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Ivan Pettigrew Planes - Build Threads and Videos


First of all, if you're not familiar with Ivan Pettigrew or his plans, check out his website now! The link is below.

Ivan designs some very unique and beautiful aircraft and offers his plans for sale. He has a particular affinity for flying boats, but you will find all types on his site. In addition to his designs you will find a couple of his very educational essays concerning flying boat design and mutli-engine electric models.

All of his aircraft are known for being lightweight, and possessing scale flying characteristics. In short they fly quite gracefully as you will see in the videos posted below. Construction of his models harkens back to free-flight designs you may have encountered in the past, which is to say, simple, strong, and lightweight.

The links to the build threads below will give you a wealth of information on certain of his designs, as well as more generally serve to illustrate what is involved in building from plans. It's not that bad! You can do it. The results, as you can see, are well worth the effort.

If you peruse these pages and decide to build one of Ivan's aircraft, let us know! Start a thread or post some pictures. And if you do, send me a link and I'll add it here.


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Ivan's Website: Ivan's Plans

Fly-ins: Would you like to fly in British Columbia with Ivan and the rest of the gang? Scroll down or click here to see the dates for the twice-annual Chilliwack fly in.

Videos: Want to see some videos? Go to this thread, but warning, it will be slow to load!

BIMBO Stuff: Live in Britain or western Europe, and feel left out? Don't be! Check out the BIMBO thread for the UK Hall of Fame as well as additional "Spirit of Ivan" photos, and discussion of all things Ivan from the far side of the pond. (BIMBO stands for "British Ivan Modellers Building Organisation"!)

Article: Here is a link to an article about Ivan printed in the Canadian version of Model Airplane News in June 2013: The Sage of Chilliwack



The Hall of Fame
Here are pictures of the various Ivan's planes that have been built by others, that I know about. Anyone who has built and flown a model from Ivan's designs qualifies for the Hall of Fame! Send me your picture and I'll post it here.

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Build Threads


These links will take you to build threads. I've arranged them by aircraft, but in no particular order.

Druine Turbulent
- Who: The Bimbos
- Status: Plans have arrived.
- Link: Ivan's Druine Turbulent - a BIMBO build

Bristol Beaufighter
- Who: Pentaxman (Andy)
- Status: The build has begun
- Link: Another Ivan Pettigrew plane - Beaufighter

LakeMaster
- Who: nickchud (Nick)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden June 2015.
- Link: Ivan Pettigrew's Lakemaster

KZ IV
- Who: Maxedout (Jim)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden January 2014.
- Link: Ivan P's KZ4

- Who: Ivan
- Status: Completed and flown!
- Link: KZ 4 New from Ivan Pettigrew

de Havilland 86 Express
-Who: payne9999 (Dave)
- Status: The build has begun.
- Link: 98" DH-86 Dragon Express

de Havilland 88 Comet
- Who: Trevorh, Sopwith Mike, Nickchud, Pentaxman, RiBell, SASflyer, PaulBW, MountainMan2442
- Status: The field is wide spread, some have finished, others are still ogling their plans.
- Nick: Maiden January 6, 2012!
- Trevor: Maiden March 10, 2012!
- Arvid: Maiden May 18, 2012!
- John: Maiden August 19, 2012!
- Link: Ivan Pettigrew DH88 Comet - Multiple Build

de Havilland 89 Rapide
- Who: Trevor Hewson
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden June 2008.
- Link: Trevor Hewson's Rapide

- Who: parkcityskier (Jim)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden August 2015.
- Link: A DH89-A Dragon Rapide for the lake

de Havilland 90 Dragonfly
- Who: ChrisS (Chris)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden December 2013
- Link: DH 90 Dragonfly

Shoestring
- Who: Sopwith Mike (Mike)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden September 2010
- Link: Ok, it's not actually a build thread. But due to the kindness of 35Mhz (Tim) we have a complete set of graphics sized for this model:Shoestring Graphics
And here is Mike's build report: Ivan's Shoestring

Twin Otter
- Who: PentaxmanJr (Son of Pentaxman)
- Status: The build has begun
- Link: Ivan Pettigrew Twin Otter 480 and a new BIMBO

- Who: ARI KOS GR (Ari)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden October 2015.
- Link: Twin Otter-Ivan Pettigrew plans-600 Version

- Who: Raymac (Ray)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden March 2012.
- Link: DeHavilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter

- Who: patricksurry & daveSy (son/father team)
- Status: The build has begun.
- Link: A Twin Twin Build: Ivan Pettigrew's Twin Otter 480

- Who: 35Mhz (480 version)
- Status: The build has begun.
- Link: Ivan Twin Otter 480

- Who: Doug Bartley (600 version)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden June 2011
- Link: Twin Otter Build!

- Who: Wallis_100 (Scott)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden April 2009
- Link: The History Of The Tw(in)otter

- Who: JeffElecRC (Jeff)
- Status: The build has begun - with laser cut parts no less!
- Link: Ivan Pettigrew Twin Otter 480 Build
- Link to laser cut file for 480 version: Click here (thanks Jeff)
- Link to laser cut file for 600 version: Click here (thanks John)
- Laser cut parts can be purchased from Manzano Laser, click here.

Auster Aiglet
- Who: ARI KOS GR (Ari)
- Status: The build has begun
- Link: Auster J5F Aiglet (Ivan plans-Aris build)

- Who: Warren Jones
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden July 2011.
- Link: The Ivan Auster J5

- Who: Sopwith Mike (Mike)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden December 2009.
- Link: Ivan's Auster

- Who: Slider388 (Alex)
- Status: Well into the build.
- Link: Ivan's Plans Auster J5F Aiglet

- Who: MountainMan2442 (John)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden December 2008.
- Link: Auster Aiglet from Ivan's Plans

Blackburn Beverley
With a span of 125 inches, the Beverley is Ivan's largest bird to date. It was unveiled at the Fall 2007 Chilliwack.
- Who: Rudderman98 (Perry)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden July 2008.
- Link: Pettigrew Blackburn Beverley Build

- Who: mountainman2442 (John)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden May 2008.
- Link: Blackburn Beverley Build Blog Begun

Martin Mars
Ivan's Martin Mars is a massive bird at 120 inches wingspan.
- Who: Wormboy (Mat)
- Status: The build has begun
- Link: Mission to Mars (Ivans Martin Mars)

- Who: **neons** (Bob)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden September 6, 2013.
- Link: Martin XPB2M-1 Mars 1943- Scratchbuild

- Who: falconhob (Wayne)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden June 2008.
- Link: Martin Mars slow build thread

- Who: siddus (Scott)
- Status: Well into the build.
- Link: Martin Mars

- Who: Rudderman98 (Perry)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden September 2003.
- Link: Martin Mars Project
- Photo gallery of the build can be found here.

Short Solent
Ivan offers plans for two sizes of the Solent - a Speed 400 version (82" span) and a Speed 480 version (100" span).
- Who: EDFFanatic
- Status: The build has begun.
- Link: Shorts S45 Mk.IV Solent build from Ivan Pettigrew plans

- Who: sumomo (Naoto)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden September 3, 2013.
- Link: Ivan Pettigrew Short Solent - Finaly......

- Who: trumps (Craig)
- Status: The build has begun
- Link: The birth of another of Ivan's 480 Solent's

-Who: parkcityskier (Jim)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden May 2013.
- Link: Ivan Pettigrew's Solent--building ideas

- Who: road king 97 (Joe)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden September 2011.
- Link: short solent sea plane,100 bucks is not enough, lol (in the Wattflyer forums)

- Who: CaptAhab (Duane)
- Status: Maiden any day!
- Link: Ivan's Short Solent

- Who: AdrianNKY (Adrian - Speed 400 version)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden October 2011.
- Link: Ivan's Short Solent From a Greenhorn

- Who: MattZC (Matt - Speed 480 version)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden June 2014 (after a 6.5 year build)
- Link: Yet Another Ivan Pettigrew Short Solent 480

- Who: skaterkid65663 (Tate - Speed 400 version)
- Status: The build has begun!
- Link: Ivan Pettigrew Short Solent! (82inch)

- Who: Carabin (Carlos - Speed 400 version)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden May 2008
- Link: SHORT SOLENT 400 DE IVAN PETTIGREW (in Spanish)

- Who: mountainman2442 (John - Speed 480 version)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden July 2007.
- Link: Another Ivan's Plans Short Solent

- Who: LukeZ (Luke - Speed 400 version)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden May 2007.
- Link: Short Solent Built from Plans by Mostly Novice Guy

Short Sealand
Ivan also has two versions of the Short Sealand - a Speed 480 version and a Speed 600.
- Who: Leslie Ward (480 version)
- Status: The build has begun
- Link: Shorts Sealand 480 Leslie Ward

- Who: Zatopec (Christine)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden December 2014.
- Link: Christine's Ivan Pettigrew Sealand

- Who: Andy Telzer (Speed 600 version)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden October 2010.
- Link: Ivan Sealand 600

- Who: Affi75 (A.J. - Speed 480 version)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden August 2010.
- Link: Another Ivan's Short Sealand 480

- Who: flypilot (Speed 480 version)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden May 2007.
- Link: Ivan Pettigrew Short Sealand 480

- Who: Trevor Hewson
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden April 2007.
- Link: Sealand Project Diary

- Who: vwhed84 (Speed 480 version)
- Status: Well into the build
- Link: Ivans Sealand 480 build

- Who: paulbw
- Status: Well into the build
- Link: Build Log - SA6 Short Sealand from Ivan’s plans

- Who: Fast Freddy (Speed 480 version)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden July 2013.
- Link: Sealand 480 (Ivan Pettigrew Design)

- Who: Henk Goosen (Speed 480 version)
- Status: Well into the build
- Link: Ivan Sealand 480 slow build

PBY Catalina
The "mini"-Cat is an 83" span PBY Catalina powered by 400-size motors.
The "large"-Cat is the larger 100" span model designed for 600-size motors.
- Who: Raymac (Large-cat)
- Status: Completed and soon to fly.
- Link: Consolidated PBY Catalina build log (offsite link)

- Who: wallis_100 (Mini-cat)
- Status: The build has begun.
- Link: Modified Ivan Pettigrew Minicat

- Who: dglo (Doug) (Large-cat)
- Status: Well into the build.
- Link: Ivan Pettigrew 102" PBY Catalina

- Who: Warren Jones (Mini-cat)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden July 2006.
- Link: PBY Catalina

- Who: Mike Roach (Mini-cat)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden flight on May 4, 2008 in the Christchurch Harbour, Dorset, UK.
- Link: Catalina Diary

- Who: carabin (Carlos) (Mini-cat)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden on June 12, 2009 in Spain.
- Link: MiniCat (Catalina-480) de Ivan Pettigrew (this thread is in Spanish but even if you don't want to translate the text there is still an abundant collection of useful photographs)

Grumman Albatross
- Who: ivve (Ivan Hallberg)
- Status: Maiden any day.
- Link: See here for model details, see here for a photo gallery of the build.

- Who: JohnBergt
- Status: The build has begun.
- Link: Ivan Pettigrew Albatross

- Who: Brian Milsom
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden 2008
- Link: Grumman Albatross
- For more details/photos, see also these two posts: here and here.

- Who: CaptAhab
- Status: Well into the build
- Link: Grumman Albatross from Ivan's Plans

- Who: Tram
- Status: Some strips have been cut!
- Link: Ivan Pettigrew's Albatross?

Partenavia
The Partenavia is one of Ivan's land-plane designs.
- Who: Forester
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden June 2008.
- Link: Ivan’s Partenavia P-68

de Havilland Mosquito
Another land-plane, this time a military design.
- Who: Martin Hardy
- Status: Well into the build.
- Link: No build thread for this one - instead, a series of articles which are attached to the end of this message. Scroll below and look for the PDF attachment named "Hardy Mosquito Build"

- Who: Gonzo007 (Colin)
- Status: The build has begun!
- Link: Slow Build Thread for RT models Ivan Pettigrew De Havilland Mosquito

- Who: nickchud (Nick)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden December 2008.
- Link: Carpetbaggers Mosquito from Ivan's plans

de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk
- Who: RG and portlablevcb (Charlie)
- Notes: This is the Paul Bradley kit version of the Chipmunk based on Ivan's plans. It will be sold through Manzano Laser Works (not yet available as of May 2015).
- Status: Completed and crashed! May 2015.
- Link: DHC-1 Chipmunk: Pettigrew/Bradley design from Manzano Laser Works

- Who: ronhowell (Ron)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden November 2012.
- Link: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1582238]Another IP DHC Chipmunk Build[/URL]

- Who: Trevorh (Trevor)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden March 2011.
- Link: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1332180]Ivan Pettigrew Chipmunk[/URL]

Avro Lancaster
- Who: RiBell (Rick Bell)
- Status: Completed and flown! Maiden May 2011.
- Link: Lancaster from Ivan's Plans

Other Important Information
- Detailed information on the Ivan retract system: Click here
- Discussion of how to program differential thrust, often used with multi-motor seaplanes. Starts at Post #2576 and ends at Post #2611. Specifically for the Futaba 7C/9C/10C but the general theory is applicable to many other radios.
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Old Jul 08, 2007, 08:23 PM
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Chilliwack Threads


Twice each year in British Columbia, Canada, is a wonderful fly-in near the town of Chilliwack. Ivan routinely attends and unveils his new models. During the fly-in there is always a trip to the float pond for water-flying.

Various picture threads exist on RCGroups that detail this beautiful event; many of them include some great photos of Ivan's aircraft, either built by himself or others. You can spend a very enjoyable afternoon browsing through these pictures. And if you're lucky enough to live in western-North America, make a plan to go to Chilliwack and see all these planes in person!

2016
- May 27-29, 2016

2015
- August 14-16, 2015
- May 22-25, 2015 - at the new Skway Lake Air Park, see thread for more.

2014
- May 23-26, 2014

2013
- May 24-26, 2013

2012
- August 17-19, 2012
- May 25-27, 2012

2011
- August 26-28, 2011
- May 27-30, 2011

2010
- May 28-31, 2010

2009

- August 21-23, 2009
- May 22-24, 2009

2008
- When: August 2008
- Link: Chilliwack Summer Fly In

- When: May 2008
- Link: Chilliwack BC May 2008 Fly-in
- May 2008 saw a brand new Solent (Rick Bell's) and a brand new Beverley (MountainMan's).

2007
- When: August 2007
- Link: Chilliwack Aug Fly In
- Notes: Look here particularly for a good collection of photos of Ivan's Beverley, which he finished just before this meet.

- When: May 2007
- Link: Chilliwack Spring Fly In
- Notes: Three Solents and three Sealands, what more could you ask for??!
- Direct link to video collage from Saturday: Saturday Video

2005
- When: May 2005
- Link: Chilliwack Weekend
- Notes: Pictures of Ivan's Albatross, Mars, Solent, Twin Otter and Catalina.

2004
- When: August 2004
- Link: Postcards from Chilliwack: August 2004
- Notes: Pictures of several of Ivan's aircraft, as well as of both Ivan and Perry's Mars in the water and sky at once!

- When: April 2004
- Link: New Seaplane from the Master
- Notes: Brad Trent reports on the unveiling of the original Solent 400.

2003
- When: August 2003
- Link: Postcards from Chilliwack- Summer 2003
- Notes: Catalina, Mars, Sealand, Monoplane, more...

2002
- When: May 2002
- Link: Chilliwack May 2002 picture flood
- Notes: Pictures of Ivan's Pearse Monoplane, DHC Chipmunk, Bristol Freighter, and more.
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Videos


Videos have been moved to their own thread as they were taking a long time to load.

Click here to see them: Ivan Pettigrew Videos

Yes, the page will be slow to respond!
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Miscellaneous Links


Here's a collection of other links that you might find useful in your Ivan research.

TeamTracon.com
Another great source of pictures of Ivan's planes can be found on the Team Tracon website. Sam and Beverly "Tracon" attend many of the Chilliwack events and take beautiful pictures. You'll find lots of photos of Ivan's stuff on their site.
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Old Jul 08, 2007, 11:03 PM
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My Alby has some work started..

I have started cutting strips..
Old Jul 08, 2007, 11:13 PM
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Ok guys, there's a good start, let me know if I missed anything! I'd also like to post a single picture of everyone's Ivan's plane in the first post of this thread, so if you have one in mind you'd like me to use PM me, otherwise I'll be PMing you to ask permission to take one from your respective threads...

Tram, I edited my post above!


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Hey Luke

Could we post some pictures of Ivans planes here. My friend Tim got some good pictures of the Mars this weekend.

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Yes! Please do.
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Tram, I edited my post above!


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I picked up the original Mars from Jim last week and took it up to a long-planned camping trip to Jones lake. The light was poor but we got some decent shots. I'm awaiting another lot of pictures from a morning flight and the light should be much better.

All original equipment & Absolute Power 3rd gen (14C) 6s2p 4400 lipos for birdseed.

All photos taken by Keith Thomson w/Canon Digital Rebel & 75-300 lens.
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We got back from the camping trip on Sunday and I was so pumped to fly the Mars again, we packed it up and went down to Fry's corner at RCFCBC for some evening flying.

I attempted a take-off grass, but no luck. A friend hand-launched it and it flew out of his hands gracefully. The light in these shots is still long, but better than the first lot at Jones Lake.

This model flies incredibly well. Ivan's differential thrust is great to play with... are stall turns scale Mars maneuvers?

All photos taken by Tom Nelson w/Canon Digital Rebel XTi & 75-300 lens.
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One more set for now. These are from last year's trip to Jones Lake, with Ivan's original 100' Catalina. This model flies great (which of his doesn't?) and is fully amphibious as the photos show.

All original equipment with Absolute Power 3rd gen (14C) 6s2p 4400 lipos.

All photos taken by Troy Lester w/Canon Digital Rebel & 75-300 lens.
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Tim, those are some drop-dead gorgeous photographs. Thanks for sharing.

And there you have it folks: if all the above doesn't inspire someone to build one of Ivan's designs, I don't know what will. It must be said that building a plane from scratch is a very rewarding and growthful experience, and if you choose one of Ivan's designs, your aircraft will look spectacular and fly like an absolute dream, as the folks here can attest. What's more, you will most certainly be the envy of all your mates at the flying field (or lake).

I do hope this serves to introduce some people to these magnificent designs, and as an encouragement to those still struggling through with their balsa bits!

Finally, I hope everyone will fee free to post here more pictures and stories of their successes with these models. The thread is yours! And I will try to keep the links above up-to-date.


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Wayne White's Albatross


Here are a few photos of Wayne's Albatross taken at last month's Lily Pond float fly in near Bingham, Maine. He did a fantastic job building his Albatross and is also a great pilot.

(Also a few Wayne sent along to me for our club newsletter.)
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