Caudron-Renault C.R.714 Cyclone

Kit:Heller, 1/72; bought on eBay for about $3. Model finished on 2022-01-20.
Aircraft:CA-556, N° 6, Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force), Summer 1940
Caudron 714 in 1/72

Caudron 714 in 1/72

The Caudron-Renault C.R.714 Cyclone was a French fighter that first flew in 1936. A total of 83 aircraft had been completed by the time Germany invaded France in 1940. Earlier, the French government had decided to donate 80 aircraft to Finland; eventually only six aircraft made it. The Finnish Air Force had a plan to assign the aircraft to LeLv 30, but the aircraft was found to be unsuitable to Finnish conditions and generally poorly suited for combat.

Caudron 714 in 1/72

Caudron 714 in 1/72

Caudron 714 in 1/72

Caudron 714 in 1/72

Construction Notes

The old Heller kit dates back to 1967. My model was built from the 1993 boxing which featured a new decal sheet (which I did not need). The kit is generally accurate but suffers from its age. I spent a lot of effort detailing the cockpit and the landing gear, as well as adding wheel wells, using Evergreen stock and Albion Alloys tubing.

Painting the model was extremely difficult. I tried to replicate the exact pattern based on photographs I had taken of this aircraft in 2006. I used the Hataka lacquers from their excellent "Early WW2 French Air Force" set (see here for more information on French camouflage colors). I also used some Tamiya acrylics for details, and finished the model off with a mixture of Testors' Dullcote and Glosscote.

Decals came from an InScale sheet (for Caudrons and Moranes) as well as from a TechMod sheet of Finnish swastikas. The InScale decals were rather thick, and for the swastikas I had to paint white circles underneath to prevent the camouflage from showing through.

Caudron 714 in 1/72

Glueing a "handle" to the model makes painting a lot easier

Caudron 714 in 1/72

Masked for clear coat spraying

Caudron 714 in 1/72

Masked for painting the anti-slip wing walk

Caudron 714 in 1/72

CA-556 in storage at Vesivehmaa, Finland

References Used

This aircraft type is well documented. Particularly excellent references are 2, 4, 7, and 9 (Finnish edition of the Mushroom "Finnish Fighter Colors" book), as well as - of course - 12.

  1. Air International September 1975
  2. Aircraft Described #204: Caudron-Renault C.R.714 (Aero Modeller large scale plans)
  3. Les Avions Caudron - Tome II (Hauet); Collection Historie de l'Aviation 12; Éditions Lela Presse 2002
  4. Les chasseurs Caudron - CR.714 et dérivés (Comas & Ledet); Hors-série Avions 11; Éditions Lela Presse
  5. Le GC 1/145 - Un groupe polonais dans la campagne de France (Belcarz); Hors-série Air Magazine 6
  6. l'Aviation Française de 1939 à 1942 - Chasse, bombardement, reconnaisance et observation - Tome 1: d'Amiot à Curtiss (Breffort & Jouineau); Planes and Pilots / Avions et pilotes 7; Histoire & Collections 2004
  7. Morane-Saulnier M.S.406 & Caudron C.714 (Keskinen et al); Suomen Ilmavoimien historia 4; Tietoteos 1975
  8. Polish Aces of World War 2 (Gretzyngier & Matusiak); Osprey Aircraft of the Aces 21; Osprey 1998
  9. Suomen ilmavoimien hävittäjät - Historia, maalaukset ja merkinnät 1939-1945 (Stenman & Hołda); Koala-kustannus 2015
  10. Suomen ilmavoimien värit 1918-2013 (Rönkkö et al); Apali 2013
  11. Suomen Siivet Marras-joulukuu 1973
  12. My own photographs taken of CA-556 in storage at Vesivehmaa in 2006

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