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Old 11-05-2017, 09:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This one is a SE 161 Languedoc, a French aircraft built immediately after WWII.

For many of you this aircraft is unknown, but it is not so obscure, 100 were built, 40 were used by AF and some of them were sold to LOT, Aviaco, Misair, Air Liban (Lebanon) and a few other airlines.

These aircraft were also used by the French Air Force, the French Navy and the Centre d'Essais en Vol as a test bed for engines and also to carry the Leduc research aircraft.

This particular aircraft was the 49 th to be built, it was used by AF for five years before being sold to Aviaco (Spain), it was retired in 1960.

It is a resin model with a few die cast parts.

The first two aircraft flown during the dark days of WWII had an interesting story.

More in the Custom Made Models Section, see Air France SE 161 Languedoc.

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A very nice looking model, Jean Pierre. As usual, painting and construction looks very good!

Thanks for posting the pic.
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Never heard of the SE 161 before. You learn something new every day. Interesting construction. 1945 was already the beginning of the tricycle gear era. I wonder why they choose the taildragger undercarriage design. Limited ressources, time or probably it was just convenient to reuse what you were used to for decades...
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Very nice, Jean Pierre. Thanks for posting!
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Interesting bird.
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Old 11-05-2017, 02:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Another beautiful job, Jean Pierre, merci pour la photo!
BTW, there are more photos in the Custom Made Models section.

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Great work Jean Pierre. She looks beautiful
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That's a very nice and beautiful aircraft. Bigger then let's say a super connie?
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Nice addition.
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[QUOTE=Charlie Alpha;2511113]A very nice looking model, Jean Pierre. As usual, painting and construction looks very good.
all i wanted to say plus i have heard of this neast for the first time. got to learn something new too btw.
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Thank you for your kind words.
I really enjoyed making this model which brought my AF fleet to 82.
Some more are coming.

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Never heard of the SE 161 before. You learn something new every day. Interesting construction. 1945 was already the beginning of the tricycle gear era. I wonder why they choose the taildragger undercarriage design. Limited ressources, time or probably it was just convenient to reuse what you were used to for decades...
This aircraft was designed much before the DC 4s and Constellations and in those days all the aircraft had a tail wheel.
Lancastrians, Yorks, Tudors and Vikings produced after the war had tail wheels.

Designing a new aircraft takes time and money.
The French were impatient to re build their aerospace industry which was reduced to almost nothing after five years of German occupation and bombing by allied forces.
After the war, France was ruined, the Languedoc was there, launching the production of this aircraft to rebuild the national industry was the most economical solution.

It took 10 years for the French aerospace industry to recover from the war, the first flight of the Caravelle in 1955 was the beginning of a new era.

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That's a very nice and beautiful aircraft. Bigger then let's say a super connie?
The aircraft was a bit smaller than a DC 4 and had a fuselage cross section almost identical to the DC 3.
Standard cabin arrangement was for 33 passengers with 11 rows of 3 seats.
Later, some aircraft were equipped with 11 rows of 4 seats.

In fact, the Languedoc was somewhere between the DC 3 and the DC 4, it was powered by the same engines as the DC 3.

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Thank you for the comparison shots! Nice to see the models in perspective.
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You are always a wealth of information on Air France aircraft, Jean Pierre. I really enjoy your posts.
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You are always a wealth of information on Air France aircraft, Jean Pierre. I really enjoy your posts.
Hear hear, So do I Charlie Alpha.

Jean Pierre is a gentleman and a scholar and that he is very true of that old saying. I love all his post too with the history and his resolve and his skills to fill missing gaps in his Air France 1:200 collection and his passion in building Air France models. I think that most of you will agree that you will find it very hard to find someone that is so talented as Jean Pierre
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Another great creation, Jean Pierre. Having a great kit to start with certainly helps but getting that end result takes real skill & effort.

Thanks also for the Languedoc history and the additional pics to show the size. Being four engined, had a larger a/c in mind so was surprising to see it wasn't much bigger than the DC-3.

Keep up the good work
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Hear hear, So do I Charlie Alpha.

Jean Pierre is a gentleman and a scholar and that he is very true of that old saying. I love all his post too with the history and his resolve and his skills to fill missing gaps in his Air France 1:200 collection and his passion in building Air France models. I think that most of you will agree that you will find it very hard to find someone that is so talented as Jean Pierre
Well said Aussiejets, Jean Pierre is a great asset to this forum.
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