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Paskal Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2019 9:27 a.m. PST

Good evening everyone,

Does anyone know what types are the planes that kill King Kong in the 1933 movie version?

Thank you in advance .

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2019 9:36 a.m. PST

Curtiss F8C-5/O2C-1 Helldiver: link

Torquemada22 Jun 2019 9:39 a.m. PST

Beat me by a hair :-)

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2019 1:46 a.m. PST

Thanks guys,

Because I forgot all my knowledge of the past in aircraft models except perhaps for the most famous models …

So unfortunately after climbing the Empire State Building, Kong is attacked and killed by these military planes.

These planes actually fitted the United States Army Air Corps in 1933?

Now is the fateful question!

For gaming, there are reduced models for these planes?

For now I have only found this:


They are too small, at least I would need 1 / 35th …

In fact, some people will tell you that King Kong of 1933 was supposed to be a size of 15m24 (mine is 20cms), except if Carl Denham and Jack Driscoll were 1m80 tall and Ann Darrow, a height of 1.65m, King Kong measure 7 meters high !

The two references IW15 below are the good models?

What are the differences between U.S. CURTISS F8C-4 HELLDIVER (A-8421) BIPLANE AIRPLANE and U.S. CURTISS F8C-5 / 02C-1 HELLDIVER BIPLANE AIRPLANE?

Thank you

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2019 4:20 p.m. PST

I think the C-4 is the carrier-based version. If I were going to do it I'd use the 1:48 Goshawk model and call it close enough: auction

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2019 10:03 p.m. PST

Thank you Jeff,

I need a two-seater with a machine gun lewis in the back (an English light machine gun on a United States Army Air Corps in 1933?)and two machine guns in the front.

YouTube link

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2019 5:29 a.m. PST

For my 1933 King Kong of 200mm, alas Kong's size changes drastically throughout the course of the 1933 film. While creator Merian C. Cooper envisioned Kong as being "40 to 50 feet tall", animator Willis O'Brien and his crew built models and sets scaling Kong to be only 18 feet (5.5 m) tall on Skull Island, and rescaled to be 24 feet (7.3 m) tall in New York.

This did not stop Cooper from playing around with Kong's size as he directed the special effect sequences; thumb up thumb down, he made Kong appear a lot bigger than O'Brien wanted, even as wide as 60 feet (18.3 m) in some scenes.
As Cooper stated in an interview:

I was a great believer in the changing world. He's different in almost every shot; sometimes he's only 18 feet tall and sometimes 60 feet or larger. This broke every rule that had been worked on, but it was felt that the scene moved with excitement and beauty, the audience would accept any height that fitted into the scene. For example, if Kong had only been 18 feet high on the top of the Empire State Building, it would have been lost, like a little bug; I constantly juggled the heights of trees and dozens of other things. The audience was enthralled with the character of Kong so they would not care or be 18 feet high or 40 feet long, just as long as he was fitted to the mystery and excitement of the scenes and action.

Concurrently, the Kong bust made for the movie was built with a 40-foot (12.2 m) ape, while the full sized hand of Kong was built in scale with a 70-foot (21.3 m) ape. Meanwhile, RKO 's promotional materials listed Kong' s official height as 50 feet (15.2 m).

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2019 2:12 a.m. PST

The dimensions given on the link below concern the version of the Curtiss F8C Helldiver that kills King Kong in 1933 ?


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