Before continuing the recent Russian Contemporary Wars series I was forced due to piles of dust and humidity to make new shelves and place glass on some of the cabins holding parts of my collection. By doing so some cleaning became necessary and I took the opportunity to take pics of some planes. Let's start with the French from 1940.
It must have been a nightmare to supply parts to French military aviation in the late 30's and during the German invasion of may 1940 as there were an enormous amount of aircraft performing the same function.
If you want to see the rest of my french Army for 1940 please open the label France 1940 and then lets get back to BleuVille.
The Bloch MB 152 was more numerous, but older and not as fast as the Dewoitine. To the left is a SMER model and the one to the right is an Altaya Die-cast.
Other fighters (to help the work of the maintenance crews...) were the American built Curtiss H-75A-1 and the wooden light fighter Caudron C.714. Not sure but I think both are Heller.
The Morane-Saulnier 406 was the mainstay of the French Airforce shooting down between 190 and 270 German aircraft. Altaya Die-cast model.
The Potez 630 was a heavy reconnaissance airplane and here once again the french produced a great number of different models with the same characteristics. Heller again.
Even some few Italian Caproni Ca.313 bomber/reconnaissance aircraft were bought. This plane is a Supermodel model (Supermodel is the brand...).
The old ANF Les Mureaux 113 was the most numerous reconnaissance aircraft of those days, again by Heller.
The Bloch MB 174 (Heller) was one of the best and newer machines of the French air force and intended to replace the Breguet 693.
Another aircraft for observation and reconnaissance the Potez 63.11 (Heller).
These older Breguet 693 by Heller ground attack aircraft, also used for reconnaissance.
The Potez 540 (SMER model) series was an old design that first saw service with the Spanish Republican Airforce, earning the reputation of the 'Flying Coffin'. When WWII hit the French they were only used for transport, mostly in the colonies.
I still have some 10 French aircraft models to build, some are only for numbers but others are new ones like the LEO 451 bomber. Hope to show you some of them soon.