SNCASE Aquilon
(Sea Venom conversion)
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Aquilon model in 1/32 scale by Meindert de Vreeze
Conversion  report

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Step 34
The folding wing option will be applied on the Aquilon model and requires adding some details to the wing folding mechanisms. To add strength, a thick metal wire was used from a thick paperclip. 

Steps 35-37
The pilot figures were discarded. 

Step 38
The kit ejection seats in the kit are a bit basic. These were detailed with strip and card. It seems that the seats are (based on) Martin Baker mk.4A.  For the French Aquilon, some sources suggest similar seats were used, may be licensed to SNCASE.

On Internet a photo was found, but I am not sure if this is correct. No more information could be found, so I only changed the seat activation wire colour to yellow. The seat cushions seem to be leather colour.

The seats do fit into the tiny space in the cockpit tub. 

Steps 41-47
The undercarriages were assembled as shown. Some minor details were added from thin metal wire and the legs painted aluminium. The nose wheel looks strange but is OK as on the aircraft anti-shimmy tyres were used. I had trouble aligned bot nose wheel halves, some simply sand the gluing surface flat and join.

The wheels can be "rotated"; I left out the parts #34 and fixed the wheels to the legs. Painting the wheel hub requires a steady hand. Make sure to align the wheels 90 degrees to the ground. 

Steps 48-49
For the Aquilon, I found a French missile look alike in the spares box. I reduced the rear length and painted it white. An underwing pylon was made from plastic thick card and sanded in shape.

Steps 50-52
The various antennas may differ between aircraft. I replaced some antennas with thin metal wire. 
As noted before, Mr. A. Dulieu / IPMS France provided some additional information on the Aquilon (see note here...)

On the Aquilon 203 model, the forward nose was set open. The area was detailed with strip, rod and card.
The area was painted light green with details in black; use white glue to add rivets and twisted metal wires for the electrical lines. 
The Aquilon engine area was also painted further, details being added much earlier during the built.

Finishing the French Aquilon

Wing fold
The wing folding hinges were made from card, thin metal wire and sprue. Inside the wings, a bended paperclip was used for strength.

The wing hinge details were painted metal.

There are as far as I know no commercial decal sets in 1/32 for an Aquilon, so I had to search for the various stencils and markings from other sources. I found that Berna decals from Avignon/ France had quite some different decals for French (including Aeronavale) aircraft. I had to search for correct size Aeronavale roundels with their typical black coloured anchors and white numbers.

Berna set 48-07 was mostly used with some items from Berna set 72-02. From the decal spare box came also some red stencils and red lines. Lighter blue roundel "centres" were required; also darker blue centres have been seen on (older) aircraft.

Aquilons can be seen as well with quite some variations on the number of roundels (4 or 6) and the location of the white registrations. Sometimes squadron markings are seen.

Before decaling, the model got an overall coat of Johnson Future gloss coat to avoid "silvering". Adding the Berna decals went OK. 

Completing the model was now done, starting with the nose area.

The nose cone for the Aquilon 203 hinges upwards.

Here the overall result of the nose area.
I added some locks details from thin card to the radar nose and the edges of the avionics bay. 

A radar disk was found in the scrap box. It should be fine transparent mesh, but I could not find any suitable material. 
The nose radome got some metal pins inside, so it can be fixed. 

A missile was also found in the scrap spares box. I think it was Matra rocket from a 1/50 Jaguar model. It almost looked like the missile I saw on this photo of an Aquilon 203. I did not sand its noise a bit pointier to avoid damage to the thin nose, but only an expert can tell. 

A pylon was made from thick card and sanded in shape at the rear and front leading edges. 

Also, the wing holding bars were made and painted red. Small holes were drilled in the fuselage boom and wingtip to hold the bar. Each bar got two tiny pieces of metal at their ends to fit the holes.

Here also some red squares are seen at the upper intake lips, made from red decal.

The separated airframe panels were also detailed and sprayed, but are not put onto the model itself:

OK, there the 1/32 scale Aquilon is. 


Views on the scratch made canopy. The thin white lines were cut from decal sheet and fixed in place also with Johnson Future.


A view of the rear trailing edge area, note the particular airbrake on the right....



That's it... a French Aeronavale Aquilon 203 in the collection in 1/32 scale. Why don't you try make one yourselve? 

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