Caracal Models CD 48047: USAF/USCG SA-16A Albatross

Units: See review


$15.99 which includes US shipping


Scott Van Aken

This next new Caracal Models decal sheet is for the Trumpeter 1/48 kit. These are all initial production planes with the shorter wing. The longer wing was retrofitted to several early planes, making them SA-16B and later variants. Most of the aircraft on this sheet are in the aluminum scheme with yellow fuselage bands, yellow wing tips and yellow floats. The two exceptions are the 74 ARS plane which had Arctic markings and the Maryland ANG version which was overall black with red markings. Below are all six options provided on the sheet.

As you can see, there are complete insignia and general markings for one aircraft, though you can do more by using kit decals. The upper wing walk area markings are provided as are the black border stripes for the yellow bits.

For those wondering why the USCG option is not in a lot of da-glo, that scheme was not used until the later, long wing versions were in service.

The decals themselves are superbly printed by Cartograf and you get a full set of data markings as well as the wing walk markings, making for a most complete set.

July 2014

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