**** DONE: 1/72 Amiot 143, 3rd Escadrille - Heavies Group Build

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  1. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

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    My 2nd entry

    Category: 2
    Scale:1/72
    Manufacturer: Heller
    Model type : Amiot 143
    Details : Armee de l'Air, 3rd Escadrille of the 22nd Escadre de Bombardement

    Armed with 4 x 7.5mm machine guns and a total of 1,600 kg of bombs and had a top speed of 193 mph. With the invasion of the Low Countries on 10 May the Amiot 143's dropped a total of 153 tonnes of bombs in 197 night operations with a loss of only 4 aircraft. However switching to day light operations they were soon decimated by Luftwaffe fighters.


    Pics from Amiot 143
     

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    Can't wait man this will be a beauty!
     
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    Hell yeah mate , shall enjoy this one 8)
     
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    Thats an old kit, where did you find it? Please do share pics when completed!
     
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    I see you are staying true to your habit of "unusual" entries VB. Cool choice. I'm looking forward to your build.
     
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    Oh, one of those funny looking French planes - great choice VB! They were also used in North Africa.

    Pic USAAF

    Cheers

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    Great choice VB. :)
     
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    Nice one mate! You must spend half your life searching for the most unusual, ugly aircraft to model! It's good though, and makes a pleasant change from the 'run of the mill' stuff normally displayed.
     
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    VB

    Another great choice. You always seem to find the bazaar and unusual aircraft. 8)
     
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    Another great find. I am looking forward to seeing it completed.

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    Another great one there VB, love to see the unusal. Im suprised no one pulled out a B-29, Fw 200 or a Ju-86 out yet as all three would be unusual also for this group build.
     
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    I actually had to decide between this one or the Ju 86. It was a close call.
     
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    A very welcome addition to the build IMHO. Looking forward to see this one!
     
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    Another great find Dave, looking forward to some progress pics
    :hotsun: :hotsun:
     
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    Well.....it's a [email protected] looking bird...but interested in seeing it come together VB!:D
     
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    Awesome VB! I love your choice in subjects mate :cool:
     
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    #18 vikingBerserker, Dec 16, 2009
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    I've been doing some research and had a heck of a time finding any interior shots until I was lucky to come across these. It appears that the co-pilot actually sat below the pilot in an odd arrangement.


    Drawing shows crew arrangement

    1st photo shows the cockpit top down.

    2nd photo shows the view the Co-Pilot(?) would have had. Large "tube" in front is actually a camera

    3rd Photo shows the detail of the controls that directly connect to the pilots above.


    Details have been somewhat difficult to find, but that does make it more fun.
    The model came with absolutely no interior detail, not even a seat so all this will have to be added.

    Drawing from http://www.umt.fme.vutbr.cz/~ruja/modely/podklady/Amiot/Amiot143M/amiot-143m-guns.jpg
    Photos from Amiot 143 gallery
     

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    Wow a somewhat curious layout! Great stuff VB!
     
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    Certanly interesting , great stuff VB!
     
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