Category Grumman Widgeon

Grumman Widgeon – Introduction

The first time I saw the Grumman Widgeon I just knew I had to make a model of it. I apparently have a thing for twin engined aircraft. The Widgeon is a small amphibious aircraft built for the US Coast Guard in 1941 and has also been used in the UK, Thailand and a few other countries. The G-44A was a redesigned aircraft with higher load capacity. I will be building the G-44A version.


Crew: one, pilot
Capacity: 5 passengers
Length: 31 ft 1 in (9.47 m)
Wingspan: 40 ft 0 in (12.19 m)
Height: 11 ft 5 in (3.48 m)
Wing area: 245 ft² (22.8 m²)
Empty weight: 3,189 lb (1,470 kg)
Loaded weight: 4,500 lb (2,041 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 4,500 lb (2,500 kg)
Maximum speed: 139 kn (160 mph, 257 km/h)
Range: 800 nmi (920 mi, 1,481 km)
Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (305 m/min)


Grumman Widgeon – 3-View

I will been using an old 3-View originally drawn by Paul Matt. It looks great and is very detailed. For any difficulties, I will refer to the walk-around I took while in Thailand.

Grumman Widgeon – Status Update

This is as far as I got, before the server crash. I will continue to work on the Grumman Widgeon, as well as try to recreate the web-site contents.

Grumman Widgeon – Landing Gear

Just a quick one here. I have received very detailed drawings of the Widgeon landing gear. It seems to be quite difficult to get the mechanics right for it to operate reliably. I have not gotten to that stage yet, but at least I have the drawings.


Grumman Widgeon – Cleanup

I felt like cleaning up the fuselage today. It was badly needed. I did not finish it yet, but it starts to look useable.

Grumman Widgeon – Elevators

I managed to get a couple of hours in on the Widgeon this evening. I hope to be able to get a couple of hours free for my models every evening from now on.

Grumman Widgeon – Elevators Done

The idea of designing airplanes a couple of hours a day after work seems to help get stuff done. The elevator is now done. There are four hinge-points, two on each side at the scale positions. Next: The rudder.


Grumman Widgeon – Outer wings

I have now drawn the outer wings. They are not too long, and do not need to be extremely stong, so a standard wing arrangement will be fine. Next I will look at the ailerons. The drawing is interesting – the inner side of the aileron is not perpendicular to the trailing edge. I’ll have to check whether that is correct, before making one that works.

Grumman Widgeon – To-do List

I still have to do the following:

  • Elevators.
  • Wings.
  • Ailerons.
  • Rudder.
  • Clean up fuselage.
  • Rudder/elevator/fuselage join area including struts.
  • Fuselage stringers.
  • Wing/fuselage join area.
  • Engine mounting box.
  • Engine pods.
  • Struts.
  • Landing gears.
  • Lumps & bumps.
  • Do R/C installation.

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