This 68″ PBY Catalina is the largest-wingspan kit that we offer, and it is a wonderfully easy flyer. It flies like a glider and is capable of finding thermals! The wing is one piece and can be removed. A float kit is available for water operation (See details below).
This model is large and is more complicated to build compared to most of our other models. The kit includes the foam parts needed to build this model, along with a fully detailed construction manual and several parts and accessories such as the pull-pull control system. The model is not assembled or painted, so the customer needs to supply glue, paint, and other hobby tools, servos, motors, and electronics in order to put it together. This was designed for two geared brushed motors or two 1-oz “blue wonder” brushless motors with 3-bladed 9×7 propellers (not included with this kit, but available from Rabid Models).
The modeler can make cowls for this model as shown using 8oz “sour cream cups” – not included with the kit. The 68″ wing is designed to be removeable with two main screws (and the 4 struts can be detached as well). The modeler must supply balsa sticks for the struts. This kit requires a working rudder (3 servos are required instead of 2).
This model can be converted for water operation with the addition of a “float kit” (available separately) which includes a PVC hull, formers, and wingtip floats that can be added to the model during construction, or afterwards. The blue prototype (pictured) was modified to include retractable wingtip floats and a scratch-built “observer’s bubble” which are not included with the kit.
There is a really terrific video showing the red&white “firebomber” version showing off at a large indoor venue, the 2008 KIEF. You can see what an exceptionally smooth and easy- flying model this is.
The PBY is also available in a smaller 38″ version, which does not have a float kit.