Here is an nifty and nice small waterplane. It was originally built as ambifious plane but due weight considerations wheels were removed. For further info see here.
Here are couple old pics of Kessel 12A (id 13) which was waiting for it’s restoration. Plane completed restoration and is currently hanging from ceiling of main hall. For short article of plane see here.
VL Sääski is one of my all-time-favourite Finnish biplanes. It has simple, yet sleek lines and it looks rather light. Name Sääski comes from finnish, meaning mosquito. This post contains pics from three sources listed below and it is extremely long. It is not really walk-around, it is 3x walk-arounds. Great.
VL Sääski was designed in 1928 (see Wiki here). You can see original sales- & information material at finnish national digital archives. It was originally built in float, ski and wheel variants. Only surviving examples are float ones and to mu knowledge there are no plans around for wheel version.
To the actual VL Sääskis. One should note that there is an VL Sääski at Nors Luftfartsmuseum @ Bodø, Norway. It’s replica and the story behind (and it’s owner) is intriguing.
First, you should visit Maritime Centre Vellamo @ Kotka. It ia incredibly nice maritime history museum containing among other things seaplanes. They have VL Sääski in maritime customs livery hanging from ceiling, id LK-1. This is so nice…
Second, you should Aviation Museum @ Vantaa.
They have VL Sääski at display, bearing identification SÄ-122.
Last, but not least
Some years ago, I was visiting Vesivehmaa Aviation museum, obviously @ Vesivehmaa. They had some VL Sääski wings in rather derelict mode in one corner of museum.
Here is an classic Finnish biplane. It is an Finnish trainer aircraft designed and built in 1930’s. Approx 31 was built and this example is nicely preserved in Ilmailumuseo at Vantaa. For more planes at Ilmailumuseo check corresponding tags on right pane (–>). Walk-around pics of original, for model aeroplane plan see below.
For extremely rare vintage plan of this plane see here (51mb file). Preview below.
I went through old pics in my archives and stumbled on pics of separate Tuisku wing which was hanging on Ilmailumuseo wall. It is partially covered so you can see internals of wing.
Visited Finnish Airforce Museum (Suomen Ilmavoimamuseo / Keski-Suomen Ilmailumuseo @Tikkakoski near Jyväskylä…) to see interim display of Aviation Museum Association (my own translation, I do not know the official translation) restoration / replication / rebuild-project of VL Myrsky II. Rebuild-project has been continuing for some time now and current state was up for display for summer break. For finnish language announcement of event see here.
Breathtaking project with craftsmanship out of this world.
I really know that this is so pic heavy post that it pushes everything else from first page, but… it is worth of it. See below. And visit museum!
This is plane which is somewhat … (I have to be honest now) ugly. It is plane which was designed right after WWII and I have often thought that this is an plane which would be result of some kind of committee work. Neverthless, it is an example of postwar aviation history of Finland. Interesting trivia would be that it has same wing as VL Pyörremyrsky.
Tthis example is rather nicely restored. It is located in The Aviation Museum of Central Finland (Keski-Suomen Ilmailumuseo). As always, Some pics below. I have really many pics but it is impractical to put them here. If interested in more pics, pls. contact me or, visit museum, it is really nice place and you support aviation history preservation.