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Iain (32SIG)

1:32 Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer conversion

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Needing to break out of my current rut - once I've finished the two-seat Spit - and a couple of other projects...

 

What I have in mind is a conversion of the forthcoming HobbyBoss B-24J to a Privateer.

 

Yes - I *know* it's a lot of work - and lots of scratch-building - but I've always liked the Privateer (I blame the Matchbox kit when I was a lot younger).

 

As this will purely be for my enjoyment - rather than a magazine, or customer, build - I recon I can make some rapid progress and not worry about it too much.

 

Having spent a lot of time looking into it I recon it's doable - but I want to take a run at it when the kits arrive and we start the multi-engine group build.

 

With the aim of being able to hit the ground running I'm collecting as much reference material as possible - the biggest challenge is in finding all the detail info you need on something like this.

 

Have two books on the way:

 

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Also found an e-book on Google:

 

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Have found some walk-round images here: https://www.net-maquettes.com/pictures/consolidated-pb4y-2-privateer/

 

Some useful images via Pinterest: https://pin.it/vn4j2x7neqrgup

 

And there are copies of drawings kicking about: https://www.google.com/search?q=consolidated+privateer+drawings&client=firefox-b&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiA_tnt7_HdAhWGNcAKHX_gBO8QsAR6BAgFEAE&biw=1440&bih=768

 

Also found someone on Ebay that's selling CDs of some of the tech docs.

 

I *really* fancy doing one of these - Aeronaval Indochina:

 

 

OK - so possibly a mad project I'll never finish - but feeling really positive about this one...

 

So - on lookout/leads to any/more info on the Privateer - gaps I really need to fill at the mo:

 

  • Any dimensional details - fuselage, cowlings and tail - pref from Consolidated drawings/station dimensions
  • Detail shots of cowlings/nacelles and the lumps and bumps around the nose
  • Anything else that might be useful!

 

Generally - any Privateer info gratefully received!

 

Anyone up for having a go too - and sharing info/mouldings?

 

Iain

 

 

 

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11 minutes ago, petrov27 said:

Very cool indeed! Please make aftermarket conversion set for the rest of us non scratchbuild capable :)

 

Hi Patrick - I'm afraid that has to be a definite no I'm afraid...

 

I learned from making patterns to correct the Trumpeter Lightnings that making items that are good enough to provide to others, as production quality items, is a real bear that completely sucks the enjoyment out of it and can be self defeating (for me, anyway).

 

Happy to share info/research/techniques (hence thread) - and, perhaps, a few parts to help others - but otherwise I need to keep pressure like that well away from this if it has any chance of reaching completion!

 

Iain

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We have a beautifully restored PB4Y-2 at Pima.  At some point I'll go down and shoot a walk around series on it for you.  The only external thing that's not stock is the single piece windscreen, leftover from her days as a fire bomber.  

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4 minutes ago, Jennings Heilig said:

We have a beautifully restored PB4Y-2 at Pima.  At some point I'll go down and shoot a walk around series on it for you.  The only external thing that's not stock is the single piece windscreen, leftover from her days as a fire bomber.  

 

Jennings - that would be really useful!

 

Iain

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Hi Ron,

 

I believe from US Navy experience in operating the PB4Y-1:

  • Single tail gave more stability - especially in engine out situations - hence adoption of the B-24N tail (albeit slightly taller).
  • Fuselage extension ahead of wing (7' ?) was US Navy requirement to add a Flight Engineer station behind cockpit.
  • Cowling/nacelle changes - no need for turbo-superchargers as operating at lower altitudes.

I think it results in a nicer looking airframe - but will also do a standard B-24J as operated by 389th Bomb Group at Hethel (now the Lotus Cars factory) - in OD/Grey.

 

Iain

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I had the same idea when the B-24 was announced but went back with the wishful thinking of a future Hobby boss release... However, very frankly, your approach is probably closer to the reality! At least, if you need info about French ones, I have multiple French books about the Aeronavale in Indochina. 

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I'd be really surprised if anyone does a Privateer in kit form Thierry (that said, there are a lot of subjects out/promised in 1:32 that I never thought we'd ever see) - so I think it's fairly safe to have a go at a conversion.

 

Any input/help/advice as we move forward *much* appreciated.  :)

 

Iain

 

 

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