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Old 06-06-2008, 03:59 PM
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I'd love to build some of Ivan's birds, but with the winds we have around here (near Lake Michigan) those lightweight electrics just don't do well.
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:45 PM
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[8D]Bob,

Yes I did get a quote on the kit and I'm just deciding when to jump in!! I've got an Ivan P. Short Sealand on my build bench at the moment that I'm trying to finish. Too many planes and not enough time. It sure appears that your Catalina build is going rather smoothly. God bless laser cut kits!! I've since discovered that I'm not a true scratchbuilder, I don't like creating the kit as my accuracy just isn't there.

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Old 06-07-2008, 06:56 AM
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Unless the kit is really reasonably priced, I'll probably cut my own. With a bench sized bandsaw and a disc sander, I can do anything.
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Old 06-07-2008, 10:50 AM
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What do you consider reasonably priced? This is a short kit, no sheeting and no hardware.
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Old 06-07-2008, 02:32 PM
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I dunno. 50-75 bucks?
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Old 06-07-2008, 02:56 PM
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The wings are unpluggable, although you are also supplied parts and plans for a one-piece wing. Greg's time and materials are definitely worth more than 50-75 buck. Would you cut a kit for that price??? I think not. Thanks for the good words. Mike
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Default RE: 72" Consolidated PBY Catalina build

lazer-works.com does lots of short kits in that price range, or less.

My AK models SU-27 kit was laser cut, and is complete with all sheeting cut to size for $130.

My point is that I like making my own parts, and a short kit has to represent a break even before I'll go for it.
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Old 06-08-2008, 02:05 AM
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p38nut,

Are you going to build your wings unpluggable? Dont suppose we can have a sneak preview of the section of the plan? Very curious to se how they propose to achieve it . . .

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Old 06-12-2008, 07:04 AM
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[8D] p38nut,

Ordered my Fred Novack 72" PBY / plans and they are in transit. Can hardly wait to get started. How's it going with your build?

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Hallo!
I've just found this thread.....beautiful laser-cut kit!

I'm reading as much as I can on the PBY Catalina and I've "collected" many informations on various Catalinas:

- Guillows' PBY-5a: too small INMHO.

- Great Planes' ARF Catalina: not accurate scale reproduction.

- HVP Modell's PBY-6: VERY beautiful ARF or ARC.....cheap......beautifull, but still small.

- Kyosho's Catalina: out of stock.

- Aeronaut's PBY 6/6A: fantastic......and VERY EXPENSIVE![:@]

- Ivan Pettigrew's Mini Catalina: unfortunately NO laser cut kit available.[&o]

Do you think that the Fred Nowak 72" Catalina kit could be conversted to electric power without major modifications??
Can you tell the estimated weight of the finished airframe?

Thank -you and sorry for my English!

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Old 06-29-2008, 10:07 AM
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This plane could easily be converted to electric. Hull is cavernous and would be well suited to batteries. Don't know about the finished weight.
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:13 AM
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Hallo!
Maybe I've found another source for a set of laser-cut parts of the 72" PBY-5A Catalina designed by Fred Novack:

http://www.kitcutters.com/Nov/NovPBY5A.htm

As you can read the FULL WOOD KIT is 220 USD (about 140 euros).

The plans are sold by Vintagercplans for 26.95 USD.

http://www.vintagercplans.com/order.htm

......and you can have the side gun blisters and engine cowls for just 16,10 USD.


Very, very interesting.......well I NEED MORE PHOTOGRAPHS....come on Mike!!!!!!

Ciao from Italy!

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Ettore:

I think kitcutters has refused to take any new orders for at least the last two years. At least, that's what it says on their website. It's always the same old story with them.

precisioncutkits.com is the only one I know of that lists the plans and is taking orders. They might be a bit pricey, but if you don't own the equipment to cut parts, it's probably cheaper to buy a kit than buy all the tools.
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Old 08-24-2008, 08:43 AM
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Mike:

How's the project going?
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Old 09-12-2008, 04:27 PM
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I've been trying to track down Mike without any luck. Seems he has disappeared. I'd like to see if he's made any more progress on the Catalina build. Nice build while it was happening!
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Yeah, I hope Mike is still building it, and that he posts some more pics. That project is a real inspiration. I just returned from a club float fly on Wixom Lake, in Mich., and I'm getting the itch to start another waterbird to add to my Arrow and Mariner.
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:36 AM
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I had not seen any post lately so I thought I would add a few pictures of the the custom Wing/Fuselage Mount assembly. You can fly electric or gas engines and I am showing both in one picture. Note - no glue is used in this assembly yet.

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indeed, in all compliments for the construction of the Catalina. plane patterns of this kind and very rare to see them .. so good choice for the type of construction ........ I am also interested in the construction of a PBY-5 but only much more 'high to about 150 inch wing span, but I saw that the work of this kind do not exist. you could tell me where to find some technical details that describe in detail. ..?. thanks in advance for the help you can give. good job ...
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Default RE: 72" Consolidated PBY Catalina build

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The model being built here is also available (plans) for a 108" version. This url: http://www.vintagercplans.com/order.htm

I don't know of any plans or kits that are bigger, although G&P sales may still be offering this one:

http://www.rcairplane.net/index1.html

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ok Mustang Fever... thanks for help. now i can see try to..
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ORIGINAL: cam-flyer

I had not seen any post lately so I thought I would add a few pictures of the the custom Wing/Fuselage Mount assembly. You can fly electric or gas engines and I am showing both in one picture. Note - no glue is used in this assembly yet.

Greg
Hallo Greg!
After many months I'm still very curious about your work on the Catalina......do you have some news??

Bye!

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Hello,

I have only laser cut and check this designer's plan for fit. Many had asked aboutremovable wing panels so I designed that option. Several kits have been cut and sold, however, I have not seen any completed models as of yet from CAM.CharlotteAircraftModeling.com has been doing a lot of custom cuts lately and had to leave the building up to you. Hopefully someone will show their work soon. Let us know if you would like to build because that is why we started the business to get you building again.

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Thank-you Greg!

It will be interesting (at least for me....) to know if someone is building the "laser-cut version" 72" PBY Catalina using electric motors....

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I also have the 72" PBY plans from Vintage RC. I plan to have a laser cut short kit done. I was originally planning to either use a couple of 2-cycle .35's or 4-cycle .52's for power, but when I received the plastic kit from Vintage I found that the cowls are fairly small. At that point I decided to go with electrics. A comparable .35 size electric will fit nicely in the cowl and should provide plenty of power. That also take care of the fuel tank issue.

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I fell off the radar because I lost my job, got a new one, sold house, got new job, bought new house, new boss fired everyone so lost job, lost house, went bankrupt, moved my wife,myself, a dog and 2 cats in with my daughter and here family. Brother died of cancer. Catalina got destroyed in all of this. Rented a house with 2 car garage, found new job and have been there 6 years now. Paid off bankruptcy. Finally got back to living a normal life. After being a new job for 2 months, had a heart attack. Had 6 bypasses. Went back to work 2 1/2 months later. 2 months no paycheck.
This year found out my wife needed new heart valve. She had that 4 weeks ago and is doing fine.

In spite of all this we both are in fine spirits now(Jack Daniels and Smirnoff). Glad to be alive and kicking and doing well.
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