My built-up one is a -5, but I have the -5A kit in my stash...along with
a corrected resin tail, which is going to make balancing mine
You can put weight anywhere in front of the plane of the main wheels,
but the closer it is to the wheels the more weight you'll need; so
there's a tradeoff. Just need to pack it out of sight - directly under
the cockpit floor should do, if I recall the way the kit is laid out.
I'd also smash some fishing weights with a hammer or get some lead tape
and stick it under the small walkway at the forward gunner's station.
Be sure to tape things together and test the gear along the way to make
sure they'll hold. (The axles on the beaching gear are particularly
weak, and I'd replace them with brass rod if I do another one - great kit.)
These Monogram Catalinas are one of the kits that would be a candidate
for replacement metal landing gear, along with Monogram's B-17, B-29,
Tamiya's Lancaster, etc:. Hint to the aftermarket folks.
I purchased several custom lead balancing weights from Terry Dean at TD
productions, firstname.lastname@example.org. To answer your question directly, I
checked my stash and Terry makes weights for the monogram 1:48 Catalina
5/5A. Two years in the zip lock bag and they are still shiny, bright and
free of tool marks.
For more info have a look at the nice write up in Modeling Madness. You
won't believe how reasonably priced his products are. The most expensive set
is for (as you might have guessed) the B-29 and is $6, *postage included* I
ordered several sets, different scales, large and small aircraft. All are
very high quality parts and fit so well that glue in some cases may not be
necessary. I am very pleased indeed!
You can also hide weight behind the engines inside the nacelles or
cowlings. Any point in front of the main landing gear, of course the
farther foward the less weight needed. Lead shot can be inserted into
the nose wheel if it is hollow and of two piece configuration. You can
also pack shot (CA'd in place) behind the dashpanel. There is loads of
room to hide weight in that kit.
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