Sky-Fi master Jon Hall is back with not only a brilliant new aircraft, but the wonderful home base of The Swordfish. The aircraft is a whimsical combination of pontoons, open cockpit, inverted gull wings, duel booms, bomber nose and pusher, and it just works. The base looks like a place I’d like to hang out and have a fruity tropical drink between sorties.
Here’s a lovely throwback to when air travel was special. People dressed up to fly, air crews were glamorous, food was served with cloth napkins and care, and luggage probably got there in one piece. The planes were designed on paper by people with slide rules and french curves, and they were beautiful, just like this one from builder Vaionaut.
I love a good airplane model, especially biplanes. In freshman engineering I built a biplane for a project that I was told no one had built a biplane for, and the professor wasn’t sure it would work. It flew wonderfully. Prolific LEGO aircraft builder John Lamarck has posted a beautiful Blackburn B-6 Shark. Like many aircraft developed in the interwar years it did not have a long service life as developments happened rapidly in aviation in that time period. My only quibble is the inter-wing struts should be on an angle in the front view and not vertical, but that is likely driven more by the scale and medium.
Humans have always envied birds. For as long as we've been looking up, we've been longing to take to the skies. Thankfully, we were clever enough to figure out how, and flying airplanes is now the aspiration. Like this little one by builder tankm, we can all dream of flight, and the dream is within reach.
While the corsair is my favorite WWII fighter, the mustang is a close second. Most planes of the era were so drab (literally) and unexciting, but not the mustang, she was shiny, fast and beautiful. This version by Milan CMadge is the best I've seen at this scale, right down to the dihedral.
Rotary engines have always fascinated me. I understand the principal, but something as complicated as a four cycle engine is difficult enough to wrap your head around, now make it spin. But they certainly are lovely to look at, especially this one by Karf Oohlu.