Comic 389 - The Pelican Playmate
21st Jan 2019, 12:00 AM in Raiders of the Lost Apple
The Pelican Playmate
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
Meet ToyCo's company airplane, the Pelican Playmate!

(I know, the angle turned out to look somehow weird. Is showing the plane from an imposing looking frog perspective while at the same time trying to convey the vastness typical for airfields too much to ask for!?)
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Taily edit delete reply
Taily
Great, I'm all caught up! :D
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Thank you for reading then! I am already looking forward to any future comments from you! :-D
ProfEtheric edit delete reply
ProfEtheric
No no no... take the airship!

(It's bound to be much comfier.)

And that persnickety perspective... gets us every time...
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Oh, comfort won't be the problem. This is more like a luxurious private jet rather than a passenger airliner with minimal leg space... ;-)

I guess the airfield would have to be sloped for this perspective to make sense...
Also, it wouldn't be quite as jarring without the left wing in the position that it is...
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
Lena, you’re increasing your tax exposure if you put the “contractors” on your own aircraft....

Also: a jet powered flying boat? It better fold out into an action playset!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Lena just can't resist showing off... ;-)

And "jet powered flying boat" may even be a closer description than you think... ;-)
While designing this thing, I mainly had planes like the Dornier Do X or the infamous Spruce Goose (Hughes H-4 Hercules) in mind. And the Sea Duck from the cartoon series TaleSpin.
(As for why ToyCo is dabbling in aeronautics now too... Downscaling that bird to model plane size would surely result in a quite nifty toy...)
AmeliaP edit delete reply
AmeliaP
It's an upgrade on their ride, huh?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Well, Babette may certainly disagree! :-D
eekee edit delete reply
eekee
I've taken bunches of snapshots in virtual worlds where you can cam around freely, so in answer to your question, Microraptor, I don't know for a 100% certainty but I do know if it's possible, it's really hard to pull off.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Yeah, in the end it seems those two goals are too far apart from each other to accomplish at once...