Sécurité Civile “Pompiers du Ciel”, Groupement des Avions Bombardiers d'Eau,
Marignane Aeroport, Marseilles, 2017
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Building the Heller CL-
Heller’s kit is also available from Italeri and Revell, with decals tailored to their
relevant customer base. The kit was initially issued in 1980 as a CL-
The new parts for the CL-
The bright yellow plastic is a potential issue for all but the most basic modeller and was
the main cause of delay in my building this kit. It is slightly translucent, allowing
the internal paint to show through despite several overcoats on the outer surface.
I suspect that an overall coat of some darker grey would have helped, but by the
time I decided this I was 3 top-
Speaking of decals, these were a modern Heller set, a far cry from the pitiful ones of their past. They were well printed and did not fall apart. Unfortunately they were quite thick, so didn’t easily fit over surface lumps, and very glossy. To try and match surface finishes, I painted the entire kit with Micro Satin then some Klear. After looking at a few reference pictures, I decided to add some French national marking roundels from the spares box, since they all seem to carry these now.
The kit is a serious tail-
This was a slow and slightly frustrating kit to build, but I got there in the end and it certainly looks bright and cheerful on the shelves !
The French Civil Defence and Crisis Management Directorate (Sécurité Civile) )operates
12 Canadair/Bombardier CL-
Based out of Nimes Airport, the aircraft formerly operated from Marignane Airport in Marseilles. Each aircraft is capable of rapidly scooping up over 6 tonnes of water (a 15 second run is normal) at a speed of 70 knots, from any suitable 410 metre open water area and dropping it accurately on a fire target area.
Able to trace its origins directly back to the wartime Catalina flying boat, the
A French CL415 drops its water load on a fire, whilst another aircraft banks right at the end of its run.
Picture © Collection Gérard JOYON CCBY 3.0
The pictures that inspired this build. This is Marignane (Marseilles) in 2017. I was visiting for a sailing event and when we landed, the runway was full of CL415s and Grumman Tracker fire bombers.