Post 318 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Plastic Surgery

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I guess the next step would be masking all the windows and start using my airbrush.

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There isn’t many more parts to add now since most parts left are easily broken. However I am not in the mood to start using my airbrush right now.

Inspecting the bottom fuselage I got an idea from the Inch High Guy.

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Why not use polystyrene plastic sheets I bought in the 70s…

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Since mine were too thick I scraped off the excess plastic and then filled the gaps using extra-thin cement.

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I cut off the excess and sanded it smooth.

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Now there is nothing more to do except masking the windows and later to start spraying a base coat isn’t?

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11 thoughts on “Post 318 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Plastic Surgery

  1. atcDave July 25, 2021 / 8:17 am

    You did some good looking repairs! Was the plastic that warped? Or was it a fit problem with the interior? What do you think caused that gap?

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    • Pierre Lagacé July 25, 2021 / 7:26 am

      I am sure it was a warping issue since the plastic isn’t that thick. Also the fuselage being that long doesn’t help. That’s why I glued it in sections with extra-thin cement.

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      • atcDave July 25, 2021 / 8:29 am

        Yeah long seams like that make any warps or fit problems so much worse.

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      • Pierre Lagacé July 25, 2021 / 7:31 am

        I am now stuck with masking the clear parts.

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      • atcDave July 25, 2021 / 7:34 am

        That means its time for finishing! Masking canopies is not a fun chore, but I always think of it as the beginning of the finishing process.

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      • Pierre Lagacé July 25, 2021 / 7:58 am

        A long road ahead…I have to use the airbrush outside.

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      • atcDave July 25, 2021 / 9:15 am

        At least it’s summer!

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      • Pierre Lagacé July 25, 2021 / 8:23 am

        Yes hot and muggy ..

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    • Pierre Lagacé July 25, 2021 / 7:27 am

      Maybe a fit problem but I can’t go back in time…

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  2. ModelAirplaneMaker July 25, 2021 / 7:18 pm

    That is exactly how I fix gaps now. Far easier to manage some styrene than any other filler. Well done. I have this kit and I’m taking mental notes!

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    • Pierre Lagacé July 25, 2021 / 6:21 pm

      Take some mental notes… that’s the reason behind my build. Plane Dave will also build one later. I wish I could turn back time.

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