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Sikorski Sea Planes Part Two
Pan Am Sikorski S-43

by Bernhard Schrock


1/72 scale Sikorski S-43


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The second model in my Sikorski seaplane double is the very beautiful S-43 kit by Sword in 1/72 scale.

Again, this is a very good base, but there are some mistakes. On the good side it's very nicely proportioned as well as well detailed and engraved. But the distance between the wire outlets on the lower wings is too short, so that the angle of the wires leading to the floats does not correspond to the original.



Additionally, you have to model your own fairings to hold the wires on both ends. Then the distances between the aileron hinges is wrong as well as their position. Moreover the air intakes under the engine nacelles are shaped wrongly. This is also the case with the wheel wells.

On top of this, I refined and detailed the kit, as you can see in the pictures. The pictures probably tell more than words, as usual.

As a fan of civil aircrafts, I had to build the civil version, and I decided on a Pan American Clipper. In the heat of the moment, I overlooked the detail that these passenger planes did of course not have cargo doors.



The markings are home-made (I downloaded the Sikorsky logo and printed it on a decal
sheet) and from Aeromaster, respectively.


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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2005 by Bernhard Schrock
Page Created 29 November, 2005
Last Updated 30 November, 2005

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