PBY-5AIndonesian Air Force
first time I saw a real PBY was in 1992, when the first time I visited the
Indonesian Air Force Museum in the town of Yogyakarta. Well, what I can say is,
I was truly thrilled by this ugly fat fellow.
This is the Academy Minicraft 1/72 PBY-5A Catalina, painted in Indonesian Air Force markings. The serial number PB-505 is actually the one preserved in the museum.
built this one OOB, with the exception of the addition of seatbelts, which
actually can hardly be seen once the main canopy is installed. But at least I
know they are there.
Construction was straightforward. Humbrol 145 was used for the overall colour. The colour was chosen after long discussions in a coffee shop with fellow modelers (Thanks, Alex & Peter), since the Indonesian Air Force does not have a colour standard.
All markings are either airbrushed or handpainted, including the squadron badges. The only decals used are for the letters & numbers, which came from Carpena decals.
weathering, I used a combination of oils and pencils. Actually this is my first
model which I tried scale effects and oils.
This model was actually built for a friendly “Twin Prop” groupbuild recently held in Jakarta.
Iwan Winarta Jakarta, Indonesia
Photos and text © by Iwan Winarta