Farman (SMCAC) NC 223.3
Azur, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Azur kit no. AIR005 -
Farman (SMCAC) NC 223.3 B.N.5 French Heavy Bomber
mid-grey plastic parts on five sprues, 9 clear parts on one
sprue, 6 resin parts on two pour blocks, decals for three
aircraft plus a 14 page A5 instruction booklet with history,
parts plan, 14 build diagrams and 3 pages of paint/decal
USD$79.46 from Squadron.com
highly detailed, excellent decals and resin.
||Make sure you have
space for it! Not for beginners.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
Azur's 1/72 scale
Farman (SMCAC) NC 223.3 B.N.5
is available online from
The pre-war French aircraft industry must have to come close to winning
the prize for building the ugliest aircraft of the period. Post-war,
they made up for it by building one of the prettiest aircraft ever - the
The Farman NC 223.3 B.N. 5, although perhaps not the ugliest, was
certainly no beauty when you consider it was a contemporary of the
First flown in January 1938, eight were ordered and supplied to the
French Air Force in May and June 1940. After the Armistice, they were
used by Vichy Aviation and Air France. One was captured and used by the
Free French until 1945.
Bigger than a Wellington, this is going to be a fairly substantial model
once completed. Most of the parts are plastic with only six in resin and
no PE parts at all. The five large sprues are beautifully moulded in mid
grey plastic with finely engraved panel detail.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The interior is nicely detailed except for the cockpit side walls but as
most of the big clear canopy is painted, you won't be able to see much
anyway. Although it is well moulded, you realize it is a short run kit
when you see the big wings just butt joint onto the fuselage. It may be
wise to try and make some sort of spar for the wings.
The six resin parts are on two identical pour blocks and are two coolant
intakes, two sets of gill flaps and two oil cooler intakes.
Unfortunately, two of these resin parts in the review sample were
broken, but they are fixable.
The big decal sheet by Aviprint, has markings for three aircraft, two
French Air Force in 1940 and one Free French aircraft with no date. The
white looks like it may be a bit thin and unfortunately is slightly out
of register with the other colours but with most of the markings still
The four engines, in two Dornier like tractor/pusher nacelles, are slung
beneath the high mounted wings on struts which I think could cause some
problems for less experienced modellers. One problem is that the side
profiles in the paint/decal instructions show an aircraft with a spat
covering the tail wheel but there's no sign of this in the instructions
or parts plan.
On the clear sprue, there are two cockpit canopies and three noses but
only one canopy is for use here and only two of the noses. The parts
plan dose not show which parts are not to be used so you will have to
read the instructions carefully.
Notwithstanding the above minor criticism, Azur's Farman (SMCAC) NC
223.3 B.N.5 will build into a very detailed model and I have no
hesitation in recommending it to all but the most inexperienced
Thanks to MPM/Azur for the review sample.
Review Text Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 31 December, 2005
Last updated 30 December, 2005
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