The pair of Short Scyllas built were just landplane versions of the company elegant Kent flying boats. Imperial Airways found they had a shortage of capabilities in the European routes (mainly Paris) covered by the majestic H.P.42. Not happy with the high price asked by Handley Page for their products, they adquired instead the Scyllas….just because they were less expensive.
The second of the series ("Syrinx") flying over Croydon, 1935. Plainly evident here the "chopped" fuselage of its flying boat forebear. Definitely not a beauty compared to Handley Page's icons yet I prefered the Kent/Scylla's tail feathers.