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Morane-Saulnier MS-406 for CFS3

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Last Updated 16-April-2006



Morane-Saulnier MS-406 for Microsoft CFS3. Model by Craig Murray. Textures by Nigel Dickinson.

This page is intended as a quick reference to locate resources for this aircraft. In addition to the core model, you will also find a list of optional textures and stand-alones.

Core Package
Component Location Comments
Netwings
Sim-Outhouse
Version 2.0
Current release. Includes default skin. For previous versions, see "Release History" below.
Netwings
Sim-Outhouse
Flight Model Upgrade 2.1
Requires Version 2.0 package. Includes AIR, CFG, and XDP files only.
French Gauges Netwings
Sim-Outhouse
Required graphics files for virtual cockpit.
French Weapons Netwings
Sim-Outhouse
Required weapons package for this aircraft.
CFS3 Nationality Expansion Kit ~ Redux Netwings
Sim-Outhouse
Warning! File size is 27.6 MB!

Skins
Optional textures for use with the core package.
Component Location Comments
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
French noseart
Use with v2.0+.

Stand Alones - Battle of France
Modifications of the core package that contain the model as well as a new texture.
Check each package for additonal component requirements.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
DAT Avord
MS406c1 N°871 , patrouille DAT, Avord, May 1940. There is no known explanation as to why the uppersurfaces of this aircraft have been resprayed with the pale grey usually used for undersurfaces.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GCI 1938
From September 1938, all French fighters began to receive a camouflage scheme of pale grey undersides and 'kaki mat' uppersurfaces in place of the varnished aluminium scheme used beforehand. The 3-colour scheme used in WW2 was not introduced until December 1938, although numerous aircraft retained the old khaki scheme well into 1940. The fuselage roundel was not introduced until 13th January 1940, and even then was not systematically used until later. GCI received its first batch of MS406 fighters in May 1938.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GCI/2 Cigognes
MS406c1 No704 L733 of 1 Esc, GCI/2, Nimes May-June 1940. This squadron had the distinctive and unusual habit of marking the aircraft's individual number in Roman numerals as opposed to the more normal Arabic/European style. The Groupe insignia of a stork is carried on the tailfin.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GCI/2 Cigognes Red
MS406c1 N°969 L998 of 1 Escadrille, GCI/2, Nimes-Courbessac, early July 1940. The red cown and tailfin were introduced during the final overs of the Battle of France, and should not be confused with the Vichy 'striped pyjamas' introduced in 1941. The Roman numerals are typical of GCI/2.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GCI/2 de Puybusque
MS406c1 No676 L733 of 1 Esc, GCI/2, flown by Sgt de Puybusque, May 1940. Not all aircraft of GCI/2 carried Roman numerals - this aircraft was flown by Sgt de Puybusque during the French campaign in 1940. The Stork insignia is carried in the traditional but non-regulation (at this date) position on the fuselage, rather than on the tailfin. De Puybusque scored seven confirmed kills during the Campaign, becoming one of the highest scoring French aces of the period.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GCI/3 Green
MS406c1 of GCI/3, 1939. Theoretically by 1939, all French aircraft were supposed to be painted in the 3-colour scheme of grey, chocolate brown and khaki green; this was, however, not systematically observed. This aircraft retains the earlier paint scheme of pale grey undersides and 'kaki mat' uppersurfaces. The fuselage roundel was not introduced until 13th January 1940. The wing roundels are of the larger type introduced on 24th July 1939. The fuselage insignia is in the traditional position, unchanged since WW1.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GCI/45 Free Polish
MS406c1 Free Polish Air Force, GCI/145, French Air Force, 1940. Following the defeat and fall of Poland in 1939, many Polish citizens made their way West in order to continue the fight, paving the way for the Free Polish Forces which operated, usually alongside the British Forces, until the end of the war in Europe. In 1940, France was quick to put these skilled and determined aviators to work in their own unit, GCI/145.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GCII/3
MS406c1 No784 L813 of GCII/3, May 1940. This aircraft displays the wavy-snaky camouflage found on MS406s of the second production batch (numbers 600+) made by the SNCAO works at Bouguenais. The red spinner is specific to GCII/3.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GCII/3 Commander
MS406c1 No989 L579 of GCII/3, May 1940 for the Battle of France Campaign.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GCII/6
MS406c1 N°945 L985 of GCII/6, late 1939. This aircraft was built by the Morane-Saulnier works at Puteaux, as shown by the MS logo on the cowling and tailfin. The absence of fuselage roundel,introduced on 13th January 1940, and unit insignia, situates this aircraft in late 1939 or early 1940. The white spinner tip indicates GCII/6.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GCIII/1
MS406c1 N°730 L759 of GCIII/1, April-May 1940. This aircraft displays the red diagonal flash and foxes mask of GCIII/1 over the wavy-snaky camouflage found on MS406s of the second production batch (numbers 600+) made by the SNCAO works at Bouguenais.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GCIII/1 Polish
MS406c1 No 1031 L621 of 5 Escadrille, GCIII/1, Rouen-Boos, France, April 1940 for the Battle of France Campaign.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GCIII/1 Polish L-529
MS406c1 No.590 L-529, 6 Escadrille, GCIII/1, Beauvais-Tillé, France, December 1939. Before the introduction of the fuselage roundel, the Polish pilots in this flight carried the insignia of SPA93 on both the tail and fuselage.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GCIII/6
MS406c1 No803 L832 of 6 Escadrille, GCIII/6, Shot down 21 May 1940. This aircraft is typical of GCIII/6 with the 'African Mask'. It was flown by Sgt Arnould de Gervilliers, who was killed when it was shot down near Cambrai.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GCIII/6 Le Gloan
MS406c1 No597 L536 of 5 Esc, GCIII/6, April-May 1940. This aircraft is typical of the earlier production run, with its large 'swathe' camouflage. The 'African Mask' indicates GCIII/6. Pierre Le Gloan finished the French campaign flying D.520s with 11 confirmed and 2 probables.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GCIII/7
MS406c1 No170 N490, 6 Esc, GCIII/7, June 1940. This aircraft carries the standard 'swathe' camouflage of the early production series, with the 'La Folie' insignia of GCIII/7, inspired by a painting by Michaelangelo. The individual number appears unusually in white on the port wing uppersurfaces. This aircraft survived the fighting. Skin based on a photograph taken just after the surrender.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GCIII/7 Le Vautour
MS406c1 No231 N-593 "Le Vautour", 6 Esc, GCIII/7, flown by Sgt-Chef Morlot, 8th May 1940.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
General Pinsard
MS406c1 No. 1019 "Le Pirate", personal aircraft of Général Pinsard, Commandant Groupement 21 ZOAN, May 1940. Pinsard, a WW1 Ace, continues to carry the WW1 insignia of SPA 23 on this aircraft, painted in a distinctive pale grey and black livery. The aircraft was manufactured by Morane-Saulnier at their Puteaux works, as shown by the MS logo on the tailfin and cowling.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
Multiplayer 1938
Until 6th December 1938, all French fighters were theoretically finished in Khaki Green uppersurfaces over pale blue-grey undersurfaces; many were not in fact repainted in the regulation 3-colour camouflage until much later, if at all. This skin, with the associated specific MOS file, allows you to use the noseart and codes in CFS3. You will need my French Noseart files from Sim Outhouse.

Stand Alones - Other Theatres
Modifications of the core package that contain the model as well as a new texture.
Check each package for additonal component requirements.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
Croatian Air Force
Yugoslavia
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
Finland No 5
Finnish Air Force, from the early part of the Russo-Finnish War.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
Finland No X
Finnish Air Force, in the later part of the Russo-Finnish War - the 'Continuation War'.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
GC1 Alsace
Free French Forces, 1941.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
Luftwaffe Trainer
Fighter trainer of the Luftwaffe.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
RAF French Fighter Flight No.2
Royal Air Force, 1941.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
Switzerland 1943
D-3800 Morane of Swiss Air Force, 1943. The D-3800 was similar to the MS-410, a development of the MS-406.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
Switzerland 1944
D-3800 Morane of Swiss Air Force, 1944. The D-3800 was similar to the MS-410, a development of the MS-406.
Vichy Indochina Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
Vichy Indochina
MS406c1 No307 N-719 Flown by Capt Pierre Pouyade, Tong, Tonkin, 1942. On top of the Vichy 'striped pyjamas' worn on the nose, this aircraft has the red tailplanes imposed by the Japanese on French aircraft in Indochina (now Viêtnam) to avoid confusion with Allied aircraft. Vichy France was not at war with Japan. The spinner may have been red or black, or been repainted at one stage. You will need to change the country line in the xdp file to 'germany'. Use Notepad.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
Vichy XXXIV
Ecole de l'Air, Vichy French Air Force.
Sim-Outhouse
By Nigel Dickinson
Yugoslav Partisan Air Force
Captured from Croatian Air Force.

Release History & Bug Reports
Version Release Date Location Comments
Project Start 10-Dec-2004 N/A My first attempts at model building.
Beta Test 12-Jan-2005 N/A Beta version distributed through AvHistory forum. Truly ugly.
Version 1.1 10-Jul-2005 Sim-Outhouse Initial release with preliminary textures.
Version 2.0 02-Feb-2006 See "Core Package" above Final version with improved cockpit and textures.
Flight Model Upgrade 2.1 16-Apr-2006 Netwings
Sim-Outhouse
Corrects several issues with flight model including:
  • Upgraded to Aero workbook 2.86.112
  • Corrected max air speed per historical acounts
  • Corrected max sea-level speed per historical acounts
  • Wheels-up landing is now possible.
  • Takeoff from unpaved airfield now possible.
  • Corrected prop-strike parameters.

The Virtual Cockpit features the legendary Baille-Lemaire gunsight, known affectionately as the "lantern". Technically, the MS-406 used a slightly different gunsight than the OPL RX-39 pictured here, but this gunsight had the best selection of pictures on which to base the design.

Gauges are calibrated in metric units and the cockpit features a generous selection of knobs and levers. Note that the MS-406 features two airspeed indicators: one for normal flight and another specifically for landing (calibrated for lower speeds).

The exterior model features the infamous retractable radiator.

Extend it or retract it by pressing CTRL-E or SHIFT-E.