Left: A PBY- 5 Catalina
from a training
squadron based at
Naval Air Station
Jacksonville FL, in
1942. The odd star
insignia on the hull
has no blue roundel
and is inverted. Photo
courtesy of the U.S.
Navy, Bobby Rocker
Right: A PBY- 5
Catalina of U.S. Navy
23, on Sand Island,
Midway, in 1942.
Note the temporary
beaching gear and
depth bombs loaded
under the wings.
Photo courtesy of
the U.S. Navy, Bobby
one of my books and chose to model it.
Of course, you will pour through
Google images for three-views and
color schemes of your next subject,
but don’t forget what your bookshelf
might offer as well. No doubt there is a
forgotten favorite to be found close to
Before closing this month, I would
like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to
all who have taken the time to reach
out and welcome me to these pages.
Much like a specific prototype or
flying style, I know my musings won’t
always appeal to everyone, although
the response I have received has been
Please feel free to contact me with
suggestions or comments you might
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