Author Topic: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72  (Read 1302 times)

Offline Rod The Fixer

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Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« on: July 08, 2021, 05:20:47 PM »
Hi all,
I'm start to build the S.55 flown by the italian aviator Francesco de Pinedo (February 16, 1890 September 2, 1933).
In 1927, with Carlo Del Prete and the engineer Vitale Zacchetti, De Pinedo flew on this Savoia-Marchetti S.55, called "Santa Maria", from Elmas (Sardinia, Italy) to the Cape Verde Islands, to Buenos Aires and finally reached Arizona.


De Pinedo - S.55 Santa Maria in New Orleans

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First steps, twin hull assembling ...


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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2021, 02:35:01 AM »
Off to a good start
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Offline Rod The Fixer

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2021, 04:56:45 PM »
Cockpit and fitting test ...


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Offline Old Wombat

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2021, 05:19:18 PM »
 :smiley:
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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2021, 01:31:16 PM »
I love the odd looking flying wing/catamaran layout of the S.55, I look forward to seeing your progress. 

Offline Rod The Fixer

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2021, 12:58:29 AM »
Center wing section, wings and extra large hull assembled ...


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First steps on tail section ...


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Offline apophenia

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2021, 08:13:08 AM »
Coming along nicely  :smiley:

I love the odd looking flying wing/catamaran layout of the S.55, I look forward to seeing your progress.

Me too. Each stage of construction suggests a different what-if scenario  :D
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Offline Old Wombat

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2021, 10:52:09 AM »
Still moving along nicely! :smiley:
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2021, 10:56:43 AM »
It is indeed. Welcome aboard the Group Build Rod!  :smiley: :smiley:
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Offline Rod The Fixer

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2021, 05:04:56 AM »
It is indeed. Welcome aboard the Group Build Rod!  :smiley: :smiley:

Thanks mate  :D

Offline Rod The Fixer

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2021, 05:05:12 AM »
Main body assembled ...


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Engine fitting test ...


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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2021, 06:18:06 AM »
Zooming along nicely

Offline apophenia

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2021, 07:28:29 AM »
It is indeed. Looking good Rod  :smiley:  What a spectacular airplane the S.55 was!

And those engine supports were one serious bit of ironmongery  ;D  Very impressive!
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Offline Rod The Fixer

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2021, 11:36:32 PM »
First layer of Aircraft Gray


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Offline Old Wombat

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2021, 02:08:02 PM »
The tail looks so flimsy, compared to the rest of it! :o

Coming along well! :smiley:
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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2021, 12:29:15 AM »
Looking good Rod  :smiley:

The tail looks so flimsy, compared to the rest of it!

Yep, part of the S.55's appeal  :D  These Savoia-Marchettis would have looked intensely futuristic when they first appeared in 1924.

The whole airframe looks so improbable and yet Balbo et al flew them across the Atlantic in formation!
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Offline Rod The Fixer

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2021, 06:04:04 PM »
Decal applied and painted the black line over the wings ...


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Offline Old Wombat

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2021, 11:14:12 PM »
Coming together nicely! :smiley:


Still looks weird, though. ;)
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Offline Rod The Fixer

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2021, 04:48:07 PM »
Model completed before Weathering and rigging ...


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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2021, 05:48:39 PM »
See previous statement. ;)
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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2021, 05:54:00 PM »
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Offline apophenia

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2021, 10:43:25 AM »
Wow ... that is gorgeous Rodolfo!  :smiley:
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Offline Rod The Fixer

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2021, 05:32:21 PM »
Airplane completed ... just in time  :smiley:

The next step is ... a resin sea (unfortunately I can't complete it before one or two weeks ...  :( )


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Offline Old Wombat

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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #23 on: August 08, 2021, 09:47:22 PM »
Brilliant job, Rod! 8)

Don't forget an update when you get the watery base done! :smiley:
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Re: Savoia-Marchetti S.55 - Dora Wings 1/72
« Reply #24 on: August 09, 2021, 07:26:42 AM »
Airplane completed ... just in time  :smiley:

Nah ... you had hours left Rod  :smiley:

Excellent job on the Savoia-Marchetti - the rigging and decals look brilliant! And looking forward to that future resin seascape  :D
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