1/33 Grumman G-44 Widgeon seaplane Paper Model
Originally designed as a civil seaplane, the Grumman G-44 Widgeon was pressed into military service after making its maiden flight in 1940. The Widgeon served with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Air Force and the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (re-named Gosling). After World War II ended, the Widgeon was converted back to its original civil duties. Many remaining Widgeons remain flying today in private hands.
This model represents a Grumman G-44 Widgeon which began its civil operational service as number NC28679, but was then pressed into service with the U.S. Army Air Force under serial number 42-38217. After the war ended, NC28679 was re-designated N58337 and then N3103Q. This particular Widgeon is now on display as N3101Q in a seaplane museum located in Biscarrosse, France.
Paper Model Details: 64 parts on 6 pages and one page of instructional diagrams. Includes opaque windshield, boxed wheels, rolled landing gear, dual fold propellers and integral tabs. Degree of difficulty: 3/5.
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Text by Robert Turner
Text copyright 2012, Robert Turner & Ecardmodels.com
(Photos below courtesy of Pericles Gomide Filho)