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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Peyret-Mauboussin PMH X (from the archives, 2010)

(Model built and article written in 2010)
Looking apparently for a niche in the market for economical and affordable single-seaters, Mr. Pierre Maubossin designed a plane that was built by Louis Peyret (of Peyret Tandem fame)
The Peyret-Mauboussin PM.X all-wood, ABC Scorpion-powered cute machine was ready in 1929 and had a wingspan of 10 meters. A floatplane version, the PMH.X bis (H for Hydro) was later developed.
A two-seat, beefed-up, slightly bigger machine -the Peyret-Mauboussin PM XI- made a remarkable flight from Paris to Madagascar!
The cantilever long aspect ratio flying surfaces and the short tail moment made the plane look definitely elegant, with slightly awkward although charming proportions.
The main components were basically built over a rainy weekend, quite small in 1/72 and simple enough to make the building process run smooth.
Photos as customary intend to depict the methods and materials used. And don’t worry, I’ll working on a scaled pond so I don’t have to put the hydroplanes on the grass anymore.
The all-wood construction of the original and the absence of markings (using as reference one photo that so portrayed the plane) accounted for a relatively easy finishing. For that wood finish color information I am in debt with master scratchbuilder and famous Canadian Cycling Gremlin Alain Bourret.
Mr. Mauboussin went one to produce a notable family of designs, but that’s another story.
Au revoir, mes amis!

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