The Transall C-160 was a joint venture German and French short take-off and landing freighter designed for military use.
They were designed to replace the Nord Noratlas and will be replaced in turn by the Airbus A400M
In 1959 French and German aircraft manufacturing companies formed the Transporter Allianze to design and build a short take-off and landing cargo aeroplane for their military services.
The first C-160 flew in 1963 and 169 were manufactured, the last in 1972.
They were operated by the French, German, South African and Turkish air forces and four French C-160s were flown by Air France for the French Postal Service.
In 1977 the French Air Force ordered a further 29 C-160s that were produced from 1982.
Since then most C-160s have been upgraded and improved but they began reaching the end of their service lives in the early years of the new century.
This model represents a C-160 flown by Air France for the French Postal Service, circa 1979.
F-Rsin 1/144 kit completed by Leigh Edmonds in April 2011.