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Hansa Seaplane, modified 1/72 Eastern Express -ex Toko-

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A build from 9 years ago:

 

After the Japanese Hansa with Rising Decals J-BIRDs decoration posted here:

The limousine conversion (also inspired by the Arawasi magazine) was typical of the time when passenger carrying was starting to be taken more seriously. The pilot was exposed to the elements and the passengers usually sat face to face inside the enclosure, being an inheritance from the horse-driven road coach configuration. This arrangement pioneered the passenger transport before the now standard cabin started to dominate the field. The conversion was applied to pre-existing types that for one reason or another seemed suitable for the adaptation, being mostly military surplus or old types that were given a stretch on their life-span.

There were many of such conversions, but I found only one photo on the Net depicting the plane with the registration J-BCAL. This time though the decals had to be home-made. The profile published in the same Arawasi magazine that featured the subject of the previous article is a good general guide, but compared to the photo shows a couple minor inaccuracies, like the exhaust arrangement and a slight difference in the windows of the passenger cabin.

Again the Eastern Express re-issue of the Toko kit was used with the transformations already depicted in the previous article, plus the “limo” canopy. The kit prop was used this time, since J-BCAL had a two-blade prop. Different exhausts were fabricated too and of course besides removing the front fuselage, the aft position area had to be removed too. A wood plug was carved and used to vacuform the passengers’ canopy.

Similar and yet different to the other Hansa, with the extra appeal of the lumpy proto-cabin

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Superb! As a seaplane nut that is just great!

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Another of your beauties. It reminds me of the DH 4A which had a similar cabin for the passengers but also left the pilot exposed to the elements.

 

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8 minutes ago, pheonix said:

It reminds me of the DH 4A which had a similar cabin for the passengers but also left the pilot exposed to the elements.

 

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Yes it certainly does!

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