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SA-16A Albatross USAF/USCG

Caracal Models 1/48 SA-16A Albatross USAF/USCG Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2014 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject SA-16A Albatross USAF/USCG Scale 1/48
Set Number 48047 Pros Six colorful options
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $15.99

First Look

Here is the latest release from Caracal Models designed for the Trumpeter 1/48 HU-16 Albatross kit. This set provides markings for six aircraft in US Air Force and US Coast Guard service. This is one of the first sets I've seen that is printed by both Cartograf and Microscale. The sheet with the USCG lettering and walkways were printed by Microscale.

SA-16A Albatross USAF/USCG SA-16A Albatross USAF/USCG

The six examples included here:

  • SA-16A, 51-7184, Air/Sea Rescue, USAF, 1955
  • SA-16A, 51-0471, 74 ARS, Ladd AFB, USAF, Alaska, 1957
  • SA-16A, 51-024, Air/Sea Rescue, K-3 AB, USAF, Korea, 1953
  • SA-16A, 51-061, 3 ARG, USAF, Japan, 1953
  • SA-16A, 51-5296, 135 ACS/MD ANG, 1963 (all black airframe)
  • UF-1G, 1261, US Coast Guard, 1953

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!