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Offline ericr

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Vildebeest, yellow : primary seaplanes
« on: April 24, 2015, 04:37:19 AM »
So, the thing is, I like seaplanes : floatplanes, single-float and double-float or even more, and flying boats as well (single-hull, double-hull or more).
Actually I like them so much that I sometimes floatplanize, or even flying boatize aircraft that were never meant for that, but to me it looks like an improvement (like, to some others, fitting longer wings, it seems).

And I like to paint in primary colors : plain yellow or red or blue, sometimes two of them, or the three.

In the past I have already posted quite a few of them, titled by the aircraft type or name, but the effect of series gets lost in separate posts.

Therefore I thought I might as well start a thread on this.

To begin, here comes a Vought Kingfisher, at the funny scale of 1/200 : it came with its own catapult, which is very nice.

And to give it a bit of context, I looked for a support for the catapult : a boat not too large, just enough to carry it, in a spirit remembering the Aurora boat in the Tintin adventure where he flies a yellow (!) Ar196.
At the scale of 1/200, I found out about the ETV Waker (that had a life as a Greenpeace vessel too apparently), already gifted with a helicopter deck, and featuring a nice rear deck, with good room for the catapult :






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Re: Kingfisher and catapult : primary seaplanes
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2015, 12:59:05 PM »
 :) Excellent

Re: Kingfisher and catapult : primary seaplanes
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2015, 09:22:04 PM »
And I like to paint in primary colors : plain yellow or red or blue, sometimes two of them, or the three.

I like your primary colour approach Eric, breath of fresh air it is ...

...  the effect of series gets lost in separate posts ... therefore I thought I might as well start a thread on this.

... and this is a good idea, the animal/airplane thread and this one, a great way to organise your very original work.

This one looks good, proportions look right. Will be good to see more of your floaty things  :)
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Re: Kingfisher and catapult : primary seaplanes
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2015, 03:42:31 AM »
thanks! I also tried something with the same scale Marwede rescue boat : pictures soon ...


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Re: Kingfisher and catapult : primary seaplanes
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2015, 03:15:02 PM »

And to give it a bit of context, I looked for a support for the catapult : a boat not too large, just enough to carry it, in a spirit remembering the Aurora boat in the Tintin adventure where he flies a yellow (!) Ar196.




here is a picture of the inspiration by the way




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Re: Kingfisher and catapult : primary seaplanes
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2015, 12:30:07 AM »
Beautiful model (usually I do not love boats/ships, but with these flashing colours, I smile and like, yes)

At the scale of 1/200, I found out about the ETV Waker (that had a life as a Greenpeace vessel too apparently)
Thanks to build a new vessel for Greenpeace (our president destroyed one abroad, without asking our approval, I say Sorry, blame him not us...). I don't know if Greenpeace can use this vessel also for Whale campaigns (the animals may come and laugh, instead of going away far to save themselves)...

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Re: Kingfisher and catapult : primary seaplanes
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2015, 05:28:41 AM »
thanks Tophe!
I am not too much into boats either, but when sealplanes are concerned, I am interested  ;)

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Po-2 floatplane and catapult : primary seaplanes
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2015, 06:08:40 AM »
So I had this 1/200 Kingfisher and catapult kit, and it has two of each actually, and I thought, instead of making two Kingfishers, why not use this centrale float and pair of secondary floats for floatplanizing another aircraft?
The trick was to find a kit for an aircraft with the roght size for the float to fit : I finally decided on a 1/144 Po-2, which has the right length, and did exist as a central-float version known as Po-2M :



and I installed it on the same seaplane tender :



I also tried another 1/200 boat : the Marwede rescue ship, which also has a helicopter deck (actually not for landing, I read afterwards, only for manoeuvering, but well, this is whiff anymay  ;) ) :



but the Po-2 looked a bit too large for that, so I prefer to assign it to the Waker :



whereas the Kingfisher looks quite right on the Marwede :





don't you think?  ;)


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Re: Po-2 floatplane and catapult : primary seaplanes
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2015, 01:51:32 AM »
This is one of my favorite projects of yours yet, Eric! Those primary colors remind me of Southwest Airlines.

Maybe Southwest Airlines Search & Rescue?

I'll get me coat...

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Re: Po-2 floatplane and catapult : primary seaplanes
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2015, 02:48:48 AM »
This is one of my favorite projects of yours yet, Eric! Those primary colors remind me of Southwest Airlines.

Maybe Southwest Airlines Search & Rescue?

I'll get me coat...

Brian da Basher


thanks!


actually, if this inspires you for a series of Southwest Airlines (nice color choice indeed  ;) ) Search & Rescue, please go ahead!  :)


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Re: Po-2 floatplane and catapult : primary seaplanes
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2015, 08:38:54 AM »
*snicker* I can just see Southwest Airlines SAR aircraft with all female crews wearing uniforms like those their cabin crews wore when the airline first started but adapted for working in a water environment.

Seriously some nice seaplanes and tender, the primary colors work well.  I presume a seaplane working for a research ship at either Pole would be bright red?

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Re: Po-2 floatplane and catapult : primary seaplanes
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2015, 02:34:16 PM »
*snicker* I can just see Southwest Airlines SAR aircraft with all female crews wearing uniforms like those their cabin crews wore when the airline first started but adapted for working in a water environment.

Seriously some nice seaplanes and tender, the primary colors work well.  I presume a seaplane working for a research ship at either Pole would be bright red?

thanks!

I might have tried red for the seaplanes indeed ;-)


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Ar196B central float, 1/48, red : primary seaplanes
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2015, 03:18:42 AM »
speaking of red seaplanes, here is a central-float version of the Ar196 :
I had been longing for this kits for quite a few years, and suddenly found it,
and built it in red.





The twin floats set is in the kit, so I have it as a spare "for something else"  as someone said recently ;)


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Re: Ar196B central float, 1/48, red : primary seaplanes
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2015, 02:01:09 AM »
Which kit is it?  I didn't know the single float version was available in 1/48.
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Re: Ar196B central float, 1/48, red : primary seaplanes
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2015, 02:34:10 AM »
Which kit is it?  I didn't know the single float version was available in 1/48.


the kit is a bit rare indeed, it can be found on ebay now and then, and can be seen there :


the what-if story for mine could go like : after building the prototype a special primary coat of anticorrosive was applied, and the pictures were taken just before the camouflage paintig that followed ...

I intend to use the spare floats for seaplanes, probably imaginary, and also probably two signle-float seaplane (to maximize fun  ;) )