View Full Version : Pby-6a

Ray Willets
09-03-2005, 01:44 PM
Does anyone know anything about a PBY-6A that was sold by Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago. It was an ARF that I think may have been manufactured in the Czech Republic. If anyone has one that they would like to sell, I am interested.

09-08-2005, 05:17 PM
I believe those have long been discontinued, though you do see them come up in the classifieds of the various e-power sites.

BUT, you may want to wait for this one to hit the states:

It's new from aeronaut...about a 71" span designed for e-power...QUITE cool!


Ray Willets
09-11-2005, 08:40 PM
Thanks for he reply, do you have any idea when the Aero-Naut PBY-6A may be aavailable in the US or if there is a US distributor?


09-12-2005, 05:20 AM
I followed that link and discovered that Hobby Lobby is also their US distributor. I sent the an email asking about this kit but I have not received a response. Why don't you send them an inquiry as well. It can't hurt to show a ground swell of support for what sounds like a great kit.

Jason T
09-13-2005, 12:58 AM

Welcome to Wattflyer!


09-19-2005, 04:57 AM
At one time Dymond carried the PBY. You might give them a try and see if one is laying around.

09-21-2005, 05:07 AM
I contacted Helmut at Dymond in San Diego and he suggested this kit is still conceptual and could be a year in the making. He suggests a Pby Catalina kit made by a Czech company called HVP Modell. Does anyone have any experience with this kit or other kits made by this company?

Ray Willets
09-21-2005, 02:22 PM
Fred & wdahlstrom,
I called Dymond yesterday and was told that HVP Modell was the manufacturer,that they are still in business but the exchange rate with the euro makes it unprofitable to bring them in. however Dymond still has in stock kits of several other plane made by HVP Modell ( no seaplanes ). Any idea how to find the HVP website or how to contact them?

09-21-2005, 03:14 PM
Here is the URL:
I hope your Czech is pretty good, its not written in English.
I figured out which one was their "contact" link and I wrote to them because I'm going to be in Prague next month. They have responded and I'm now trying to get directions to their shop and prices for this Pby kit. I'll let you know what I find.

09-24-2005, 06:41 PM

Looks beautiful!! Too bad their website is not in Eglish.
Anyone can translate????
Prague is a beautiful city, make sure you visit the FLECKU brewery for lunch and pivo (beer), AWESOME!!! It's in the city center.
Looking forward to see what this model will cost you.

09-24-2005, 07:31 PM
Heere's a link that carries the HVP line and it's in English.

HVP also has a beautiful GRUMMAN ALBATROSS.

Unfortunately Puffin Models does not sell/ship to the U.S.
Does anyone know a U.S. source???

09-24-2005, 11:02 PM
Sold at this link:

Jim Casey
09-25-2005, 01:52 PM
Seems like I remember Jim Ryan reviewed this plane in MAN about 9 years ago. If I remember properly it had a high wing loading and was prone to tipstalling. Of course the mfr could have twisted in a little washout my now, and LiPo batteries would have reduced the weight, too.

09-25-2005, 04:14 PM
Using li-po batteries certainly would reduce the wing loading and improve performance greatly.
Found this link to Jim Ryan's 1998 review:

Here's the Flight Review:

Jim Casey
09-25-2005, 05:19 PM
Thanks for finding the review. Notice that there is a build-review and a separate flight review in the same issue.

11-07-2005, 12:11 PM
I was in Prague last month and found one of these at a shop and brought it home. Its beautiful with a one piece blown plastic fuselage and a big balsa covered wing. If anyone's interested I'll try to get some pics of the ARC in the box. It cost about $220 US and then the schlep factor to bring it home.

11-07-2005, 12:14 PM
Thanks for the information.
Looking forward to seeing the photos.

11-07-2005, 11:44 PM
Here in Germany we have a distributor:
There you can find the BIG Catalina with 2300mm span also, and the Grumman Albatross USCG model.
Maybe you can buy your model over PAF.


11-10-2005, 03:46 PM
Hello, I'm sorry that this is off topic but I would like to ask our German friends if Mikes Tiny Models (MTM) is still in business. I have need for a replacement motor from one of their sets. MTM web site has a message in German and i can't access the main menu.


11-10-2005, 08:16 PM
Hi over there,

I've tried to open the MTM-site. But it isn't possible, cause they are doing a new website!