Post 315 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Get Over It!


I know what went wrong.

7 engine assembly 8 wing tip float assembly


The left engine was not fully inserted into the engine cowling causing a missed alignment which led to this.


So I will have to get over it and it will stay that way forever.

I have learned a lot since I reunited with my forgotten hobby back in December 2013 with one exception: forgetting to always dry fit parts before glueing them.

Double-checking and even quadruple-checking are sometimes not enough.

I will try my luck next with the pontoons, but then maybe it’s not a good idea to install them right away.



I sure hope Plane Dave is reading all this.

4 thoughts on “Post 315 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Get Over It!

  1. tcinla July 21, 2021 / 11:46 am

    Speaking from experience, it is entirely possible to break off/pop off that engine and reseat it. You might have to do some trimming inside the part now to get it right, but it can be done and isn’t that hard.

    And yes, you’re right that you do not want to attach the pontoons until you have painted and decaled and finished the model. Otherwise you are guaranteed to break them off.


    • Pierre Lagacé July 21, 2021 / 11:58 am



    • Pierre Lagacé July 21, 2021 / 12:01 pm

      Thanks for the information. I will keep the engine assembly as it is. I tried to unglue it but I was doing more harm than good. About the pontoons… They are already assembled.


    • Pierre Lagacé July 21, 2021 / 3:03 pm

      I will be extra careful.


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