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36104 Corgi   PBY-5A Catalina - VP-34 Black Cats, Pfleeger USAAF £ 0.00
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  Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA36104: Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina of VP-34 Black Cats, William Pfleeger, New Guinea, 1944. Limited Edition of 2310 Pieces.
Length 10.75 inches Wingspan 17.25 inches
10.75" 17.25"

The squadron's only insignia came into being during its first tour of duty in the South Pacific in early 1944. VP-34 was one of ten Navy patrol squadrons to be designated Black Cats during the war. The nickname came from the flat black paint applied to the Catalina's and the nighttime strike missions assigned to these squadrons. On 26 December 1943, VPB-34 (the VPB designation was not formally approved until the following October) flew to their new operating base at Samarai on the eastern tip of New Guinea. Samarai was a small base, with seaplane ramp, dollies for moving the planes, and a small hangar that could only shelter a Cat's nose. All other maintenance was done outside. The living conditions were fairly decent, and the crews got to see movies every night when they weren't flying, even when it was raining. But there were plenty of mosquitoes, so everyone took atabrine pills, which made them turn yellow. After the pilots made a few familiarization flights with VP-52, the squadron started doing what the Black Cats were noted for: all-night 13-to 17-hour missions to attack Japanese shipping, barges, shore installations, and occasional submarines; delivering and extracting scouts; and evacuating troops and rescuing survivors. This aircraft was flown by Lt.Pfleeger in 1944 for a rescue of three survivors of a B-24 that had ditched after a raid on Truk- the Japanese "Gibraltar of the Pacific", the seemingly impregnable base for its combined and Fourth Fleets. It was also used as a ferry point for aircraft from factories in Japan to operations in New Guinea and the Solomons.

Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Designed to replace the Martin P3M, the PBY Catalina was first flown on March 28th, 1935. This aircraft is a long range patrol flying boat, one of the most rugged and versatile aircraft in U.S. history. Its long range assisted in the location and attack of enemy transport ships. A great advantage of flying boats is that they need no runway, however later PBY variants incorporated retractable landing gear, allowing for amphibious operation from land or water. Even today-more than seventy years after its first flight-the PBY continues to fly as an air tanker in firefighting operations throughout the world.
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Corgi aviation archive general information

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The Corgi Aviation Archive features a vast selection of diecast model airplanes in 1:144, 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scales and has become the standard by which all other ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been authentically detailed from original documents and archival material. Subject aircraft in the Aviation Archive appeal to all aviation enthusiasts and every diecast model airplane includes such features as:

  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
  • Detailed pilots and crew members (1:72/1:32).
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected interchangeable features such as airbrakes, opened canopies and access panels (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings (1:72/1:32).
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