Luxury Italian Flying Boat

Started by kitflubber, April 09, 2009, 10:44:48 AM

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I had posted this eons ago, back when Planeman was on here a lot (what happened to him?). It's a super-lux twin-hulled Italian flying boat from between the Wars I and II.


It definitely needs some tweaking -- I would be building it in Strata 3D.


So is that twin hulled like the SM55, but with the control cabin up at the high level? And does it have FIVE engines?

I like that idea, I bet Tophe does too!  :lol:
Kit's Rule 1 ) Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage
Kit's Rule 2) The backstory can always be changed to suit the model

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I decided that the previous design was too darn small... now it's 257 feet long, 84 feet keel to top of engines (all twelve), with a 471 foot span.

It has a restaurant, a casino, and a dance floor on the middle sponson (when docked). ;D


Oh and I stole the Piaggio hydrofoil plane's water prop...

PR19_Kit: Yeah, the Captain's quarters are in the top wing.


Oh goodness -- bigger than the Spruce Goose, per Wikipedia:

Specifications (H-4)

Performance specifications are projected.

General characteristics

    * Crew: 3
    * Length: 218 ft 8 in (66.65 m)
    * Wingspan: 319 ft 11 in (97.54 m)
    * Height: 79 ft 4 in (24.18 m)

    * Fuselage height: 30 ft (9.1 m)

    * Loaded weight: 400,000 lb (180,000 kg)
    * Powerplant: 8× Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major radial engines, 3,000 hp (2,240 kW) each
    * Propellers: four-bladed Hamilton Standard, prop, 1 per engine
          o Propeller diameter: 17 ft 2 in (5.23 m)


Cool - don't worry about the size: just keep adding engines......

Speaking of the engines, why not have them in oversized torpedo-shaped pods with an engine room between each pair, access being via a ladder up the inside of the pylon?

I hope those guard rails are retractable and the promenade decks closed in flight: even with the likely "stately" performace, the ladies will still lose their parasols and handerkerchiefs, and young gentlemen might be inclinded to put themselves at risk retrieving them... ;D
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Weaver, I was debating about the engine pods -- maybe they should enclosed in fairings. I need to crack open my old 'Conquerors of the Air' to get better reference, especially for the paint.


I found this Frenchsite with three view drawings of various seaplanes:



Been working on profile drawing for the flying boat... Does anyone have info on the insignias on 1930's Italian Flying Boats?


The Savoia Marchetti S-55 in the previous images were to show scale... The new plane is a bit bigger than the Dornier DO-X -- about 180 feet long.

I finished the engines here -- they are Fiat V-12s, producing about 1,000 H.P. each (there are nine now).



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Thanks for the compliments! I have been building it with Strata now. Here are a couple of progress shots.


Major geometry worked out! Now need to apply paint and put in scene... My ambition exceeds my ability. I want a night time scene with revelers crowding the decks, and party lights strung on the plane.