Chris Meddings and his stunning take on the first snow at an unknown airfield WW1 Nieuport XVII the ride of Captain Matton who had just come back from a sortie and was asked to go back to his plane for a photograph. France, ever the trendsetter in fashion, established a principle that was followed to various degrees by its allies, especially the Americans.

Adie Roberts continues his inspirations to help inspire modellers of all abilities to work out of their comfort zone building dioramas or just trying new builds. 

An agreed-upon escadrille (squadron) insignia was painted or stenciled on the fuselage side, with an Arabic numeral ahead or aft of it to identify the individual pilot. 

Some escadrilles acquired their insignias from recognized artists of the age. When Captain Georges Matton and his executive officer, Lieutenant Armand de Turenne, conceived of a crowing rooster head for N.48, artist Jacques Nam worked up the definitive version. A Swiss volunteer in the unit, Jacques Roques, had the face of a young lady as a personal marking on his Spad VII hand-painted by his Parisian friend, artist Georges Lepape.



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