Dewoitine D-510. Scale model French fighter for control line.
Quote: "This sleek Dewoitine D-510 experienced great success in the French Air Force during the early thirties. Its Armament and speed were superior to the conternporary Boeing P-26A. With a 20mm cannon and two wing-mounted machine guns, the D-510 had a maximum speed of 250 mph. Its 500 hp Hispano-Suisa 12 cylinder engine took this ship to an altitude of 9,840 feet in three minutes 36 seconds. The P-26A, armed with only two machine guns had a top of 221 mph.
The D-510 was widely exported. Unfortunately for France, it wasn't to be long before Germany's powerful Focke Wulf 190's would shoot them out of the skies. While the D-510's saw active service with the French Air Force during 1939-40, their effectiveness had long since passed by then.
Begin fuselage construction by cutting two 1/16 sheet balsa sides. Mark bulkhead locations. Glue 1/2 x 1/2 in hardwood motor mounts to each side; taper mounts slightly near nose (see top view). Glue in bulkhead F-10, proceed toward front with other formers. Rubber bands insure slight fuselage roundness. Build in the Perfect No.8 gas tank when installing 1/8 in plywood bulkheads F-1 and F-2.
Install 2 in bellcrank and push rod after inserting 3/16 plywood mount. Drill motor-mount holes, secure nuts to hard-wood (solder to imbedded tin plate). Install pre-sanded x 1/2 in balsa block on motor mount top. Bind 1/16 in landing gear wire to F-1 with soft wire...
Model should balance just forward of main wing spar. A .15 engine should be the maximum power for this model. I used an 8-4 prop and fifty foot lines. Due to its long tail moment this D-150 is unusually stable for a scale job. If you employ an engine smaller than a .15 shorten your lines. Flown off grass or concrete, your Dewoitine will provide many happy hours of flying enjoyment."
Hi Steve - Here is Donald E. Mowrer's Dewoitine D-510 from American Modeler magazine issue 10-62.
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