Grumman SA-16A Albatross 1/72
I have always made some effort to build Brazilian theme models, so I have several items in my collection. They usually are hard to build due most of the kits have some differences in comparison to the real thing operated in Brazil, so needs some conversions, sometimes very difficult to do.
This is the vintage Monogram Grumman SA-16B Albatross 1/72 scale 1957 mold, probably purchased from Lencratf - Springville, CA (nostalgic store). I started building this model probably in 2001, so due to so much hard to do conversions I became boroughed left it aside for all this time. Last September I decided to finish it at last, after rescuing my first research notes.
In addition to the necessary changes due to the Brazilian version being the "A" the kit naturally needs many corrections, and the most difficult "tasks" were on shapes and dimensions. I printed In Action book profiles in exact scale to work the parts over them.
These are the main changes on the model parts:
Span reduction with cutting of a wing section and wing tip shape.
Dimension and shape of horizontal stabilizer.
Dimension and shape of vertical stabilizer and rudder.
Engine nacelles length.
All antennas and radar.
General adds and improvings:
Bearded rivests (LOL);
Clear parts polishing;
Resin engines by Engine and Things;
Inserted clear lights;
All decals are homemade in an Epson Ecotank L3250 printer;
And so on.
But that's not all, it had many more changes needed.
First putting in Squadron Green Putty;
First primer layers in automotive nitrocellulose lacquer, scratched after years;
And now, Tamiya White Putty and all primer, paintings and clear in polyester by Dryco.
Main help from my dear friend, moving encyclopedia (LOL) José Alvarenga.
História da Força Aérea Brasilelira by Aparecido Camazano Alamino.
Aeronaves Militares Brasileira 1916 - 2015 - Book.
Flores junior, jackson - isbn: 9788585654412
Very old Brazilian magazines, such as Voar and Flap.
HU-16 Albatross - In Action Book.
FCM Decals 1/144 scale instruction sheet.
Well, finally ready after more than 20 years (phew!) and dozens of beers, and now an important and beautiful item in my collection.
Roberto Lucio - Bob
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