Academy 1/72 Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina Black Cat Model Kit

Brand: Academy

Model Number: 12487

Scale: 1/72

Now £18.99Excl VAT: £15.83

The Academy 1/72 Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina Black Cat is a plastic aircraft model kit is a amphibian plane that was used in the second world war.

The earlier PBY-2 and PBY-5 Catalina flying boats were faster and more attractive to look at, but it was the Black Cat Squadrons that wrote some of the most interesting chapters in the history of the War in the Pacific. Their search and attack capability was the perfect answer to the Japanese tactics of moving men and supplies at night by ship or barge to re-supply their out-of the-way garrisons in the western Pacific. The early RADAR installed on the PBY-5A Catalinas was crude and very limited, but it worked well enough that the Black Cats were able to sink over 10,000 tons and seriously damage another 24,000 tons of Japanese merchant shipping in their night attacks.

Because of its amphibian landing gear, the PBY-5A had the advantage of operating from island landing strips or seaplane tenders, but this came at a price. Because of the added weight of retractable landing gear, the PBY-5A was slower and couldn't fly as high as the earlier pure seaplane versions.

Fully engraved panel lines & rivet detail.
Highly detailed cockpit interior & waist gunner's compartment.
Optional position landing gear & wing-tip floats.
Realistic P.V.C. tires included.

Manufacturer: Academy
Model: 12487 Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina Black Cat

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Product rating 5 out of 5 stars

  • Product rating 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed by Ted Wright

    Academy Catalina Black Cat

    Prompt delivery by Wonderland, despite the lock-down restrictions. I have not completed the model yet, but the kit seems to be generally quite good, although the black plastic from which it is made, makes assembly of small parts quite difficult for old eyes like mine. Instructions could be more detailed

  • Product rating 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed by Tim j

    Academy 1/72 Catalina Black Cat

    Outstanding service, item was out of stock but was re-ordered , despatched and delivered in six days! Superb kit and highly recommend the service.

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