Disney’s ‘Planes’Posted: July 19, 2013
Amongst the aircraft ‘characters’ in the film are:
- A crop-duster (whose design is very like that of an Air Tractor AT-502 and PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader)
- A Chance Vought F4U Corsair
- A generic biplane
- A de Havilland DH.88 Comet
- A Gee Bee Model R
- Two Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornets
These are the ones that will probably be of most interest to wargamers, and it is interesting to note that most are produced in a number of different scale/sizes.
My own favourite is the Gee Bee Model R, which is little more that a very large radial engine with wings! It looks like an aircraft that SHOULD have been militarised and turned into a fighter.
My second favourite is the de Havilland DH.88 Comet. My paternal grandfather helped built them (he worked for the de Havilland company at the time) and they are often cited as being the forerunner of the de Havilland Mosquito.
Both aircraft would be very suitable for ‘conversion’ into military aircraft for wars (imaginary or otherwise) that might have taken place during the late 1930s.