Roo Models are
pleased to announce the release of a new 'multi-media' conversion
set for the ubiquitos PB2B-2 Catalina in 1/72 scale.
14 page A4 size colour instruction manual.
2. Decal sheet - for five (5) aircraft.
3. Twelve (12) finely cast resin pieces.
4. Two (2) pre-cut pieces of .005 plastic card.
The resin items consist of:
- 1 x ADF fairing1 x Fin and Rudder (combined piece)2 x Tail planes1 x Lower fin insert1 x Radar pod1 x Twin machine gun mount4 x Fishtail exhaust pipes
- 1 x Bow nose fairing for civilian variant.
All the pieces are moulded in
light brown resin and display the characteristics of crisp moulding
with fine engraved surface detail. This set is one of the best
to come from Red Roo Models and is typical of the quality one
now comes to expect from this fine Australian manufacturer.
What really impressed me was the instruction manual.
Many of the so called 'premier' aftermarket manufacturers' tend to
provide the modeller with nothing more than a small scrap piece of
paper with poorly hand drawn and difficult to interpret line drawings.
The accompanying text is often difficult to read and rather vague
in places too!
There's none of this with Red Roo's Catalina conversion set. Gary
and his staff have produced a fourteen page manual, containing
comprehensive text and high quality constructional photographs
- all in colour!
There are five (5) superb colour plates detailing painting instructions
and decal placement for each 'bird'. The colour plates show the
starboard view and main planes for each aircraft. Also included
is a comprehensive colour chart depicting the colour chip, FS number,
RAAF 'K' number and colour description.
Gary has also included a number of historically significant photographs
of the "Black Cat" for the modeller's reference.
The decal sheet is comprehensive and allows the modeller
to depict any one of five aircraft. These include:
- A24-362, FJ-V, 11 Squadron, RAAF
- late World War IIA24-362, OX-V, 43 Squadron, RAAF
- late World War IIA24-307, RB-P, 20 Squadron, RAAF-
late World War IIA24-385, RAAF Coastal Command - Late 1945
- VH-ASA, "Frigate Bird II",
(ex A24-385) - March 1950.
click image to enlarge
The decal sheet itself is printed in
the usual manner - using extremely thin film, special inks and are
fragile. All decals are printed on seperate carrier film (not just
on one whole carrier film) and are in register.
Photo believed to be from the Peter Dunn collection.
Red Roo Models have
excelled with this conversion set. It now allows the modeller to
create an accurate "Black Cat" in 1/72 scale using the
'Academy' PBY-5 kit. The inclusion of VH-ASA in
this set is very pleasing, as it permits the modeller to recreate
a piece of early post-war civilian aviation history.
See the NSW
Power House Museum's website for more information pertaining to
the history of VH-ASA.
The conversion set retails direct from
Red Roo Models at a RRP of $44.10. See the Red
Roo Models website for ordering instructions or, call Gary
Byk direct on - (03) 95600695 or fax on (03) 95453542
My thanks to Gary Byk and Red Roo Models
for the review sample.