Seems the Holy Grail of Heller kits has some fans so I think I will tackle the Couzinet Arc-en-Ciel ('Rainbow' in English).
Here is the box - lovely dramatic shot of one battling its way across the Atlantic to Brazil
and the contents
most of which are parts for the stand and the most massive sprue runner I have ever seen - thicker than an Exacto handle! I reckon I could stretch enough sprue from one of these to reach half-way to the moon!
And what's not to love about an aircraft that looks like a dolphin with wings?
The bad news now - here is the seven page article by Alain Bourret based on data collected by Claude Faix, on what needs to be done to make an accurate model . .
Basically it is a case of 'jack up fuselage and wings, rebuild fuselage and wings , lower back onto undercart' . Should be FUN! Only issue is that the kit is 1/75th scale , so should it be allowed on this forum? ha ha..
Other votes came in for the Woodcock - an unfortunately-named but very purposeful-looking beast that served with only two squadrons.
and to answer someone's question - THIS is a Pteradactyl ! the Westland-Hill Pteradactyl MkIV to be precise. Quite a large aircraft, a two-seat tandem fighter.
parts have been separated from the backing sheet
What do you think??
Westland, Woodcock and Rainbow in that order...1/75th? Close enough for me!