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Apr 14, 2016, 05:13 AM
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Canadair CL-415 pss - Maiden flight successful !

Hi there,

As most of the people in South of France, i see the firefighter aircrafts patrolling the sky since i was born - the first was some modified Consolidated Pby "Catalina", then there was the beautiful Canadair CL-215 that have been replaced many years ago by the lovely CL-415 - aka "Super Scooper".

(Picture from Alexandre DUBATH /

That may explain why i always wanted to build and fly one of these birds

So... i had to design and build my own CL-415...

Wing span is fixed to 94 cm (i.e. 37 inches).

The plane will be built mostly from foam and depron to be as light weight as possible.
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Apr 14, 2016, 06:54 AM
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Tail units

The rudder and the elevator are cut from 6mm depron.

No more work was done on them for the moment.
Apr 14, 2016, 07:02 AM
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The builkheads and fuselage's sides was cut between last week end and yesterday at night.

They are made from 3mm and 6mm depron.

To be continued...
Apr 14, 2016, 08:34 PM
Letís eschew obfuscation.
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Looking good, Dreamcatcher. I have a soft spot for CL-415's.

Apr 15, 2016, 04:19 AM
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Hi Scott,

We share the same soft spot, i guess

I remember your very nice foamy CL-415 and its interesting thread

I hope that my 415 will be an as good flyer as yours

cheers !
Apr 17, 2016, 11:53 PM
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Looks great! I am getting ready to start a CL-415 build as well, but I am cheating :
Apr 19, 2016, 08:04 AM
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Hi Mcashatt !

That's probably a huge CL-415 and very well priced too !

But, she's too big for me and i wanted to design my own CL-415 since a while so... i decided to cut some Depron

Some few update today :

I started to build the main fuselage and cut the nacelles' sides.
May 01, 2016, 12:15 PM
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A little update today :

The main part of the fuselage is now done.

I cut some plywood parts that will help me to build the front part of the plane and the cockpit and i started to carve foam blocks to build the plane's nose.

More to come soon...

Have a nice day !
May 30, 2016, 10:44 AM
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A little update of my SLOW build
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May 31, 2016, 06:03 AM
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I saw one of these once, just clearing a hill behind the bar I was sat in. What an amazing site!
I've always though one of these would be a good project.
I'll be watching with interest.
Good luck
May 31, 2016, 07:31 AM
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Thank you so much Apollo 11,

Welcome aboard !

Oh... I have to admit that i build very slowly because i'm a happy Father since this 7 may so... i "suffer" the usual lack of sleeping time and lack of free time, but it's all pleasure ;-)

Have a nice day !
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Jun 01, 2016, 10:23 AM
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I'm following your progress with attention an congratulations for your baby...
it remember me that I started in the hobbie because when my daughter was born I had to stop sailing and flying little machines (I always liked me) needs less time and she can accompany me...
Jun 01, 2016, 02:20 PM
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Thanks a lot Rajazo !

welcome aboard too
Jun 02, 2016, 08:19 PM
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I just want to know how you can make such clean, straight cuts. Even when I use a metal straight edge where I can, they never look that pretty.
Any tips for us shaky handed older folks?
Looks great so far!

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