Avia B-534

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    The Avia B-534 was designed and built in Czechoslovakia and entered service in 1935. It was the most advanced biplane of the time, and four variants were built, none of which saw combat for Czechoslovakia due to the invasion and partition of the country in 1939.

    The B-534 saw combat with the Slovak Air Force, the Bulgarian Air Force, and was used for training and other duties by the Luftwaffe.

    The B-534-I was armed with 2 x 7.92 mm machine guns.
    The B-534-II was armed with 4 x 7.92 mm machine guns.
    The B-534-III was armed with 4 x 7.92 mm machine guns. It also had a revised air intake and wheel fairings.
    The B-534-IV was armed with 4 x 7.92 mm machine guns. It also had an enclosed cockpit along with the revisions on Type III.

    There were exceptions to these general versions, and pilots sometimes made 'field modifications' including removing the enclosed cockpit and wheel fairings.
     
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    Series 1:

    B-534-I Czech Air Force 1938.

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    B-534-I Czech Air Force 1938.

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    B-534-I Czech Air Force 1936.

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    B-534-I Czech Air Force 1937.

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    B-534-I Luftwaffe 1940.

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    B-534-I Slovak Air Force 1941.

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    Series 2:

    B-534-II Czech Air Force 1938.

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    B-534-II Slovak Air Force 1940.

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    Series 3:

    B-534-III Czech Air Force 1938.

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    B-534-III Slovak Air Force 1939.

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    Series 4:

    B-534-IV Bulgarian Air Force 1940.

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    B-534-IV Bulgarian Air Force 1940.

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    B-534-IV Bulgarian Air Force 1943.

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    B-534-IV Bulgarian Air Force 1943.

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    B-534-IV Luftwaffe 1939.

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    B-534-IV Luftwaffe 1939.

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    Excellent as usual Clave!!
     
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    Cool Clave...:D Were you thinking about the B-534 in Polish markings used for the movie about the Polish campaign 1939?
     
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    Awesome as always Clave! I'd love to see some more unsual subjects....8)
     
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    Thanks everyone! :D

    This is a spin-off from a series of black-and-white profiles that I have been doing on commission - so mostly I'll be sticking with those more than unusual things... But, it's a good set:

    Arado Ar-68: Finished
    Avia B-534: Finished
    Messerschmitt Bf-109-D1: Finished
    Messerschmitt Bf-109-E4: Finished
    Messerschmitt Bf-109-F4: Finished
    Messerschmitt Bf-109-G6: In Progress
    Focke-Wulf Fw-190-A4: Finished
    Focke-Wulf Fw-190-A8: In Progress
    Focke-Wulf Fw-190-D9: In Progress
    Heinkel He-51: Finished
    Heinkel He-162: In Progress
    Messerschmitt Me-163: Finished
    Messerschmitt Me-262: Finished
     
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    I was not familiar at all with the He-51 so i just did quick read through a few of my reference books; looking forward to seeing more of these. Thanks, Clave!
     
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    How would the B-534 have compared with the early mark BF 109s (B, C &D subtypes) in 1938...how many were available to the Czechs and how much opposition would they have ranged against them???/ Often wondered about that
     
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    They lacked the sheer speed of the 109, but were pretty maneuverable - as are most biplanes but the 290mph of the 109 vs 245mph for the Avia is the biggest factor imo - Speed Kills and all that... :twisted:
     
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    Great work Clave!8)
     
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    Excellent as usual Clave. This was a new airplane for me. You take the upper wing off and she looks quite comparable in profile to other major power fighters of the time. Very interesting.
     
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