The D.520 was officially accepted by the French Air Force to be its mainstay fighter aircraft in 1939, the year that WWII began. Not many were in service at the time of the German invasion of France in 1940, but the D.520 was one of the few aircraft which could counter the Luftwaffe's Messerschmitt Bf109 and pilots such as Pierre Le Gloan and Denis Ponteins earned ace status while flying it. After the French surrender, the D.520 served as the main fighter aircraft for the Vichy French Air Force and were used against the Allies in the Middle East and North Africa. Near the end of the war, examples which were recaptured by Free French forces were once again flown against Germany. About the Model - Length: 183mm, Width: 213mm Canopy, flaps, and radiator flap may be assembled in either open or closed positions. Kit includes two standing figures, a pilot and an officer, as well as one seated pilot figure. Comes with three distinctive marking options for aircraft flown by French aces. A staff car kit is also included to enable creation of an airfield diorama straight from the box.