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Old 05-29-2012, 07:09 AM
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Default Dollar Tree foam PBY catalina seaplane

Today I started my next build it is a pby catalina made from dollar tree foam. So far I have a wing section cut out and the horizontal stab drawn and I am drawing out the fuselage and bulkheads. Hopefully in a couple of days I will have some parts pinned together for some pics.
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Nova,

Can't wait to see your build !

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Looking forward to seeing your build. I really like the look of the Catalina
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:56 PM
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Yeah this ought to be a fun one hopefully today or tomorrow I will get some pics I am also trying to make templates so I can have some plans. This project is harder than my flying wings but I think it will turn out good.
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:27 AM
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Here is a couple of pics of the build they just look like pieces of foam but I can see it taking shape. These pieces are the frame work inside and the side fuselage pieces and hull pieces ruff cuts all need sanded formed and put together. Lots of work still to come.
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Well I am in over my head on this build there is to many angles and curves I think I have found the limits of dollar tree foam Well next project.
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Originally Posted by 63 nova View Post
Well I am in over my head on this build there is to many angles and curves I think I have found the limits of dollar tree foam Well next project.
To get the curved sections to join, like the hull, it would easier with 6mm depron.

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I didn't get much sleep last night but I have figured out a way to do the catalina I won't stop till I have a flying dollar tree foam catalina. I will keep you posted.
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well I rough cut and laminated the fuse and hull section need to get more foam tomorrow and do the tail section and other parts but it is coming along.
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Well here is the fuse and tail section a couple of months of sanding and she will be done HAHA
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First round of sanding done on fuse and hull tail is drying waiting for its chance at the sanding block.
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The rest is easy we are going to have a flying dollar tree catalina
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I put the wrong pic up here is the right one.
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Made the wing mount piece today didn't get to finish wings yet.
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Nova,

Looks like it's starting to come together nicely. We just had our float fly this past weekend. I had a less than sucessful maiden of my scratchbuilt 6mm depron Convair Sea Dart. Very windy with a light chop on the lake and I drenched her on take off. Fried the esc.!"The "magic puff"

Note to self: "Despite what others tell you, take off on high rates !" No damage to the airframe but alot of damage to pride.

Keep us posted on your progress. I think you've got a winner there.

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Thanks dahawk,
sorry to hear about your sea dart water and electronics don't get along. The catalina has alot of sanding and shaping left but it is coming along slowly I will keep you posted.
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Alittle more progress on the catalina.
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She almost looks like she's ready to float and fly
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Nice progress Nova ! Dress her up for the dance and you're good to go !

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