U.S.Coast Guard HU-16E 1963
Well today is the US Coast Guard's 225th birthday, so I had to post something the "wing maggots" (we-who-did-not-fly's endearing term for our CG aviator brothers) would recognize. It's the last of my Monogram 1:72 scale HU-16's builds for a while, I've built about 15 or so of these kits over the years. As with the other kits I've built the big thing is sanding off all those lovely oversize rivets that detract from a pretty accurate kit from the 1950's. Since it is going to the CG museum on Cape Cod, I mounted it on a piece of wood with the landing gear up and lack of radio antenna wires. The paint scheme is Testors flouresent orange markings over Tamiya gloss white, all done with my airbrush. On the actual planes in that 1963 time period the hi-viz appearence was a sucessful one but in 1967 the Service would paint their HU-16's (along with every piece of equipment, aircraft, boat, and cutter) the now famous CG red "stripe". "Semper Paratus", Always Ready!
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