Throwback Thursday: OS2N-1
Monogram OS2U converted to an N-1 by saying N instead of U. It might be more complicated then that, but yolo.
The Naval Aircraft Factory took on building Kingfishers after Vought was told to focus on Corsairs in ’42. This one served with Scouting Squadron 50 up in Kodiak, Alaska, 1943. It is the old Monogram kit, as it’s the only ballgame in town. The Kingfisher is one of my favorite aircraft, but the old kit has issues. Mostly the floats, which I heard has shape issues. There is a Lone Star (?) correction set for it, but for a bargain bin model I wanted to go simple.
The simple option is in the model itself; they give you a landing gear option. Lop off the floats, peg the wings where the outriggers would be, close the canopies because the cockpit is meh, and you got yourself a looker.
I also explicitly try to build off of photos. Not just for reference and accuracy, but for inspiration. Number 16 has a standard camo job, but the photo could make for interesting vignette possibility. It has depth charges on its wing points and it is also weighed down from the harsh arctic winds by drums full of water tied to its wingtips. Maybe someday I will go back and add them. For now, this model was finished in 2013, and I have many other projects I want to focus on. As in a looming stash threatening to fall on me and life is finite.
Thanks for looking.
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