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Savoia Marchetti S.55 - UPDATED . . This is an updated version of my first MOC of this plane. This seaplane is both unusual and beautiful, but my first MOC had wings that were - quite frankly – ugly. They were not at all believable as airplane wings. I have some before-and-after-images of those wing designs posted below. A great big THANK YOU goes out to a very talented contributor on MOCPAGES – Henrik Jensen – who read of my dissatisfaction with the original wings and offered helpful advice for designing swept-back wings, which I have now implemented here. Henrik’s model of the F-100 Super Sabre is worth visiting for a good look – he also shows how to do swept-back wings having sharp front edges, in addition to very realistic livery – fantastic job, Henrik! Introduced in 1926, the Italian-made Savoia Marchetti S.55 saw nearly 250 aircraft in civilian and military service over the next two decades. After its introduction it rapidly set 14 world records for altitude, payload, range and speed. Most of its flights were between Europe and the Americas. A fleet of 24 S.55 aircraft visited the 1933 Chicago Century of Progress International Exposition under the command of Italo Balbo, the Italian Air Marshall. The S.55 had no wheels for runway landings; so, water landings only. Entry into the hulls for crew and passengers was via ladders under each hull’s front and rear hatches. In the cutaway view below, the ladders are yellow and the few passenger seats are shown in green. In my MOC I have working front hatches. In the Italian military version of the S.55 during WWII, there were front and rear gunners at the hatches and a torpedo was suspended under the main wing between the hulls, right below where the pilots sat. Only one survivor of the S.55 – the ‘Jahu’ – remains, today on display in a museum in San Paulo, Brazil. This restored S.55 was the one used by Commander Joao Ribeiro de Barros to cross the South Atlantic Ocean in 1927. The livery of my MOC is based on that one surviving aircraft, though on this updated version I add a white stripe across the front edge of the wings in order to add visual interest. These images below show the original wing design (starboard) and updated version (portside). I abandoned the idea of the very slight upward cant of the wings towards the tips, though the wing thickness trims towards the tips and the white stripes help create that upward effect. You can see my original posting of my first version of this plan by clicking here. You can also see cutaway views of interior details of the dual hulls as well as some other close-up images that were retained in this updated version. My MOCs of other unusual twin-boom aircraft: Sikorsky S-38 Amphibion Focke-Wulf FW-189 Uhu Lockheed P-38 Lightning North American Rockwell OV-10A Bronco Kamov KA-26 Hoodlum Thanks for looking! Comments are welcome!


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