H-16 was a licensed copy of the Felixstowe F.2A flying
boat that was built by the Glenn Curtiss company. John
Porte, the F.2A's chief designer, had previously
cooperated with Curtiss. And with Curtiss' experience in
building flying boats, they were a natural choice for
licensing. The main difference between the H-16 and the
F.2A was the former's having two 12 cylinder Liberty
engines replacing the Rolls Royce Eagles of the latter.
not familiar with the Roden Felixstowe kit, but as far as
I can tell, this is basically the same kit with an
optional rudder, different engines and new markings. The
parts are molded on eleven different sprues. My example
does have some flash here and there.
is very subtle for this scale, and isn't done "heavy
handed". The top sides of the wings have a gentle
curve between the ribs, with the ribs being scribed on the
bottom side. Horizontal stabilizers and rudder are nicely
detailed. The control surfaces (with the exception of the
rudder) are molded separately. If you want to use the
optional rudder, the original one will first need to be
removed from the fin.
engines have some very delicate parts. Including the
radiator, I counted 38 separate parts for each engine.
Both two and four bladed propeller options are provided.
Cockpit interior is a little spartan, but adequate.
Armament consists of eight Lewis guns (seven are shown in
the instructions) and two bombs (or depth charges). I was
rather impressed with the Lewis guns. They are very
delicate and well done.
is a beaching wagon included to display the model on.
That's always a nice feature with flying boat kits. The
instruction sheet seems to be written clearly, with
assembly steps laid out in a logical order. It also
includes a diagram to help those brave enough to attempt
rigging the assembled model.
decal sheet provides markings for four aircraft; one in
British and three in US markings. Three of the aircraft
are examples based at Lough Foyle, Killingholme, and
Felixstowe in 1918. The fourth aircraft represents a US
Navy H-16 in 1920. Something that seems rather unusual to
me is the fact that none of the markings are for the
aircraft depicted on the box art.
H-16, like the Felixstowe, should prove popular among both
WWI and flying boat modelers. The number of parts,
delicate assemblies, and rigging could prove intimidating
to those with little or no experience. But on the other
hand, I think this is one of those biplane models that
would look nice even without the extensive rigging
applied. Recommended to experienced modelers.
to Roden for
supplying the kit for review.