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#AA-4063   1/144 scale  Convair R3Y-2 Tradewind  Gas station on the sea


Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

86 resin parts +

Clear-resin canopies, Decal


Span 309 mm


Length 295 mm


Unit price: US$88

Shipping charge: US$14.00

Each model kit contents 1 set decal. Extra decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal



Aircraft History and Specification

In 1944, the US Navy asked the industries to enter a design competition for a 105,000 pound patrol boat powered by four radials. At the end of the war, two German Bv.222 flying boats were captured by US forces. Convair acquired one for evaluation at Naval Air Station, the intensive studies leading to the hull design of their Model 117. In early 1946, Convair received a requirement from the US Navy for a large flying-boat using the new laminar flow wing and the developing turboprop technology. It was awarded a contract for two prototypes, designated XP5Y-1 Tradewind. After the first aircraft crash in 1953, the Navy decided not to proceed with the patrol boat version but changed into a passenger and cargo aircraft. The Tradewind program was redesignated R3Y. Six flying boats were built as the R3Y-2 with a lifting nose for landing ship duties. In practice, it was almost impossible for the pilots to hold the aircraft steady and nose on to the beach while the aircraft was loaded or unloaded. The aircraft were converted into tankers for the in-flight refueling role. Subsequently three more aircrafts were lost through engine failures, all the Tradewind aircrafts were grounded in 1958.










In-flight refill tanker flying boat

To designed for Navy's requirement for a large flying-boat using the new technology developed during the war




4x Allison T-40-A-4 turboprops

403 mph


47,950 lbs load


Model References

The Convair R3Y-2 Tradewind package contents secret kits of three 1/144 U.S. naval aircraft as bonus:

The Convair R3Y-2 is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Convair's seaplane family

P4Y Corregidor

PBY Catalina

PB2Y Coronado

XP5Y-1 Tradewind

R3Y-1/2 Tradewind

XF2Y Sea Dart


The Korean War operation 1950 ~ 1953

U.S. Navy float-plane from WWII

Boeing XPBB-1 Sea Ranger

Bristol XLRQ-1

Columbia XJL-1

Consolidated PB2Y-5 Coronado

Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina

Convair P4Y-1 Privateer

Convair XP5Y-1 Tradewind

Convair R3Y-1/2 Tradewind

Convair XP6Y-1

Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk

Curtiss SOC-4 Seagull

Curtiss SO3C-1 Seamew

DeHavilland UC-1 Otter

Edo XOSE-1

Grumman J2F-1 Duck

Grumman J3F-1 Goose

Grumman PF-1 (JR2F) Albatross

Grumman UF-1

Martin PBM-5 Mariner

Martin JRM-1 Mars

Martin P4M-1 Mercator

Martin P5M-1 Marlin

Martin XP6M-1 Seamaster

Martin XP7M-1 Submaster

Vought OS2U-1 Kingfisher