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Amodel's 1/144 scale
Grumman Albatross

by Frank Cuden

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Description

This is my 1/144 scale AModel Albatross - the early version with short wings and vertical tail, modeled as a UF-1 from Whidbey Island.

Individual lettering was used to display the name of the base on the vertical tail.

Given that the model's wingspan is only 6 inches, the level of kit-supplied detail was very nicely done.

Some detail wiring was added to the main gear legs and wheel wells, and I made new, opened access hatches, on top of the canopy.

A rotating beacon sits at the base of the vertical tail.

 

 

I used Testor's Model Master paint for the gray color, Testor's enamel White for the crown and SNJ Products Day-Glo orange for the trim.

Props were sprayed with Floquil Old Silver and then flattened with Testor's Dull Coat. Black decal striping outlined both the prop blades and the de-icer boot areas on the wings and tail. Those areas were then painted in with Floquil Engine Black.

Exhaust staining is a mix of dark brown, black and light gray pastel. I made individual exhaust pipes (6 per engine) using Minimeca tubing, cut to length.

Given the small size, the model fits in well on the shelf!

 

 

The full-build article will be featured in an upcoming issue of AeroSpace Modeler Magazine.

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