Martin Amiss by Briney ()
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"Dear Doctor Jones,
You are too late! My research in Seville has paid off. By the time you get this letter I will have reached Manila where a boat has already been chartered. The prize is mine! No power on Earth can stop me now... "
It is a fact that on July 29th, 1938, a big Pan-Am flying boat, the "Hawaii Clipper," vanished enroute from Guam to Manila. That's just over a year after Amelia Earhart disappeared nearby.
Of course, accidents do happen. Yet, you've got to wonder if someone was out there collecting aeroplanes? The only clue to its fate was a convenient fuel slick on the sea east of Samar Island in the Philippines. No wreckage was ever found.
Here I've imagined the tragedy as the opening scene of an action-adventure movie, where the surprised travellers have been hijacked by members of an ultra-nationalist Shinto cult, oh ...with a bit of help from a nearby aircraft carrier. ;-)
Rendered in Vue 8 Espirit. I've previously modelled the Martin 130 and Mitsubishi A5M (Allied reporting name "Claude") in Shade 8.5.
Thanks for viewing.
Image Comments (5)
neiwil () 5:46PM | Sat, 18 December 2010
"What ho Giger, there's a nip in the air", great image and potential for a series too.Nicely modelled planes as well....got to be a big thumbs up !
Osper () 12:19AM | Sun, 19 December 2010
Nice modeling Briney! You've put an answer to "what could have happened here"!!!
MarkHirst () 12:49PM | Mon, 20 December 2010
Something very romantic about those flying boats. Like the story idea, pulp hero adventure with the Nazi goons replaced by oriental villains.