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Porco Rosso

This is the Savoia S21 Seaplane from the 1992 Japanese Animated Adventure Film .
The film was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The story is based on an Italian World War I ex-fighter ace, Porco Rosso, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing air pirates in the Adriatic Sea. After being cursed, he was transformed into an anthropomorphic pig.

Below is a link to Wikipedia.

The kit is by FineMolds and is in 1/48th scale. The seaplane and trolley were painted with Tamiya Acrylics. The panel lines on the seaplane are black gouache, and the beaching trolley was grained using a brown gouache.

The figure is not the same scale as the seaplane (1/48th), being nearer 1/35th scale.
He was painted the same as the rest of the model.

I've included a couple of photos showing the internal detail, which includes the guns and fuel tank.

13 additional images. Click to enlarge.

24 responses

  1. Actually have seen this film with my grandsons a couple of years ago.

  2. I bought the movie on DVD, too. Like in many Miyazaki's films the story is a bit quirky but the visuals are simply beautiful. That hypothetical Savoia looks every bit like a plane that could have flown (in a Schneider trophy?), and modeling it is definitely on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing - your work is a good inspiration and does justice to the original ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you very much Martin, that's kind of you to say. It's a beautiful little kit which goes together really well with no filler required. I built it in sections (I have a photo I could post should you wish to see one), then glued it together with PVA glue the fit was so good. I have the Curtiss from the same film waiting to be built. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 'Non flying pig is just a pig' simply nice shaped sea plane. how lucky that Hayao is going mad for aircraft and produce many great movie of that

  4. Well, now...THERE'S something different. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I am SOOOO disappointed.

    What? I hear you ask, Julian? I think the floatplane looks awesome and I was disappointed to find out it's imaginary!

    Seriously, I would say this imaginary Italian aircraft model is Magnifico!

  6. That is unusual, but looks like something that'd be around at that time. I saw the film, and enjoyed it. Neat little model!

  7. This is really nice! and as said above, something different.

  8. A fun little project, nicely executed!

  9. I really enjoyed this animated movie (IMO one of the best Miyazaki's creations) and I must admit that your model is an excellent representation of the fictitious Savoia S21 - even the internal detail follows the Miyazaki style!

    I guess the difficulty (and fun!) with this kit was in making its look cartoonish instead of realistic... ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. It brings back memories of the movie a very beautiful piece.


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