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Azur Dewoitine D. 520 C1
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

The parts are cleanly moulded and a quick dry-fit shows most parts line up OK. As with most kits of this type, the wing-roots will need some care to avoid fit problems. Panel lines are neatly scribed and the fabric control-surfaces are subtlely done. Surface texture is a little rough in places.

The instrument panel shows quite good detail, but an etched clear film version would be far superior in this scale.

There are a few resin parts but, surprisingly (in view of its Czech origins), no etched metal details. No seat-harness is provided, which is a major disappointment - 1/32 scale French WW2 harnesses aren't exactly commonplace (I think Eduard might have come to the rescue here...).

The injection-moulded canopy is nice and clear... but is moulded closed, so some careful work with a razor saw will be needed if you want to display an open "office".

Decals & Conclusion
Decals look fine. 2 choices are provided: a Battle of France machine and a Vichy aircraft.

This isn't a kit for beginners... but expect to see a few show-stoppers from the experts!
SUMMARY
Azur (an offshoot of MPM Models) has taken a bold step by moving into the 1/32 scale market. It's first release is the Dewoitine D.520 C.1. I should state at the outset that this is not a Tamigawa (or even Trumpeter) type kit! It's typical of the Czech-based MPM/Classic Airframes/Sword etc. family... this is model that is as good as the extra effort you put in... but this is reflected in the price!
Percentage Rating
70%
  Scale: 1:32
  Mfg. ID: A040
  Suggested Retail:  21.50
  Related Link: MPM
  PUBLISHED: Jan 06, 2004
  NATIONALITY: France
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.07%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 84.71%

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
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I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

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