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USN HU-16 Albatross

Caracal Models 1/48 USN HU-16 Albatross Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2013 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject USN HU-16 Albatross Scale 1/48
Set Number 48041 Pros Six distinctive aircraft
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $19.99

First Look

Here is the latest release from Caracal Models just in time for the recent Trumpeter 1/48 HU-16 Albatross kit. This set provides six early US Navy examples wearing distinctive markings.

USN HU-16 Albatross USN HU-16 Albatross

The subjects covered in this set include:

  • UF-1, 137915, US Naval Attache, Oslo, Norway, 1960
  • UF-1, 131896, USN, Norfolk, VA, 1963
  • HU-16C, 131905, NAF Naha, Japan, 1969
  • HU-16C, 137929, NAS Iwakuni, Japan, 1967
  • UF-1, 131898, NAS Whidbey Island, WA, 1962
  • UF-1T, 131917, Annapolis, MD, 1959

The markings are nicely printed (by Cartograf) and provide national markings, distinctive markings as well as a nice set of airframe walkways stencils. The decals are all single-layer - none of them require you to stack one decal atop another to recreate complex art as with some other decal manufacturers.

For more information about this set and the other releases from Caracal Models, visit their website at

My sincere thanks to Caracal Models for this review sample!