Savoia S.73 - Supermodel kit conversion

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Savoia S.73 - Supermodel kit conversion

Post by Peter I. » Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:12 am

Hi guys,

Please find below some images of the conversion I'm working on of the Supermodel S.81 into the S.73 airliner.

I hope you like it.

Kind regards,

Peter

The fuselage with new windows and Evergreen strip for ribs:
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The interior with 18 tiny scratchbuilt seats:
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Interior fitted:
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The under carriage modified and with main wheels made fatter:
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The long cowlings with added oil cooler intakes:
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Post by Vincent Fiore » Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:24 am

Beautiful work looking foward to seeing the compleated project. Hope it will be soon. Just great. :D

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Post by Peter I. » Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:37 am

I just finished painting up the interior:
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The paper on the table is a Google Maps image reduced in size, with the route from Brussels to Berlin....
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For the instrument panel I used the kit's decal, but modified it with painted on instrument faces
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Peter

PS: the door in the fuselage has tiny hinges and can be opened and closed :-)

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Post by Luftwoller » Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:25 pm

Awesome work. Im now going to Google a few pics of the real thing.
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Post by Peter I. » Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:58 am

And some more images of my Savoia Marchetti S.73.

The fuselage, wings and undercarriage have been put together and received a first coat of paint (Bianco Avorio). De cowlings have resin Gnome & Rhone K14 engines from Engines & Things.
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A look at the underside. The exhausts are made of Evergreen tube with the ends drilled out in order to obtain a thinner edge.
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The sheet I designed for this conversion, custom printed by Black Lion Decals. For the remainder I'll use Tauro sheet 72/529.
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Some historic images of SABENA S.73s can be found here:
http://www.baha.be/Webpages/Navigator/P ... savoia.htm

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Savoia S.73 - Supermodel kit conversion - FINISHED

Post by Peter I. » Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:02 am

Dear all,

I have finalised my conversion of the Savoia SM.81 into the S.73 airliner. Made it just in time for the Dutch Nationals, where it won Bronze in the civil aviation category.

A look at the underside with the added ribs showing to good effect:
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I also created a little ground base to display the model on:
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Kind regards,

Peter

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Post by Kubrt » Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:46 pm

Niiiiiice work!
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Post by BLAKE » Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:06 pm

The 30's truly was the golden age of civil aviation and your model is an excellent representation of that bygone era. Thank you for sharing it with us. Sincerely, Blake

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Post by Aeroal » Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:02 pm

Peter,

A truly satisfying conversion, beautifully executed, with a lovely paint job and superb decals. What more could you ask for? As a lover of the S81 and thirties aviation in general, I would rate your model and diorama as exquisite!

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Post by Vincent Fiore » Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:53 pm

Fantastic , What a beautiful job. What color or mix did you use? Some day I would like to do half as good a job on my conversion.

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Post by Peter I. » Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:21 am

Fantastic , What a beautiful job. What color or mix did you use?
Since the model is largely a single colour, I used an enamel spray can from a local DIY (craft) store, which is very close to Humbrol H103 'cream'.

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Post by Editor » Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:40 am

Beautiful work Peter!
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Post by Pliniux » Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:06 am

Fantastico!

Bellissimo!

Awesome!

A really good job Peter!

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Post by jrlucero » Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:07 am

Most impressive build Peter. I really liked how you tackled the conversion and your finishing.

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Post by Vincent Biondi » Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:06 am

Great job Peter!
Congrats on the Bronze Medal.
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