Monogram 1/72 Hu-16 Albatross
Monogram's Albatross has been around forever, and still hasn't lost it's appeal to me. Everyone, it seems, loves sea planes and amphibians. Luckily, for the modeler, there are quite a few in 1/72 scale, which is a manageable size. Monogram's Albatross, while not the biggest, is still at that end of the scale.
The Hu-16 was used by the military since the 50's, and is still in service in some foreign countries, as well as in civilian hands. This allows the modelers many choices in schemes and colors. There are quite a few books on it, and a plethora of color pictures, and walk-around's, on line.
This particular bird sat in prime for months, while I tried to make up my mind on how I wanted to finish it. I had mentioned U.S. Coast Guard markings, and our friend, Frank Cronin generously came through with all the markings I could use (and then some). A BIG thanks to Frank ! So, there was no getting out of doing one of the USCG schemes. I always found this scheme to be one of my favorites, and decided to give it a try. Masking has never been a favorite part of building for me (rated just above putty/seam work), so this one sat for months while I waited until I was in the mood. I kept thinking about Frank, waiting to see his decals at work, and so, finally shamed my lazy self into getting it done.
I enjoyed the build, and am happy with the result. My next Albatross is already underway. It doesn't take many to fill a shelf, even in this scale. It's a simple enough kit to build, (once you sand off all the rivets) that you can spend more time on various paint schemes, etc., and that keeps it interesting to me. Like I said, who doesn't like sea planes?