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Moa

Latécoère L.A.T.8 1921, scratchbuild 1/72

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The Latécoère L.A.T.8 or LATE 8 was a medium size early attempt for a passenger/postal carrier to ply some of the short routes with less demand. A sort of small airliner. In many ways, it resembles the later and much more successful Breguet 14T "cabine", used more or less in the same way.

The Late 8 could carry five passengers with the luxury of a restroom -equipped with toilet, and so was proudly announced in contemporary ads. The pilot, like in many other designs of the time, sat quite back in an exposed cockpit on the fuselage, to the right of the spine, and had to access his position from the exterior. There is not much in terms or reference material, but it's clear the plane first had a pointy vertical tail with the legend "LAT8", and then a more rounded one. The exhaust went through three changes, as well as some other external details. Photos also show it with and without the F-ESDF registration. When those were applied, they went on the vertical tail and under the lower wing only.

Decals as usual are form Arctic Decals.

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(Thanks John!)

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9 minutes ago, Vincenzo64 said:

Beautiful: how did you make the wing with the bending?....

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Marvelous... Seen this method for the wings before, but the modelers never kept on using this method.

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Great work Moa. Good step-by-step build, and good to see the wing process too.

 

Stuart

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The completed model is here:

 

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You are a true Genius Moa, a true work of art.

 

Thanks for sharing.

 

Stephen

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