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Dawn by Abiogenisis Dawn by Abiogenisis
Birrin societies of the float-forest were faced with unique transport challenges as they reached full urbanisation: How to move large numbers of people and freight around a vast inland sea, where large stretches were chocked with constantly drifting vegetation mats and already heavy and hazardous boat traffic.

Many turned to the floatplane: Able to land in narrow lake clearings, operate in areas chocked with vegetation, and with far higher speed than shipping, aquatic aircraft manufacturing exploded across the region.

Aircraft of this type are available of many designs and configurations, often customized by the families that operate them. These unique vehicles form an integral part of life for most float-forest inhabitants.

The model here is relatively small and used by many organizations, particularly law enforcement, due to its excellent downwards visibility. A large central float provides buoyancy while two outrigger types at the tail end give stability. Used primarily for patrols or transporting small numbers of people, this models' fuselage is too narrow for heavy freight, and the stock in-line piston engine too weak for large loads. However many have been fitted with modern turboprop or jet engines to improve performance.

Seen here, two law enforcers are refuelling their craft as morning breaks over one of the open stretches of water near the float-forest centre. They will spend much of their day flying lazily across shipping lanes, dropping down to inspect suspicious boats or help birrin in need.
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student
I love how wacky this looks while still looking at least somewhat functional, really gives the design a lot of character!
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Yeah its a weird one. But it JUST might work :P
JulHenBer Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Ou men... is exxccellleeennnttttt!!!!
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Altair75 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
I can imagine that itīs engine may sound like Grumman Goose G21. So interesting! :) (Smile)
Would that seaplane one day be downloadable for FSX?

Great work anyway! :D (Big Grin)
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
I wish! Actually I plan to one day make a flying RC scale version to test out the idea.
Altair75 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
That might be more interesting.
And by the way, your every artwork is awesome. But I love the back story the most! :D (Big Grin)
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Cheers, I don't like to design in a vacuum. I want to design a whole world :P
LittleBigAias Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Are they armored?
Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
what is it?
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