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Enzo Matrix

Flying Boats and Floatplanes Gallery

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  1. 1. Vote for the three entries in the gallery that you like the most - Page 1 of 2

    • Bob_C: Fairey Swordfish Mk.I Floatplane 1:72 (Airfix)
      4
    • Paul J: Walrus 1:72 (Airfix)
      0
    • John D.C. Masters: Grumman Duck 1:72 (Airfix)
      1
    • Paul J: Supermarine Sea Otter Mk. I "Civilian Service" 1:72 (Azur)
      2
    • Johnv: Aichi E13A1 Jake Floatplane 1:72 (Hasegawa)
      0
    • zebra: Convair R3Y-1 Tradewind 1:144 (Anigrand)
      1
    • zebra: Beriev A-40 Mermaid 1:144 (Anigrand)
      0
    • Bob_C: Grumman Duck J2F6 1:72 (Airfix)
      0
    • Courageous: Saunders - Roe SRA/1 1:72 (Planet Models)
      7
    • pheonix: Hansa Brandenburg W 13 1:72 (scratch built)
      17
    • zebra: Beriev Be-200 1:144 (Eastern Express)
      0
    • PeterB: Blohm und Voss BV 138 C-1 1:72 (Supermodel)
      1
    • SeaPlane: Martin SP-5B Marlin 1:72 (Hasegawa)
      1
    • Erwin: Beriev Be 6 1:72 (VEB Plasticart)
      0
    • John D.C. Masters: SOC-3 Seagull 1:72 (Hasegawa)
      0
    • JWM: Be-2 / KOR-1 1:72 (Amodel)
      0
    • Mottlemaster: Heinkel He 115B 1:48 (Special Hobby)
      1
    • Doc72: Kawanishi N1K1 1:72 (Hasegawa)
      2
    • CliffB: Walrus Float Plane 1:200 (Trumpeter)
      4
    • pheonix: Blackburn Twin 1:72 (scratch built)
      14
    • JWM: Be-4 / KOR-2 1:72 (RPM)
      0
    • Moonlighter: Lublin R.XIII Ter/Hydro 1:48 (Mirage Models)
      1
    • None of the above
      4
  2. 2. Vote for the three entries in the gallery that you like the most - Page 2 of 2

    • JWM: Savoia Marchetti S. 55 X 1:72 (Delta 2)
      3
    • Robert Stuart: Supermarine Walrus Mk. I 1:48 (Airfix)
      8
    • Johnson: Supermarine S.6B 1:72 (Pavla Models)
      5
    • Avereda: F4F-3S Wildcatfish 1:48 (HobbyBoss)
      2
    • Worms: Spitfire Mk. IXB Floatplane 1:72 (Brengun)
      1
    • zebra: Beriev R-1 1:144 (Anigrand)
      0
    • Pin: Chetverikov ARK-3 1:72 (ABM)
      3
    • Rod The Fixer: Douglas TBD-1A Devastator Floatplane 1:48 (Great Wall Hobby)
      10
    • Torbjorn: Macchi M.5 1:72 (scratch built)
      7
    • 825: DHC-6 Twin Otter 1:72 (Revell)
      1
    • stevehed: Macchi M.5 1:72 (Pegasus)
      1
    • None of the above
      3


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AIRFIX 1:72 FAIREY SWORDFISH MK1 FLOATPLANE

 

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Cheers,

Bob

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RNZN Walrus K5783 / Z3 .     Old original 1950'sAirfix kit.  All decals from generic sets. Aeroclub rigging thread as only other A M item used Some small detail to cockpit added.

 

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Murphy's Grumman Duck, from the film, 'Murphy's War'.  The old Airfix kit with Xtradecal roundels and lettering.  Not my finest hour but fun nonetheless!  

 

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1/72nd Supermarine Sea Otter G-AIDM demonstrator.   Kit by Azur. Entirely out the box with the addition of rigging and extra portholes to fuselage.

 

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HASEGAWA 1/72 AICHI E13A1 Jake Floatplane

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                                                     Airfix 1:72 Grumman Duck J2F6 (1968 Release)

 

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1/72 Scratch built Hansa-Brandenburg W13, KuK Kriegsmarine,, Spring 1918.

 

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Second of my three Berievs, and third flying boat in this GB, completed - the Be-200. WIP is here

 

 

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thanks for looking

Julian

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Here is my build of the Supermodel Blohm und Voss Bv 138 which was apparently officially nicknamed "See Adler" or "Sea Eagle" according to some sources, but more commonly known as "Der Fliegende Holzscuh" or “The Flying Clog” from the shape of its hull. Using both kit supplied and home made decals, I have finished it in the markings of the 2nd Staffel of Kűstenfliegergruppe 406, or 2/Ku.Fl.Gr 406 which was based at Trondheim in Norway from 1941 to 1943. The staffel should in theory have had their individual aircraft letter in red outlined in white, but photographic evidence suggests that they may have used a lighter colour such as white. Anyway I have done it in red and painted it in the standard maritime camo scheme of RLM65/72/73 with RLM 70 props and spinners, all the paints being Humbrol. Some had white bands around the rear of the tail booms, but picture of the Norwegian ones see to be without them. Ones operating in the region around the Black Sea also seem to have had yellow lower wing tips.

 

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I had a problem with my Mr Hobby RLM65 which came out rather dark and grey so I mixed my own from Humbrol H25 and their RLM76. It is very difficult to get a photo where the blue looks right but the above is my best shot at the later version of the colour (post 1941) which differed from the earlier pre-war version according to some sources.

 

Other than putting in some bulkheads and floors to stop it being "see-through" it is pretty much OOB, and went together quite well, though the wing booms needed a lot of filing down where they join the wings (as mentioned in the Revell instructions for their re-box) and I had a few problems getting the canopy to fit. All my other German maritime aircraft - Arado 196, Fw 200 and He 115 - are painted in the land scheme of RLM25/70/71 as I did not know any better when I built them many years ago and neither it seems did the kit manufacturers. This therefore is my first attempt at the "correct" colours. It is a very low contrast scheme according to my sources, and these Humbrol paints show up the difference between 72 and 73 rather more I suspect than paint from some other manufacturers such as Xtracolour, but I quite like it.

 

So, from being a GB "virgin" at the start of June I have now completed 3, totalling 11 "official" entries, two refurbs, and a Meteor NF14 built in parallel - that has reduced my stash a bit anyway. Thanks to the organisers of this and the other 2 GB for giving me the incentive to get my finger out - from now on I will try and pace myself a bit better with a max of 2 per GB.

 

See you around.

 

Pete

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Hello Everyone

May I introduce a very rare breed of Martin Marlin, the Marline Cyclops, an experimental model without a forward eye, a slighter higher top speed due to less drag, asymmetric nacelles and a host of other small idiosyncrasies which never made it into production.  The full SP-5B is so much better!

 

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Enjoy

Regards

Andrew

 

 

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Here is my build of the classic Hasagawa kit SOC-3 Seagull off of the Light Cruiser USS Phoenix.  This was an easy kit to build and reminded me that all the Hasagawa kits are well engineered and, althighh they sometimes lack the detail of the current Eduard kits, are a dream to build with few, if any hiccups.  Hurrah for that! I didn't do any weathering on this, preferring to keep it ship shape, etc...as it indeed might have been for a time pre-WW2 conflict.  It also looks really good all bright and shiny.

 

All the paints are Vallejo or Vallejo Air...aside from the radio antennae inside the cockpit, all OOB.  Many thanks for the GB hosts, mods, etc...another fine on-line get-together and fun was had by all...

 

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My first completed in this GB, Beriev Be-2 (KOR-1) by A-model. A short run kit from 1998. Model presents one of perhaps twelve of total production machine (at lest two of that dozen were a bit different, so in fact one of 10 production machines). There are photos of one crashed in Finland during I think winter war and some other from Crimea, I think this particular machine is from Black Sea area , likely then converted to wheeled one and used to defense Sevastopol...(More or less it is true...).

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Cheers

J-W

 

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                                                                              Special hobby 1/48 Heinkel He 115 B

 

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Antarctic Supermarine Walrus

As displayed at the RAAF Museum, Point Cook (complete with see-through wing panels).

 

It's a 1/200 scale Trumpeter kit, which I've painted using Humbrol Insignia yellow (although I think it should actually be more orangey ....).

It's rigged using heat-stretched, yellow-coloured sprue from an old Airfix Sea King.

 

The build thread is here if you'd like to see more.

 

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Cheers

 

 

 

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1/72 Scratch built Blackburn TB (Twin), RNAS I o Grain, 1916.

 

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In 1915 the British Admiralty issued a specification for a long range Zeppelin interceptor which could operate over the sea at night. It was to be armed with Ranken incendiary steel darts which were to be dropped over the side of the aircraft which was expected to fly above the target.

 

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The Blackburn Aircraft Company was already building BE 2c trainers and Sopwith Cuckoo torpedo bombers, but the T.B. or Twin Blackburn was the first indigenous design to be submitted by the company. Construction was conventional box girder fuselages with a rotary engine at the front of each, joined by a 10 foot centre section and common tail unit. The wings were three bay with a large overhang and the fins and rudders were slightly modified BE 2 c units.

 

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The original intention was to power the aircraft with two 150hp Smith radial engines which offered a very low weight to power ratio and low fuel consumption. However production units did not prove to be reliable and so 100hp Gnome Monosoupape or 110hp Clergets were fitted instead. The resultant lower powered aircraft were in fact seriously underpowered and the performance of the aircraft fell far short of the operational requirements.

 

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There were some other problems which made the type lanes than optional too. When one of the early production types was being tested the flight test observer recorded that while the pilot sat in one cockpit with all of the controls, he sat in the other with just the engine starting handle. When the Gnome engine was primed a pool of excess petrol formed on the float and ignited when the engine was fired. The observer was expected to lie on the lower centre section and put out the fire on the pilot’s side with a fire extinguisher and then climb into his own cockpit to start the second engine. The fire extinguishing performance had to be repeated and then the observer could clamber back into his own cockpit ready for take off.

 

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Once airborne the test pilot found that the mainplanes flexed to such a degree that all lateral control was lost. This was rectified by adding king posts and bracing to the wing overhangs, but then the relative movement between the fuselages caused the pilot further problems with stability and control.
Communication between the crew was by hand signals which meant that co-ordinating any attack on an airship at night would be been close to impossible. The lack of power from the engines meant that the total offensive load was restricted to 70 lb and the rate of climb was such as to make it doubtful whether the aircraft would ever be able to intercept a target.

 

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Although a total of 7 of the 9 aircraft built were sent to RNAS Killingholme they were hardly used and were eventually struck off charge, a fate shared by the two remaining aircraft which were never taken from storage.

 

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The odd design of this aircraft was to be repeated many times by the Blackburn Company which has a justified reputation for aesthetically unpleasing aircraft, many of which were designed and built for Admiralty purposes, and none of which could reasonably be described as highly successful, even if they were reliable.

 

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Thanks for looking.

 

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Beriev Be-4, known also under Soviet Navy name KOR-2, machine from cruiser Molotov, 1944, Black Sea, RPM kit 1/72 (a bit pimped :) )

 

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Cheers

Jerzy-Wojtek

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Savoia SM 55X, Italian from Spanish Civil War, Mallorca, 1937. Kit by Delta 2

 

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Regards

Jerzy-Wojtek

 

 

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Supermarine Walrus, Irish Air Corps, 1938-39

 

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Used: Airfix 1/48 kit, crew from Tamiya WWII German Tank Crew Field Maintenance Set, acrylic disks

Base: Expanded polystyrene foam, plaster bandage, acrylic paint gels and modelling paste (mainly Golden), soft-toy filling

 

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