48th scale "Savoia S.21" by Finemolds
Diorama depicts a scene from the movie "Porco Rosso"
Built 19th October to 29th December 2020
A true 2020
lockdown project. I had not even seen the movie "Porco Rosso" until April
2020 when I found it on Netflix. I had ben familiar with the Savoia S.21
after having seen other model-makers build it on social media. But I knew
very little about it other than the name of the film it came from. Porco
Rosso is an anime from Studio Ghibli - one of many that I watched during
the spring and summer 2020.
Once I saw
it I was hooked and I knew I just had to build it. The aircraft itself is
completely fictitious although its layout is based closely on several
existing designs from pre-war Italy. The film is a fantasy depicting the
exploits of a swashbuckling pilot who is cursed to look like a pig. He is
based upon an isolated island in the Adriatic but his plane is giving him
problems after a battle with sea-plane pirates. In this scene he is
attempting to fix recurrent engine problems. He fails and makes a fateful
decision to go to Milan for repairs.
Photos of the original kit are