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PBY - 5 CATALINA AIRPLANE MODELS

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Fully assembled, Handcrafted Wood Model Aircraft with Removable Desk Stands.

The Consolidated PBY '"Catalina" flying boat, during World War II, flew more hours on combat patrols than any other American warplane. Initial models produced in l937 were strictly seaplanes limited to waterborne takeoffs and landings with retractable outer wing floats. If repairs were required on shore, beaching gear was floated out and attached to a buoyed aircraft to permit it be towed up a ramp for necessary maintenance. In November l939, Consolidated flew the first of its amphibian designs that incorporated retractable, tricycle landing gear to give them greater flexibility as a warplane.

In May l94l, a lend-lease PBY flown by a U.S. Navy pilot on duty as an instructor with the RAF, is credited with locating the German pocket-battleship Bismarck to be sunk the following day by a British battleship/cruiser force. It was also a PBY that made the only attack on a Japanese ship when it bombed a midget submarine on 7 December l94l, and later spotted the Japanese invasion and carrier strike forces during the Battle of Midway in June l942. During World War II, the "Catalinas" performed a variety of essential duties, including long-range scouting and antisubmarine patrols, convoy escorts, SAR (search and rescue) and torpedo/bombing attack operations. It was in the latter functions that the PBY established its greatest legacy by sinking more enemy shipping than any other single type of aircraft during World War II. One squadron in particular (the Black Cats) with aircraft painted black for night operations only, were credited with sinking hundreds of tons of enemy shipping. Over 4000 PBY's were built between 1935 and 1945.

The last of the Navy's PBY's were retired in l957. Many of the aircraft are still in active use today such as for forest fire operations in which they land on lakes and scoop up water in special internal tanks to be dropped on hot spots.

Source and Link: Black Cat Squadron






These beautiful handmade airplane models are authentic replicas made from the finest grade of select kiln dried Philippine mahogany wood. The aircraft models are made entirely by hand: From the handcarving of the fuselage, wings and tail section, to the sanding of the aircraft's contours. Every part is assembled precisely into place. After shaping and sanding, the model passes through several stages of priming and sanding before it is hand painted to duplicate the actual colors, emblems, and insignias of the original historical aircraft. Finally, multiple coats of clear lacquer are applied to protect the artwork and provide an overall glossy finish.