Porco Rosso Savoia S.21

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    Porco Rosso ("Crimson Pig") is a 1992 Japanese anime movie adventure written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki It is based on "The Age of the Flying Boat", a three-part 1989 watercolour manga by Miyazaki. I only knew of it because I had seen completed models of the film's "Savoia S.21" fighter-seaplane. I did not see the film until 2020 when Netflix started showing a collection of classic Studio Ghibli films. This aircraft is fictional although it closely resembled the Macchi M.33. (The name "Savoia" was given to a number of very real 1920s racing seaplanes built by SIAI in Italy.)
    Intrigued I had a look around the internet for the kits. Fine Molds have kitted it in 72nd and 48th scales whilst HPH plan a 32nd scale kit in 2020. [Fine Molds also released a 48th scale "S-21F" which is the movie aircraft, after rebuild, with different wing & cockpit arrangements.] Strato Studio of China kit the S.21 as an all-metal airframe kit. Combining these two kits in 48th scale into the aircraft seen in the Piccolo factory during rebuild, looked like an interesting challenge. I am planning a factory diorama showing the construction work however I am struggling to find 48th scale civilian figures to match it. This will be my first attempt at one of these metal frame kits done entirely in photetch. Should be an interesting kitbash experience!

Porco Rosso's 48th scale Savoia S.21

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Studio Ghibli Library The Art of Porco Rosso Strato Studio Porco Rosso 48th scale Savoia S.21 Strato Studio Porco Rosso 48th scale Savoia S.21 Strato Studio Porco Rosso 48th scale Savoia S.21
This topic has its very own reference book in the Studio Ghibli Library "The Art of Porco Rosso". Its references for the plane are fictional but there really was a "Fiat AS2" engine that powered seaplanes in that era. There is no such thing as a "Fiat Folgore A.S.2" engine. The Strato Studio Porco Rosso 48th scale Savoia S.21 box art. I purchased this kit in May 2020. The Strato Studio metal frame kit is mostly flat-pack with a few white metal items. Strato Studio make reference to a "Flogore FG1" which appears to be a mispelling of "Folgore". This reference is also fictional although there was a WWII Italian fighter by this name. There is no connection between this "Folgore" and the Fiat AS2 engine.
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The white metal parts for the Strato Studio Porco Rosso 48th scale Savoia S.21 include engine, fuel tank and guns. I chose not to take then Strato Studio photoetch & instruction sheet out of their wrapping as they look delicate. Strato Studio Porco Rosso 48th scale Savoia S.21 photoetch sheet.  
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Out of interest I include a shot of the Strato Studio Catalogue. The Strato Studio Catalogue includes the fictional "Tiger Moth" airship from another Studio Ghibli anime movie "Laputa: Castle in the Sky".    
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Fine Molds 48th scale Porco Rosso Savoia S.21 purchased in May 2020. Fine Molds 48th scale Porco Rosso Savoia S.21 box art. I purchased off EBay and it came from Japan. The only European language appears to be Italian. Inside the box of the Fine Molds 48th scale Porco Rosso Savoia S.21. Different coloured sprues remind me of the old Matchbox kits of my youth. Sprues, decals & instructions for the Fine Molds 48th scale Porco Rosso Savoia S.21.
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Fine Molds 48th scale Porco Rosso Savoia S.21 decal sheet. The bag contains the clear sprue and a sprue of poly caps. Sprue bag one of the Fine Molds 48th scale Porco Rosso Savoia S.21 contains a Porco Rosso figurine as well as engine parts in grey. Sprue bag one of the Fine Molds 48th scale Porco Rosso Savoia S.21 contains brown, red & grey coloured sprues. Sprue bag two of the Fine Molds 48th scale Porco Rosso Savoia S.21 contains just brown and red sprues.
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Fine Molds 48th scale Porco Rosso Savoia S.21 contains just brown and red sprues. Fine Molds 48th scale Porco Rosso Savoia S.21 instructions Fine Molds 48th scale Porco Rosso Savoia S.21 instructions contain a full history of Italian seaplanes that inspired the fictional aircraft. Fine Molds 48th scale Porco Rosso Savoia S.21 instructions are fully in Japanese - I would love to find the English translation.
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Fine Molds 48th scale Porco Rosso Savoia S.21 instructions. Fine Molds 48th scale Porco Rosso Savoia S.21 instructions. Fine Molds 48th scale Porco Rosso Savoia S.21 instructions. Fine Molds 48th scale Porco Rosso Savoia S.21 instructions.

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