The Academy 1/72 scale PBY-4 Catalina kit features an aircraft with
odd-looking green and grey splinter camouflage, with US stars with the red
dot for markings. (It almost looks like an aircraft in RAF colors, or maybe
USAAF colors, with US neutrality markings.)
I've never seen a PBY in this scheme, but I don't have any dedicated PBY
Is this a valid scheme? Where is it from?
This is the PBY -4, not the -5.
(By the way, I just finished the -5, and it is a nice kit.)
This was an improvised camouflage scheme created by Patrol Wing 10 in
the Phillipines just prior to the start of W.W.II. There are no color
photographs and only a few B/W photos and some verbal descriptions to go
by on this scheme, as PatWing 10 was virtually wiped out in the
I'm finishing up a full build review for modeling Madness. In general, I
really liked the kit. Overall fit was very good. I liked that the kit
includes interior detail for the waist blisters (as opposed to the big
nothing in th revell kit). The kit's only shortcoming is that there is very
little detail in the front end. The cockpit detail is weak, and there is
nothing for the nose turret. This is mitigated by the fact that it is hard
to see inside up front...