It does not take an expert in aviation history to know about the Arc-en-Ciel piloted several times by Mermoz across the South Atlantic. The aircraft fame is probably due to its renowned pilot, Mermoz, and because of its unique shape, René Couzinet’s signature, its designer and manufacturer.
The model presented here is, of course, not contemporary with Mermoz’s time—this is not a factory model—it most likely dates back to the ’60s or earlier. Its making shows the greatest care and expertise: even though it is painted, it is made of wood on top of which aluminum sheets were fitted and cover the whole model. Only the engine cowls have not been painted and one can imagine how this piece must have looked like in its original condition (here we point out that this model was recently renovated).
Another highlight of its fine making is the fitted cockpit and rear of the aircraft that can be seen through the windows and the cockpit panes.
This is a 1:30 scale model with a wingspan of a little over one metre. We acquired it damage free and with no parts missing thanks to its impressive protective case.
As previously stated, this is not a factory model and as such it is not flawless. However, it is a very fine and unique piece that captures the so distinctive lines of this aircraft. Also, it is a fact that there are very few models of this aircraft and even fewer of that scale!