My first Trumpeter kit, good, bad and ugly?
Started building the 1/48 Trumpeter HU-16A kit, having never built a Trumpy kit before, but reading lots of mostly bad reviews, I dove in. First off, the reviews of this kit bashing it, are well over stated. Yes it has problems, the hull curve, the curved fuselage section below the canopy that is not there on the kit, the floats are at the wrong angle, the glass is not quite corrrect…on and on. Fair? Yes, but really straight out of the box will get you a very nice Albatross. Wanting to correct the Hull I bought the Alley Cat conversion set, at $30 on top of a $100+ dollar kit…well I thought it would make my life easier…NOT. The hull shape is still not quite correct and really not much better that Trumpeter. The curve under the canopy is wrong, not the right shape, and the casting is not up to what I expected from what had seen of their other stuff on line. There was soooooo much excess resin inside the hull that even after sanding THROUGH THE HULL BOTTOM the wheel well parts of the kit would not fit. The Trumpy plastic parts fit nearly perfectly. So I ditched the hull. What I did though was use the canopy section, some milliput and make my own fix for the issue of the curve below the glass. We will see how it turns out. I also scratch built nose wheel rims to replace the cartoonish ones in the kit. So this is where I am so far, eventually it will be a USN HU-16C…more to follow!
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