I've discovered an interesting WWI era model of an aircraft and I am trying to find out what could it be. It is 29" long and it looks like not a hobby model, but an inventor's prototype. I love the idea of the extra fuel tank above the cockpit. It connects with a bigger fuel tank near the engine. Any ideas?
Beautiful find..., an original scale model from the 20s. At first glance, the rudder is a typical "Sturtevant" design..., but the rest of the fuselage appears to be from another aircraft, or a type of Sturtevant that I am not familiar with. It could also be a free work, a personal design by the modeler... It looks like an old rudder concept for a "modern" fuselage design.
Some details suggest that the builder wasn't trying to faithfully model a particular airplane, working from detailed diagrams and photographs as one does nowadays a hundred years later, but was instead incorporating elements from various airplanes from personal memory.
peculiar arrangement of ribs in the fin/rudder
conical top and bottom panels of cowling, easily soldered from flat metal sheet but rare on manufactured airplanes
too-deep fuselage: the position of the exhaust stacks and prop shaft makes one wonder what would have to be down in the belly.
A few more detailed photos (does the right side also have exhaust stacks?) would help to resolve this.