H1 Flying Boats
|Series H. Set No. 1
|First year published
|Number of cards
|Size of cards
|9 x 13 cm
|1 : 200
|Most likely issued in early 1944 at 1/6d
The set H1 Flying Boats features two models:
As with sets A1 , B1, C1, and F1 the cards were varnished to protect the finish. This varnish has matured over the years giving the cards a pale brown tinge. The first and second card of each set of four carries printed text on the reverse.
The excellent packet artwork shows a Sunderland in the late war Coastal Command livery of white and grey. Strangely, the model cards make up into aircraft, camouflaged in brown and green, the livery of Coastal Command aircraft used earlier in the war. The Sunderland is in fact a very early mark without top turret.
Set H1 is rare.
Autocraft did also publish this model. They altered the wrapper to prevent confusing it with the original model:
The Catalina is also published by MicromodelsUSA as set AV-6 2 PBY-5A ‘Catalina’ Seaplanes. It contains two versions of the Catalina.