Breguet 1050 Alize
Mach 2, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Mach 2 - Breguet 1050
Alize. Long range surface and anti-submarine maritime patrol
(Un-numbered) – all limited run, low pressure injection
styrene. Canopy, landing lights and some domes as
||Purchased from: Uncle
Bill Hobbies in Calgary for Cdn$ 40.00
||Rare subject; well
detailed; high quality decals
canopy broken in transit
Reviewed by Gurcharan S.
Hobby's 1/72 scale Macchi C.200 I serie is available online from
One of the more rarely modelled aircraft, the Alize provided over 40
years of service with the French Navy (Aeronavale) and over 20 years
with the Indian Navy.
Designed and developed in the postwar period the Alize was a compatriot
of the British Fairey "Gannet". Both aircraft introduced a number of
ingenious features, and served both in the ASW and airborne early
warning (AEW) roles.
The Alize was powered with a Rolls-Royce Dart RDa.21 turboprop with
1,565 kW (2,100 SHP), driving a four-bladed propeller and had a CSF
radar system with a retractable antenna dome in the belly.
The fuselage was fairly large and accommodated a lot of gear and a crew
of three, including pilot, radar operator, and sensor operator. The
pilot was seated in front on the right, the radar operator in front on
the left, and the sensor operator sat sideways behind them.
The internal weapons bay could accommodate a homing torpedo or depth
charges, and underwing stores pylons could carry bombs, depth charges,
rockets, or missiles. Typical underwing stores included 68 mm unguided
rocket pods or AS-12 wire-guided antiship missiles.
The Alize provided sterling service and participated with the Aeronavale,
from the Suez conflict right up to the NATO air-campaign over Kosovo.
With the Indian Navy it participated in Goa independence, `71
Indo-Pakistan war and Maldives operations.
The kit consists of a single sprue with an un-identified number of parts
(they’re not numbered and I didn’t count), moulded in light grey
plastic. The level of detail is good with recessed panel lines and
minimal flash (only on the smaller parts). The transparency provides a
canopy (mine was cracked and broken) and tail and nacelle-tip landing
lights of the earlier version.
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The decals are excellent. They are clear
and (look) thin and are slightly matt and are provided for three
un-identified Aeronavale aircraft.
The only real weakness of the kit is the instruction sheet. It is really
only a single photocopied “Letter” sized sheet with the briefest of
information or assembly steps. It hints at versions “A, B and C”, with
reference to the alternative parts for each, and some assembly drawings,
without any steps. The flip side shows the three paint schemes for the
three respective versions.
Clearly this kit is for the more advanced
modeller in mind, and the instruction sheet is nowhere in league of the
Dragon or Tamiya of our world.
But if you have a few kits under your belt
and want to build a kit of this very capable and “different” aircraft in
1/72, there is no kit like this!
Purchased with reviewer's own funds
Review Copyright © 2006 by Gurcharan S. Sidhu
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