PBY Catalina

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Postby Earwig » Tue May 06, 2014 4:20 pm

hi guys,..i,ve just bagged myself a bargain on ebay,...its a heavily modified PBY Catalina ..it started out as a Dynam RTR,...with a wingspan of 1470mm and the fuselage at 940mm..its since been modefied and has had air retracts added the wing floats are also air assisted,it has an onboard air tank, the motors have been upgraded,..it of course has a water rudder fitted and...will be able to take off from either a lake or with the wheels down..a runway...the total cost of the plane and all the upgrades was in excess of £500...i bagged it for £200 inc postage,
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Postby ALPHA » Tue May 06, 2014 5:59 pm

NOW THERE'S SOMETHING YOU DON'T SEE EVERYDAY :O Beautiful PBY Earwig :thumbup:

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Postby Earwig » Tue May 06, 2014 8:19 pm

When I saw it last night on ebay...it was a WOW...i too had never seen one with retractable under carriage,let alone, the air assisted wing floats,..and i,ve since learned that its flying weight is around 4.5kg, and the motors are rated for 10kg lift,..so its got plenty of oomph...it had a buy it now for £200 ..or nearest offer..and it was collection only....which for me was out of the question as i was 600 miles from where it was,...so i messaged the guy, and congratulated him on his work, and told him, i,d buy it in an instance, if it could be posted,...He got back to me and said, it could be posted and that for £200 he,d include the postage......well, i did,nt need to think about it anymore...and now its mine...he,s even included an extra air cylinder that he,d bought its made of aluminium,and is rated to 1000psi....now i,ll have to think about getting a flight simulator...cos the last plane i had ...never came down in the same condition as it went up....or i could just use it as a boat with wings...but either way, i,m happy as the proverbial pig in ****
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Postby ALPHA » Wed May 07, 2014 2:37 am

LOL...that's the drawback with aircraft...and reason I stopped flying them....no matter how good you get...gravity is constant .......... never ventured into the new foam bodied ones .,,, but it sounds like you really got a deal...
I give you credit... never flew a dual engine before...back when I did Rc planes everything was gas powered ...so what you ended up with was an airplane that would dominate a garage :haha: Yours looks to be a good size
Have a good time with it... have always liked the PBYs :thumbup:

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Postby Earwig » Wed May 07, 2014 11:32 pm

found this on youtube....and had to share.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkE24axSBTI
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Postby ALPHA » Wed May 07, 2014 11:41 pm

Earwig wrote:found this on youtube....and had to share.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkE24axSBTI

I remember that scene... funny Movie..."ALWAYS"...You planning on doing some water pick ups Earwig ? :D

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Postby Earwig » Thu May 08, 2014 12:12 am

last time i tried to land a model plane, i ended up with just the fuselage...i had the bright idea of bringing a balsa and tissue paper trainer,..down in a field of sept ..barley...the stalks were like tree trunks to my pride and joy...then i had a go at helicopters,..saw one on ebay, 2ft long, electric, and the seller had it hovering ,whilst he went to make a coffee,..he came back and it was still there...."Thats" ..for me i said.....fast forward to my maiden flight...I got it off the ground,..forwards..backwards, hovering..3ft off the ground ..held it there for about 5 mins.....then....it took off like a rocket..straight up until it was out of sight,...around a couple of mins later i saw it coming down nose first...and it was on the other side of my house....concrete driveway..side ..suffice to say..that was the end of my helicopter....this PBY ..will not suffer the same fate as those 2 models,...its going sailing only,....glug,glug....
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Postby ALPHA » Thu May 08, 2014 6:34 am

Earwig wrote:last time i tried to land a model plane, i ended up with just the fuselage...i had the bright idea of bringing a balsa and tissue paper trainer,..down in a field of sept ..barley...the stalks were like tree trunks to my pride and joy...then i had a go at helicopters,..saw one on ebay, 2ft long, electric, and the seller had it hovering ,whilst he went to make a coffee,..he came back and it was still there...."Thats" ..for me i said.....fast forward to my maiden flight...I got it off the ground,..forwards..backwards, hovering..3ft off the ground ..held it there for about 5 mins.....then....it took off like a rocket..straight up until it was out of sight,...around a couple of mins later i saw it coming down nose first...and it was on the other side of my house....concrete driveway..side ..suffice to say..that was the end of my helicopter....this PBY ..will not suffer the same fate as those 2 models,...its going sailing only,....glug,glug....

I hear you Earwig... loud and clear ... as I said...I've never flown a twin engine... but I do know it has it's own complexities....the balance of power has to be so equal... so reading what you wrote... are like reading words of wisdom :D

Happy RCing Earwig :thumbup:

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