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PBY Catalina In Action

PBY Catalina In Action Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review December 2013 Title PBY Catalina In Action
Author David Doyle Publisher Squadron/Signal Publications
Published 2013 ISBN 978-0-89747-740-6
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $18.95


Squadron/Signal has released a new In Action covering the PBY Catalina and this will get you interested in dusting off that 1/48 Monogram kit! This title walks through each of the variants of this Condolidated flying boat from prototype to final version. Starting with the prototype, the author walks you through the development of the early flying boats and each set of improvements integrated into the subsequent production version leading to the amphibious versions of the Catalina. The title is well-illustrated with period black and white photos as well as those color photos from the period that have been discovered more recently.

In addition to the production differences, the author provides a significant number of detail images which show key features of the aircraft from crew stations, gun turrets, ventral gun tunnel, landing gear versus beaching gear, etc. These help put the aircraft and its capabilities into perspective. Did you know that Consolidated was working on a prototype of the amphibious PBY-5A in 1939? Those details are here too.

In addition to the wartime Catalinas, this title also looks at the versions in service with the US Air Force, the OA-10 (not to be confused with a warhog bearing that same designation today). This coverage too is very nice with the color images illustrating some of the bright schemes worn by Air-Sea Rescue in those post-war days.

The title is an excellent resource for modeler and historian alike. If you have one of the Monogram or Academy kits of this aircraft, this title is going to help you achieve greater details and accuracy. This title is definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to Squadron/Signal Publications for this review sample!


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