This aircraft was designed before WWII by Marcel Bloch a famous French engineer.
See note at the end of the post.
The prototype flew in 1939 during the war, when the Germans invaded France, they found the aircraft at Bordeaux in its hangar.
Of course, all flights were suspended but the Germans showed great interest in this aircraft for a possible use by Lufthansa and the Luftwaffe.
Flight tests resumed in 1942 under German supervision.
The prototype received no less than seven different registrations, French, German (Lufthansa, Luftwaffe).
Flown by a German crew, it was finally destroyed by a fire after a landing in Germany.
Meanwhile, the production of the aircraft which was approved by German authorities was progressing very, very slowly at Toulouse.
French workers were dragging their feet as much as they could, they didn't want to work for the nazi regime.
Finally, in February 1944, the first production aircraft appropriately registered
16+11 (German registration) was ready to fly.
It flew with two French test pilots at the controls.
See note 2.
After a very short flight, the two pilots decided to land the aircraft wheels up to avoid its capture by the Germans.
It never flew again.
We have no picture of the second aircraft which was almost ready to fly.
RAF bombers came over Toulouse in May 1944 and everything was destroyed.
After the war, every effort was made to re start the production of this aircraft as soon as possible.
100 were built, 40 went to Air France.
The last aircraft was retired in 1953, they were unable to compete with the Viscount which was ahead of its time.
The model is resin with a few die cast parts for the propellers and the landing gear.
It is fantastically good and accurate.
The pattern maker had the best available documents and he took his time to make a perfect job.
The result is splendid …
I often read on the forum that accurate models don't exist.
I don't agree.
The fact is that some of our manufacturers are unable to get correct three view drawings, don't spend enough time collecting documents of the real aircraft and they want their models finished as soon as possible to make money from them.
Very good and accurate model aircraft exist, this Languedoc is one of them, his manufacturer Cloudbreak Models in UK can be proud of it.
You have the choice between different fins, fuselages and wings with different engines, it all depends on the version you want to reproduce.
All parts fit together well.
I have a lot of documents on this aircraft and I am very pleased to confirm that everything is fine.
Just for fun, I added a few antennae and detailed the flight controls which were fabric covered with aluminum trim tabs.
But at this scale we can't go too far.
Thank you Wojtek for this very nice model.
1 Marcel Bloch was Jewish, because of this, he was taken prisoner by the Germans and deported to the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany, he survived, back to france, he changed his name and became Marcel Dassault, well known for his Mirages, Falcons and Rafales.
2 The Captain was Pierre Nadot who later took off the Caravelle for her first flight.
Thank you for treating us once again with an great, but not widely known, airliner. Indeed the model is fantastic. And a nice tribute to the great Marcel Dassault: one of Europe's largest and most important aviation pioneers.
Thanks Wojtek for being a dedicated artist. And thanks Jean Pierre for working with Wojtek to ensure that this would be a great release.
Thank you Danny, in fact and to tell the truth, my contribution to this model was inexistent.
I knew that Wojtek and his pattern maker had everything they needed to make a perfect job.
They had a fantastic book telling the story of the Languedoc and very kindly, his author Philippe Ricco allowed the use of an excellent three view drawing which was in his book.
Many thanks to Laurent Gruz too, a DA.C member who was instrumental in making things possible.
This is the demonstration that making a model is team work.
Working alone without reliable documents is not the solution and can't work, that's something that our main manufacturers should know.
Unfortunately, i am sure they never go to the Custom Models Section of this forum.
My only contribution was the support and the encouragements I provided during the process.
No need to be an expert for that.
Thank you Jean-Pierre for learning us more about French aviation, very nice model!
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The model can be ordered from Historic Aviation 200. www.historicaviationmodels.com
This is the new website replacing the old Helmet 200.
Don't be surprised, for the time being, the site is almost empty but a lot of models are available … including a DC 5 …
Thank you very much Jean Pierre. Yet again you prove that you truly inspirational with your knowledge and your model making skills. Thank goodness you are back online. I love all the pictures, historical information and the foot notes on Marcel Bloch = Marcel Dassault. Which just proves in the worst times of adversity he was a very smart innovator & aviator. Same can be said for Pierre Nodot