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Grelber07 Jan 2022 10:24 p.m. PST

I was looking at documentary movies of Africa for sale, when I came across this paper model of a Sikorsky S-39. I think it is about 1/64th scale, though it is late here, and I may have miscalculated. In any case, they seem to have several other versions in different scales. link
I assume that, like any right-thinking individual, you would naturally want your S-39 painted with giraffe spots.

Grelber

Grelber07 Jan 2022 10:25 p.m. PST

I was looking at documentary movies of Africa for sale, when I came across this paper model of a Sikorsky S-39. I think it is about 1/64th scale, though it is late here, and I may have miscalculated. In any case, they seem to have several other versions in different scales. link
I assume that, like any right-thinking individual, you would naturally want your S-39 painted with giraffe spots.

Grelber

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2022 7:57 a.m. PST

picture

From: link

And more about this particular plane: link

The S-39 had its first flight in 1929: link

Jim

Grelber08 Jan 2022 9:43 a.m. PST

Yes, the original giraffe spotted airplane was owned and operated by documentary film makers Martin and Osa Johnson.

A note for those who enjoy strafing and shooting rockets at Panthers and Tigers. In 1933, while the Johnsons were using their giraffe spotted airplane in Africa, they worked with an expedition from the American Museum of Natural History. The Museum sent members of their staff, and had their own aircraft, but got pilots on loan from the United States Army Air Corps. One of these was Lt. Elwood Quesada. In 1944, he was a major general commanding the 9th Tactical Air Command in France. Just in case you need some background or inspiration for your pulp or WWII characters.

Grelber

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2022 10:12 a.m. PST

Love the camouflage. I once painted a toy cannon (maybe a Marx product) with a similar pattern. I wonder if it's still around somewhere.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2022 8:31 a.m. PST

Interesting story! Thanks for sharing

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