Researching the Privateer..

I’m looking into Privateers and there is some nice info and photos out there, the first being a book I’ve come across and that I will need to source, (Click images to make larger!)

CONVAIR PB4Y-2/P4Y-2 PRIVATEER by Nicholas A. Veronico & Steve Ginter 

I’ve also found a nice walkaround courtesy of Prime Portal. Lots of close up photos of a  PB4Y-2S (59819) Privateer that is being restored at the Lone Star Flight Museum, Texas and is being converted back to it’s original condition after spending it’s later life as a fire bomber, Tanker #30 N3739G. I’ve added some photos below, so we can see the differences between fire bomber config and USN. One of the more noticeable differences is that they were modified with R-2800 radials instead of the R-1830, which was a huge power increase and a change in cowling.

I won’t be doing the upgrade as one it’ll be too much work and two, it’s not true to the aircraft I have my eyes on.

and in USN R-1830 guise.


Moving onto the aircraft I would love to replicate, is a Privateer carrying two ASM-N-2 Bat guided bombs.







I may not do mine as worn as that, but it will certainly have two of these Bats under the wings, and it looks like I’m going to have to scratch build the pair, or make one and cast another!