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Old 03-27-2008, 10:51 PM
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PBY-5A Catalina

In between working on the Il-2 Sturmovik for opjose...I decided to start on a more detailed PBY-5A. The included on in G4 just doesn't do it for me (I know it was modeled after a RL model) but I'd prefer to have one with working gear, retractable wing floats etc.

Just started on this last night....here's what I've got so far.

Edit: By more detailed I'm referring to the gear and the floats just to clarify. Because the actual G4 model is really nice...has a nice cockpit and interior in it. Just a few additional things to my PBY should interest some that like the option of gear or water.
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:53 PM
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Looking great!! Keep it up I'm loving the retractable landing gear feature.
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:57 PM
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Looking great!! Keep it up I'm loving the retractable landing gear feature.




Everybody knows the folding floats
are way cooler.

I'm lovin the plane!!!!! Its beautiful!!!!
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Old 03-28-2008, 01:27 PM
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Stuck home today on doctors orders so I figured I'd put some spare time to good use.

Here's and update on the Cat
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Old 03-28-2008, 01:43 PM
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Nice work (You might have overdone it a bit on the framework for the small turret on the front) Here are some pics I took of a 6A (with no turret!) if it helps ...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/telms/s...7600088912862/

I'm interested to see if you can get the main gear to retract properly (note the small split panel above the wheel, this forms part of the fuselage when the wheel is retracted) The long support coming down actual splits as the main wheel retracts. The wing floats should be simple if you don't model the supporting struts.
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Old 03-28-2008, 01:48 PM
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Nice work (You might have overdone it a bit on the framework for the small turret on the front) Here are some pics I took of a 6A (with no turret!) if it helps ...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/telms/s...7600088912862/

I'm interested to see if you can get the main gear to retract properly (note the small split panel above the wheel, this forms part of the fuselage when the wheel is retracted) The long support coming down actual splits as the main wheel retracts. The wing floats should be simple if you don't model the supporting struts.
Nemo you've got a good eye. I honestly forgot to mention in the first post that the nose turret is a temporary item. I just sized and tapered a cylinder so I could "carve out" and shape the recessed portion in front of the canopy.

Then when I went to render it (to post a picture here) the big blob of a cylinder looked really silly.....so I just selected all the faces and "inset" them and applied a "hole" material.

So yes eventually I will delete the "mock" turret with a more accurate one. Thanks for bringing that up though.

Thanks for the info and the details on the gear....it will be tricky to make it nice. But I think with enough time (which I take plenty of!haha) It should be possible. I might have to spare some other details on the aircraft in order to model a nice set of gear.

Edit: Thanks for the link to the great detail pics nemo.

It is interesting to see the aircraft without the nose turret.

Would the interest be there for me to leave mine out? And model it like the ones in the photos? it would save a pile of polys to put somewhere else?

I'll let the forum members decide on this one.

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Old 03-28-2008, 03:21 PM
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As a current G3.5 user I would be interested in a version with more detailed gear just to be able to fly it (no turret vote). I love the work you do and love every plane of yours I fly. I would even be willing to do the Physics for G3 if you would like.
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Okay Voting starts:

No Nose Turret (2) after seeing the pics I'm leaning this way possibly.

With Nose Turret (2)

I'll update here if there are any more opinions / votes.

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If the real one has a turret, then model the turret, if it doesn't then leave it out.
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Gotta have the turret with the big cannons...hehe...love those guns!
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If the real one has a turret, then model the turret, if it doesn't then leave it out.
josh0987: I think you missed the post by nemo. He attached a link of a PBY for me to look at. This certain PBY does not have the nose turret.

Below is a pic of that aircraft (no turret) and also a model of one with a turret.
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Make it with the turret, Military aircraft are always cooler
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No turret

I vote no turret, it has a cleaner look to it. It's a plus so I can do the scheme of the one at my local air museum(Palm Springs)
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I vote no turret, it has a cleaner look to it. It's a plus so I can do the scheme of the one at my local air museum(Palm Springs)
Now that one doesn't have a bomb window either! Anything will be fine with me.....I kinda like this that vonfife just posted (plust it will save me more polys again)
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Okay Voting starts:
No Nose Turret, With Nose Turret, or The advanced option

By that I mean, give them both. Model the turret as part of an engine to show selection.
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