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Most absurd aircraft stand ins

Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:32 am

In films involving aviation what is the most absurd aircraft used to represent a legit aircraft? (ie. I saw one film using T-28 Trojans as Japanese zeroes)

Re: Most absurd aircraft stand ins

Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:28 am

Besides T-6/Zeroes, there were P-51/Buchons and Hurricane/Buchons.

Re: Most absurd aircraft stand ins

Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:32 am

One of my favs is the C-130 in Midway

Re: Most absurd aircraft stand ins

Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:22 pm

Cessna T-50/AT-8/AT-17/UC-78 as a Japanese bomber in PT-109.

The burning Spitfire replica at the end of Dunkirk with a broomstick attached to the prop. Come on guys, you could have put a scrap Jag V-12 in it.

On the Key Forum they often mention a European film that I've never seen with Buchons in RAF colors and (IIRC) Hurricanes as German fighters.

Pet film peaves...round tail PT-13/17/N2S Stearmans as 20s-30s mail planes.

However, I'd prefer to see a Bf-108 in a film than a Buchon. It looks better in profile than the Spanish Messerschmitts.

As a kid in the 60s-70s on countless TV series when they wanted to show an airliner, they'd use a cut away shot of landing gear being raised...usually it was B-52 gear.

Also on TV series they show a Lear or some other small bizjet, yet they'd have an interior mockup the size of a 707...or at least a JetStar.

Overall, I'm pretty tolerant of the usual stuff T-6/Zeros or the HU-16 subbing for a PBY in In Harm's Way, F-84Fs subbing for MiG-15s in The Hunters (that film has been used in many other films like Airwolf)...and similar instances where close was really good enough.
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Re: Most absurd aircraft stand ins

Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:43 pm

Skyraiders as P-47's in The Longest Day.

Re: Most absurd aircraft stand ins

Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:50 am

in the 1969 movie Eagles over London ( Italian production) they used Buchons as Spitfires and a single Spitfire as a Me-109.

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Horrible Horrible movie

Oh, and the Hurricane as a 109 in Iron Eagle III

Sean

Re: Most absurd aircraft stand ins

Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:31 pm

F-5's as Migs in Top Gun.

Tom Cruise as someone stable enough to be a pilot (sarcasm).

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Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:35 pm

How about F-86s as MiGs in Sabre Jet, and then, erm, F-86s as F-86s!

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Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:55 pm

Ryan SCWs as Japanese something-or-others and a P-36/P-40 as a Wildcat in Wake Island.

Martin B-26 forward fuselage used as a B-25 and a B-24 (with two extra throttle levers tacked on) for cockpit shots, and C-47s mixed in with B-24s at Ploesti in Sky Commando.

Consolidated (accent on dated!) PB-2As as Fairey Battles in To Be or Not to Be.

B-47 (I think) contrails as... Rodan. :lol:
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