The Consolidated PBY Catalina was an American flying boat of the 1930s and 1940s produced by Consolidated Aircraft. It was one of the most widely used multi-role aircraft of World War II. PBYs served with every branch of the United States Armed Forces and in the air forces and navies of many other nations. In the United States Army Air Forces and later in the United States Air Force their designation was OA-10. A Canadian-built PBY would be familiarly called a Canso.
The models operate on track set at ground level. The default placement is with the wheels down. They will operate on land or water, water level for aircraft and ship operation is 3 metres below ground level. All track is placed at ground level.
There are two versions available, an older one with the propellors running all the time (two models shown above), and one with the new engine startup functions.
Catalina Flying Boat Key Operation
Version 1, engines running:
1. Landing gear retraction is manually operated by the B key, unlike other aircraft.
2. The wing float retraction is operated by the V key.
The B key retracts the wheels but also lowers the aircraft 3.9 metres relative to the track level. This allows it to land on ground with the wheels down but also land on water at the correct height with the wheels up. This allows the Catalina to use the same track as the Sunderland.
Note the levels in the diagram. DO NOT operate the B key while the aircraft is sitting on the ground or you will have to dig it out of the tarmac.
Version 2, engines stopped (startup version):
This model is set up for a water bombing operations for bush fires, and required changes to the keys used to operate. It has the same height changes as above for operating on land or water.
1. Landing gear retraction and float operation is manually operated by the H key, this also raises or lowers the aircraft for water or land use.
2. The engines are started or stopped using the B key.
3. The water dropping function is implemeted using the V key, the water is emitted for 5 seconds.
For both versions of the aircraft, the Aircraft Action Trigger may be used to operate functions when placed on the track and set to the appropriate number.
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The last model is not yet available, coming soon.