Next up, a pair of P6M SeaMasters being serviced by the USS CURRITUCK (AV-7) seaplane tender. 1:426 scale.
Part of the plans for the Seaplane Striking Force involved several classes of ships to support the SeaMasters, SeaDarts and the Tradewinds. Converted landing ships (LSD's) would serve as dry docks, but tenders with their extensive shops, weapons spaces and maintenance capabilites were also required to support the P6M's. The ALBERMARLE and the CURRITUCK were selcted for conversion, (all the preceeding is true).
WHIF- the CURRITUCK in service supporting forward deployed P6M-2 SeaMasters.
The Kit: 1:426 Pine Island coverted to USS CURRITUCK in a SSF role. The SeaMasters will be mostly scratch with some 1/350 parts from a A-3 Skywarrior and S-3 Viking.
The inspiration, from Stan Piets/Al Raithels excellent Martin SeaMaster book, page 168
I think I have a SeaMaster problem.
Here is the start of my build with some previous efforts out. In the rear is an unboxed PINE ISLAND which will serve as the tender. A previoulsy built CURRITUCK in her post war set up. She will be untouched. In the middle is a scratch built balsa 1/700 scale tender with a scratch SeaMaster on deck. Lower right is the ancient box scale P6M