Mr. Jim Wander and I met on the Internet
when I answered a Craig's List ad for a Sig Citabria kit for sale.
Jim lives outside of Cincinnati, OH, and I live in Erie, PA, so
he had to go to the trouble of packing and shipping the kit rather
than just handle a local deal as with most Craig's List sales. The
whole exchange (his Citabria for my $$$) went very smoothly.
During our series of e-mails and phone calls, he mentioned that
he had built a Guillows PBY-5a Catalina model as an open-frame display
subject. Jim was kind enough to provide me with the following photographs
of his model, which I am honored to make available here. It is a
shame to cover such craftsmanship and not be able to admire the
artistry of it, so lucky for us he decided to leave it uncovered.
built a Guillows DC-3
model myself, I can attest to the attention to detail that exists
in the Guillows kits, and the large number of parts - often small
parts - that need to be assembled. Many vacuum-formed components
must be cut out and glued together, as can be seen in these images.
As if that was not enough work, printed cardboard and paper parts
need to be cut out and placed as well. Even the propeller blades
need to be shaped and painted.
There are modelers out there who adapt these larger scale
Guillows kits to radio control flight. One example is
Bill Gaylord, whose amazing work is displayed here on Airplanes
and Rockets along with some of the Internet forums.
Buy a Guillows PBY-5a Catalina Model
Philip, Sally & Melanie with a PBY-5 Catalina