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Shavrov Sh-2 was the first Soviet mass-produced flying boat. The very first plane was built by aircraft designer Shavrov, engineer Korvin and mechanic Funtikov. They were building it in the Korvin's flat(!) in Leningrad within six months. When in 1929 everything was finished, they lowered it piecemeal from 3d floor and transported it to the nearest airfield. They tested it in Leningrad and then did a flight from Leningrad to Moscow.

In 1932 mass production has started. Within next two years 270 planes were built, and then production was stopped. When the Winter war has started, the Red Army understood the necessity of light flying boat for communication between units and evacuation of the wounded (there are many swamps, rivers and lakes on that territory). The production has started again as well as repair of old planes. This flying boat was easy to produce and very, very cheap. The production continued in WWII, ~700 boats were built in all.

Sh-2s were continued to use long after the war by geologists, forestry officers, Arctic explorers, border guards etc. Also it used as passenger aircraft at the unpopulated territories.
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WhyAyeMann777|Student General Artist
If I could re favorite this, I would.
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aero3-5|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like a lot of Russian aircraft, tough and reliable. Also I like flying boats, especially the small ones!
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lnago|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Шикарная работа!!!
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U-Joe|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Спасибо большое.
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lnago|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Всегда рад!))) Позже выложу у себя "Шавров-8" - фантазия на тему реактивной амфибии.
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U-Joe|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Хех, будет интересно посмотреть. ^^
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Soon to be the newest addition to War Thunder, I've heard. :)
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U-Joe|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never played it. But the game itself is really beautiful.
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ещё в 1970 встречались в Сибири и на Дальнем Востоке в СССР
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U-Joe|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ничего себе. Поразительное долголетие.
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I love the work on the clouds here.
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U-Joe|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear it, because many people don't like them. They say that these clouds look like a wadding.
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Rekalnus|Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, the adventures that stream from the mind carried aboard a flying boat!

Well done on craft and BG. At first I was going to suggest for more aircraft size but OTOH, the impression of being so isolated in these skies sinks in, even with two in formation !
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U-Joe|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
Usually I prefer to draw the background than objects and characters. That's why this time aircraft became not so big and detalized.

>>the impression of being so isolated in these skies
Your words reminded me 
Saint-Exupery's novels. They are filled with such impression.
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rOEN911|Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice
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U-Joe|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, Antonis.
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