New member introduction, light boat-hull amphibians

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New member introduction, light boat-hull amphibians

Postby cluttonfred » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:04 am

Greetings, all, my name is Matthew Long and I am an active member of several aviation history and homebuilt aircraft discussion groups. If there are any Secret Projects Forums members here, I am "Mole." I am an American with a lifelong passion for aviation currently living in Kenya.

I do have a flying boat, or at least boat-hull amphibian, pedigree of sorts. My grandfather, 93 years young, was a PBY-5A Catalina pilot over the North Atlantic in 1944-45 based in Massachusetts and flying convoy escort and air-sea rescue patrols from a seaplane tender in a Greenland fjord. He even has 1/2 U-Boat to his credit, as both his plane and another attacked a German submarine in Long Island Sound, which subsequently surfaced and surrendered to a U.S. Navy ship.

My particular interest in joining this forum is learning about historical light flying boats and boat-hull amphibians that would serve as useful models in the design of a light amphibious homebuilt aircraft. Right now, the Dornier Libelle I and the Shavrov Sh-2 (and prototype Sh-1) are my leading contenders, but I would welcome other suggestions.

Cheers,

Matthew
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Re: New member introduction, light boat-hull amphibians

Postby dogsbody » Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:01 pm

Welcome, Matthew. I occassionally visit the Secret Projects forum, too and there is some real interesting stuff there. I hope you injoy this forum and find any information that you may be looking for.

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Re: New member introduction, light boat-hull amphibians

Postby Rajay » Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:49 pm

cluttonfred wrote:Greetings, all, my name is Matthew Long...

My particular interest in joining this forum is learning about historical light flying boats and boat-hull amphibians that would serve as useful models in the design of a light amphibious homebuilt aircraft. Right now, the Dornier Libelle I and the Shavrov Sh-2 (and prototype Sh-1) are my leading contenders, but I would welcome other suggestions.

Cheers,

Matthew

Matt,

Welcome to the forum. This the first time in a long while that I have browsed this particular area of the forum, so I apologize for the long delay in responding to your post.

I know that I could look up some photos of the aircraft you mentioned - ah, heck, I'll just do it myself for others to reference....

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Dornier Libelle I

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Shavrov Sh-2

Now that I see what you're interested in, it occurs to me to suggest another approach as well. Two of the "coolest" homebuilts that I have seen in the last several years are a scaled-down, single (maybe tandem) seat Boeing B-17 with four Rotax (912?) engines and a scaled-down Lockheed P-38 using two 4-cylinder (IIRC) automotive engines. Both aircraft were very accurate scaled models. I know that the P-38 project has already flown, but I'm not sure about the B-17.

Don't you think that a scaled-down PBY Catalina for example would make an incredibly "cool" homebuilt? Think far outside the box!
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