Some float plane ID models

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Some float plane ID models

Postby solidmodeler » Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:21 pm

Here are four float planes I carved from the U.S. Navy recognition model plan series- from left to right, Curtiss Seamew, Grumman Duck, Vought Kingfisher and Curtiss Seagull. Scale- 1:72.
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Re: Some float plane ID models

Postby Krzychu74 » Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:42 pm

Hello!
Look very nice. Will they be painted? I mean insignia, camouflage, etc.

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Re: Some float plane ID models

Postby MrWidgeon » Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:44 pm

Krzychu74 wrote:Hello!
Look very nice. Will they be painted? I mean insignia, camouflage, etc.

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Krzychu74

They probably won't be.
WW II Recognition models were just painted black with no insignia to make the viewer think about what airplane he was looking at and have no obvious visual clues as to it's identity, just the shape and configuration.
In water flying attitude is everything
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Re: Some float plane ID models

Postby solidmodeler » Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:04 pm

That's correct, I followed the original plans down to drilling holes through them in the center of gravity allowing them to be hung from the ceiling by a single piece of wire or string. They are supposed to be painted with flat black lacquer, these are done in black acrylic followed by clear matte finish (both made by Tamiya).
There were 90 different model plans, designed so that school children could build them for the war effort. I am working towards building all of the float planes and flying boats.
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Re: Some float plane ID models

Postby Krzychu74 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:55 pm

Hello!
MrWidgeon and solidmodeler: thank you for explanation. Oh yes, if it is recognition models it really the shape is important to remember (friend or enemy aircraft).
Thank once again!

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