The P-166 in scale.
This 1:72 vacform scale model is the Piaggio P166 'S' known in South Africa as the Albatross. Broplan do offer interesting subjects, whom nobody else is going to make however, some serious work is required to build them.
In case of the P166 all the major components are vac formed. The wheels and prop blades are plastic. All parts need extensive clean up. The instruction sheet shows only the basic construction information. There is no decal sheet. For the price that one pays for this kit there is no real reason in buying it except that it is rare.
If you have never built a vacform kit before, this could take a while to build. Like I mentioned earlier this kit is bad.
Here are some tips.
The South African Air Force used it in service till 1993 when some were sold to private individuals and freight companies. There are also some on displays in various SAAF museums. In late Nov 2004 one 'ex-' Albatross (887) was put on display outside Port Elizabeth airport. This aircraft has since then been mounted on a pole.
Good luck and keep building!
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