ROCHEVILLE ARCTIC TERN
A hybrid aircraft designed by Charles Rocheville, using the wing from a Lockheed Sirius and the tail from a Lockheed Vega. It was a special-purpose plane built for Shell Oil Co. for Alaskan photographic explorations. The pilot flew the airplane from the open cockpit in the small nacelle, while the crew stayed warm in the enclosed pods atop the pontoons. Also known as the EMSCO Artic Tern, it crashed in June of 1933 during testing. - highroad
You can take the boy out of the man, but you can't . . . no, wait. That's not right. Aw, what the hell! This is what I do sometimes when I'm not being an adult, which is pretty much all the time. I used to worry about my fascination with playing with these things, but there are a lot of people out there with a thousand times more blocks than I have -- and some of them get paid good money for it. Besides, I love solving problems and, as you can see, some of these guys presented a lot of problems. By the way, none of these planes were built from a kit, except for the BipeScout, which was a variation on a kit. For those aircraft I replicated, I've included the original photos of them I used to build from, along with a brief history of them.