Monogram 1/72 UH-16 Albatross
My contribution to the Water Wings group build is this ancient Monogram kit introduced in 1957. Props that rotate, gear that retracts,and a little life boat with downed crew. What kid wouldn't want to build this. Grumman built over 400 Albatross aircraft for the USAF, Navy and Coast Guard, and several are still operating in civilian use today. The USAF retired their last one in 1975 and it is currently on display in the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio. Not bad for an aircraft that began production in 1946.
I was able to acquire the Navy version decals from another modeler after inquiring about them on another site. Really liked that version the most. I also cut out the molded engines and added some after market ones, and used tires from the spares box as the kit wheels looked woefully small. The many rivets were sanded down or eliminated. Paints are Tamiya from rattle cans and the antenna is nylon thread. I may build another one if I come by another kit, but in Coast Guard colors.
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