The Consolidated PBY Catalina was the first production aircraft to feature ‘wet wings’ or integral fuel tanks within the single wing structure, giving the long distance maritime patrol aircraft an incredible range of over 2520 miles.
In 1940 as the amphibious flying boat began to see increased enemy action, the Catalina’s integral tanks were replaced with self sealing tanks. This reduced the aircraft’s fuel capacity considerably so auxiliary wheel well tanks were fitted for longer missions.
Marked: Left Main, Right Main, Left Auxiliary, Right Auxiliary, the aircraft's tanks were monitored by a 4 part display fuel gauge that allowed the co-pilot to rotate between the 4 primary tanks, flipping the revolving tank dials to display the fuel level for each.
Manufactured by the US company Liquidometer of New York, this is original, war-hardenedPBY Catalina 4 x Fuel Tank Indicator is a rare collectable of an iconic aviation veteran of WWII. The primary dial turns as intended, with each revolving tank content plaque displaying except for the Starboard Auxiliary Tank which is missing its tag.
Mounted on its hundred year old Mango Wood display stand with engraved plaque and highly detailed 1/72 scale custom built model or optional larger scale 1/48 of the iconic PBY Catalina perched atop its removable magnetic arm, this is really a once-in-a-lifetime to own a piece of iconic aviation history.
Combine this with a highly detailed and informative laminated Fact Sheet with photos of the Fuel Indicator mounted in the Catalina’s cockpit, this Recovery Curio Vintage Aircraft Instrument Collectable would make a fantastic and unforgettable gift for the pilot or aviation enthusiast in your life.
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 4 x Fule Tank Indicator, 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 $45 (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 3 - 4 weeks approx.
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