1/72 scale PBY-5 Catalina is available online from
The model is Academy's 1/72 scale PBY-5 Catalina, representing
"The Dabster", A24-64, 43 SQN, RAAF, using Humbrol paints
and decals from the E.S. Decals set. It was purchased from Victorian
Hobby Centre, Melbourne.
The kit was built straight from the box with all parts going
together beautifully. The only "hard" part was mating the
wing to fuselage whilst ensuring that the stuts stayed where they were
meant to be. Some plasti-card was needed but as the wing looks
straight then I guess it is straight enough for me.
I detailed the blister compartment and the cockpit, but when the
clear bits were in place it didn't look right, so I painted the inside
of all the "glass" with satin varnish to make them opaque. I
think it works. Its hard to see anything inside a 1/72nd kit anyway.
Painting the large amount of black looked daunting but
it worked fine. The "Dark Ocean Blue" was mixed using gloss
"Ocean Blue" and matt "Extra Dark Sea Grey" until I
was happy with the colour. I have no idea how accurate it is, but I like
it. The contrast between the blue and grey appears close enough when
compared with black and white photos.
I hand paint all my models because I couldn't be
bothered with the mess of an airbrush, but I spray the final
"varnish" coat from a warmed up aerosol can.
The scratching and panel marking was done with GUNMETAL
as opposed to silver and I like the look. Whether I have overdone it is
for you to judge. The lanolin coating was simulated with a slightly more
glossy varnish that the final overall coat. It is bearly discernable.
Photography was with my OLYMPUS C1400L which has a few
less limitations than I do as a photographer. I used Adobe Photodeluxe
to adjust the size of the photos.
Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2001
by Peter White
Page Created 05 June, 2001
Last Updated 04 June, 2007
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