I built this replica of the Albatross on display at the Hiller Aviation Museum. The actual aircraft was highly modified for a round-the-world trek following the route intended by Amelia Earhart.
I used Trumpeter’s 1:48 HU-16A as the basis. I modified parts, cast a new nose, added blade antennae and other bumps. Also I made custom decals and painted her using MM paints.
I built a rudimentary interior, just in case. You really can’t see anything unless you hold a light just right, but I wasn’t sure at the start so… I just did it for the experience. And the possibility.
Finally, I scratch built a viewing stair to mimic the one in the museum. I put all of it into a mini-diorama suggesting a family spending some quality time together.
Overall, I had a blast, but my OCD and AMS were always there to challenge the tranquility I cherish when I’m building.
The highlight was presenting it to Mr. Reid Dennis, the owner of the original. Seen here inside the cabin of the actual aircraft.
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