I have been in the Kitty, I rotated it level, extended the gear, put an auto jack under each gear, and used a ladder to get me up to where I could step on the sponson. The banopy frame is attached, so I closed it to check on clearances, with me. I got a photo with my not so smart phone, but it doesn't want to send it to my computer. I hate that phone.
I have since trimmed the left sponson again, and I finally got the proper ground to sponson clearance. I am currently doing the fiberglass work to finish the left one. I have to make aluminum covers for the side openings on the sponson, so I can remove the wheels. I will take photos of it with the Nikon, so I can easily post them.
I have gone through the knee spacer of last May 31, and the total replacement of Aug. 20. The surgeon and my Internal Disease Doctor told me to do NOTHING until at least Feburary of this year. I complied. I then waited until it was warm enough, thanks to global warming (yeah right). I returned to the shop today, I had to clear away junk that my wife, and workers on my barn , had deposited just inside the door. I took 3 photos with my stupid smart phone, but it refused to send them to my computer. I started to check the left sponson to the photo that I have of Avid's final prototype. The depth of the sponson is close to that of the photo. It needs a little reshaping inboard, near the main hull.
Trackwelder, did you ever get the info you needed? If not, let me know.
I got the latest new knee on Aug. 20. I am now doing the P.T. thing. I am allowed to do stuff at the end of January. To answer the preceding question, I will measure the top thickness, when I can get to the barn. My manual is an earlier one.
My right knee became infected, AGAIN, last Saturday. I spent from Sunday through Thursday in the hospital. I have a temporary antibiotic spacer in my leg, instead of a knee. It is to be replaced in 10 weeks or so. I WILL RETURN TO WORK ON THE KITTY!
I am working on the Kitty as time allows. The farm has a 4 acre lawn. I have 5 goats (not GTOs). I belong to a Corvette club and DO attend the functions. Sunday is for Church, and visiting my parents.
I am currently STILL working on the left sponson, trying to get it right. Currently, this means working on the wheel well. My advice to anyone who gets an un built Catalina kit, DO NOT change it to the latest configuration. Keep the sponsons stock. Here are the 4 newest photos.
I have been working on the water rudder, but my 30+ year old Kmart (really is) 1/2 inch drill press died. Next week is payday, so off to Harbor Freight for a drill press, and Sears for a saber saw. I am currently working on replacing the hinges that were ground off the fuselage by the previous owner. I will also start on the sponson reshaping process, since these are fatter than those on 157AB. This gives me almost NO ground clearance. They were done by the TLAR method. That looks about right. They weren't right.