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Old 05-11-2018, 09:39 PM
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Kacper's Cat- PacificWind PBY Recolour 1/150

Started on PacificWind's recent repaint of the S&P Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina that is downloadable free from this very site.

Got the wing done today- bit tricky getting it all straight and true, but took my time and gluing a little at a time. I've decided to leave the engines off until wing is mounted on fuselage. That way if there's any alignment issues I can deal with them before gluing.
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Old 05-12-2018, 12:34 AM
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Nice to see my recolor being under construction in Australia.

Absolutely clean and precise work on the wing(or wings?).
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Old 05-12-2018, 01:05 AM
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...work on the wing(or wings?).
I couldn't decide that either....

Onto the fuselage/hull. This is my first flying boat and finding a whole bunch of new challenges so now can completely relate to MichaelS and his current Boeing 314 build! Deciding what to do first is problematic- but ONE thing I do know- having a complete mental picture of this aeroplane and it's tricky shapes and lines before gluing anything is vital.

Came to the decision that the upper/lower join line (where the fuselage stops being an aeroplane and becomes a boat) is probably the most important to get right, so I'll do the entire top half first then (hopefully) it will all match the lower- at least at this point that's the theory. Time will tell!
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Beautiful work so far!

I follow with much interest.

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Old 05-12-2018, 05:00 PM
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I say the same, and the Catalina is a beautiful plane
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The Catalina is indeed a beautiful plane. Your work on the wing(s) is super Garry and I know the rest will be as well. Looking forward to more.
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:44 AM
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Progressing- slowly. Had a re-think on the fuse construction. I think trying to join the entire thing as an upper/lower assembly was gonna end badly. Decided that joining complete front and rear halves would be better- that way I can poke around inside with paintbrush handle or toothpick in either half to get better upper/lower alignment.

Minor design fault found- the flat panel (I think it is a crew hatch on the full size) on the nose slopes back at too sharp an angle. Setting it at a more accurate angle results in two little triangular gaps which I filled with PVA to be painted later.

BTW, before assembly, I also scored along the centre-line of the whole underside giving a shallow vee shape which looks pretty right.

I think at this point it's fair to state this is NOT a beginners model. No fault with the model, it's simply the tricky shapes and lines of the PBY. Baby steps!!
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Looks good, and your narrative and images are very instructive.

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Thanks Don. Will get the two halves joined tomorrow- fingers Xed!
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Garry looks good. The gaps left by what I see in the photos I think it's as if the bow lacks more curvature inwards, I do not know if the photo is deceiving, but I see that. I think with more curvature like to the prow of a boat the lateral ones would be closed. These noses are not easy at all.Igual looks very well
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