Hobbycraft 1/48 U-1A
This is my Hobbycraft 1/48 U-1A, finished as a Vietnam era early bird.
The de Havilland Canada U-1A was a version for the US Army of the DHC-3 Otter STOL utility transport aircraft.
Using the same overall configuration as the Beaver, the new, much heavier design incorporated a longer fuselage, greater-span wing and cruciform tail.
With 184 delivered (as U-1As), the United States Army became the largest operator of the aircraft. Other military users included Australia, Canada, and India. Still, the primary role of the aircraft as a rugged bush plane continues to this day, not excluding its popularity in the skydiving community.
A total of 466 Otters were manufactured, the type serving as the basis for the very successful DHC-6 Twin Otter.
U-1A #58-1695 was delivered to the United States Army at Sharpe Army Depot, Stockton, CA on the very last day of 1958. It was initially assigned to 17th Aviation Company, Fort Ord, California.
This build was entered in Erik's @airbum de Havilland Aircraft Company 100 years GB, or, simply, DH100GB.
The Hobbycraft kit was at places simplistic-towards-toy-ish, but, if you want a quarter scale, or even a 1/72 Otter, it is still the only game in town.
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