Dornier Do X, “Landing on Hudson River”, 1/144 Otaki
The largest, heaviest, and most powerful flying boat in the world (1929)
This is my only made diorama, still, that I’ve finished just a year ago.
Dornier Do X in 1/144 scale. built by old Otaki’s kit that I found from german collector. I no plan to make a base or make diorama of with this kit but I dreamed this ‘scene’, and I had so much fun to realize this scene to miniature life. after that long process then one day, this was finished.
I really like this theme. there’s no war between two country and whole New Yorkers were made crowd for just watching an seaplane. it’s quite nostalgic scene. It makes me happy when I imagine to be into that time, that era.
So, Dornier Do X was brand new airliner to long distance. it had 3 floors of decks, had capability of transport 100 passenger for short distance, and 66 passengers for long flight. Dornier sent this big bird to long trip for their promotion. this Do X was passed many city’s of Europe, Africa, South America and just arrived in New York after 9 month from when she took off from Germany. crowd of people welcomed the crew everywhere she landed.
the Otaki’s Kit was surprisingly great considering kit’s age. it’s even big in 1/144 scale but every parts fits nice. in my picture you can see the gap between main wing’s upper and bottom side assembly but it was just my fault not kit’s problem. I could fix it with putty due to corrugative plate details.
Water base it even more simple compare to my last Catalina’s base. this time was just single layer of gel medium on carved extruded polystyrene panel.
Well, figures are preiser’s 1/144 crew and passengers in the main scene, and all others are 1/150 one for architectural model witch is not in sharp quality. At the main scene, the woman and the crews are just nobody in historical people. I just improvised with limited preiser’s figure.
Oh, the background! I almost forgot it. that’s just a print on transparent film. that’s my another improvisation and it’s easy to make and makes nice effect.
Actually whole build is not quite sharp neither well finished. I was so enjoyed during this build and I suddenly thought that I don’t want to be too stressed by this build. that’s my excuse.
Holly.. this was the longest writing in English I’ve made after my graduation I think 😉
it’s still difficult to express complex thing but I feel much softer now with this language. another appreciate for I modelers..!
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