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H.Robinson
04-28-2007, 07:20 PM
I'd like to get your ideas on a good second float plane. I've got a Wingo on floats now so my experience level is on the low side. Getting it up and down is no problem, but I'm not in the hot plane league yet.

The wingo is a foamie with big a big forgiving wing and is best if flown in the 5-10 MPH winds. Would like to get something that will be able to take a bit more wind since its almost never dead calm on Florida lakes.

Would like to get something that will be in the 300-400 dollar range with all the electronics. Of course I know that puts the possibilities on the lower end, but sure would appreciate your input.

Thanks

HR

wdahlstrom
04-29-2007, 06:30 AM
We've had great fun with the Donald 5
http://www.espritmodel.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2185
be sure to use the bigger motor they recommend

Murocflyer
04-29-2007, 10:35 AM
How about this beauty right here?



http://www2.gpmd.com/image/g/gpma1154.jpg (http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXRLP8&P=0)

Just click on the photo to take you to Tower.

Frank

H.Robinson
04-29-2007, 04:47 PM
Hey Muroc

The pix didn't load. What Plane were you referring to?

HR

Murocflyer
04-29-2007, 04:50 PM
Hey Muroc

The pix didn't load. What Plane were you referring to?

HR

That's odd. It was there earlier.



http://www2.gpmd.com/image/g/gpma1154.jpg (http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXRLP8&P=0)

How about that?

Frank

Murocflyer
04-29-2007, 04:51 PM
Just click on the plane.

If that doesn't work, here (http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXRLP8&P=0) is the link.

Frank

CHELLIE
04-29-2007, 11:55 PM
Here you go :)

http://nitroplanes.com/sese6070alra.html

http://www.modelflight.com.au/eflite/glow_conversion_090_brushless.htm

LannyG
04-30-2007, 04:02 AM
I really like my E-flite Mini Ultrastick on GWS floats.
LannyG

How ya doin' Frank?

Murocflyer
04-30-2007, 04:27 AM
I really like my E-flite Mini Ultrastick on GWS floats.
LannyG

How ya doin' Frank?

Hey Lanny! What's up Buddy? I'm doing well. Couple more weeks for my "vacation" and I'll be home finally.

Yes, the MUS on floats would be a great choice.

I'm liking the look of this new PBY Tower has coming out. Not sure why the pic won't stay up but here it is in an attachment.

I have an E-starter coming soon that I'll be putting floats on to experiment with flying off water. As you might suspect, we have lots of water around here.

Glad to see you are hanging out here also. It seems to be a little friendlier over here.

Frank

r_kopka
05-02-2007, 11:23 AM
Aventura III Twin is the only one !!! :-)

RK

Dereck
05-03-2007, 08:43 PM
[quote=H.Robinson;188174]I'd like to get your ideas on a good second float plane. I've got a Wingo on floats now so my experience level is on the low side. Getting it up and down is no problem, but I'm not in the hot plane league yet.

The wingo is a foamie with big a big forgiving wing and is best if flown in the 5-10 MPH winds. Would like to get something that will be able to take a bit more wind since its almost never dead calm on Florida lakes.

Would like to get something that will be in the 300-400 dollar range with all the electronics. Of course I know that puts the possibilities on the lower end, but sure would appreciate your input.

Thanks
(HR) quote

Hobby Hangar's Pondside.

http://www.hobbyhangar.com/test/kits.htm

Down the bottom of the page. I've had three - though the first two where the earlier Ace RC Puddlemaster - same shape, but from the pre-laser cut era.

Okay, you get to play at real aeromodelling and glue bits of wood together. The kit is excellent, the die-cutting means you put two pieces together, add some CA, repeat as needed until its finished. My record, admittedly after a little kitbuilding practice is something like nine days from receiving the kit to test flights. My first one had a Graupner S600 on seven x 1200mA nicads - back in 1992 or so. That was maybe 140W - test flights overland in strong winds, then the model and I made our first water-based flights in the same wind. No sweat, though the model only weighs around 40 - 44 oz, it will hack wind and its rudder /el control was fine.

My last one ran an Astro 035 on seven cells - around 220W, so it wasn't on the water all that long! Not sure if Astro still sell them, but there's plenty around used - club sales, EBay, etc?

So it's not a model that demands an up to the minute BL screaming its head off to perform. Not sure what you care for in batteries, but with the lifestyle of a battery sealed inside a floatplane, I would still prefer a set of modern big round jugs over LiPos. There isn't any aircooling stream in a floatplane, so you sure would want to put enough LiPo in there so they didn't get hot, and land every so often to check the battery wasn't in distress.

With my last Pondside, I got around 8 - 10 minutes of shooting 'splash and go' on 7 x 2000mA Nicads, and when I finally sunk her - landed atop the neighbourhood turtle at my buddy's family lakefront place - the pack and most of the RC gear survived.

Am presently thinking of building my fourth - have the Astro 035 and ESC, plus good NiMh big roundies are still easily available. The PS flies just fine on rudder / ele, though the kit now has ailerons as an option.

For a practical, cheap and fun-packed way of having fun on the water, it's a hard act to follow.

Added bonus - take the wing floats off, they're only held on with rubber bands, and fly by handlaunch take off / bellyflop onto grass. Back in England, where you get suchlike, I used to shoot touch and goes off wet grass - she'd slide along for a long ways before I'd pull her off.

Regards

Dereck