I recently bought a "Vintage" biplane seaplane model from an Etsy shop. The images on the listing didn't include an unobstructed view of the top of the wings. When I received it, I found that it had symbols displayed on each end of the top wing. The symbol (attached) looks like an X with curved tips and a diamond in the center. My search so far has only returned similar listings for similar models, but I have been unable to locate the aircraft type or the origin of the symbol. My main concern is the origin of the symbol. Any help would be really appreciated!

Image of model airplane from the original listing

Image of the symbol from a similar listing

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    $\begingroup$ It's highly likely that this is "art", and as such may be completely unrelated to any actual aircraft... $\endgroup$ Dec 24, 2023 at 17:14
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    $\begingroup$ Explain why this has to do with aviation. It could be simple art. $\endgroup$ Dec 25, 2023 at 4:13
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    $\begingroup$ @AndreasLauschke, it is aviation art. Asking whether it represents an actual airplane is not off topic. Merry Christmas! $\endgroup$ Dec 25, 2023 at 17:20
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    $\begingroup$ The float-plane formerly known as Twitter ? $\endgroup$
    – Criggie
    Dec 31, 2023 at 22:04
  • $\begingroup$ Strong pirate vibe, IMHO. $\endgroup$
    – Agent_L
    Jan 1 at 11:28

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The symbol is unlikely to represent anything outside the builder's imagination, because so much of the rest of the airplane is unrealistic.

  • The outboard struts are canted inwards, not outwards. (The upper wing is almost never "shorter" than the lower one, for many reasons.)

  • The inboard struts are between the wings, instead of being cabane struts.

  • The strutwork between floats and tail is overbuilt.

  • The floats are almost as big as the wings.

  • Tail floats are exceedingly rare.

The symbol might be hinting at the rounded cross used by German airplanes in 1914-15, without being too obviously German. But only the builder knows for sure.

All that being said, the design is undeniably cute, rather like a puppy with big feet, so I'd say the builder has succeeded in what they were aiming for.

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    $\begingroup$ The float struts cannot take shear and - if that were a real plane - will fall off in an attempt to land on water. $\endgroup$ Dec 25, 2023 at 13:51

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