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Jimmy Buffett's "Hemisphere Dance" Albatross

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  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: SW Florida
Jimmy Buffett's "Hemisphere Dance" Albatross
Posted by fuzznoggin on Saturday, April 23, 2022 6:23 AM

This is Jimmy Buffett's "Hemisphere Dancer" Albatross. This was an old Monogram kit, chock full of rivets that needed to be sanded off completely. Decals custom made from an old friend who is no longer with us. Paints by Tamyia and custom mixed for the striping. Some actuator scratchbuilding done in the wheel well area. The "Hemisphere Dancer" lettering done with dry transfers by Woodland Scenics. Reference photo taken at Universal Studios City Walk, Orlando. Enjoy !!

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Saturday, April 23, 2022 11:46 AM



George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, April 23, 2022 11:50 AM

Nice job! Looks good by the pool and makes me want a Margarita.



  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, April 23, 2022 6:50 PM


       I do like this version of my all time favorite plane. I think the S.U.16 A and B models are some of the prettiest Seaplanes around. Great Job on that model!

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Sunday, April 24, 2022 11:02 AM

Great job!  Love the photography.

  • Member since
    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Monday, April 25, 2022 10:42 AM

Excellent job on such "Vintage" kit. I remember those countless rivets over this kit.  This and the classic PBY are my all time favorite seaplanes.



  • Member since
    January 2010
Posted by CrashTestDummy on Thursday, November 24, 2022 1:57 PM

I have the 1:48 scale Trumpeter kit in my stash which I plan to use to recreate the Hemisphere Dancer.  I have aftermarket decals and several pictures of the interior so I can hopefully replicate the interior and display it with the door open.  

Nice work on yours!



G. Beaird,

Pearland, Texas

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, November 24, 2022 2:06 PM

Ya know, fuzznoggin, I've looked at that kit off and on for years but I just didn't know what to do with it. Your "Buffet Build" has inspired me I think. I've seen the airplane in real life and your model is a good representation of the real plane. Good work! Thanks for sharing.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, November 27, 2022 2:57 PM


      I was just reviewing old tapes of Jacque Cousteau and the "Underwater World" The Albatross that was used by someone that came out to the boat(The Calypso) besides the Catalina, had the Nose Bump removed and it was all white and had a blue stripe. I build a lot of them without the Radome Nose anyway! The "Cat"( in which I believe his son Passed in) was strange looking with the Hump on the nose.


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