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nascarwings
01-25-2008, 12:38 PM
SPECIFICATIONS
68 in
Wingspan:
43 in
Length:
565 sq in
Wing Area:
4.9 - 6.2 lbs
Weight:
Power 25 or Power 32
Motor (required):
6 channel, 6 mini servos
Radio (required):
12x8E
Prop Size:


FEATURES

The firewall setup for outrunner motors gives you the choice between E-flite Power 25 and Power 32 motors
Factory-painted fiberglass cowling, dummy motor and landing gear covers offer quality and scale detail throughout
The optional floats (available separately) add another level of modeling enjoyment
The float mounts built into the fuselage allow the landing gear and floats to be changed quickly
The quality balsa and plywood airframe is sturdy and lightweight
Removable one-piece wing allows for easy transportation and storage
Genuine UltraCote® coveringThe DHC-2 Beaver was designed by de Havilland of Canada for flight in remote wilderness areas of the world. The Beaver was designed to be exceptionally rugged and powerful. This single-engine monoplane could easily be retrofitted with wheels, skis, or floats. The short take-off and landing capabilities made it ideal to access areas that could normally only be reached by boat or foot. The Beaver entered into service in 1948 and quickly established itself by flying to the frozen, remote areas of Canada and Alaska. Despite the fact that production ceased in 1967, many of the DHC-2 Beavers are still flying today to access remote areas for fishermen or island-hopping tourists in the Caribbean.
The DHC-2 Beaver 25e ARF is part of E-flite’s PLATINUM SERIES. The platinum series delivers superior, enhanced features and meticulous attention to detail. E-flite’s Platinum Series is just one more way that E-flite brings you the most advanced electric flight experience.
The DHC-2 Beaver 25e ARF is part of E-flite’s PLATINUM SERIES. The platinum series delivers superior, enhanced features and meticulous attention to detail. E-flite’s Platinum Series is just one more way that E-flite brings you the most advanced electric flight experience.
The details of this PLATINUM SERIES scale model includes corrugated flight surfaces, concealed tail linkages, and scale dummy motor. The construction of the lightweight, sturdy airframe is balsa and plywood. The scale enthusiast will admire the scale color scheme, prepainted fiberglass cowl, and genuine UltraCote covering. In addition, the removable one-piece wing allows easy transportation. The DHC-2 Beaver is another exciting opportunity for pilots to experience civilian scale electric flight. Just like the versatility of the full-size DHC-2 Beaver, the E-flite model comes with float mounts built into the fuselage. For added fun, the pilot can quickly change the landing gear to the optional float set (EFLA500) for on water take-offs and landings. The large flap areas aid the characteristic short landings performed by the DHC-2. The DHC-2 gives the modeler options; it is outfitted with the new E-flite adjustable motor mount system which allows either the Power 25 or Power 32 brushless outrunner motors to be bolted directly onto the firewall. With the combination of the PLATINUM SERIES detail and the additional float kit, place the DHC-2 Beaver in a class of its own.

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ADDITIONAL PHOTOS
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navy atc
02-13-2008, 02:15 AM
Thanks for starting this thread nascarwings. I'm sure more will be looking/chiming in, as soon as this baby hits the shelves. I've already ordered mine. Floats, power 32, etc. Usually I wait on new products but, I've been very happy with eflite.(My Taylorcraft is a blast, so what the heck. Out came the CC.) I am a bit concerned the floats they recommend are right on the edge of the recommended weight limits. Was kinda hoping some seaplane savvie gent would pitch in some sage advice on that question.
Countin the days till D-day.Thanks again 4 starting this.

firemanbill
02-13-2008, 02:18 AM
I really want to get one of these too!:D

navy atc
02-13-2008, 02:26 AM
I've read you for some time now Fireman Bill.Always good advice.Thanks!
Whats your take on those floats being rated at 6lb and, weight w/floats
(not even counting +beefier than recommended lipo) coming is at 6.2.?

Ive never flown a seaplane this big or heavy before, so strong possibility for sloppy, ploppy landing with me on stick.

firemanbill
02-13-2008, 02:39 AM
Well I have been a fan, and customer, of eflight stuff for a while now. Cessna, Mini Funtana, Mini Edge, Super Airliner (x2) and 2 CX helis as well as a whole lot of motors and esc's

It has been my experience that these guys do their homework before they put a product out on the market. When it does go out, it is a good unit.

I'd say that this will be no exception. If they say it will work; it surely will.:D

and thanks for the kind words.:ws:

navy atc
02-13-2008, 02:55 AM
Thanks Bill, that assurance certainly allays a lot of my concern. You are correct about eflites products, if this is but 1/2 as good as the Taylorcraft (and its looking that way) then this shall be one fine aircraft.
I once read a thread where a Gent from eflite, who was instrumental in the Taylorcraft, chimed in about the making of it. It'd be nice to hear from someone on the inside, as to what to expect.

I feel like that kid in The Christmas Story movie, waitin on his little orphan Annie decoder ring. Thanks again for the reassurance Bill.

Angler-Hi
02-13-2008, 03:06 AM
I actually have one of those on backorder. I'm using the gift certificate I got from Doc Holiday. I know he changed his name. It really appealed to me because it was a high-wing plane, good size and you get the floats for it for about $59.99. That's the closest thing I'm gonna get to a seaplane anytime soon. Good thread!

Mike

firemanbill
02-13-2008, 03:07 AM
That would be cool!

Off topic but a neat story...

My C-130 that I got from EAM a couple years ago has always been one of my favorite planes to fly and has quite a few hours on her now. Just like the real thing she just keeps on hauling the mail too!

Last year at SEFF I was cruising around checking all the planes and my son comes up to me and about jerks my arm off dragging me down the field to the most Gorgeous C-130 I have ever seen. Much better than mine by a factor of 100 at least. I get to talking to the guy who created this work of art and his name is Keith Sparks. I drool over his for a while and bashfully mention that I have one too albeit nowhere near as nice as his, He asked me if it was the GWS model and I say "No, I got it from EAM out of Dallas" He grinned real big and tells me he designed and cuts the kits for them!

I got to meet the creator of my C-130! How cool is that. Needless to say I picked his brain for a while (I'm sure he was ready to get rid of me so he could fly some more) and picked up some really good pointers from him. I have his book now on building with foam and am going to begin a rather large project in the very near future as soon as I can gather up enough motor(s) to make it possible.

Another one of the joys of attending SEFF...

OK sorry... back to the Beaver!:D

Angler-Hi
02-13-2008, 03:11 AM
Nice bird Bill! Who makes that...not that I'm in the market or anything;-)

firemanbill
02-13-2008, 03:13 AM
Thanks Mike, it comes from these guys

www.eam.net (http://www.eam.net)

my thread on it

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6537

Angler-Hi
02-13-2008, 03:24 AM
Thanks Mike, it comes from these guys

www.eam.net (http://www.eam.net)

my thread on it

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6537

Thanks Bill. Cool site! Well, I won't stray from the topic here, so thanks for the tip. You the man!

navy atc
02-13-2008, 11:41 AM
Seeemd the same point I was going to Bill. Knowing the insiders viewpoints just adds that much more to the overall appreciation of the aircraft.

If this plane turns out like I think, I'll have to get a bumper sticker that says
I (heart) My Beaver!
(My wife will love me & my neighbors will think me a pervert)

FlyingMonkey
02-13-2008, 12:21 PM
Oh wow, you have to love E-Flite...


It just cries for floats. So much so, they shouldn't sell the kit without them.

nascarwings
02-13-2008, 01:56 PM
Now all we have to do is find a battery to power this bird....mine is on order to....any thoughts guys on a battery?....looks like we are going to have to break the bank to fly this bird...

navy atc
02-13-2008, 04:55 PM
Now all we have to do is find a battery to power this bird....mine is on order to....any thoughts guys on a battery?....looks like we are going to have to break the bank to fly this bird...

I'm gonna try & run 2 2100 in parallel. Looks like eflite is recommending a 14.8 volt 3300 if you are using floats. I hope and I've been told this will work fine.????

I'm getting all my goodies from Atlanta Hobby. He's got a real good combo price and if you're an electron member, they cant be beat.
Good prices and great service. Dont mean to sound like a commercial , but hey, every little bit helps to buy the expensive batteries they recommend.:D

firemanbill
02-13-2008, 05:20 PM
Actually the website and catalog suggest a 3s 11.1 3200 Mah lipo with the power 25 motor.

Cliff and the crew at AH are the best.!

navy atc
02-13-2008, 06:13 PM
Actually the website and catalog suggest a 3s 11.1 3200 Mah lipo with the power 25 motor.

Cliff and the crew at AH are the best.!

Yeah, Cliff is a good man. His customer service is 2nd to none.

I noted the same battery recommendation as you Bill but, also saw somewhere, where if using floats and the recommended power32, they're recommending the 14.8. I'd have to hock the house to buy those puppies. So I'm hoping the parallel will do. Cliff thinks it will.

Wheres that eflite designer guy when you need em'?

nascarwings
02-13-2008, 06:32 PM
I was thinking parallel too...was wondering if any one knows the size of the battery compartment..?..any thoughts on the Kong Power 3s1p 11.1v 2200mAh 25C Lipo Battery Combo ...that Ready heli...has on 120 bucks..?

firemanbill
02-13-2008, 10:25 PM
yes you'd almost have to do at least a 4s on the power 32. The 3s is on the power 25 setup. I've never flown off water but I can imagine you need a bit more power for takeoff.

How about these bad boys for batts?:D

55667

Two 4s 4000's in series in my big 'ol Waco

nascarwings
02-13-2008, 11:28 PM
Gee..looks like you could haul cargo in the battery comp..lol...how are the maxamps working out for you..?

firemanbill
02-14-2008, 12:31 AM
Gee..looks like you could haul cargo in the battery comp..lol...how are the maxamps working out for you..?

It is pretty big! 72" wingspan on this bird.

I absolutley LOVE MY MAXAMPS!!!:$ Best batteries I own. hands down.

navy atc
02-14-2008, 01:01 AM
It is pretty big! 72" wingspan on this bird.

I absolutley LOVE MY MAXAMPS!!!:$ Best batteries I own. hands down.

Hey Bill, Can you recommend where those 4s 14.8 could be reasonably purchased?

Oh, I sent a query to eflite as to anticipated delivery date, and (see below) it appears to be later than I thought.(early March) uh uh:{

"Dale, thank you for the email. Late March???? is all we have on the
website. No solid date as of yet, and thanks for the compliment the
Taylorcraft is one of my favorites too." Eflite rep

firemanbill
02-14-2008, 01:14 AM
Hey Bill, Can you recommend where those 4s 14.8 could be reasonably purchased?

Oh, I sent a query to eflite as to anticipated delivery date, and (see below) it appears to be later than I thought.(early March) uh uh:{

"Dale, thank you for the email. Late March???? is all we have on the
website. No solid date as of yet, and thanks for the compliment the
Taylorcraft is one of my favorites too." Eflite rep


I got mine direct from

www.maxamps.com (http://www.maxamps.com)

They are not cheap but you get what you pay for.

www.truerc.com (http://www.truerc.com)

has some really good prices. I do not personally own any but may soon;-). I have seen them in action and they perform very well, they come highly recommended by another flyer that is a top notch kind of guy too.

navy atc
02-14-2008, 01:23 AM
Thanks Bill. I check that out.
Reason I hadnt gone this big before was I didnt want to invest as much in a battery as I did a plane. Now look at me. Nearly peering out the windows looking for the ups guy as a junkie would a dealer.
I think I need RC rehab. Naaaah

Airhead
02-14-2008, 01:26 AM
I really like that Beaver too you guys. I'll be following this thread for sure. I don't think I will be getting one anytime soon though. Have some other stuff to take care of first.. I like the detail in the photos I've seen.

Bill, Your Waco is enormous... Nice job...

firemanbill
02-14-2008, 01:29 AM
Thanks Bill. I check that out.
Reason I hadnt gone this big before was I didnt want to invest as much in a battery as I did a plane. Now look at me. Nearly peering out the windows looking for the ups guy as a junkie would a dealer.
I think I need RC rehab. Naaaah

It's too late... there is no hope for you now... just come on over to the funny farm with the rest of us!:silly:

I dropped over $300 on my Waco batts and never blinked an eye! Then again it wasn't even a third of the total cost of the plane! I've got more money in the servos than I have in some of my other planes total!

I really like that Beaver too you guys. I'll be following this thread for sure. I don't think I will be getting one anytime soon though. Have some other stuff to take care of first.. I like the detail in the photos I've seen.

Bill, Your Waco is enormous... Nice job...


Waco envy!:p;)

Thanks Bruce

Airhead
02-14-2008, 01:30 AM
Waco envy!:p;)

Thanks Bruce

Yup,
Thats me.....:D

navy atc
02-14-2008, 01:35 AM
I got mine direct from

www.maxamps.com (http://www.maxamps.com)

They are not cheap but you get what you pay for.

www.truerc.com (http://www.truerc.com)

has some really good prices. I do not personally own any but may soon;-). I have seen them in action and they perform very well, they come highly recommended by another flyer that is a top notch kind of guy too.
I checked out truerc and I can live with those prices easily:cool:.
Of course, as with the Beaver, its not available till mid march. sigh
Thanks Bill

firemanbill
02-14-2008, 01:38 AM
No problem bud. Glad to help out anytime!:D

nascarwings
02-14-2008, 01:56 AM
yes it's bad when the batt's are worth more then the plane..lol.

firemanbill
02-14-2008, 02:02 AM
yes it's bad when the batt's are worth more then the plane..lol.


The other side of that is that the bigger the batts, the bigger the plane, motors and ESC!

Kind of makes the plane keep pace with the battery prices!

Lipos are coming down though! slowly but surely...

Kosh
02-14-2008, 02:06 AM
Thats ok, I drive a old Honda CRX and the planes in the back are worth 3 times the car so don't hit me. :rolleyes:

firemanbill
02-14-2008, 02:09 AM
Thats ok, I drive a old Honda CRX and the planes in the back are worth 3 times the car so don't hit me. :rolleyes:

LOL Kosh! That's how I used to feel with a couple of mine in the back of my 'ol 1991 F-150... tripled the value of the truck everytime we went to the field

Now I went and got that new F-250 and I can't say that anymore.;-)

Kosh
02-14-2008, 02:17 AM
Well I head to the field with 8 to 12 planes tucked in the rear hatch each time and know that if I'm rear ended all that foam will probably save my life but make one heck of a mess. :o

Angler-Hi
02-14-2008, 03:22 AM
Bill...Kosh, you guys trip me out. LOL.

navy atc
02-14-2008, 11:24 AM
Gentlemen,
Check out this site: www.dhc-2.com (http://www.dhc-2.com).
This Gent has a passion for Beavers. He's spent 21? years photgraphing and writing the history of every single Beaver ever made.
The pics are so good as to have already started me salivating at the prospect of modifying my Beaver upon arrival. Modifying the float supports to have those steps going to the pilot and passenger/cargo compartment doors for starters. Winglets on the horizontal. list goes on,ad infinitum.

Beaver trivia: The passenger door was designed so as to be able to load a 55 gallon drum, either standing up or on its side.

peterpont
02-24-2008, 03:32 AM
Gentlemen,
Check out this site: www.dhc-2.com (http://www.dhc-2.com).
This Gent has a passion for Beavers. He's spent 21? years photgraphing and writing the history of every single Beaver ever made.
The pics are so good as to have already started me salivating at the prospect of modifying my Beaver upon arrival. Modifying the float supports to have those steps going to the pilot and passenger/cargo compartment doors for starters. Winglets on the horizontal. list goes on,ad infinitum.

Beaver trivia: The passenger door was designed so as to be able to load a 55 gallon drum, either standing up or on its side.

Since you fellows have mods on the Beaver planned, how about the floats with wheels like you see on the fullsized Beaver pages. Anyone ever tried this?
Retracting and steering (front) would have to be a consideration, don't you think? (a Dave Brewerism)

navy atc
02-24-2008, 11:24 AM
Since you fellows have mods on the Beaver planned, how about the floats with wheels like you see on the fullsized Beaver pages. Anyone ever tried this?
Retracting and steering (front) would have to be a consideration, don't you think? (a Dave Brewerism)

How cool would that be?
You 1st and let us know.;)lol

Just kidding..I wouldnt have a clue how to pull it off without adding a ton of weight,likely in the wrong places too.
Makes my head ache to even ponder it.????
I did have the same thought, but quickly dismissed it.
The key would be to probably make a custom float.

Given the talent and wherewithal of the RC flyer community, it will not surprise me though if someone doesnt try and pull it off.
Good thought peterpont!:tc:

nascarwings
02-24-2008, 04:14 PM
I think it could be done but this would be my luck...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pucmWr55cgw

no stick
02-29-2008, 07:06 PM
Looks like his servos did not work on retract.:red:

navy atc
03-01-2008, 12:06 AM
The Beavers are here!!! They have passed there Q&a and are shipping to distributors on Monday or Tuesday. If youve ordered one, time to start harrasing your LHS.
Go Beavers!!!:$

firemanbill
03-01-2008, 12:11 AM
Sweet! I am looking forward to seeing one of these Beavers up close and personal real soon!:D

nascarwings
03-01-2008, 12:32 AM
got the power 32 esc and floats just missing the beaver...oh and open water...lol

navy atc
03-01-2008, 03:04 AM
Eflite says use their motor&esc of course.
AH has a combo EFlite Power32 w/phoenix 60 esc. Looks good! But its pretty steep even at Cliffs prices. (about 188.00.):eek:

Can anyone suggest a reliable equivalent to "this" set up, at a better price? I aint cheap. Just poor.:D

firemanbill
03-01-2008, 03:32 AM
I like these. Picked up a .60 size last year at SEFF. Good motor and controoler.

Real nice guy that runs this shop too!

http://www.graysonhobby.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=22&products_id=350

This looks to be mid range between the power 25 and 32's.

navy atc
03-01-2008, 11:23 AM
I like these. Picked up a .60 size last year at SEFF. Good motor and controoler.

Real nice guy that runs this shop too!

http://www.graysonhobby.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=22&products_id=350

This looks to be mid range between the power 25 and 32's.
That looks real good but....
Did you see the weight? 14 oz?:eek:. Im assuming thats motor and esc combined. The pwr 32 and phoenix esc is 9 combined. I love the price, & that motor is a brute:cool:, (5s?) but 5 extra ozs? In the nose? This'd save $100+ if it'll work....(go towards seff raffle tickets) How do I deal w/that extra 5 ozs?:confused: Hey, they got a decent lookin 4100mah 14.8 for 99.00 the too.hmm. Thanks for turning me on to this place Bill!:tc:
Thanks in advance

navy atc
03-01-2008, 11:49 AM
That looks real good but....
Did you see the weight? 14 oz?:eek:. Im assuming thats motor and esc combined. The pwr 32 and phoenix esc is 9 combined. I love the price, & that motor is a brute:cool:, (5s?) but 5 extra ozs? In the nose? This'd save $100+ if it'll work....(go towards seff raffle tickets) How do I deal w/that extra 5 ozs?:confused: Hey, they got a decent lookin 4100mah 14.8 for 99.00 the too.hmm. Thanks for turning me on to this place Bill!:tc:
Thanks in advance Never mind, I was lookin at the .60 as I thought the .30 was a little too small. Which elicits even more questions???? 435 watts as opposed to 700? Be great if it can work well enough w/the floats. I gotta have floats. Thats 120 savings.

firemanbill
03-01-2008, 11:00 PM
I think you definitely need to go bigger than the p25 with floats but a 60 size is gonna be way too big I think. I have one of those 4130 motors and it's a hoss!

navy atc
03-02-2008, 12:28 AM
I think you definitely need to go bigger than teh p25 with floats buit a 60 size is gonna be way too big I think. I have one of those 4130 motors and it's a hoss!
are you not going w/floats?

firemanbill
03-02-2008, 12:49 AM
Probably not. I really don't have a good lake flying spot 'round here. We have the Chesapeake Bay but it's usually a bit too choppy.;)


I have never flown off floats either.:o

navy atc
03-02-2008, 01:00 AM
Probably not. I really don't have a good lake flying spot 'round here. We have the Chesapeake Bay but it's usually a bit too choppy.;)


I have never flown off floats either.:o
Not much harder at all. Talk about your scale takeoffs!
But if youve no fresh water, probably best. The salt water is murder on lipos. Dont ask..
Well now Im stuck on the motor issue again. I'll likely go w/that power 32 cause Ive had great results w/other eflite motors. But that phoenix??sheesh. Theres also, at 55 bucks, (opposed to 112.00)the Castle 54, would that work, or is it risky to try?
Can Anyone recomend a good place to get a 60a esc w/bec?

darylm44
03-02-2008, 01:07 AM
This is one plane I really want, but I will have to wait awhile as my airplane $$ will be going to buy gas for the motor home this spring. We have a trip planed to see our granddaughter graduate from high school in May.

I have flown many hours in a Beaver while we lived in SE Alaska. Hardly any roads and most travel by boat or floatplane. Had a couple of close calls :eek: so my interest in flying in small planes has lessened, but I have good memories of this plane none the less.:D:D

navy atc
03-02-2008, 11:07 AM
Not much harder at all. Talk about your scale takeoffs!
But if youve no fresh water, probably best. The salt water is murder on lipos. Dont ask..
Well now Im stuck on the motor issue again. I'll likely go w/that power 32 cause Ive had great results w/other eflite motors. But that phoenix??sheesh. Theres also, at 55 bucks, (opposed to 112.00)the Castle 54, would that work, or is it risky to try?
Can Anyone recomend a good place to get a 60a esc w/bec?

I just read where Castle was American owned and the majority of it is made here.(Olathe Ks.) Well now that changes everything. I'll be ponying up the extra money. I will not pass up on "made in America" for economic reasons. EVER!.
BTW the t-bird 54 wouldnt work. Its recommended at 3s.

firemanbill
03-02-2008, 03:24 PM
And... they make one of the best products out there too!

navy atc
03-08-2008, 08:42 PM
Looks like some of our Northern friends are enjoying their Beavers today.
Horizon started shipping Thursday I believe?
Maybe Monday here in Atlanta. :tc::$

firemanbill
03-09-2008, 12:09 AM
Cool! Gotta get my Yak done before I can get one though.

I WILL have one though!

Jollyroger
03-21-2008, 08:40 PM
Great start. Navy ATC, thanks for the Beaver hyperlink. Never saw so many nice lookin' Beavers.
I built a Global kit and it was the worst kit ever. The only real kits available are the Unionville Hobbies kits and possibly Icon Northwest if you can contact him. The Unionville kit is very much a builder's kit even more so than a Sig Senior or 1/4 scale Cub.
I've been looking at a number of Beaver ARFs and believe the E-Flight to be one of the best buys of the year. I plan to order one from a nearby hobby Shop: Alpine Hobbies of Gaylord, Mi. Floats are a must.
I have an Axi 2826-10 which I believe should provide more than enough power for float conversion using a 4S Lipo. So I have a bit of savings there on the motor and ESC(Phoenix 60) now in my stock.
From what I can see, there is definately some possibility of adding extra scale details to this one. Needs some bumps on the cowl, add some vertical fins on the stab and maybe modify the float gear to look more scale. Add a couple navcom antennas. How about a small canoe to the top of the floats? Midwest makes a number of small canoe kits, which might be just the right size for this plane. Cool factor would go up too.
I would though opt for a 3 blade prop, which is generally used for the honkin' big radial up front!
No mistaking a Beaver when it flies overhead!

navy atc
03-23-2008, 02:32 AM
Great start. Navy ATC, thanks for the Beaver hyperlink. Never saw so many nice lookin' Beavers.
I built a Global kit and it was the worst kit ever. The only real kits available are the Unionville Hobbies kits and possibly Icon Northwest if you can contact him. The Unionville kit is very much a builder's kit even more so than a Sig Senior or 1/4 scale Cub.
I've been looking at a number of Beaver ARFs and believe the E-Flight to be one of the best buys of the year. I plan to order one from a nearby hobby Shop: Alpine Hobbies of Gaylord, Mi. Floats are a must.
I have an Axi 2826-10 which I believe should provide more than enough power for float conversion using a 4S Lipo. So I have a bit of savings there on the motor and ESC(Phoenix 60) now in my stock.
From what I can see, there is definately some possibility of adding extra scale details to this one. Needs some bumps on the cowl, add some vertical fins on the stab and maybe modify the float gear to look more scale. Add a couple navcom antennas. How about a small canoe to the top of the floats? Midwest makes a number of small canoe kits, which might be just the right size for this plane. Cool factor would go up too.
I would though opt for a 3 blade prop, which is generally used for the honkin' big radial up front!
No mistaking a Beaver when it flies overhead!
Those are really cool ideas jollyroger. I hadnt even thought about the canoe. Got mine in the water today, but winds too strong or Im a wuss for no t/o.In my defense they were 15kts, so I just ran her to just before take off.Gets up on step real fast. Flaps really do work well and when I get more proficient will likely lead to landing stunts.:cool:. For scale looks, this is a beauty. I made a bad still photo shot getting only the upper half of the plane on the water, and it was remarked later by others, that it looked absolutely real. So far Jollyroger, I'd highly recommend this plane. It sounds like you'd have a blast with it and would make it museum quality.
Get it , Get it, Get it!
True Maiden in the am. I'll post a flight log.
My setup is Pwr32, cc 60, 10 amp cc bec. 14.8 4s 15c 3200 13x6.5e

firemanbill
03-23-2008, 02:38 AM
Can't wait to hear how she flies! I'm sure it will be a great report!:D

navy atc
03-23-2008, 02:44 AM
Thanks Bill. I'm either going to be reaal happy or reaaal sad.
But, no guts, no nuts! umm glory, no glory:cool:

firemanbill
03-23-2008, 02:47 AM
think postitive thoughts...

and remember to breathe!;-):D

nascarwings
03-30-2008, 09:39 AM
Dusted off the old cub yesterday and had my first float fly, can,t wait for the beaver..smile http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE7fvrZpEE8

gasser1933
03-31-2008, 06:39 AM
Dusted off the old cub yesterday and had my first float fly, can,t wait for the beaver..smile http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE7fvrZpEE8
Great video! What camera did you use?
Looks like a place I'd like to visit some day.
Thanks for sharing!!

nascarwings
03-31-2008, 11:33 AM
the cam was a fuji finepix z . i have tryed alot of cams and found this little cam to work the best.

darylm44
03-31-2008, 05:11 PM
Dusted off the old cub yesterday and had my first float fly, can,t wait for the beaver..smile http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE7fvrZpEE8

How did you get water on the lake????

Here is Alaska we have at least 3 more weeks of ice:confused::confused::confused:

I hope to get a beaver with floats this summer:D:D Nice vidio.

nascarwings
03-31-2008, 10:07 PM
the lake opened up early this year...first time i can remember this early...

navy atc
04-02-2008, 02:11 AM
Success on the floats. Am in process of getting its videos up here.
You're gonna love this plane guys.Videos are the pits, as it was shot by imbeciles.Yes, my friends.
But, despite their best efforts, there are noteworthy.(read, ooooh..awwwwww) moments!

firemanbill
04-02-2008, 02:21 AM
Very nice! That lake is smooth as glass!::o:D

WAK
04-28-2008, 06:02 PM
I do believe my DH2 is about ready for the maiden. Some minor issues with this bird (setup as recommended with the Power 32) - the battery compartment is too small for most batteries. Even with the recommended TP 4C, I had to do a little sanding to get it in. Very tight space makes connecting the battery to the esc difficult. Maximum height in there is just under 1" and the THP3300 is .98"
Be sure to check clearance above your servos and reciever if using the cockpit kit, I had to make a cut our for the receiver in the "floor" for the aft cockpit.
Also, you would need to add a spacer on the shaft if not using the included spinner. Other than that, it's typical e-flite.. I also have the Pawnee, and love their products.
I do not have the floats yet, I know it's a must!

WAK
04-28-2008, 10:45 PM
Now all we have to do is find a battery to power this bird....mine is on order to....any thoughts guys on a battery?....looks like we are going to have to break the bank to fly this bird...

See my comments about "battery" in page one of this thread...

NALORAC
05-02-2008, 02:09 AM
I'm trying to put togather my first plane. The Eflite Beaver and I can't seem to get the cowling on when I mount the speed control where the instructions tell me to on the front of the box under the engine. Did I do something wrong or do I need to mount the speed control somewhere else?
Thanks for any help,

Michael

navy atc
05-02-2008, 03:23 AM
I'm trying to put togather my first plane. The Eflite Beaver and I can't seem to get the cowling on when I mount the speed control where the instructions tell me to on the front of the box under the engine. Did I do something wrong or do I need to mount the speed control somewhere else?
Thanks for any help,

Michael
Michael,
By Eflites own admission that is in error. Most everyone is mounting behind the firewall. Im not long in the hobby, but could not figure out why you would put the most expensive piece of equipment in a place most likely to impact or drown first. I have mine under the cockpit floor. So, move it back!!! The cowl will fit nicely. Make sure you have the correct sized "ball driver" and lots of patience. Good luck:cool:.
Heres a pic of my Beaver at night

NALORAC
05-02-2008, 03:58 AM
Thanks I will try it. maybe you can tell me where you mounted the on/off switch to the speed control as I can't seems to find that in the instructions either.
Those are awsome pics of yours. I hope mine turns out half that nice.
Thanks again,

Michael

navy atc
05-02-2008, 12:23 PM
Thanks I will try it. maybe you can tell me where you mounted the on/off switch to the speed control as I can't seems to find that in the instructions either.
Those are awsome pics of yours. I hope mine turns out half that nice.
Thanks again,

Michael

I dont use a switch so I cannot say. If youre gonna use floats, that will be difficult to keep dry, as there isnt an inch of the plane that doesnt get wet from spray. Speaking of spray, Im not saying to use it, but I waterproof w/corrosionx. Heres a crappy inflight pic to keep you inspired. For more , go to rcuniverse and look in my gallery under...navy atc of course.Good Luck Man!

Jollyroger
05-02-2008, 12:24 PM
Thanks I will try it. maybe you can tell me where you mounted the on/off switch to the speed control as I can't seems to find that in the instructions either.
Those are awsome pics of yours. I hope mine turns out half that nice.
Thanks again,

Michael
I do not know why mfg's still insist on an on-off switch for their ESC's. They do not offer anything to the safety of operation. A better way is to install a power shunt between the battery pack and the ESC. I have several from Maxx Prod and plan to install one in the Beaver. These little switches are a waste of time and you still have to mount them securely, so why not use a switch that will actually work?
I have a Hyperion ESC with one of those little slide switches and am going to remove it and solder the wires together.
BTW I also attempted to mount the ESC below the motor and the cowl wouldn't fit either, so it sets behind the firewall. I glued a small piece of lite ply in place and velcroed the speed control .
Oh yeah a Polyquest 4S just barely fits had to force it in and now can't get it out:(. A little work ahead of me now, but will have that problem corrected. E-Flight needs to do something about this. You guys at Horizon reading this?
Otherwise am ready tosetup the aileron and flaps with my Hitec Eclipse radio.....looks like fun times ahead.
cheers

stevecooper
05-02-2008, 07:28 PM
Thanks I will try it. maybe you can tell me where you mounted the on/off switch to the speed control as I can't seems to find that in the instructions either.
Those are awsome pics of yours. I hope mine turns out half that nice.
Thanks again,

Michael
you can make a switch outta two deans an some heat-shirinkyour bub, steve

NALORAC
05-04-2008, 04:29 PM
Thanks again.

navy atc
05-06-2008, 03:06 AM
Dawn at the lake. I love this plane:$

nascarwings
05-06-2008, 10:56 AM
Nice pics....still waiting on mine...

navy atc
05-06-2008, 12:15 PM
Nice pics....still waiting on mine...
Thanks...Its worth the wait. It was abit of a challenge at first, inasmuch as the biggest Id flown before this was the Taylorcraft at 2lbs and 48" ws. Just had to get used to a slightly longer response time. I'm in the process of "dialing myself in" to the plane.

darylm44
05-06-2008, 04:23 PM
Dawn at the lake. I love this plane:$

Those are great pictures:):) They look just like the full size I used to fly in when I lived in SE Alaska. Brings back memories.:D:D

navy atc
05-07-2008, 02:48 AM
Those are great pictures:):) They look just like the full size I used to fly in when I lived in SE Alaska. Brings back memories.:D:D
Thanks.
I'm a former airtraffic controller and have seen most aircraft, civil and military. But, this I've not. The minute I saw it (the model)I went apecrap for it:$.
Been scheming up ways to enhance it, months before I got it.
If I get the chance , I will definitely find a way to fly in one of these. My Bro in law has and says its an..ahem..experience of a lifetime. Reading about those bush pilots and their "Flap tricks" amaze me.
I'm jealous Daryl, that mustve been a hoot.
Good luck with your Beav;)

Son of Paleface
05-10-2008, 11:43 PM
......into my car and got it home yesterday:D

I will be using from Hobby City.....

Turnigy 42-50 700kv $29.95
Turnigy 60A plush speedy $42.60
Polyquest 3300,4s,25c, $117.60...27mmx48mmx150mm , this also fits the batt box forward part
which measures ID, 1.3/8" x 2.1/8" , 35mmx53mm;-)
I got the last one in our local store/agent for Horizon $200 AD , no floats , but I will be using some fiberglass ones from Hobby City $37.50 , IF they'er not too big ...can anyone tell me how long the eflight ones are ???...these floats are 800 long , and what length floats would be scale???

Also how do you set up the flap servoes , I have a JR PCM 9X with xps..both servos have to go the same way .....

About the only thing I dont like is they could have put the main servo ply plate down lower ..at the same level as the top of the batt box...so the radio gear is mounted lower in the fuse ...the reason is that WHEN the plane flips upside down .......the radio rx/servos will be out of the water.....cause it will float (hopefully) on the wing in a nose down position...(this is how J3 cubs float inverted).....something to keep in mind when fitting the radio gear

http://www.unitedhobbies.com/UNITEDHOBBIES/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=4675

Well i gotta get back to finishing off my latest A/P plane , ready for when 'WIGGY' arrives:)

nascarwings
05-11-2008, 02:13 PM
just picked mine up yesterday....working on it now....were are you guys puttiing the esc..?...

nascarwings
05-11-2008, 02:18 PM
was also wondering if there is any need for a ventral fin on the plane?

iFLYrc_Vic
05-11-2008, 04:58 PM
......into my car and got it home yesterday:D

I will be using from Hobby City.....

Turnigy 42-50 700kv $29.95
Turnigy 60A plush speedy $42.60
Polyquest 3300,4s,25c, $117.60...27mmx48mmx150mm , this also fits the batt box forward part
which measures ID, 1.3/8" x 2.1/8" , 35mmx53mm;-)
:)

I am going to use the same power plant and battery. Curious as to how it will fly with this setup...

navy atc
05-11-2008, 07:06 PM
was also wondering if there is any need for a ventral fin on the plane?

no

nascarwings
05-17-2008, 02:44 AM
First flight was today....the plane flys like a truck....lol..Very nice plane!!!66238

66239

Son of Paleface
05-17-2008, 05:57 AM
flys like a truck ??????????

nascarwings
05-17-2008, 10:49 AM
it,s just big and takes time to get use to the controls ...Im just use to smaller faster planes but if ya want a plane that looks good in the air and loves a light wind this is the one....

navy atc
05-18-2008, 01:32 AM
it,s just big and takes time to get use to the controls ...Im just use to smaller faster planes but if ya want a plane that looks good in the air and loves a light wind this is the one....

So youve met the truck and lived..Good Job..It gets easier from here. Turns were interesting, weren't they?.Did you try your flaps?
Congrats:cool:

Son of Paleface
05-18-2008, 02:49 AM
Could someone please tell me the float dimensions ie , how long and how far from the front is the step and if poss , the weight Thanks

nascarwings
05-18-2008, 03:51 AM
the step is at the CG on the beaver its 2 1/4 - 2 3/4 from the leading edge..... the floats are 28"

Son of Paleface
05-18-2008, 06:25 AM
the step is at the CG on the beaver its 2 1/4 - 2 3/4 from the leading edge..... the floats are 28"

Thanks , but I meant how far from the front of the floats is the step....

darylm44
05-18-2008, 02:19 PM
First flight was today....the plane flys like a truck....lol..Very nice plane!!!66238

66239

The full size is a truck. It hauls most of the freight to all of the isolated camps and small villages in SE Alaska. :):)

nascarwings
05-23-2008, 11:45 AM
Had a quick fly last night..she looks good and flys nice66856

nascarwings
05-23-2008, 11:47 AM
66857one more pic...lol

nascarwings
05-23-2008, 11:52 AM
66858Landing with flaps...first time...

navy atc
05-23-2008, 11:57 AM
66858Landing with flaps...first time...

Congratulations. Those flaps are a hoot arent they?
The Beav is beautiful in flight. I wish I knew someone I trusted enough to fly mine, so I could watch it without concentrating so hard.:cool:

nascarwings
05-23-2008, 12:28 PM
66859yes its a nice plane....i must say its no sport car..lol....but boy do people stop and watch it....the flaps are fun if the rain ever stops here today im going to set them to full...lol....beaver #2 is just about ready to go "its the guy i fly with plane"...so will will have 2 flying soon...lol..

nascarwings
05-23-2008, 12:57 PM
pic of beaver #2....hope its in the air tonight:ws:66864

navy atc
05-23-2008, 03:54 PM
Dang Nascar, I thought my Beav mods were good. Yours make it pale in comparison.,How did you make the strut set up on Beav #1. I cant see the wire supports at all. No plastic mounts nothing..Im in awe. How'd ya do it??
I vote you "Best of show":cool:

gfdengine204
05-23-2008, 05:19 PM
I think I like this Beaver, but dang, the 32 setup starts getting pricey with the E-Flite setup and batteries......

I'm enjoying the discussion, though, thanks folks! :)

nascarwings
05-23-2008, 05:42 PM
66880Used the beaver float mounts navy...i drilled holes in the side of the floats and placed the float mounts in the hole. then i covered the wire with ply...and sanded...and sanded...lol...i did this with these floats before on one of my j 3's cubs..(rest in piece..lol)....beaver #2 we used the eflight mounts for now my fingers are still sore from sanding...lol....just took beaver #2...for a float test....be in the air in couple of hours...smile

Charley
05-23-2008, 11:39 PM
Could someone please tell me the float dimensions ie , how long and how far from the front is the step and if poss , the weight Thanks

Floats are ~27 1/2" long, step is ~14 1/2" back. I never did weigh them but they seem heavy as these things go. Lots of fiberglass in them.

CR

navy atc
05-26-2008, 01:20 AM
66880Used the beaver float mounts navy...i drilled holes in the side of the floats and placed the float mounts in the hole. then i covered the wire with ply...and sanded...and sanded...lol...i did this with these floats before on one of my j 3's cubs..(rest in piece..lol)....beaver #2 we used the eflight mounts for now my fingers are still sore from sanding...lol....just took beaver #2...for a float test....be in the air in couple of hours...smile

Thanks Nascar. Hows she do as far as landing hard?

nascarwings
05-26-2008, 04:45 AM
good the float mounts are stronger when done this way not sure why e flite does not mount them like this....inside the float were you drill the hole is a block of wood...

navy atc
05-26-2008, 01:24 PM
Im still confused.No surprise there.
Can you post a close up pic of where they join into the float.Ive seen the inside of the float, so I know of the wood blocks..
Your mod is too cool.Thanks

nascarwings
05-26-2008, 03:45 PM
im making up a new set this week as soon as i pick them up....crashed buth beavers this weekend...this plane has a few bad flying habbits first is on a low level pass we found, on right pull ups it will nose down and not a good thing when your 5 feet off the water..lol....bever #1 crash...so took it cool on beaver #2 for a bit...smile. then a low level right turn..(stick to the right) plane about 30 feet up nose dive stright in seems to be only doing it on right hand turns...so we must have screwed some thing up...not to sure what...the guys with me this weekend are all 10 years + flying so i think its a problem with the planes we built...im sure its my fault...and not e flite....so will keep ya posted...

navy atc
05-27-2008, 02:20 AM
Aww thats a crime. When you describe your right turn issue, Im not sure if you are using aileron or rudder or combination of both. If you use right rudder, its best to use left aileron simultaneously to smooth it out or it can roll over onto its back and nose staight in. Been there, heard that nasty "splot" when It hit. Good to see youre getting back after two horrifics.Good man!. Now that youve learned, that wont happen again..

nascarwings
05-27-2008, 02:47 AM
well after 5 hour rebuild..lol...i think i found at least one reason for the sharp right roll servo in the left flap jamed in full down so now that i think of it i was coming in with full flaps....sooo when i hit the switch for flaps up the left flap stayed down i think the would make her hit the water real fast..lol...ouch!!...

nascarwings
05-27-2008, 02:35 PM
Just looked over beaver #2 Took the rear cover off and the elevator control horne is striped so that would make that one hit the water hard....gee feel like i work for the N.T.S.B...lol.

navy atc
05-28-2008, 02:47 AM
Hey Nascar. What water proofing methods had you employed on your electronics on these crashed aircraft.??


Accident review is a good thing.Painful as it may be. I wanted to hurl reviewing the video of my crash,but, a necessary evil.

nascarwings
05-28-2008, 09:48 AM
i use silicone conformal coating its made by M G Chemicals...i have had good luck so far with it....just do not spray it on your battery connectors or you will have to sand it off...lol..(been there done that..lol)...you crashed your beaver..????...if ya did any help ya need let me know im geting good at rebuilding them...smile...pick up my new little J 3 in the morning so will be busy building that this weekend...had one before and they fly nice...the beaver flys good but crashes bad..lol....i have been mixing a little rudder in with the ailrons and the beaver is starting to come around and not be a hand full to fly...smile

navy atc
05-28-2008, 12:28 PM
Thanks Nascar, that's mighty kind of you.I may take you up on that.I believe it can be repaired.After I get the new one airborn, I shall turn my attentions to repairing #1 and turning it into a land Beaver.
Yes, once I discovered the Rudder, opposite aileron mix,(I have no one to teach me)
it became a lot more fun to fly. For a truck that is.
I'm very curious to see what the land version flys like.

Madman
05-28-2008, 03:16 PM
Yes, once I discovered the Rudder, opposite aileron mix,(I have no one to teach me)it became a lot more fun to fly. Have you considered http://www.realflight.com/ ?
I can't begin to count the money I've saved in learning maneuvers before I put a real bird in the air. Yes, the latest expansion pack DOES have the Beaver, by the way.

navy atc
05-29-2008, 12:09 AM
Have you considered http://www.realflight.com/ ?
I can't begin to count the money I've saved in learning maneuvers before I put a real bird in the air. Yes, the latest expansion pack DOES have the Beaver, by the way.

Thanks Madman. I have the 3.5.Just always flew the yaks and such.
While these are indeed wonderful training aids, there's no substitute for hands on. I would like to get the Beav expansion pack for fun.Can you run that w/a 3.5 or would I have to buy the 4.0?
Thanks for your advice.

Madman
05-29-2008, 12:22 AM
Thanks Madman. I have the 3.5.Just always flew the yaks and such. While these are indeed wonderful training aids, there's no substitute for hands on. I would like to get the Beav expansion pack for fun.Can you run that w/a 3.5 or would I have to buy the 4.0?
Thanks for your advice.Sorry ... Expansion Pack 5 is not backwards compatible with G3.5. Even though I held out for several months, until Add-ons 1 and 2 were made 4.0 compatible, along with KE's promise to make Add-ons 3-5 compatible also ... and then I took the plunge (almost literally, since water is the main "new" thing in 4.0) ... and am now considering getting my first floater because of it. The DHC-2 is certainly a great looking candidate, but I recently had a bad experience with E-Flite's Pitts Model 12 15e (poor quality, poor factory build of the ARF, and inappropriate claims of 3D performance ... resulting in more than a few wings literally being flown off the bird by folks trying to validate E-flite's initial and since toned-down marketing claims). But G4.0 et seq is enjoyable enough that I'm not sorry I reinvested in the simulator ... I know I've pushed that red button enough to KNOW I couldn't afford to do some of the maneuvers in real life that I eventually learn in the simulator.

navy atc
05-29-2008, 01:48 AM
Yep. Ive an intimate friendship with the red button my self.
I have flown the cub on floats at the lhs. It is much more forgiving (on the simulator anyways) than real flying the Beaver. When I bought the 3.5 I was told by the salesman that I would later be able to purchase 4.0 for 100.00 with proof of purchase of the 3.5.I havent checked into that. You ever heard that???

Madman
05-29-2008, 07:40 AM
When I bought the 3.5 I was told by the salesman that I would later be able to purchase 4.0 for 100.00 with proof of purchase of the 3.5.I havent checked into that. You ever heard that???As I recall, the deadline for that offer was a specific date, now past. Sorry to bear bad news, but the G4 is worth its price in my opinion.

navy atc
05-29-2008, 12:28 PM
story of my life

beavenx5
06-04-2008, 07:32 PM
I just fitted my PZ Supercub with brushles motor, Spectrum receiver and GWS floats for use at the cottage and loved it. Nice "scale" flying. I would like to leave the SC to my 11 year old son (it is actually his plane also) and get a nicer float plane for myself. I flew on the frozen lake all winter long and realy like the lake as my flying "field". It is right in front of the house, lots of room, and no trees in the way to crash into :Q . I need another float plane...

My favorite are:
a) E-flite Taylorcraft: I could use my current 3s 2100mAh batteries or 4s A123. Not sure what size/brand of floats to use with Taylorcraft.
b) E-Flite DH Beaver: Planning to use my 5s A123 2600mAh batteries if they fit into the tight space.
c) Electrifly PBY Catalina: different plane but I love it. I might actually get it later in the fall as a 3rd float plane that can be used on snow also.

The Beaver would be my first choice if I can use my 5s A123 batteries in there.I don't want to spend major $$$$ on new batteries for now. I have not seen the plane in real yet and don't know if the A123 will fit as 4s lipos are supposed to be a tight fit already. A123 are bulkier and a little heavier than Lipos; plus I would need 5s for 16v. Is there a way to modify the cockpit to accomodate them?

Has anyone actually tried the Turnigy 42-50 700Kv or the Tower Pro 3520-6 700Kv motor on the Beaver instead of the Power32?

nascarwings
06-04-2008, 08:18 PM
well if it was me and want the best float plane...imoa...the eflite j3 cub is far the best....i have 2 beavers a eflite j3 cub...pby...seawind...and the j3 is the best flyer...the beaver has many bad happits while on floats....it stalls very very easy, the cub will out fly it hands down...now one of the worst things about the beaver is NO ROOM!!!! for the battery if you fly any thing more then the 4s3300("6 min flight time")get out your knife..lol. ya can almost slide a brick in the cub...(zippy-H 5000 4s,s fit no problem)...so imao get the cub, eflite has some mod work to do on the beaver with the floats...i think they should have tryed it first and i bet they would not have put in the manual that its a grace full flyer on floats...lol...

beavenx5
06-04-2008, 08:29 PM
Thanks for your reply. This is exactly the kind of answer I needed. I like the Beaver better as far as look is concerned but would like an enjoyable plane to fly.

I don't like the look of the J3 as much as the Beaver but I heard it was a very nice flyer; I will consider it. The Taylorcraft is supposed to be a nice flyer also but I don't see many reviews of it with floats. TAnd the PBY looks tricky, this is why I think I will hold it off until I have a little more experience. I only started flying last November :D

navy atc
06-05-2008, 12:25 AM
Beaven,
I too have a SC brushless on floats.Its where I learned the habits of floats. I went from that to a T'craft(no floats) and then the Beaver.
It is a horse to fly but not insurmountable and IMHO is beautiful plane.
If you are not "real comfortable" moving up to a horse, you may want to consider Nascars advice and go w/the cubJ-3.
I have a 4s 4000mah 10c and a 3700 15c (truerc.com.about 80.00 bucks each & love em)and they both fit just fine with no mod needed. Get about 10-12 respectively. A123 will most likely need a slight mod.
If you want to see a beauty of a T'craft on floats checkout a Gent named Charley38 on rcgroups.com. He did a heck of a job adding floats.
BTW, he's Beaver man too.:cool:
Good luck.Either way, you can't go wrong with a floatplane!

Charley
06-05-2008, 02:22 AM
The Taylorcraft is supposed to be a nice flyer also but I don't see many reviews of it with floats. TAnd the PBY looks tricky, this is why I think I will hold it off until I have a little more experience. I only started flying last November :D

I have a T'craft on floats. Here's the thread:

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/fb.asp?m=7541620

This will get you into the middle of the thread, which I started scroll up to the beginning and you'll see pics and my setup info. Feel free to PM or Email me if you want.

The model flies beautifully, wheels or floats. I also have a Beaver on floats. The T'craft ROGs better, IMHO.

CR

nascarwings
06-05-2008, 09:49 AM
nice job on the job T'craft ....i was looking at one but the only floats i could seem to find were the gws one,s and i think they might be a little small..you said you have a beaver..on floats, what do you think of it ?...

Charley
06-06-2008, 04:56 AM
nice job on the job T'craft ....i was looking at one but the only floats i could seem to find were the gws one,s and i think they might be a little small..you said you have a beaver..on floats, what do you think of it ?...

Thanks,

There are a couple of Eflite Beaver threads. Look 'em up. No need for me to add more.

CR

beavenx5
06-06-2008, 01:59 PM
Thanks Charley for you opinion on the T-Craft and for the link.

I was at my LHS last night. He has the T-Craft on back order for at least 5 more weeks :{ but had a Beaver there reserved for another customer. I got to open the box: what a nice plane :$ and I think I can open the front over the battery compartment to fit my huge 5s A123 batteries...I ordered it last night at my LHS just before closing but I am having second thoughts...
I will call my LHS back this morning as soon as they open and cancel the Beaver and get in line for a T-Craft. From the comments about them here and on RCU, it realy looks like I shoud start with the T-Craft and then later on in the fall or next year move to the Beaver. This is the wise thing to do...
One of the big advantage of the T-Craft for me is that my T-28 Trojan, although still flying, is quite tired (too many hard landings and small crashes). I would leave the servos in the T-28 and use the E-Flite 25A ESC, Park480 910Kv motor and AR7000 receiver from the T-28 and install them in the T-Craft. This will cut the cost of this project in half and would be easy to swap back and forth between the 2 planes if needed. I also have 6 lipos for it :p.
I have exchanged e-mails with Mark from seaplanesupply and he seems like a great guy with the right floats for the T-Craft (the 24" or 26" Flat bottom ones)

nascarwings
06-06-2008, 03:07 PM
smart man!!...dont get me wrong about the beaver nice plane just a hand full to get set up ...and with a couple of changes on eflites part should be a nice scale flyer..after seeing the nice job charley did setting it up for floats..think i might have to add one to the old hanger..:)...keep me posted on the floats there is also floats made for a little plane they call Wilga 2000 it has 24 inch floats..not sure if they would work but might on the t craft

navy atc
06-07-2008, 12:02 AM
I too think thats a good idea.Especially, as you indicate, the Trojan's taking a lickin still.
As far as swapping servos.For my Late Taylorcraft, I used hs65's Karbonite for rudder and elevator.HS 55 for ailerons. Ill use 65's all around on round 2.May be overkill, but oh well. The T-craft w/a 480 is a screamer.I was amazed at the acrobatics it could do and its a beauty to look at:$:tc:.
Good Luck Man!

Charley
06-07-2008, 12:49 AM
Gang,

This may be heresy but if I had it to do over I'd use foam or built-up balsa/ply floats instead of the fiberglass ones from E-flite. Those suckers are heavy! :( And so is the supplied hardware. ::o

CR

nascarwings
06-27-2008, 02:30 AM
any one still flying the beaver.....mine are still going....i think i have the beast under control..lol....

navy atc
06-27-2008, 03:22 AM
Hey man, hadnt heard from ya. I've been dorkin around modifying a HZ SC wing of late, and have been slooow on BeavII.But, should go up this weekend.I hope to post pics of slight electronis bay mod, dual rudders and of course the Lights...
Please, regale us with your "tails of Beaver conquests"..
oh yeah, we want pictures too.;)

Good hearin from ya

nascarwings
06-27-2008, 05:51 PM
Im starting to get a few hours logged on this bird...and still flys like a truck...lol...it requires alot of up elevator on the trim and no mixing required... ...was flying it in some gustey winds yesterday, was trying to land it in cross winds...15 mph...lol....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlOdYlt6RC8

clt12981
07-06-2008, 05:53 PM
GREAT PLANE!

I have the beaver with over 100 Water flights on it. The plane will fly and I have flown it with many motor and battery combo's. My first flights were with the 32 and 42004s combo, more then enought power. Will do vertical till your tired. 42003s will do all standard moves no prob.Have flown with 25 and 3s. Fls like slow flyer just be careful and don't stall, needs long run to get off water. 42004s will fly OK. I like a lot better then my J-3. Landings no probs. Good luck great plane.:tc:

clt12981
07-17-2008, 02:58 AM
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My water fleet.

Chuck

nascarwings
08-13-2008, 01:04 AM
Just wondering if any ones still fliying the beavers.....????75226

navy atc
08-13-2008, 01:15 AM
yep. Unfortunately not as much as I want:(. The only place big enough to fly the seaplane is 25 miles away. When I first started flying it, I thought nothing of making the drive.Now w/gas the way it is, Ive only been to fly Beav 2 once. How are your reincarnations doing? Still making me look bad w/your cool :cool: float mods. Send pics if you have. Good hearin from you;).

iFLYrc_Vic
08-13-2008, 01:20 AM
Just wondering if any ones still fliying the beavers.....????
I maidened mine several weeks ago. I really like the plane even with the adverse yaw. Makes a real pilot out of you as you have to use the rudder to properly make turns.

clt12981
08-13-2008, 01:39 AM
Yep. With lake 300 feet outside of back door. Probably fly the Beaver 6-8 times a week. Up to 192 flights on it now. It's still in one piece to.

Chuck

P.S. It's gotten wet a couple of times tho.

nascarwings
08-13-2008, 09:53 PM
hey navy that sucks..25 miles to fly im lucky i guess im about 25 feet from my front door....and im paying about $5.50 a gal for gas up here now that sucks..lol...

nascarwings
08-13-2008, 10:11 PM
some pics from the lake....:)75300

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navy atc
08-14-2008, 12:38 PM
Nice shots Nas. As I sit here looking at them, I'm wondering what kinda lame excuse I can find to ditch work today and go fly;-).
Alas:{, I've used them all.
5.50 a gallon? I dont feel so bad. Its dropped to about 3.75 in Atlanta.

Take care:cool:

nascarwings
09-24-2008, 12:30 AM
Just a note my beaver had its last flight today:sad:...lost all power from bad battery connection i guess , lost all control sailed in from about 200 ' not nice...and the price eflite wants for a new one (249 dollars last i looked you would have to be a nut to pay that), the beaver is just a memory now...and i think eflite is to:roll:...

clt12981
09-24-2008, 12:45 AM
My Beaver today after 200 Flights.

Chuck

nascarwings
09-24-2008, 12:47 AM
still looks good need any parts...lol

navy atc
09-24-2008, 01:23 AM
still looks good need any parts...lol

I am sooo sorry for ya NW.I had the very same thing happen, only at 20ft, so wasnt too bad.What a helpless feeling:blah:. Oh man:{.
Likely your floats exploded too right?
99.99 bucks now to replace those. Im with ya on that price of a new one.
Eflite can keep it. They've turned me away on their increases.
They want 169.00 for a taylorcraft!!!:sad:??? Maybe when gas goes back to
2.50 a gallon, but for now, this poor boy is lookin out of necessity, elsewhere.
Take care NW. Youre a great modeler man:tc:.

Keep in touch.:cool:!!

nascarwings
09-24-2008, 01:34 AM
79029yep the floats are in rough shape..lol....ya want some fun on water i took a telemaster 40 and put it on floats...lol...what a blast to fly....:Q

navy atc
09-24-2008, 01:40 AM
79029yep the floats are in rough shape..lol....ya want some fun on water i took a telemaster 40 and put it on floats...lol...what a blast to fly....:Q

Good job as usual:tc:. Yer killin me. Some guy was selling one rtf for 130.00 bucks at a flea mkt last week.Elec set up. Natch, I didnt have the cash on me.
I hadnt thought of putting it to sea or I problably wouldve finagled some deal;).

nascarwings
09-24-2008, 01:45 AM
130 good deal...i build this one for 200 bucks for every thing...(not bat,,or reciver)...and it flys like a real big truck..lol...but ya can smoke and drink coffee while ya fly...lol....

nascarwings
09-24-2008, 01:49 AM
oh thats a set of beaver float mounts on the telemaster...lol

Liquidity
10-20-2008, 02:38 AM
Tuning in. I am going back to read it. They have the Beaver at Ultimate Hobbies for 140. Add $10 more and get free shipping.

I just ordered one.

nascarwings
10-20-2008, 06:15 PM
Are they selling them for that price or do they just have a few..???...would be nice...im looking at the 59" K.M.P beaver for 159 bucks ...and not buying any thing from horizon untill that come back into the real world....

nascarwings
10-20-2008, 06:21 PM
K.M.P...beaver81128

Liquidity
10-20-2008, 08:05 PM
I am nto too sure how many they have, their prices on horizon ites are lower than retail.

The Texan is 210
The Deuces Wild is 210. Horizons initial price was 230, now it is 300

Bellakelpie
12-26-2008, 11:10 AM
Local Oz distributor (Modelflight) has a new batch in-- but the price!!!! Shot up from $A220 to $A345.
Sorry, it ain't worth that much. Even at $220 it was a bit steep, considering that it's Asian made and has nothing in it re electronics.
When I can get a similar sized "Rainbow" for $150-- forget it!!!!!

levendis
04-04-2009, 03:09 PM
Navy,
These lights look great on your plane - was wondering if you could be kind enough to share with us what LED system you used and how you wired it? Thanks -
L

Michael,
By Eflites own admission that is in error. Most everyone is mounting behind the firewall. Im not long in the hobby, but could not figure out why you would put the most expensive piece of equipment in a place most likely to impact or drown first. I have mine under the cockpit floor. So, move it back!!! The cowl will fit nicely. Make sure you have the correct sized "ball driver" and lots of patience. Good luck:cool:.
Heres a pic of my Beaver at night

TheDustyPagan
04-04-2009, 06:54 PM
Hey everyone..

I've recently decided to get one of these E-Flite Beavers. I have a bit of reading to do so I can get up to speed on everything talked about so far in this thread.. but, i'll be sure to chime in periodically and ask my faur share of questions.

nascarwings
04-05-2009, 02:03 AM
You will have fun with it..lol...it is not and easy plane to fly just remember to keep the speed up and if you ya put the floats on it give it lots up trim...smile

TheDustyPagan
04-05-2009, 07:27 AM
You will have fun with it..lol...it is not and easy plane to fly just remember to keep the speed up and if you ya put the floats on it give it lots up trim...smile

Hopefully not TOO hard to fly... :eek:

I have the Hangar 9 Power 46 Piper J-3 Cub.. (in the horizonhobby website).. and that can be a little crazy if the wind's over 14mph.. but then again.. I haven't had much time to fly over the winter so i'm a little rusty, lol. :rolleyes: I have about 10 or 12 flights on her so far.. (with no crashes... .."yet"), lol. ;)

I might clip the wings to get some extra "handling" out of her. :cool:

As for the beaver.. (along with the J-3 as well).. I want to get that float kit.. She looks sweet with those floats on her.

nascarwings
04-05-2009, 01:26 PM
what are you going to power the beaver with...????....i run mine on 5s 5000mah battery with a power 32 and the 13.65 prop....you have to cut the battery box up a bit to get it to fit....if you use 4s 3300mah battery flight times are short about 5mins...with the 5s 5000 i get 10 to 12 mins no proplems....

TheDustyPagan
04-05-2009, 04:18 PM
what are you going to power the beaver with...????....i run mine on 5s 5000mah battery with a power 32 and the 13.65 prop....you have to cut the battery box up a bit to get it to fit....if you use 4s 3300mah battery flight times are short about 5mins...with the 5s 5000 i get 10 to 12 mins no proplems....

That's actually what I was thinking of going with.. the Power 32 b ut I figured a 4s Li-Po would be okay. I'm taking it the 5s is needed then? (especially with the added weight of the floats?)

nascarwings
04-05-2009, 07:29 PM
No it will fly fine on 4s...i use a 13x8 prop on mine on 4s but it will fly well on the 13x6.5 and 4s bat...and floats....

JoeMamma
04-21-2009, 06:18 PM
Hi Guys,

I'm just starting on my EFlite Beaver. Had it for a couple of months.

I wanted to add as much scale detail as possible.

If you do an internet search for DeHavalind Beaver C-GOZR (C- is for Canadian identification), you will find many pictures of this particular Beaver (both with floats or wheels).

This particular Beaver was used for modeling EFlite's Beaver. EFlite elected to change the fuselage identification numbers from the real ID numbers.

I just found out the manufacturer of the blue and white prop logos. They are mailing me the actual sticker of the real aircraft logo.

As soon as it arrives, I'll scan it and post it here for everybody to use.

Joe M.

nascarwings
04-21-2009, 07:56 PM
are you planing to use it on floats or wheels...nice looking plane not a real great flying plane...

JoeMamma
04-21-2009, 08:17 PM
nascar,

I found pictures of this particular plane with floats, small tires (as seen in my picture), or large Tundra-type tires.

Because I fly off of grass, I elected to use the Tundra tires.

Joe M.

nascarwings
04-21-2009, 09:49 PM
It will fly nice on the wheels i flew mine off ice in the winter..and flew not to bad better then with floats...just keep your speed up ...and mix in some down elev in with your flaps...the biggest problem with this plane is the battery comp...it is way to small....you end up cutting the crap out of it to get a battery in it that will fly it for 10 mins...3300mah 14.8v will give ya about 6 mins of flying...and a 5000mah will give ya about 10 mins...

JoeMamma
04-28-2009, 01:30 AM
Just got the actual sticker used on the Beaver prop. See my post #165.

A SPECIAL THANKS to Nathalie at Aviation BL in Quebec Canada. She went out of her way to quickly mail me out the actual stickers they use on their props.

For some real nice pictures of the real aircraft used by EFlite for their Beaver, check out http://www.dhc-2.com/id138.htm

Joe M.

oem flyer
11-03-2009, 12:52 AM
After sitting on my hobby table 90% compleated since about march, I finally maidened mine yesterday morning. I am running the power 32 with a 3200mah 4s. After taxing on the pavement for a few times (ground handling was a little squirrely but not too bad) I took her up. She was very stable and responsive, didn't even have to trim it to fly hands off. Kind of reminded me of a big hobbyzone super cub with aeilerons and flaps. Only thing I noticed different was that it needed a lot more rudder to make good turns than my other models. I brought her in over the grass and she settled to a nice pace about 2 feet off the turf. I flaired her to a nice three point and rolled about ten feet to a stop. I didnt try the flaps on this first flight and it kicked up a pretty good breeze later, so I will have to wait till the wind calms down before my second flight. My battery, after about a five min. flight at half throttle and taxing before the flight, took about 1500mh to charge back full. All and all I am very happy with its great looks and the way it handles. I do agree with nascarwings on the battery compartment. It is a little tight even with the 3200mhr pack,

JoeMamma
11-03-2009, 02:04 AM
oem,

Glad to hear your maiden went well !:):) You mentioned it's a little squirrely on the ground. It must handle like my 80" Piper Cub. The Cubs' a nice flyer, but it's real squirrely on windy takeoffs. Ya really got to work that rudder to keep her straight.

My Beavers' been sitting on the bottom of the shelf for about 9 months. Nine months ago it was number 4 on my list to get finished. I just finished the last of the other three and I hope to put some serious effort into the Beaver within the next few weeks. It will definetly be finished by springtime.

SO MANY PLANES.........NOT ENOUGH TIME......:roll:

Joe M.

oem flyer
11-05-2009, 03:08 AM
Second and third flights also went well. Played with the flaps while high in the air on second flight. No problems-programed in some down elevator with the flaps - no balooning. Third flight managed a nice aileron roll and a large loop. Brought her in with half flaps - another nice landing. I'm getting more comfortable flying this plane and liking it a lot!! Thanks everyone for the building and flying tips on this and other forums.