DASSAULT MD.452 MYSTÈRE
The Dassault MD.452 Mystère was a French fighter-bomber introduced in 1954. With a relatively short production run, only 171 were built and although operational with the French Air Force, they saw no combat and eventually became fighter training aircraft.
This kit is a laser-cut replica of the original Keil Kraft/Skyleada model of a Dassault MD.452 Mystère, designed to be powered by a Jetex motor. Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of "stick and tissue", that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin. The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing.
The Jetex motor that would have been fitted to this model is no longer available. Rapier jet motors from the Czech Republic also fit the kit and may be available at model aircraft shows but their supply is unreliable. Some modellers have had success with electric ducted fans (EDF) but again supply can be tricky. Designed for free flight means just that - once the model is launched, it is on its own. It must follow a predetermined flight path established when the model is initially adjusted for flight or "trimmed".
This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding.
This is a kit for experienced modellers only and has poorly reproduced instructions
2 sheets of laser cut balsa wood parts
Laser cut strip wood
Tissue to cover the model
Full size printed plan with some instructions
Please Note: The model pictured above is a KK/Skyleada Dassault MD.452 Mystère built and painted by Derek Knight. Paints and decals are not included in the kit!
- 15" (380mm)