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Don's Catalina Thread

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I would recommend other Catalina owners to change the windshield as I have and to try sponsons inboard as well. The handling in water is much better with less stress on wings. You need a little more control as it handle more like a sea do but so much more fun when you drop a wing and spin on the sponson. I do rip one off every so often because of light weight hanger and also get some looks when people see an airplane doing 180's but control in tight docking spaces is unbelievable. Added a folding door on the wheels that is spring loaded to create a smooth surface for quicker takeoff. Another simple but effective solution to spray. I lost to many engines with water in carb.

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I really like the looks of the windshield raked out further forwards.  I have been looking at how I wanted to do mine.  Have you had any problems with water spray coming in around the windshield?

 

Any chance you could post up more pictures of your gear doors?  What engine are you running and what kind of performance numbers are you getting?

 

Thanks and welcome to the site, I can't wait to be able to compare lies with you about how well mine performs :lmao: 

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 I was using a 670 reworked in these pictures, real light and lots of power but almost no reliability. Take off was no more than 200 ft, cruise was 85mph Not a clue on rate of climb but fast. Big problem was landing as it did not want to leave ground effect so I had to fly it into the water instead of doing a flare.  I was scared to take it  to far from a landing location. I think it has too much lift. Heavier engine may help that.  I am back into pieces now getting rid of weight like heaters and such, Relocating battery and eliminating back seat to accommodate extra weight of the Subaru. I can add weight if needed instead of trying to have everything at first. Also added an electric landing gear I saw on that red avid in Ontario California, Casey Curtis I believe was his name. !00 times better than the old finger pinching unreliable manual. I will get some pictures of the doors. They came with the plane when I bought it but were made of fiberglass and I made new ones out of aluminum that worked way better.

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I am starting this new thread so we can follow Don's progress and he mounts the subie engine on his Catalina and shares with us his knowledge of these awesome planes!

Again, welcome aboard Don, and thanks in advance for sharing with us your flying knowledge of the plane!

 

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Nice plane, Don!   It has some great ideas in it.  I really like the gear door idea- I was just noticing a few days ago how much drag the open wheel well has.   I also like the inboard radiator mount- could you post some detail pictures of the gear doors and the radiator install?! 

Thanks in advance!

Jim

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PS- Ditto on what others said about the windshield.  Makes the poor Catalina look almost half sexy. 

 

 

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cowlove, I see you noticed that inboard radiator. I did not like the drag and tried a different approach that worked. I ducted from the side window into a rad mounted under the engine against the firewall and instaled an electric fan for stationary and slow taxi. I had to put air exit holes at back of turtle deck. I will put up more pictures when snow is gone and I pull out aircraft. Packed away wraped up for winter at the moment. I don't have any pics I can find at the moment that would show what is needed to see. 

Don

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Don, did you notice any cruise speed improvement w/ the radiator and/or landing gear doors?     

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No, but better handling and shorter on takeoff on water

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I have been looking at mine and thinking... I know, that is normally a bad thing however; do you have any problems with water leaking in around the windshield or at the top of the canopy?  It looks to me like its a sure bet that water will be running down my neck or all over the seat when sitting outside in the rain.  I was thinking of a way to better seal it off, but if its not a major problem I wont worry about it too much, or I can make a canopy cover for it when it is parked outside.  I am thinking of water running in during the winter when we get the rain then it freezing in the bottom of the fuse.  I am at work 2 weeks at a time and would hate to come back to a 50 pound block of ice in the seat.

 

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Hey Don, if you need advice for the electric gear, Casey's catalina is mine now :) and flying all around BC...

 

Cheers

 

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