Check out this majestic old fella. A great Aluminum Model of a World War II era Sea Plane or Boat for your buying consideration. Would make a great gift for a special occasion or keep for yourself!
Very nicely done aluminum model of this famous WWII Sea Plane. The model was probably made in the 1950s to 1960s. The PBY Coronado which is what this model is, was the plane that replaced the Catalina that was the sea plane available early in the war. Nice chromed finish on the aluminum body. The body is intact and detaches from the base as it was made to do. Some minor finish loss, still looks good. No felt on the bottom of the base. Not sure if the props are original to the piece. Me thinks the original props had 3 propeller blades.
Unfortunately no labels were left on this one. So, not sure of the maker or country of origination. The Aluminum US PBY Coronado Plane is 13.25" long, by 10" tall, by 7.5" wide. Each propeller is 1.5" across. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures. Don’t be shy to make a bid, we are always open to reasonable offers!
The pictures provided both complement and supplement the listing description, so please look at them very closely as well. With old items, there is no way one can capture all the little imperfections in words, so the two media are meant to be the full description.
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Some information about the plane from the internet;
Official RAF photograph.
The most famous, as well as the most important, British flying boat of the war was undoubtedly the Short S-25 Sunderland, which first flew in 1937. This four-engine RAF reconnaissance and maritime patrol flying boat was essentially the military version of the Short Empire civil transport. It was the first flying boat to be equipped with power operated gun turrets and was produced in four successive variations, the Mk. I, II, III and V. (The Mk. IV Sunderland was developed into the improved Seaford flying boat.) Typical defensive armament of the Sunderland V was 8-.303 machine guns arranged in a twin turret in the nose, a dorsal twin turret and a quad tail turret. Provision was made for the installation of four fixed .303 machine guns in the nose and two beam .303 machine guns. Disposable ordinance included bombs, depth charges and mines. There was a bombardier's position in the nose. The Mk. V's performance was improved over previous models by substituting 1200 hp Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp radial engines with improved propellers for the underpowered Pegasus engines. This was a very satisfactory change, for while performance was increased, range and endurance remained about the same.
Sunderlands were fitted with airborne surface search radar early on, starting with the Mk. I. Their radar was continually upgraded as the war went on and later models had increasingly sophisticated installations that made them very effective submarine hunters.
749 Sunderlands were completed before production ceased in 1946. Sunderlands served in the RAF in the Far East until 1959 and with the Royal New Zealand Air Force until 1967. The type also served with the Australian Air Force, Canadian Air Force, South African Air Force, Norwegian Air Force, Portuguese Navy and the French Navy. After the war, converted Sunderland flying boats were operated by a number of civilian air lines. Following are some specifications for the Sunderland III, the most numerous model with some 467 completed.
Type: Four-engined reconnaissance flying boat
Wings: All metal, high-wing, cantilever monoplane
Hull: All metal, two step
Power plant: Four Bristol Pegasus XVIII nine-cylinder radial air-cooled engines, each rated at 815 hp at 2250 rpm; maximum power 1065 hp; De Havilland three blade metal propellers
Armament: Eight .303 machine guns (1000 rounds/gun); bombs, mines and depth charges internally and externally on rails
Dimensions: Span 112' 9.5", length 85' 4", height 32' 10.5", wing area 1487 sq. ft.
Weights: Empty 34,500 lbs., service load 7060 lbs., full load 58,000 lbs.
Speed: Maximum speed 210 mph at 6500'; maximum cruising speed 178 mph at 5000'
Climb: 720'/min at sea level
Service ceiling: 16,000'
Range: 1780 miles normal, 2900 miles maximum
Official USN photograph.
Consolidated Vultee's PB2Y Coronado flying boat was a successful four-engined patrol bomber, transport and flying naval ambulance first ordered by the U.S. Navy in 1936 as the successor to the obsolescent PBY Catalina. In the event, both types served throughout the war. The PB2Y-2, the first production version, entered service in January 1941. The PB2Y-3 was produced from late 1941 until 1944 and incorporated self-sealing fuel tanks and improved armor protection for the crew. In 1944, production shifted to the PB2Y-5 using Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 radial engines with single stage superchargers, the same engine used in the Catalina flying boat. This change saved weight, increased load capacity and did not impede their low altitude performance, although it degraded their high altitude performance. However, PB2Y's did not usually operate at high altitude.
The transport versions were the PB2Y-3R and PB2Y-5R (44 passengers or 16,000 pounds of cargo) and most PB2Y-3 patrol bombers were eventually converted to -3R standard. The PB2Y-5H flying ambulance version could accommodate up to 25 stretcher cases.
In the Pacific, PB2Y-3R's (and later -5R's) were a crucial part of the Naval Air Transport Service fleet. Most had originally been built as -3 patrol bombers, but their limited combat radius relegated them to transport service. By 1945, the Coronado was showing its age and soon after the end of the war the Coronado fleet was retired. Only one Coronado survives today, the others having been scraped after the war.
The Coronado was the USN's most successful four-engined flying boat, built in much greater numbers than the larger (145,000 pound max TO weight) Martin JRM-1 Mars transport, of which only seven were completed. The first production Mars did not enter service until the summer of 1945, while the Coronado served throughout the war. Among Allied flying boats, the Coronado was very competitive with the more famous Sunderland flying boat, except in range. (The earlier, smaller and less expensive PBY Catalina handily outranged the Coronado, which was the key to the Catalina's longevity.) Here are the specifications for the PB2Y-3 Coronado patrol bomber.
Type: Four-engined patrol-bomber flying boat
Wings: All metal, high wing, cantilever monoplane; the stabilizing floats retract to form wing tips
Hull: All metal, two step
Power plant: Four 1200 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-88 radial, air-cooled engines driving three-bladed full feathering propellers
Armament: 6-.50 caliber machine guns in three twin power operated turrets located in the bow, dorsal and tail positions; stowage for bombs and depth charges in the wings
Dimensions: Span 115', length 79' 3", height 27' 6", wing area 1780 sq. ft.
Weights: 66,000 loaded
Speed: 194 mph, cruising speed 170 mph
Maximum range: 1070 miles at 131 mph
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