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Probably the most elegant twin engined amphibian ever built

Postby MrWidgeon » Sun May 10, 2009 1:59 am

There were only 59 of them, but what a beauty.
The first one J-1.

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A 3 view, exploded view and a cutaway.

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I have photos of most of the Mallards, they'll get here sooner or later.
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Re: Probably the most elegant twin engined amphibian ever built

Postby seawings » Thu May 28, 2009 7:57 am

Hi Bill,

Do you know of any scale plans for the Chalks Airlines G-73 Turbo Powered version?? I've been searching for years but never seen any. I want to make a scale model of one of the Chalks birds.
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Re: Probably the most elegant twin engined amphibian ever built

Postby MrWidgeon » Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:29 am

Hi Brian,
Sorry, no got.
I thought I had some somewhere, but after repeated searches I came up empty.
Maybe Roy can whip out a set.
It's only the nacelles and props that are different on the Frakes conversion.
Paspaley Pearling Co.'s conversion has completely different props and nacelles plus a new cabin door mod.
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Re: Probably the most elegant twin engined amphibian ever built

Postby oceanskimmer » Thu Jun 04, 2009 8:52 pm

hi bryan
Are you thinking of building from scratch or is it to be based on the 1:72 vacform kit, i think i have seen a side profile of a turbo mallard not sure if its to scale, i will see if i can locate it.

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Re: Probably the most elegant twin engined amphibian ever built

Postby TASSE » Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:30 pm

Hi gentlemen. Sorry my delay in replying to your requests but i have just returned after three weeks in up-state N.Y.

I hope these photos are of some help with your problem.

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Re: Probably the most elegant twin engined amphibian ever built

Postby MrWidgeon » Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:20 am

N2969 was cn J-27 and was a companion to N300S, both were owned for years by Freeport Sulphur Co, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
I climbed all over both of them when I was kid.
They were in the hangar across from the one my Dad flew out of.
N2969 was the airplane that crashed in Miami in 2006 claiming 20 lives and eventually putting Chalks out of business
N130FB was cn J-30, it crashed in 1994 on a training flight killing the crew.
I knew the Captain in training.
N300S cn J-49 is still around as N777PV.
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Re: Probably the most elegant twin engined amphibian ever built

Postby TASSE » Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:49 pm

Thank yooooo. I get more educated every day.

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Re: Probably the most elegant twin engined amphibian ever bu

Postby empty41 » Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:42 pm

I had occasion to fly in the Mallard several times, when I first arrived in Fiji in the late 60s there was at least one flying out of Nadi , I had occasion to travel in it several times to the Island of Kadavu, we used to leave from Nausori airport and land at the main center at Kadavu on either side of the island at this point, the island is quite narrow at this point and so the captain would have a look at the water and decide which side to land I recall one trip we went back to Nadi direct and he dropped of some passengers at an island resort just out from Nadi.
He had to turn the Mallard and there was quite a strong wind blowing and he really struggled to turn it down wind to get a run for takeoff, I had feeling for him having taxied DC3s on Wellington airport a few years earlier, saw a few ground loops but never did one myself .
A few years latter I was doing a contract in Tuvalu and in those days the air connection with Fiji was very difficult, on two occasions I charted the Mallard operated by Seabee air out of Auckland, they were based in Funafuti Tuvalu and were providing the connection to the outer islands of the group for the Tuvaluan Government, we used it to fly to and from Suva , I even advertised the flights over the radio in Funafuti to get some paying passengers to recover some of the costs.
This was a trip of several hours, took our own cans of beer and biscuits with us, we had a big life raft on the floor just inside the door, in that it was my charter I used this was my bed for the journey, it being very comfortable, bit like a big bean bag.
Travel around the Pacific in those days was always interesting, Michael Thoms
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