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Old 04-21-2018, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is a die cast model which was available in kit form some years ago, it seems that very few were available.
A good opportunity to complete my AF fleet

The model looks quite small compared to a One Euro coin, I confirm its scale : 1/200.

Twenty aircraft were built and used by AF before the outbreak of WWII.

More in the Custom Made Models section, check out Wibault 283 12 T.

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Old 04-21-2018, 04:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What a very impressive model Jean Pierre and yet another fine addition to your Air France fleet. You are incredibly lucky and resourceful I must say in finding these rare models in 1:200 scale. Then you research and finish of your models beautifully

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Hi Jean Pierre.

It's indeed a very interesting model.

Thanks for posting the pic.



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Unbelievably detailed model of a relatively small aircraft in 1/200 scale, the euro coin tells the tale. Thank you for creating this beautiful pre-war AF model and sharing photos.

Be sure to check Jean Pierre’s posting in the Custom section for more photos and the history of the Wibault.

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Where do you find such a large €1 coin? ;-)
Impressive little and fine detailed model of another exotic bird from bygone times. Impressive and thanks for sharing.

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Very nice little model indeed!
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Many thanks for your kind words, I appreciate your comments.

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Fantastic Jean Pierre! I'm always amazed about the large numbers of manufacturers before WW2 and the diversity of the designs. Thank you for posting!
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Fantastic model Jean Pierre! What are the cables running out the fuselage?
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Fantastic model Jean Pierre! What are the cables running out the fuselage?
Grazie mille.

From what I see, my guess is that these cables were connected to the elevators to control the aircraft's pitch attitude.

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Very nice, although I'm unsure whether the fuselage should be white or silver. It certainly looks better white.
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Very nice, although I'm unsure whether the fuselage should be white or silver. It certainly looks better white.
Good question given photos are in black and white, but I agree white is just fine
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You are right, black and white photos made my decision difficult and I spent a lot of time looking for photos able to tell the truth.

Clearly, the first Wibaults were painted with a blue and aluminum livery.
I have a photo showing Mr Max Hymans, the then AF Chairman, in front of a Wibault, and there is no doubt about this.

Later, before WWII, it seems that the liveries were modified.

I have a picture showing a line up of Wibaults and there is a contrast between the NACA cowlings which were bare aluminum and the fuselage.
There is also a marked contrast between the fuselage of the Wibaults and a HP 42 (bare aluminum) parked nearby.

So, I have decided to paint my Wibault blue and white.

Same problem with the Potez I built recently.
The first versions with Gnome et Rhône engines were blue and aluminum, the re engined versions with the Hispano Suiza engines were blue and white, with bare aluminum engine cowls.

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