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Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 18, 2014 @ 05:31 PM | 5,840 Views
The electrics are finally starting to go in... I had the motors up and running today for the first time. I really need to balance the props as I cut them down a bit to fit. The small bay area just inboard of the L/H motor will be for the receiver battery. So far it all works
Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 13, 2014 @ 07:51 PM | 7,045 Views
I finally received my parts and started working on the retractable wingtip floats. I am using a mini electric retract in each wingtip. Works good! I need to still do the other wingtip... Mudman1959

Wingtip retract (0 min 52 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 11, 2014 @ 07:51 PM | 6,777 Views
The motors are on... But only temporarily as there is still more to do to the wing...

Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 06, 2014 @ 10:11 AM | 5,950 Views
As you all know, I am currently building a 80 inch wingspan PBY Catalina and with that large of a wingspan I wanted the outboard sections of the wings to be removable for ease of transport. So what do you do? I did not want an access panel and thumb screws... Rubber bands will not work... It has to be secure... It had to be easy to use... Hmmmm..... What to do? While at work I noticed a hot water container used in a galley of a customers plane, and there it was... staring me in the face. A draw type latch on the container being used to hold the containers lid down. Could I find something like it to use on my PBY? Well a short internet search and a quick trip to Lowes... and I have a solution. 2 inch draw tight latches installed and adjusted to pull the wing halves together securely. Easy to use... no access hatch... and very secure. What do you think?