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Pby Catalina

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Scale 18:1     Wingspan 1702 mm

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Semi scale 3D printed model of Consolidated PBY Catalina with about 1,7m wingspan made by Martin Klöpfer.  Features retractable floats for better in air behaviour, same as the original. The flying boat is in civilian version, so there’s no gun turret on the nose and structures to the rear gunning blisters since they are easier to be added than removed when unwanted.

My Airplane Configuration
Main Color (Used Most)
Add-In Color (Used Less)

The Consolidated PBY Catalina, also known as the Canso in Canadian service, is an American flying boat, and later an amphibious aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s, produced by Consolidated Aircraft. It was one of the most widely used seaplanes of World War II. Catalina’s served with every branch of the United States Armed Forces and in the air forces and navies of many other nations.

During World War II, PBYs were used in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy escort, search and rescue missions (especially air-sea rescue), and cargo transport. The PBY was the most numerous aircraft of its kind and the last active military PBYs were not retired from service until the 1980s. In 2014, nearly 80 years after its first fight, the aircraft continues to fly as a water bomber (or air tanker) in aerial freighting operations all over the world.

About the model

I have made a semi scale model of a Consolidated PBY Catalina with about 1,7m wingspan in the civilian version. Meaning no gun turret on the nose and I also made no structures to the rear gunning blisters since they are easier to paint on then to cover when unwanted. It has retractable floats like the original for better in air behaviour, but that is very well anyways. I thought about adding flaps, but since the original doesn’t have some, I left that. So I made all hidden linkages in the tail instead. There is no decal sheet in the files, because adhesive foil will come of in the water quickly and the fuselage should be painted for water tightness anyways. So search the Net for your favourite design, mask the parts with a good tape from the hardware store and spray several thin layers of paint allowing to dry in between. For me most acrylic paints work, but be sure to test on a waste piece before spraying.

Data sheet

1046 mm
1702 mm
Printed Weight
1480 g
Takeoff Weight (with batt)
2500 g
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