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Moa

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

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This small early French airliner is now completed, it was among the firsts to provide restroom facilities for its passengers.
It serviced a line that went from France to North Africa stopping on the way in Spain.
It shows that undeniable charm of these pioneers, a bit ungainly but well-proportioned, that make them so attractive. Typical of many designs of the time, the cockpit (and pilot) are located in the aft fuselage exposed to the elements, while passengers traveled in relative comfort in an enclosed and fairly well-appointed cabin. It provided service for a time, but did not reach the popularity or production of other later Latécoère designs that will make themselves and their pilots famous, most notably in South America. Nevertheless, and considering that this was 1921, it its no doubt among the harbingers of the typical small airliner designs that would follow.

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The WiP can be visited here:

 

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It's both an ugly duckling and a swan. Excellent work.

As a matter of interest, how do you terminate your rigging lines?

 

Stuart

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5 minutes ago, Courageous said:

It's both an ugly duckling and a swan. Excellent work.

As a matter of interest, how do you terminate your rigging lines?

 

Stuart

Hi Stuart

I use ceramic "wire".

Cheers

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Great looking model. I bet landing was fun, the view from cockpit isn't great and is that the exhaust pipe running past the cockpit!!! 

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A great model in a great setting!  :goodjob:

 

Cheers :bye:

Hans J

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Ten thousands likes.  I would like to give all your models 10,000 likes.

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A magnificent machine and ditto miniature!

 

Kind regards,

 

Joachim

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8 hours ago, invidia said:

Great looking model. I bet landing was fun, the view from cockpit isn't great and is that the exhaust pipe running past the cockpit!!! 

I was going to say much the same things. I would not have liked to have been he pilot with the exhaust that close but maybe it kept him warm.

Do we have any idea of a typical flight duration?

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32 minutes ago, John R said:

Do we have any idea of a typical flight duration?

Here you go, John. An average of about three hours per leg:

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8 hours ago, invidia said:

and is that the exhaust pipe running past the cockpit!!! 

Strangely enough it is. This plane as commented in the WiP had three exhaust pipe configurations, and this one seemed to be the only one that put the fumes past the pilot, who as we see is almost riding on the fin.

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10 hours ago, invidia said:

I bet landing was fun, the view from cockpit isn't great

I am afraid the intended landing spot was missed some times with humid consequences...

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Beautiful job on that rather charming-looking aeroplane, Claudio!

 

Best Regards,

 

Jason

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Beautiful and extremely interesting model Moa. I have only ever seen models of the sometimes extraordinary and stylish Latécoère flying boats. This is elegant in its way but I am glad you didn't opt for the ungainly looking vertical exhaust system shown in one or two of the photographs!

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

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1 hour ago, Baldy said:

Beautiful and extremely interesting model Moa. I have only ever seen models of the sometimes extraordinary and stylish Latécoère flying boats. This is elegant in its way but I am glad you didn't opt for the ungainly looking vertical exhaust system shown in one or two of the photographs!

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

Thanks Malcolm

I am afraid I must confess that I felt tempted by those chimney stacks, which are irresistibly steampunk.

Yet a different diagonal exhaust reaching the top wing was associated with a an earlier triangular fin, in an interesting visual rhythm.

The Latécoère flying boat I posted here some time ago (a much later machine) also had a land version (that operated in Argentina. May be one day...):

 

There are other, earlier, outstandingly strange Latécoère machines (and you can see the LAT8 just to the right and at the bottom of the three-engine LAT4, a much bigger passenger prospect):

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A so-called Latécoère 14 or 16, although there were other Latécoère so named too (later ones). It's almost brutal:

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