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Grumman Hu-16 Albatross in 1:48
raypalmer
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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 02:13 PM UTC
Matthew Robeson gives us a look into the box of Trumpeter''s huge new Grumman HU-16 Flying Boat in 1:48.

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kiddone
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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 01:45 AM UTC
first of all it is absolutely rediculous for a 1/48 scale kit to cost $140.00. no amount of detail or add ons short of starting and flying warrant such a price. i know tamiya has many 1/32 kits that have everything in them including the kitchen sink if needed with a hefty price but they are great! for a fairly new kid on the block to ask this kind of money for a a soso kit is not acceptable. i'm sure that if tamiya or hasegawa were to make this kit it would cost under $80.00. therefore, i urge you modelers out there to not pay this amount for this or any other 1/48 kit as it is not worth it by a long shot. i have been modeling for 55 years and will not accept such nonsense!!! ok, come on revell,tamiya and hasegawa, you have been called out to give us a great new albatross at a desent price! i thank you for your time.

david kidd
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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 05:47 AM UTC
I believe the $140 'suggested retail price' is just that, a list price. I am already seeing prices on some internet pages slightly below $100. That said this builds into a very LARGE aircraft, so no I don't really see a problem for what you are getting. Keep in mind there are some pretty pricey 1/72 scale fighters and such from older established names (like Hasegawa). They list for around $70 these days.
hbratz
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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 06:09 AM UTC
Completely agree with you, Jim!
hbratz
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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 06:15 AM UTC
This is a VERY good kit - inside out. It is NOT a "so-so kit - and is priced "sensibly" compared to some other kits. Despite not being an expert on how ships sink, I find the box art just wonderful - excellently depicting the Albatross.
raypalmer
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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 08:46 AM UTC
I'm sorry kid one but this aircraft scales in at about TWO FEET in wingspan in 1:48. That is a big kit. The review is quite clear that it appears to be a superb rendering as well. Trumpeter may not be a storied old war horse but they're producing a lot of truly first rate kits.
hbratz
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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 09:32 PM UTC
100% agree, Ray!
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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 03:17 AM UTC
I'd be more then willing to pay $100 for this kit. A 2 ft wing span is huge! Proper display space is already an issue as my man cave is only 10 x 10.

Growing up about 15 min from Grumman's Bethpage main plants and corp offices, I seen 1st hand everything built in the 60's & 70's, and a accurate Albatross has long been on my want list.

Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 02:37 PM UTC
Remindes me of the catalina. Big plane and lots of fun! I can think I few kits in the stash mostly hasegawa that cost me pretty close to 100 there's nothing cheap about the hase's unless I'm missing a major discount some where
Mcleod
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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 04:56 PM UTC
I do believe this is likely a very nice kit. Just can't see it being much better than their Wellington, or Tamiya's Betty, or Italeri's Boston III in the same scale.

With a suggested retail price of $140.00, Trumpeter will have to change the side box printing to 'Middle-Class & Up' rather than the usual 14 years & up. She's definitely priced out of the kids ballpark.
scvrobeson
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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 05:39 PM UTC
Thanks for the input guys. Yes, the MSRP is about $140, but it's available for close to $100. It's comparable to many kits of the same size, since it's as large or larger than most 1/32 kits. The Tamiya Betty cracked $100 when it was recently re-released, and the Wellington was around $90 when it first came out. It's a really nice kit, and I'm very excited to start building it for the site here.
scvrobeson
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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 05:41 PM UTC
And yes, the kit is very well detailed inside and out. I'm currently plotting ways to actually see inside, looks like a couple of doors can be opened. Just fill the ejector pins in the fuselage.
scvrobeson
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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 05:41 PM UTC
One small flaw, it is missing the tail support for ground handling. It's a small strut, but should be easy to make. Stops the plane from breaking the hull when it's unloaded and rocks back