Altaya AB44 French Bloch MB.210 Medium Bomber (1:144 Scale)
"A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost."
- Marshal Ferdinand Foch
The MB.210 and MB.211 were the successors of the French Bloch MB.200 bomber built by Societ des Avions Marcel Bloch in the 1930s and differed primarily in being low wing monoplanes rather than high wing monoplanes.
The MB.210 derived from the MB.200 and differs in particular by having its cantilever wing set at the bottom of the fuselage, and in having a retractable undercarriage.
Developed as a private venture, the prototype MB.210 accomplished its first flight on November 23rd, 1934, powered by two 596 kW (800 hp) Gnome-Rhne 14Kdrs / Gnome-Rhne 14Kgrs air-cooled radial engines and having a fixed undercarriage. This was followed by a second prototype, the MB.211 Verdun, powered by 641 kW (860 hp) Hispano-Suiza 12Y V-12 liquid-cooled inlines and fitted with a retractable undercarriage, this flying on August 29th, 1935. Initial flight testing of this version was somewhat disappointing, so no further examples were built. Further progress with the MB.210, however, convinced the Arme de l'Air to order series production, the first example of which flew on December 12th, 1936.
The satisfaction did not last very long, however, since it was underpowered and the engines of production aircraft were inclined to overheating. The type was grounded until its engines could be replaced by the more powerful and reliable Gnome-Rhne 14N, these engines first being tested in summer 1937 and had to be replaced. Altogether, 257 units were manufactured amongst companies as diverse as Les Mureaux over Potez-CAMS, Breguet, Hanriot, and Renault.
Pictured here is a 1:144 scale replica of a French Bloch MB.210 Medium Bomber. Back Order! Ship Date: July 2014.
Wingspan: 5.75 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: September 2013