20-foot Catalina Takes Off

Jun 26, 2013 11 Comments by

After nearly four years (3000 hours!) of building, Australian RC pilot Stephen Thomas had the thrill of seeing his giant-scale project take off at the Darling Downs Soaring Club in Queensland. This 1/5-scale plane is powered by two Desert Aircraft 150s spinning 28×12 Metz props and it has 25kg-rated Hitec servos and custom Century Jet retracts with hydraulic main gear and air nose gear. With a flying weight of 248 pounds, this monster flying boat is an impressive sight on the ground and in the air. We congratulate Stephen on a job well done and thank him for posting his video to YouTube.

Debra Cleghorn, Featured News

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11 Responses to “20-foot Catalina Takes Off”

  1. Chuck says:

    Would love to see a water takeoff! :)

  2. Rich Uravitch says:

    Great project, outstanding effort! Should be an inspiration to modelers everywhere!

  3. Gary Miller says:

    248 pounds?? Is that a misprint?

  4. Stephen S. Baca says:

    Debra, thanks for your work. Was the flying weight of the Catalina correct? 248 pounds?

    • Debra Cleghorn says:

      Believe so … I got that from the first video. Seemed heavy to me, too.

      • Peter says:

        Hi all, I am one of the inspectors for this aircraft and after lifting it many times I can assure all that the weight is correct. 113 kg.

  5. John says:

    Beautiful Job and appears to fly great! Is it really 248lbs?

  6. Herman Burton says:

    Wow! That is an impressive float plane, and a beautiful job of building and flying. I hope to see it take off and land from water in the next video – that would be the ultimate test Great job!

  7. ken Keierleber says:

    It’s a beautiful plane. If the wing tip floats were down it would be perfect

  8. Paul Rosenberg says:

    Beautiful model ,, luv it ,,all the best,,,Paul Rosenberg , New Zealand .

  9. Frederick Raiola says:

    One of my favorite planes. Great job to all! I have a plan that I want to enlarge to .90 4S size and I think this video got me going

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