Bel Geddes Airliner No. 4 from Fantastic Plastic

ABU625

ACCESS: Restricted
Joined
May 16, 2007
Messages
27
Reaction score
3
Here's the "prototype" build of the new Bel Geddes Airliner No. 4 in 1:288 from Fantastic Plastic Models. The 38-piece kit was patterned by Marc King and cast by Acme Design, Inc. Even in 1:288, the model has an impressive 22-inch wingspan!

The plane was designed by famed industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes, perhaps best known as the designer of the "Futurama" exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair. It was designed to carry hundreds of passengers from Chicago to Europe in cruise liner-like style. If it had been built, it would have been more than 150% larger than the Spruce Goose!

Info on the model can be found here:

http://www.fantastic-plastic.com/BelGeddesAirlinerNo4Page.htm
 

Attachments

  • BelGeddes4-HeadOn-FP.jpg
    BelGeddes4-HeadOn-FP.jpg
    45.1 KB · Views: 255
  • BelGeddes4-HighFrontAngle-FP.jpg
    BelGeddes4-HighFrontAngle-FP.jpg
    43.2 KB · Views: 252
  • BelGeddes4-Main.jpg
    BelGeddes4-Main.jpg
    95.3 KB · Views: 237
  • BelGeddes4-PepsiCanforScale.jpg
    BelGeddes4-PepsiCanforScale.jpg
    97.5 KB · Views: 230
  • BelGeddes4-PortPontoon-FP.jpg
    BelGeddes4-PortPontoon-FP.jpg
    45.9 KB · Views: 222
  • BelGeddes4-OverLowerManhattan.jpg
    BelGeddes4-OverLowerManhattan.jpg
    60.7 KB · Views: 97

flateric

ACCESS: Above Top Secret
Staff member
Top Contributor
Senior Member
Joined
Apr 2, 2006
Messages
9,271
Reaction score
1,771
holy bananas!!!
 

SAustin16

Bravo to All Brave Test Pilots
Joined
Jan 13, 2008
Messages
133
Reaction score
12
Beautiful job on the model ABU.

What a wonderful time in aviation history when anything seemed possible.

It would have really been something to fly.
 

jzichek

ACCESS: Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Nov 26, 2008
Messages
279
Reaction score
119
Website
www.patreon.com
While visiting the blog of Manchu, a terrific French sci-fi illustrator, I stumbled across this beautiful illustration of the Bel Geddes Airliner No. 4:

Le+Grand+Jeu+%23+4.+2010.jpg


The rest of his artwork is also worth exploring, though it is more sci-fi/fantasy oriented. Check out his site at http://www.manchu-sf.blogspot.com/.

-Jared
 

OM

ACCESS: Top Secret
Joined
Jun 22, 2008
Messages
752
Reaction score
28
Website
www.io.com
....You know, I wonder if the old farts at Langley ever tooled up a basic shape of the No. 4 just to see if it really was aerodynamically sound ???
 
Top