane inside its factory original packaging. The kit is a bit crude in relation to the newer Tamiya and Hasegawa kits in this scale, but went together well and has a decent amount of detail. The D.520 had provisions for two BE33 "illuminating bombs", useful for nocturnal interception missions, but these were seldom used because French fighters rarely flew nighttime missions. The GC III/6 was sent first. After the defeat of France by German forces in 1940, the remains of the French government relocated to the town of Vichy, even though it was recognized that Paris was the seat of government for France. The D.520 is a rank III French fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB), 2.7 (RB), and 2.3 (SB). Well.. Time left 6d 14h left. [20], The Hispano-Suiza 12Y-45 engine was an underpowered, older design, with 850 CV (840 hp) at takeoff at 2,400 rpm, or 935 CV (922 hp) emergency power at 2,520 rpm and at a height of 1,900 m (6,200 ft). Thanks for the painting tips especially about the yellow. The plane is modelled after one used by French pilot Gabriel Pallier. [35], One of the most successful D.520 pilots was Pierre Le Gloan, who shot 18 aircraft down (four Germans, seven Italian and seven British), scoring all but two of his kills with the D.520, and ranked as the fourth-highest French ace of the war. As a result of this organisational restricting, along with continued alterations within the French Air Force's established manufacturing programmes, work on the design of the D.520 was suspended throughout much of 1937, and it was not until January 1938 that a small number of draughtsmen started work on the first detailed drawings for the prototype. In combat, the MS.406 had only a pair of 7.5 mm machine guns and was, therefore, at a disadvantage when the HS.404 had used up its ammunition, while a D.520 could continue to fight effectively because it had four fast-firing machine guns (over 80 rounds/sec), with 20-plus seconds of ammunition still available. [18], Four more Groupes de Chasse and three naval Escadrilles rearmed with the type before France's surrender. There is one inaccuracy on this model, as far as I know. The D.520’s performance was capable enough to be a match for the BF-109E. It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France". History. S/Lt Pommier Layrarouges GC II/7 had great success with the D.520 when he shot down the famous Luftwaffe fighter ace Hptm. In the hands of good pilots, the D.520 was very capable. Intermission – Very nice. During January 1940, the Aéronautique Navale placed its own order for 120 aircraft. This is Azur's limited run multi-media kit of the Dewoitine D.520 French fighter. [21] An initial batch of 22 D.520s were delivered during August 1941. On 13 July 1934, the French Air Force launched a new technical programme, under which the development of improved fighter aircraft to improve upon the Dewoitine D.510, which was yet to enter service at that point but was already considered to be obsolete in the face of rapid advances being made in several European nations. The colourful nose and tail strips is the impetus for me to build this little unknown fighter from WWII. Constructions Aéronautiques Émile Dewoitine was a French aircraft manufacturer established by Émile Dewoitine at Toulouse in October 1920. At the time the most powerful V 12 liquid-cooled engine available in France was the Hispano-Suiza 12Y, which was less powerful, but lighter than contemporary engines such as the Rolls-Royce Merlin and Daimler-Benz DB 601. Flotille 1F saw action against the United States Navy Grumman F4F Wildcat squadron VF-41 (from the carrier USS Ranger), over Casablanca. 56 carburettors mounted on an inlet manifold which directed compressed air from the supercharger to the engine cylinders; the 12Y-45 and -49s fitted to production D.520s used either 92 or 100 octane fuel. Markings are a combination of masks and the god awful Tamiya decals. ... if you have time & interest to discuss & your opinion on Les Ailes Francaises series. [37][38] However, no D.520 units were to be stationed on the French mainland, thus individual aircraft were instead stored or dispatched to units overseas, such as in North Africa.[21]. Specific markings were applied during the Vichy era, consisting of white outlined fuselage roundels with a white fuselage stripe, and from mid-1941 on, the infamous "slave's pajamas" with red and yellow stripes on the engine cowling and tail surfaces. The Vichy Air Force’s aircraft were painted with colourful red and yellow horizontal stipes on the engine cowling and tail. The build is 100% OOTB,including the markings. A very small number of D.520s were briefly operated by Free French Forces for training purposes. [2] During 1940, negotiations with American manufacturer Ford had been underway with the aim of establishing the licensed production of an Americanised version of the type, designated as the D.522. Pierre Le Gloan had the distinction of fighting for both sides of the conflict. I could not find any decals with which to use so I just put the kit decal ‘No. [35] Three more, from GC III/7, escaped to Britain and were delivered to the Free French. The D.1 was designed to meet requirements issued by the French Service Technique de l'Aeronautique.It was a monoplane, with a metal oval-section fuselage with duralumin sheet skinning, and a metal strut-braced parasol wing with fabric covering. [13] On this and the other aircraft, the rear fuselage was extended by 51 cm (20 in), the engine cowling panels were redesigned, the curved, one-piece windscreen was replaced by one containing an optically flat panel and armour plate was fitted behind the pilot's seat. C $31.93. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our Cookie Policy. The Vichy Air force was numerically strong, but with very few ground crew and spare parts, which meant that the operational flying time for the D.520s was very limited. Dora Wings' 1/48 scale Dewoitine D.520 comprises a modest 62 parts in pale grey plastic, 16 parts in grey resin, seven parts in clear resin and markings for four aircraft.. Thumbnail panels: Although this is stil certainly a limited run kit, the quality looks very good - almost to the level of the AMG Jumo Bf 109s. Dewoitine D.520 History. Building one of these a couple of years ago with the gaudy red/yellow stripe tails. Overall, the known D.520 air strength in North Africa was 173 D.520s (143 combat ready) of GC II/3, III/3, III/6, II/7 and II/5; another 30 were in Senegal with GC II/6. [27] The -45 drove an electrically operated Ratier Type 1606M three-bladed, 3-metre-diameter (9.8 ft), variable-pitch propeller, while D.520s from No. The D.520 was designed in response to a 1936 requirement from the French Air Force for a fast, modern fighter with a good climbing speed and an armament centred on a 20 mm cannon. Several projects were initiated after the June 1940 armistice. During the Syria campaign, a total of 266 missions were conducted by the Vichy French Air Force: 99 of them were carried out by D.520s, nine by MS.406s, 46 by Martin 167s and 31 by LeO 451s. Happy New Year! Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller. After it dried, I put on a light wash of Burnt Sienna to make it a nice worn tan leather colour. Introduced in 1936, the design was soon replaced by a new generation of fighter aircraft with enclosed cockpits and retractable undercarriage, including the 510's successor, the Dewoitine D.520. … The trip always included a stopover in Rhodes (which had an Italian base at the time), before the final flight to Syria. At the beginning of 1943, the Italian ace Luigi Gorrini ferried D.520s taken as prizes of war to Italy to be used for defence. The French Air Force lost 56 aircraft, among them 13 D.520s. These initial examples were unarmed and used for pilot training. Once you get it on the ground, I was told not to leave the controls until it was in the hangar and the engine stopped. After the war, the D.520s that remained in France were used as trainers; on 1 June 1945, the school base No. [13], Fuel was fed via six Solex S.V. It performed at various airsh… The cockpit should be painted a dark blue and not the grey as suggested by Tamiya in the instructions. This government of France, lead by Marshal Philippe Petain, was recognized as the legitimate government of France by Britian and United States. This is the story of France's most famous fighter aircraft. Germany launched the invasion of France and the Low Countries, invading Vichy's so-called "free zone" in November 1942, French tactical trials of captured Bf 109E-3 vs. Dewoitine 520 and Bloch 152, Reich Air Ministry (RLM) aircraft designations, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dewoitine_D.520&oldid=988744695, Articles with unsourced statements from March 2007, Articles with failed verification from October 2018, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Caruana, Richard. . Authors Bartłomiej Belcarz. In 1936, the D-513 fighter designed by Emil Dewoitine made its first flight. [16] The production standard armament was a 20 mm HS.404 cannon firing through the propeller hub and four belt-fed MAC 1934 M39 7.5 mm (0.295 in) machine guns in the wings. The Dewoitine D.520 was a single seat piston-engine fighter designed and built for the French Air Force. 513/8, which regularised the programme; by this point, the first prototype had almost been completed. Developed from lessons learned in their ill-fated D.513 design, Dewoitine produced a fighter of sleek design and acceptable capability, especially when compared to that of the German Luftwaffe - to which the D.520 squared off valiantly yet unsuccessfully in the Fall of France in 1940. [43] Other Dewoitine-equipped units in North Africa such as GC II/7 or GC II/3 did not take part in the fighting. The D.520 proved to be relatively capable as a dogfighter against the Luftwaffe's inventory, but lacked sufficient numbers to make a difference. [22] By the armistice at the end of June 1940, 437 D.520s had been constructed, 351 of these having been delivered. France 1941? [5] Completion of the prototype had been delayed somewhat by the need to incorporate modifications requested by the STAe following their examination of a wooden mock-up of the type. Chuck A. Villanueva; View blog; View profile; Chuck A. Villanueva said on December 29, 2019. Van die vliegtuie was in diens toe Frankryk deur Nazi-Duitsland oorgeneem is. The second prototype was later fitted with a Hispano-Suiza 12Y-31 engine and achieved a maximum speed of 550 km/h (340 mph) and reached 8,000 m (26,000 ft) in 12 minutes 53 seconds. In 1941, D.520s of GC III/6, II/3 and naval escadrille 1AC fought the Allies during the Syria–Lebanon campaign. The wing, even if single-spar, was a solid and rigid unit with a secondary spar and many reinforced parts. Here are a few shots of my Dewoitine D-520 from Azur in 1/32nd scale, the only real opponent to the Bf-109 E-3 and E-4 that France could produce in 1940. A 1/72 diecast scale model of a 1941 French Dewoitine D.520 (GC II/3). Pallier's D.510 is a premium rank I French fighter with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). 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