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Old Sep 15, 2013, 02:37 PM
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Modified Ivan Pettigrew Minicat

Hello Everyone.
Having totalled my favourite airplane last year (Ivan Pettigrew Twin Otter) and being determined to build a flying boat, i have decided that for next years BIMBO event (hopefully if all goes to plan) i will build a slightly tweaked Ivan Pettigre Mini Cat (PBY5A catalina)

The tweaks will be as follows:
1- Full brushless and Lipo set up (rather then brushed set up it was designed for- should save weight which will help with mod 4)
2- Differential steering (as opposed to water rudder)
3- More scale deeper V section, to allow for smoother landings, and better rougher water performance (less bounce!)
4- The important, and likely time consuming one- I will be builidng in a set of 'Scale' retracts, (this is where the extra weight will likey end up- If i'm even with Ivans original weight, i'll be happy)

I'm going to tweak the front end slightly to allow the bomb aimers window, and the blisters on the rear fuselage.

It will likely be a bit of a slow start (work is getting in the way atm ) but it hopefully wont take all year!

So pull up a pew and enjoy the view...
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 11:18 AM
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Looking forward to it Scott, and "subbed" as they say
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Old Sep 16, 2013, 05:54 PM
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Sounds like a great one Scott, can't wait to see it progress.

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Old Sep 19, 2013, 04:34 PM
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First wood

Well, havng sent 2 days pondering over the retract ideas, i finally got started.
The first bit of the build will be the fuselage, and speciafically bulkheads G and F, with the supporting structure in between to mount the A frames for the retracts, and the retract drive in between. Then the rest of the Fuselage will follow (Especially the ever so complicated retractable, steerable (i wonder if this is really necessary with differential throttle - could i just let it castor>) nose wheel, and its 'watertight' doors

First part, is the lower and 2 sides of Bulkhead G, the support structure/back fo watertight bay will be set on the inside edge of the 2 sides. as per the pic
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Old Sep 20, 2013, 01:04 AM
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Castoring is good Scott, I have three models, two tailwheels and one nosewheel and all work well. The little Twin Otter has differential throttles and a castoring nosewheel and works a treat.
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Old Sep 20, 2013, 01:33 AM
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Nice to see another lightweight flyingboat build in progress.


Cheers,

Bart
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Old Sep 22, 2013, 03:33 PM
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Cheers Mike/Bart,

More progress. Got G anf F framed up, and the lower cross mounts in place (dry fit)
Next up is to manufacture the arms, and dry fit those.
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Old Sep 23, 2013, 03:20 PM
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Retracting bits

Made a start on the A frames...
Need to sort out how to do the narrow ends (the first attempt snapped)

Mde from 3mm brass tube (pivot rods) and 4mm brass tube (Actual arms)
the 4mm section will also form the attachment pivots on the Oleo legs, and probably the lock stay
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Old Sep 23, 2013, 03:42 PM
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Wallis... nice work Just a tip:
If you fill the brass tube w/ candle wax before you bend it and let it cool it will help keep the shape of the tube when bending w/ less crimping and there for your tubing will be stronger.

Bruce
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Old Sep 24, 2013, 12:35 AM
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Thanks

Bruce,

Cheers for the tip, i will try that on the next two (if it works i have sufficinet spare material to remake the inner hinges)

Scott
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Old Sep 24, 2013, 07:44 AM
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Bruce,

Cheers for the tip, i will try that on the next two (if it works i have sufficinet spare material to remake the inner hinges)

Scott
Scott I didn't say it but you should then melt out the wax once you've
achieved your bends.

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Old Sep 26, 2013, 04:12 PM
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A Frames

Got the 4 main A frames dry assembled (including outer pivot bush)
Next job is to work on the spring struts, and then do a dry asssembly in Formers F and G.
Once i've got the Oleo sorted, and the A frmaes mounted, its onto the folding over centre lock/drive stay

Then the rest of the fuselage
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Old Sep 29, 2013, 02:42 PM
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Working out the Oleo

Got the A frames mounted up (on one side)
moked up the fully extended oleo (mounting positions only)
The wheel will transit from vertical, to vertical, and clear the bottom fuselage stringer (hopefully)
Even at full compression of the Oleo (10-15mm) should still give 25mm ground clearance
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Old Sep 29, 2013, 02:44 PM
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Very neat Scott. How do you plan to do the waterproofing?
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Old Sep 29, 2013, 02:52 PM
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These retracts are so cool , i got to do an amphibian in the future.

Cheers,

Bart
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