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Marcel Bloch MB.151 C1 Kit

Dora Wings 1/48 Marcel Bloch MB.151 C1 Kit First Look

By David L. Veres

Date of Review September 2019 Manufacturer Dora Wings
Subject Marcel Bloch MB.151 C1 Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48017 Primary Media Styrene, Photo-Etch, Resin
Pros Crisp moldings, fine recessed scribing Cons Novices might consider kit complexity daunting
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (GBP) £40.49

First Look

Marcel Bloch MB.151 C1 Kit
Marcel Bloch MB.151 C1 Kit
Marcel Bloch MB.151 C1 Kit
Marcel Bloch MB.151 C1 Kit
Marcel Bloch MB.151 C1 Kit
Marcel Bloch MB.151 C1 Kit
Marcel Bloch MB.151 C1 Kit
Marcel Bloch MB.151 C1 Kit
Marcel Bloch MB.151 C1 Kit
Marcel Bloch MB.151 C1 Kit
Marcel Bloch MB.151 C1 Kit
Marcel Bloch MB.151 C1 Kit

Hard to believe that France’s most famous jet fighters derived from a pudgy, piston-engine pursuit called the MB.151.

And although the slow but sturdy design failed to achieve immortality during 1940’s Battle of France, its manufacturer definitely did: after the war, resistance-member Marcel Bloch legally embraced his famous brother’s nom de guerre “Dassault”. And the rest, as they say, is history!

Dora Wings’ 1:48 MB.151 C1 breaks ground itself. Not only is it the first kit of the little Bloch warplane to this scale, but it sets a new quality standard for Dora Wings itself. The “limited run” effort comprises:

  • 113 flash-free, gray and clear styrene components on nine trees,
  • 15 photoetched metal details,
  • 1 clear-film part, and
  • 1 bubble-free gray resin component duplicating G25 .

Decals and ten-page instructions with parts maps, 14-step assembly sequence, and color guides complete contents.

The highly detailed cockpit interior boasts – if I correctly count – at least 29 parts. The seat alone remains a masterpiece of accuracy and intricacy. Pity the canopy is molded in closed position!

Instructions precisely portray the aircraft’s characteristic, centerline-offset cowling and engine installation. The single resin part “25” actually replicates G25, only one of which Dora Wings mistakenly provides. Both are wheel-bay end caps to main spar H10. Note, too, that the film sheet provides two reflector panels – an original and spare – for the PE part 14 and G34 gun-sight subassembly.

Dora Wings plans multiple MB.150-series releases. You get, for instance, two propellers, two vertical fins, two windscreens, and later MB.152 ventral canon 20-mm bulges. Blitzkrieg-era enthusiasts: prepare yourselves!

Complete with instrument-panel gauges and wing Matricule Militaire codes, the kit’s colorful, precisely printed decals include markings for four subjects – all illustrated on Dora Wings’ beautifully printed, full-color markings instructions:

  • MB.151 C1 No.364 (Y851), GC I/8, May 1940
  • MB.151 C1 No.57 (Y544), L’Aéronautique Navale, Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël, 1942
  • MB.151 C1 No.98 (Y585), GC II/10, March 1940
  • MB.151 C1 No.37 (Y524), AC3, June 1940

Out-of-the-box, Dora Wings’ superb MB.151 C1 should pose no puzzle to experienced enthusiasts. If, as I do, you love WWII French fighters, grab this magnificent model!

With thanks to Dora Wings for the sample.

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