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Shorts-Dornier CDS-800 ''SeaVan''

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I have always loved flying boats. Whenever I love an aircraft and want to play around with it, the seaplane is always a subject of choice... The Shorts Skyvan already inspired me to do a helicopter version, but its original lines and bulky fuselage lends itself to many other variations. On seeing the photo of a beautiful white Shorts 360 the idea to couple it with another photo I'd saved of a Dornier SeaStar hit me right away. Shorts had done many seaplanes in the past, and had an aircraft named the Skyvan; Dornier was Germany's seaplane specialist and they had done aircraft named the SkyServant and the SeaStar... How appropriate to imagine a collaboration between the two companies and a new model named the SeaVan! Although the tail was redesigned, the fuselage and wing those of the SD-360 while the bottom of the hull and engines are the SeaStar's (in this case placed on each wing instead of central on top of the fuselage). I find the end result quite pleasant and not so far-fetched. Certainly it would be great to see the age of the big flying boats come again! Do you like this one?

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aero3-5Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The license D-SHRT is a nice touch. Have you heard of a seaplane version of the C-130 Hercules(it was never built)?
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Thanks for noticing! I like to come up with these extra touches!

Yes, the L-100 Hercules Amphibian. I've got a few pics of that project. Would have been nice...
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This is Superb! If Possible, could You do the SeaVan as a US Coast Guard Rescue Aircraft? This looks like Something that Would Be Cool Seeing it coming to the Rescue!
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dinobatfanProfessional General Artist
Wow! This really looks good! It really does look like something that could really be produced by these two companies! Beautiful work as always!!! :D
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Thanks a lot!!!
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MatsucorpProfessional Artisan Crafter

I'd like to see what a military version in Navy coolers would look like. :)

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Now that's a thought... Which navy?
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