Author Topic: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor  (Read 1623 times)

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Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« on: March 16, 2022, 11:05:10 PM »
In the 1970's France was transforming in many ways. ”The General” (President Charles de Gaulle) had used his more than ten years in Palais de Élysée to take the country allmost out of NATO (OTAN in french) following a very anti-american foreign policy.

His successor, Georges Pompidou, tried to mend the relation to USA, though France never got the ”special relationsship”, that UK enjoyed, and France never became a part of ”The five Eyes” intelligence cooperation.

The next president in line, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, went a step further. Leading a much more active foreign policy and attempting to draw former french colonies in Africa and southeast Asia closer to la Cinquième République. And as a result of that policy France decided to aid South Vietnam in its strugle with the north. With Dien Bien Phu and the Algerian War in clear memory,  troops on the ground were not an popular option, so the french goverment choose to send an air element. 

The choice was the most advanced plane in Armée de l'Air: The Dassault MZI.46Q – Better know as ”Belphégor”.

With a maximum speed of mach 4.2, this super plane could easely outrun the SR-71. A detachment of four recce planes from ERS 3/33 ”Moselle” were based on Phan Rang Air Base in South Vienam from the autum of 1978 operating with total immunity over North Vietnam and Southern China.

The model in 1/72 will be based on two 1/48 kits (a F-16 and a Mirage III), which by accident found their way into my stash. And of course the construction will involve lots of plasticcard, putty and swearing.
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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2022, 11:36:43 PM »
Looking forward to progress reports/photos as you build. 

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2022, 01:46:45 AM »
 :smiley:
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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2022, 08:09:15 PM »
The wing is taking shape. Actually I had to backdate the wing to its original form, as it at one time had been part of an ill-fated attempt to create a SAAB A-36 "Vargen".

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2022, 08:10:23 PM »
More plasticcard and putty

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2022, 01:52:37 AM »
 :smiley:
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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2022, 05:22:58 AM »
Great-looking project Matt! And I love the name 'Belphégor;D
You better stock up on water, canned goods off the shelves
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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2022, 06:56:01 AM »
I took the name from a french tv-series, that ran on the danish TV, when I was a kid.  It was about a ghost that haunted Louvre. Very scary! My younger brother dressed up like Belphegor, and scared the life out of our neighbours wife and their dog - a big labrador, which wailed from fear, when my brother very slowly entered their garden.
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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2022, 07:11:09 AM »
 ;D ;D :smiley: Love those French aircraft - so wacky.

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2022, 10:01:42 AM »
I took the name from a french tv-series, that ran on the danish TV, when I was a kid.  It was about a ghost that haunted Louvre. Very scary! My younger brother dressed up like Belphegor, and scared the life out of our neighbours wife and their dog - a big labrador, which wailed from fear, when my brother very slowly entered their garden.

Yup, that costume would do it! That poor lab probably never recovered  :o
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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2022, 06:02:41 PM »
The wing and the tail fin are coming into shape. There is still a lot of PSR ahead.

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2022, 06:15:15 PM »
Time to start the construction of the fuselage.. The front will be made from pieces of a F-104 and the mortal remains of a odd-scale Revell B-58.

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2022, 04:00:26 PM »
Noseparts ready for assembly. Commandant Rochefort is in the bangseat and ready to go!

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2022, 02:48:12 PM »
This is coming along very nicely

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2022, 07:04:31 AM »
Much better looking than the original SNCAC NC.3021 Belphegor



But this proposed version looks nice



Then there's the weird one

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2022, 02:43:46 AM »
Much better looking than the original SNCAC NC.3021 Belphegor


I quite like that actually:

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2022, 12:12:29 PM »
I quite like that actually:

So do I. But that smaller SNCAC NC 160 dive bomber/attack concept is gorgeous.
-- https://oldmachinepress.com/2021/08/05/sncac-nc-3021-belphegor-high-altitude-research-aircraft/

That said, MAT's concept is heading off towards a whole different kind of awesomeness  :smiley:
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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2022, 05:24:41 PM »
Yes, the name Belphégor have been used before. i chose the name because I planned to paint the plane very dark og black. But I'm not so sure of that anymore. In the meantime the work on the front fuselage is creeping forward.

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2022, 05:31:10 PM »
Quote
I quite like that actually
I actually like that plane too. But it would be very difficult to fit it into an Extended Vietnam War  :smiley:

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2022, 08:57:00 PM »
Time to start work at the engine section. It will be based on pieces of this wreck found at my private scrapyard.

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2022, 04:33:22 PM »
Frontfuselage almost finished

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2022, 04:38:49 PM »
Pieces of an old Airfix C-47 get a new life as the engine section of the MZI-46Q

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2022, 11:35:49 AM »
Old Dakotas never die ...  ;D

I like where this is going  :smiley:
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The doorbell's ringing, could be the elves
But it's probably the werewolf, it's quarter to twelve
And when it's midnight, ... the wolf bites

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2022, 04:29:41 AM »
 :icon_alabanza: Love this kind of projects. :smiley: ;)

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Re: Dassault MZI-46Q Belphégor
« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2022, 05:38:36 PM »
Front fuselage is now fixed to the wing. There's still a long way to go