1/48 Oplinter Air Taxi – 1930s Private Aircraft OO-OPL- Paper Model


1/48 Oplinter Air Taxi – 1930s Private Aircraft OO-OPL- Paper Model


Oplinter Air Taxi

Jean de Wouters d’Oplinter designed his “Air Taxi” in 1933, intending to market it as a light airliner and mail hauler. The design was never built, though evidence exists that some sub-assemblies for a prototype were sub-contracted out. The design incorporated several advanced features: an enclosed cabin, a wide-track tricycle landing gear to prevent nose-overs and groundloops, easy-access engines mounted above the wings in a pusher configuration, low ground profile for easy loading and unloading of passengers, baggage, and cargo. Underfunded, the Oplinter never left the drawing board – but now, thanks to the paper-modeling design talents of Guido Van Roy of Design Group Alpha paper modelers can bring the Oplinter to life!

This paper model builds an Oplinter in a typical 1930’s private owners colour scheme.

Paper Model Details: 41 parts on three pages, with exploded-view diagram. Duo-fold struts, boxed wheels, opaque cabin glazing, integral tabs.

Degree of Difficulty: 2/5.

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Proceeds from all Design Group Alpha paper models are donated to aviation museums.


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