by Joseph Tulleners
The Fiume Aviation Model 1 Aquilla di Mare (Italian for Eagle of the Sea) was built to combat the unprofitable rash of sea plane pirates. Originally built using the most advanced materials and technology available, the pirate threat was ended by the final duel between Curtis and Porco before it flew. With the threat gone and no real military value, the Fa.-1 was flown for trials and demonstrations but soon forgotten.
After another major conflict, Filippo Rolandi of the once-feared Mamma Aiuto Gang found himself without a plane and needing to get away from the general area. Finding the now abandoned Fa.-1 in a hanger and needing an engine, he “borrowed” one from one of the many wrecks. Replacing the original radial took time……and two new engine mounts and a jury-rigged radiator and...
Now, with his customary beard grown back he is to be found at Hotel Adriano and available for hire….for the right price.
The model is a kit bash between a 1/32 ME-109 and a 1/200 HK-1 “Spruce Goose”. The Me109 donated the engine, prop, and windshield. The pilot came from a miscellaneous model and the cockpit came from a ME-163. The pilot was painted using a mixed brown and had arms attached from an army figure. The control stick is actually a set of binoculars cut in half.