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Klaas Willem Jonker
(Wilko)
† April 30, 2018

On Monday 30 April 2018, Wilko Jonker died after a long illness at the age of 58. He leaves behind a wife and two children. The Dutch military aviation and plastic modeling were his hobby and on this website he shared all the knowledge he has collected over the years. His hobby has been able to distract him from the persistent disease in his body until the last week of his life. The contacts with other hobbyists were a major support for him.

This website will be maintained by different people for as long as possible, so that other enthusiasts can continue to benefit from extensive content.

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 02:28

The kit

The Matchbox kit of the PBY-5 Catalina 1/72nd scale.

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This kit was released at the end of the eighties with this very nice box-art of a Dutch PBY-5 Catalina.

 

The kit itself is actually the old Catalina kit of Revell. The model is is rather good, but rather spartan in terms of detail.  Also very much riveting is present.

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The riveting here shown on the mid section of the wings.
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A very nasty thing is the name of the manufacturer on the outside of the wings, just between two panel lines. This is difficult to remove without damaging the panel lines.

After some intensive research on the internet I found information about the internal detail of the cockpit and blisters. I found some nice photos of the 1/48th scale model of the PBY-5.I used these as reference and scratch built some of the details.

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The blisters.
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The modified cockpit.

The cockpit section and the base of the front turret are a single unit. The instrument panel, I have slightly modified and I added some more detail to the "office'. The steering is in the Catalina pretty special and both steers are on a kind of hoop with a control panel with buttons, etc.  between them. A nice photo I found on Airliners.net.

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The modified cockpit with the still loose steering..

The steers from the kit differ too much from the real ones. I replaced them with examples from an old Dornier 24 kit.

Assembling the wing

The wing consists of three sections, a centre section with the nacelles and two outer parts.

These parts don't fit well together. The panel lines aren't quite well and the seam needs to be filled.

If you don't fill the seam properly, the outer wing panels don;t align very well with the centre section. I added some strip to align the three wing parts.

 

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The main wing is assembled

The paint job.

The underside of the model, I have painted overall white Humbrol 34, mixed with a little sky Humbrol 90, so that it became a slightly milky colour. [at that moment I had no airbrush and compressor available]

The top of this kit I sprayed with Vallejo Model Color 70 898. The result of this first spraying job turned out not to bad, though I suffered occasional splashing of paint, the result of so called  "Dry-Tip" (paint dried on the top of the needle of the airbrush). Thanks to some tips of fellow modellers I overcome this small problem.

 

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My first attempt of airbrushing the fuselage.
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The second attempt was much better.

Alas the paint was rather easy damaged. With some rework with an ordinary modellers brush I could remove the damage.

 

Decalling.

The decals of this over 20 years old kit were quite yellow, I attached them to our roof window in the sun for a week with a good result, as you can see below.

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The decals after a week in the sun.

The decals were quite brittle due to their age, but with a coat of varnish they could be used s. With some decal set and sol showed they could be pretty good applied. The large decal for the rudder did not to fit well and some cutting was needed to have it attached.

Despite the application of a layer of glossy varnish (after spraying it on the model it turned out not to be that glossy)  I still had some problems with some of silvering when applying the decals.

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The decals have been added.
The model is laying in the 'water'.

The model was sprayed with acrylic Satin Glitsa.

Adding the Glass ware

Glassware kit did not fit too well, in the canopy and in the two blisters arose considerable gaps. Fortunately I was able to eliminate these gaps with Kristal Kleer. Then I carefully used a paiintbrush to paint it over.

The antennas

The antennas were initially a problem. The instructions were not very clear and week at that point from reality, but thanks to Luuk Boerman which provided me with a drawing with the original wires plan, it may eventually succeeded.

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The antennas of the Dutch PBY-5 Catalina.

Diorama

Years ago I bought a a couple  pieces of plastic water (scale 1/350) at some kind of modelling show.

To me these bright blue translucent plastic pieces seemed to be suitable for a small diorama. So I placed the model on a piece of stiff paper to determine the shape of the opening for the fuselage. This "mould" I transferred on the "water" and cut it carefully out.

In order to make the "water" more realistic, I added a layer of green on the bottom. I also made a wooden frame on which I attached the plastic sheet.

 

The PBY-5 is finished.

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Many thanks to mr. Luuk Boerman of Dutch Decal for providing me the information about the antennas of the Dutch PBY-5 Catalinas.