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The aircraft carrier Foch (visual call sign R 99) was the sister-ship of the Clemenceau. It was the second warship named in honour of Marshal Ferdinand Foch, who had declared: „Airplanes [...] have no military value“. The Foch, put into the hold in February 1957, was built at the Atlantic shipyards in Saint Nazaire and commissioned on 15 July 1963. The landings were made on the 165 m sloping runway equipped with 4 stopping strands. The 2 steam catapults of 50 m allowed the take-off of 15/20 ton aircraft at 110 knots. The 2 lifts could lift a 15-tonne aircraft to 8.50 m in 9 seconds. Between 1980 and 1981, it underwent an IPER (Periodic Unavailability for Maintenance and Repair) which equipped it with a naval operating system for tactical information, an inertial power plant for adjusting the aircraft platform before catapulting, missile bunkers for AM-39 Exocet missiles and tactical nuclear weapons. It will thus be able to accommodate 4 or 5 AN-52s and then the ASMP6 missile. After a 37-year career in the French Navy, it was sold on 15 November 2000 to the Brazilian Navy, which finally disarmed it in November 2018.


Because it's important to us!

At Heller, we are constantly working to produce our products as sustainable as possible. In recent years, we have therefore taken many measures to increase resource efficiency as much as possible.

Recycled plastic

Since 2023, we have been producing all Heller model kits with recycled plastic. This gives existing plastic a new life in a great kit while maintaining the same quality.

No bags and film

Instead of packing our sprues in plastic bags, we use tissue paper to transport all components in a clean, protected and environmentally friendly way. Thanks to our seal closure, we do not need shrink film. This also significantly increases the recyclability of our packaging.

Oldies but Goldies

We are proud of our large archive of injection moulds. That is why we rework, repair and improve existing moulds instead of throwing them away. Great models are preserved and at the same time a lot of energy and material is saved. That's why we proudly display the year of manufacture of our moulds and the year of the last general overhaul clearly on every product box.

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