With an operational range in excess of 2500 miles, the PBY Catalina could range far and wide across the Pacific, North Atlantic and Indian Ocean as convoy escorts and sub hunters and were used aggressively against the German U. Boats shadowing the Allied convoys. By the close of the WWII, PBY’s had accounted for 40 U. Boats despite them being extremely well armed with anti aircraft guns.
The PBY's RPM in 100’s is indicated on the outer scale, whilst RPM in 1000’s is indicated in the inner window at 9 o'clock. As the engine speed increased, the large pointer rotated clockwise.
Passing the 12 o'clock position, the numbers in the small window would rotate and indicate the RPM in 1000's. This is a ‘sensitive’ tachometer in that it provides more precise resolution of the engine speed vs earler versions with a single pointer and an additional internal speed ring for the full RPM range.
With a service tag dated 3/8/47 this generation of of tachometers went onto to be installed in the carrier-launched USN Douglas Skyraider which had replaced the highly successful USN WWII dive-bomber - the SBD Helldiver.
With its highly detailed 1/72 or super detailed 1/48 scale model of the PBY Catalina mounted above on its magnetic arm and its detailed laminated Fact Sheet, this Recovery Curios Original Vintage Aircraft Instrument Collectable would make an unforgettable and highly prized gift for any aviation enthusiast.
This PBY Catalina Instrument comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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Your PBY Catalina RPM Gauge, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird instrument
- Highly detailed hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft.*
- Hand-crafted and beautifully finished 100yr, Far North Queensland Mango Wood display stand
- Detailed, 2-sided, printed and laminated Instrument Fact Sheet detailing aircraft and instrument
- Removable Magnetic Display Arm
*An upgrade to the larger and more detailed 1/48 scale model is also available in the hand-built and airbrushed plastic version for an additional $60 (Click on the 1/48 scale option)
Both the 1/72 & 1/48 scale hand-built and airbrushed plastic models are available with 'wheels & flaps up or down' and 'canopy open or closed' options with a choice of two Squadron markings and camouflage.
Upon order placement you will receive an email asking for your preferred configuration.
Your complete Recovery Curios Original Instrument Collectable is securely packed and delivery normally takes between 4 - 6 weeks approx.
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