Post 316 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Fellow Modelers, Let’s Get Ready to Rummmmmmble…


Post 316 reminds me of Stone Cold Steve Austin.


One of my sons is following this project so it’s like a reminder of the time my two sons and I were watching WWE wrestling 30 years ago.

Wrestling, just like My Forgotten Hobby et all…, is all about entertainment.

I have been dry fitting with little dots on virtual paper last Tuesday.


I had to figure out a way to attach the pontoons after quadruple-checking.


The problem was with the pontoon’s beveled surface. I knew I could not glue them on squarely.

I had to assemble these parts first.


I dry fitted them one more time.


So this is what I did.

The actuating arm fitted precisely with the proper angle onto the float brace.

You learn a lot by reading My Forgotten Hobby III and I have learned a lot about the life of Stone Cold Steve Austin…

Getting back to the pontoons…

They are now holding their breath.



Was it a good idea to install them right away?

I had this comment yesterday on this mishap…


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.