Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
by Randy Lutz
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Here are some images of my 1/48 Monogram Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina.
It is finished in the markings of:
Flying Officer D.S. Beauchamp
6 (Flying Boat) Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF)
Halavo Bay, Florida Island, Guadalcanal, December 1944
Modifications to the kit comprises of the following:
True Details resin sidewalls added
thermal de-icing system air intake reshaped
waist gun and nose gun positions detailed
with strip styrene
antenna wires made from stretched sprue
gun barrels drilled out
pendant line replaced with copper wire
mooring cleats replaced
PBY-5A eyeball nose turret added
the supposedly too thick vertical tail was
given the attention I felt it deserved
I used the True Details cockpit set for the kit, but in my opinion it
is totally unnecessary as it all but invisible once the model is
assembled. The money spent on the detail set is better spent on beer. The
same holds true for the True Details wheels. I had them, but did not use
them as they are no better than the kit wheels.
Interestingly, every review I have read about this kit claim that the
tail section is too thick in the area of the vertical fin.
Perhaps so, but strangely enough, not one reviewer has noticed that the
waist gun blisters are too close together on the top of the fuselage. I am
not sure if the the blisters are too wide, positioned too high, or if the
fuselage is actually too narrow, but the inaccuracy is quite noticeable
once the model is completed. It is not something that is obvious until it
is too late.
pitot tube drilled out
landing lights replaced with MV Products
ASW antennae replaced with wire
ignition wires added to engines
fuel dump tubes drilled out
assist handles added to upper surface of wing
My Catalina was painted with Xtracolor X162 USN Blue Grey, M-485, FS 15189
and X137 Light Gull Grey, FS 16440.
All markings are from Aero Master SP48010.
A note for anyone using the Aeromaster decals for this subject. They
are printed by Cartograf, and while having perfect registration, and
excellent colour density, they must rate as some of the worst decals I
have ever used. Some of them, especially the wing roundels and serial
numbers, refused to settle down, even after 20 applications of Solvaset.
Once the decals were applied to the wings, I could actually get them to
lift, by blowing across the surface of the decal. I had to resort to
making my own replacements from decal film. The fact that the serials
refused to settle was a blessing, as they were far too large in the first
place. I made new serials of the correct size on my PC and printed them on
clear Micro Scale decal film.
The model is weathered with chalk pastels
RNZAF The First Decade 1937-46, by Charles
Darby. Kookaburra Technical Publications
Detail and Scale Vol. 66 PBY Catalina
Squadron In Action No. 62 PBY Catalina
Squadron Walk Around No. 5 PBY Catalina
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Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2003
by Randy Lutz
Page Created 25 June, 2003
17 March, 2004
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