Monogram HU-16B Albatross – my Father’s plane
First post on this incredible site. I’m an RC guy who has recently rediscovered my youth in plastic airplanes. I have a LOT to learn from the talent on this site, so thank you to all of the contributors.
For years I’ve wanted to build a replica of my Father’s HU-16B from the early 60’s. This particular Albatross was in the service of the Strategic Air Command based in Goose Bay Air Force Base in Newfoundland where my Father served in the early 60’s. One day my Father and I were researching his plane and come to realize the actual plane is sitting in the SAC Museum in Nebraska. Now I had to build it!
My Wife picked up an old 1/72 Monogram kit for one of my Christmas presents. If any of you are familiar with that kit, the raised rivets are something to behold. Needless to say, this thing took some work but the journey was fun. I learned a lot, made mistakes, and it’s far from the quality of other builds on this site, but it’s a special plane to me and I guess that’s what counts. This version is ‘Museum ready’ with little to no weathering. I also included a pic taken my my Dad of it sitting on a breakwall where they overshot the landing in heavy fog. Much different than the pic of the same plane sitting in the museum.
When I showed my Father the finished project, he reminded me how much he loved flying in that plane. Thanks for looking.
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