Well I have this posted on the war birds FORUM but I thought you guys over here
may be interested in following along w/ my PBY build also if I get a good enough respoance here I'll post as much as I do on my other 6 threads.
Well after a long debate w/ myself I thought I would start yet another build, there's not much in the way of balsa building to be done on my other two and it's been far to long since anything has been pinned to my cork building board.
So here we go again this will be the PBY-5 notice there's no A in that there will NOT be any landing gear, this will be the flying boat version but it will be a WARBIRD these planes had so many rolls during WW2 and were used by the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Russia and the Australians to name a few.
The PBY was in production in SEPTEMBER 1936 - MAY 1945 and some are still flying in service for fire fighting.
It had three 30 cals and two 50 cals and could carry 4,000 lbs of bombs, depth charges or torpedoes and had a range of over 2,500 miles.
I will again most likely do a night fighter version ( THE BLACK CAT)
but I haven't made up my mind yet and haven't picked a squad.
All of my parts will be hand cut and put together w/ hand tools cordless drills, dremal,bench grinder, band saw, hand held belt sander will be the only power tools just like all of my builds to date.
I will also be doing some changes to the design but not very many I'll add some carbon fiber tubing through the wings and some heavier ply in the fuse, the fuse will be fiber glassed and the wings covered w/ fabric maybe solartex but I may go old school w/ silk & dope?
I would like to thank my friend Steve for scanning and enlarging the plans for me
The plane will have an 8' WS & 5' FUSE
Here are the plans hanging up in my building room.
This is the site you can get some Vintage plans from.
Well now I have to just start making my parts.