Hot off the bench is this PBY-5a representing an aircraft from the naval training base in Corpus Christi Texas.

During WW2 Richard Dunnette Link trained in PBY’s at Corpus Christi and later flew PBM’s operationally in the pacific. Monday will be his 91st birthday. I’ll be delivering this to his daughter tomorrow afternoon.

I made sure it was well used. A lot of training aircraft were leftovers and showed lots of wear. The blue gray topsides used on this PBY, and many other aircraft, was especially prone to wear. That was the look I was going for and i think I pulled it off pretty well.

More pictures here…


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