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Anton Ryzbak18 Mar 2021 10:54 a.m. PST


I just finished this addition to my collection of fighters with spats. It is a nice kit with good decals. More photos here: link

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2021 11:06 a.m. PST

Nice looking plane!

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2021 2:47 p.m. PST

It was nice of Wiki to include a picture of your assembled model in the article. grin

Another lovely spat-plane!


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2021 3:05 p.m. PST

A nice looking model.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2021 4:33 p.m. PST

Talking of spats (and we certainly have of late).

The idea is of course that they were a mark of obsolescence. They created drag and along came the Bf 109s who slaughtered them. But retractable undercarts need thicker wings and hefty machinery to operate.

If your wheels are fixed, like a Gladiator or Swordfish, why then add spats, which just increase the frontal surface area, however now streamlined? OK, they look better I do agree. How much difference did they make to performance of what was probably an underpowered plane anyway?

fantasque18 Mar 2021 4:34 p.m. PST

nice work

Anton Ryzbak18 Mar 2021 5:12 p.m. PST

Deadhead, I think that it was a style thing…..the spats on the Northrop Gamma were simply crazy; smaller ones that tightly enclosed the wheel might have helped streamline things but all those struts in the airstream can't have been good. The Arado AR-80, a competitor for the BF-109 specification, started with retracting gear but switched to fixed to lighten the load after several failures at cycling. It was a time of transition but they were still working out the details. I just think that they look cool.

Gunner Dunbar18 Mar 2021 5:41 p.m. PST

Great work, I'm starting to add some planes to my 20mm WWII ground projects, always nice to have good inspiration.

mildbill Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2021 5:23 a.m. PST

D520 was one of Frances' better aircraft.

7dot62mm19 Mar 2021 5:50 a.m. PST

Beautiful! I built one as a kid, Monogram… no, Heller I think.

Anton Ryzbak19 Mar 2021 6:48 a.m. PST

It started out as a Heller kit and the molds have passed through many hands over the years. SMER does a good job of casting and usually has very good decals

Disco Joe19 Mar 2021 7:58 a.m. PST

Another fine job.

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