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Crab with the Golden Claws: Type of sea-plane?

#1 · Posted: 4 Jun 2017 05:51
Looking to build a model of the seaplane.
Can anybody tell me the type of plane, and/ or where I can get plans?
#2 · Posted: 4 Jun 2017 16:26 · Edited by: jock123
It's similar (but not identical) to a Noorduyn Norseman, a Canadian bush aircraft produced between 1935 and 1959.
Robert B.C. Noorduyn, the designer, worked for other companies prior to starting his own firm, and it could be that there was an earlier 'plane from Fokker or similar which was closer to Hergé's drawing. It might also just be that Hergé had no specific original in mind, and made something up that suited his needs and was simple for him to draw.
The Norseman is available as a kit (or at least has been in the past), so it might be adaptable enough with a little tweaking.

Update: I knew I'd read it somewhere. While the Norseman might be close, a closer make, and the probable reference of Hergé's design is the Bellanca Pacemaker (I'm not enough of a technician to know which of the many variant models it is), which is what the research of Weta discovered when making the CGI model for the Spielberg film, according their The Art of... "making of" book.
I've not found a photo of either the Norseman or the Bellanca to match Hergé exactly - there seems to be variety in the number/ placement of windows, slight differences in wing shape, and (especially) the broad struts for the floats/ undercarriage seem to be unusual or unique to Hergé, but maybe an aeroplane enthusiast will be able to shed light on that.

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