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Dewoitine HD.781
« on: October 07, 2021, 04:24:19 AM »
Dewoitine HD.781

In 1937 the Ministry of Aviation of France came up with a requirement for a marine fighter on a floats intended for use both from shore bases and from ships.
Dewoitine drew up a plane based on the D.520 fighter – the HD.780. But even before the first metal was cut, Aéronavale ordered the plans changed. Aéronavale had always loved aircooled radial engines, so Dewoitine turned it into a new design - the HD.781.
The prototype took to the air in the autum of 1938 an the first of the ordered 30 aircraft reached Aéronavale in the summer of 1940. With the fall of France the planes were taken to the free zone and entered service on bases in the south of France and in North Africa. In North Africa most were based at Mers-el-Kébir for the protection of the french naval forces harboured there.
The model will be based on a lot of different pieces found in my private scrapyard. And off course a LOT of plasticcard and model filler.
« Last Edit: October 07, 2021, 04:25:54 AM by MAT »

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2021, 03:35:14 PM »
This is the starting point:
Fuselage: Frog Dewoitine D.520C
Engine: Revell FIAT CR.42
Wings: Revell Macchi C.200 (which are far too small, and was replaced by the wings of a Frog Macchi C.202). Maybe pieces of an T-6 for the inner wing.
Floats: An old vacum set of unknown origin.
« Last Edit: October 08, 2021, 02:02:54 AM by MAT »

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2021, 12:21:30 AM »
Wow - those are some ancient kit bits! It'll be interesting to watch you turn many sow's ears into a silk purse (or float plane)

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2021, 12:57:17 AM »
Some of the pieces go back to my childhood in the 1960's, when I first began to glue lumps of polystyrene to each other.

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2021, 01:36:21 AM »
Those floats look like they are from the old Aeroclub set.
Good luck with all those parts I know you can do it!

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2021, 05:27:08 AM »
Wow - those are some ancient kit bits! It'll be interesting to watch you turn many sow's ears into a silk purse (or float plane)

Me too!  Those under-scaled Macchi wing panels look like they might work for extending the Dewoitine wings (probably an option you have already considered).

Looking forward to this  :smiley:
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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2021, 04:36:24 AM »
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Me too!  Those under-scaled Macchi wing panels look like they might work for extending the Dewoitine wings (probably an option you have already considered).

Looking forward to this  :smiley:

Part of the plan. The old Macchi wings are spot on compared with my drawings

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2021, 04:44:53 AM »
The D.520C have lost its Hispano-Suiza engine, and a new front end are slowly emerging from plastcard and putty

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2021, 02:17:17 PM »
 :D :smiley:
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2021, 04:23:57 PM »
nice work on the rebuild

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2021, 12:42:13 AM »
It's looking good. This build is closer to a scratchbuild using conveniently shaped plastic bits!

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2021, 02:12:37 AM »
It's looking good. This build is closer to a scratchbuild using conveniently shaped plastic bits!

I confess!

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2021, 03:54:22 AM »
Part of the plan. The old Macchi wings are spot on compared with my drawings

Excellent! Love it when bits and pieces fall into place like that  :smiley:

And your Hispano rhinoplasty looks like one serious bit of surgery  ;D
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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2021, 07:34:31 PM »
Just decided to build the center wing from schratch

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2021, 08:20:26 PM »
From those photo's it looks like the whole thing's been built from scratch using putty! ;D
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2021, 09:37:47 PM »
From those photo's it looks like the whole thing's been built from scratch using putty! ;D

Well. I keep about 60 pct of the fuselage  ;)

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2021, 01:52:48 AM »
The inner wing is now fixed to the fuselage. Ahead is a lost of PSR

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2021, 02:47:31 AM »
 Looks to be coming along nicely. Should be very pretty in Aéronavale colors.

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2021, 04:46:22 AM »
I do indeed have Aéronavale colours in mind. But the Vichy french version.

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #19 on: November 08, 2021, 09:15:31 PM »
Being in the middle of moving to another part of the country, the build have been on pause, but;
At last! The wings are on.

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2021, 11:11:48 PM »
 :smiley:
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #21 on: November 09, 2021, 12:17:57 AM »
That's looking good. From the cockpit to the tail it reminds me of a Brewster Buffalo.

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2021, 04:14:43 PM »
Tailplanes on, floats ready and the paintjob started

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2021, 04:40:42 PM »
It's going to be bright! ;D :smiley:
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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #24 on: November 12, 2021, 05:32:28 AM »
All the parts now in play.

Looking fine

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #25 on: November 12, 2021, 07:28:00 AM »
This is coming along beautifully  :smiley:

It's going to be bright!

Well, Vichy did like 'em colourful! Mind you, any spotter who might misidentify this aircraft needs a transfer ...  ;)
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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #26 on: November 19, 2021, 05:12:17 PM »
My girlfreind and I are splitting up, so all my stuff is being packed down now, as I'm moving to a other part of the country. This is how far I got.
I'll probably have to beg for an extension.
Please!

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #27 on: November 19, 2021, 07:42:59 PM »
Oh wow, that is bad news.

On the other hand, the model is coming along splendidly

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #28 on: November 19, 2021, 11:48:30 PM »
Sad about the break up :icon_crap: ..................... Unless it isn't? ???


The Dewoitine is coming along nicely &, worst case scenario, you can always continue in the Current and Finished Projects:  Aero-space board. :smiley:
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #29 on: November 20, 2021, 04:49:08 AM »
Sad about the break up :icon_crap: ..................... Unless it isn't? ???
It isn't. We both agreed, that we have reach a point, where we were mostly annoying each other
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Re: Dewoitine HD.781
« Reply #30 on: November 20, 2021, 10:46:58 AM »
 :smiley:
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."