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Old 3rd March 2017, 11:09   #61
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I came across this thread which was started by my friend KPS and found it fascinating. To those who are not aware, Remi (Herge) was a stickler for detail and went to great lengths to ensure accuracy and detail in his drawings. The book "Tintin - The Complete Companion" by Michael Farr (referred to earlier in this thread) has a wealth of information on the stories behind the stories or how Herge researched and drew each of the stories. All pictures are from that book and duly credited.

While there are several details in the book, I found the extent of research on the automobiles (as also, planes, trains and ships) which resulted in the same being reflected in the drawings highly insightful. Hope the viewers of this thread find some of these as fascinating as I did.

Car chase in "Tintin and the Land of the Soviets". The car in which Tintin is travelling is based on a 1927 Mercedes Type S Sports.

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Tintin and the Land of the Soviets - A motorcycle with Sidecar is reproduced with high accuracy. What is interesting is the picture is a typical "continental" layout with the sidecar on the right side of the motorbike, while the actual drawing has the "British" layout with the side car on the left as is the norm in countries that drive on the left.

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In "Cigars of the Pharaoh" the car chase on the cliff side is reproduced in detail from what I think is a Bugatti based on the shape of the radiator

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In the "Blue Lotus" there is again a motorcycle with sidecar with the distinctive torpedo shape reproduced with a high level of detail

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In the same book, the armoured vehicle sent to pursue Tintin is based on a French Army armoured vehicle of the era. Do note the then Japanese flag drawn on the side.

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In "The Land of Black Gold", the Jeep is based on a US Army Jeep. Presumably a Ford GPW. Do also note the accuracy of reproduction of the ship and the Spitfire plane.

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In the "Calculus Affair", the bus in Switzerland is based on the then buses that plied in the streets of Switzerland. See the last panel of the picture below.

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In addition to cars and motorcycles, Herge also went to great lengths on other means of transport such as planes, trains and ships. An example of the Spitfire and the ship is above. In the "Black Island", our intrepid hero extensively used the railway. The engines are based both on the legendary "Flying Scotsman" steam locomotive as well as a BB type electric engine. Also note the period British Rail uniform reproduced accurately

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In "The Broken Ear", both the aeroplane as well as the flying boat were based on period aircraft. The aeroplane was based on the tri-engined Junkers Ju-52 and the flying boat on a H24-2 by Liore et Olivier. The F-NAB on the flying boat means it is that of Air France.

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In "Crab with the Golden Claws", the ship Karaboudjan, was based on an actual ship, the "Glengaarry"

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The level of accuracy also extended to aspects such as submarines which were not extensively known outside military circles during the time of the original drawings. (Not the subsequent colour reproductions). "Red Rackhams Treasure" provides two fine examples.

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There were of course several cars and other vehicles scattered across the books many of which have been described in earlier posts.

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We were visiting friend of ours in Brussels, Belgium a few months ago.
Was nice to see them and we spend some time roaming around Brussels as well.

We visited the new train museum as well. Very nice, well curated museum. Lots to see and do. As it so happens they had a special exhibition on about Tintin.

See http://en.tintin.com/news/index/rub/...at-train-world.

Look at the last photograph in the above link. This whisky wagon is a replica from one of his adventures

Tintin travelled a lot and trains figure frequently in his travels.

Tintin was all over the museum:

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