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rawy
02-08-2008, 07:23 AM
As a seaplane addict I love to see what others do and where they fly, I live in front of a lake, the clubground to go fly is a 35min drive, guess where i prefer to go fly.
Please post your pics and share your seaplane stories, or just come by and enjoy

rawy

Maine Flyer
02-09-2008, 12:35 AM
Here are mine. In order that I flew them:
Aventura Twin, Bonnie 20, Seamaster (Glow), Aquastar, Drake II, Nexstar (Glow),Seawind EP, Mallard

Looks like I uploaded the Nexstar before the Drake.
Joe

rawy
02-09-2008, 07:37 AM
Impressive fleet Joe,

Very nice pics too, always nice to see the shots of low passes over water, here's a pic of my first ever plane to ROW, Indoor Beaver from plans by Philippe Jamet on scratchbuild floats, geared twin IPS, very nice flyer for calm days.

Walter

Maine Flyer
02-09-2008, 09:44 AM
Very nice, Walter. Your flying location looks great!
I added a photo of the Nexstar just at touchdown. I modified the plane after this photo to add a subfin and remove half the dihedral. Much better flying plane after those mods. Also the Drake II on a low flyby.

I hope to get out today and fly the Mallard. We have a lot of fresh powder snow and very little wind. Just the right test conditions.
(Matt Dyer Photos)

Joe

FlyingMonkey
02-09-2008, 11:23 AM
I don't want you guys to feel your thread isn't being read and appreciated...

I just don't have anything to show here.... yet.

Don Sims
02-09-2008, 11:53 AM
Those are some great shots of fantastic seaplanes!

dmmalish
02-09-2008, 12:54 PM
very nice i want to build and fly a float plane maybe someday

Angler-Hi
02-09-2008, 01:56 PM
I really like your Mallard Joe. I think the color scheme looks nice! I want a seaplane so bad, but every where I look there are so few if any. Any ideas on where to pick one up...maybe like that nice lookin Mallard there?

Mike

Maine Flyer
02-09-2008, 07:31 PM
Mike, the kit is available from K&A Models. Take a look at my other post about the Mallard in this forum.

There seems to be very few:{ electric seaplanes or any seaplanes for that matter. Lots of plans are out there. Of course, the Electrifly PBY and Seawind EP are two ARFs available. Horizon is making floats for some electric cubs and that is an option.
Dare has PBY kit available. http://www.darehobby.com/airplanes/airplane-electric-04.htm

HTH,
Joe

Angler-Hi
02-09-2008, 08:49 PM
Thanks Joe. I appreciate the direction.

Mike

BigR
02-12-2008, 08:33 PM
Here's my Emily

John in Kalifornia

Don Sims
02-13-2008, 12:39 AM
Welcome to WF John!Super looking Emily. Is it a kit or scratchbuilt?

stevecooper
02-13-2008, 01:07 AM
BigR (http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/member.php?u=7290):: great job my bub!! steve

Angler-Hi
02-13-2008, 02:42 AM
Nice planes Steve. Was that a yogurt container you used as a cowl? That's awesome:p

rawy
02-13-2008, 03:34 PM
Nice Emily BigR, can you tell us more about ? wingspan ? motor setup ? plans ?

am a recycling lover too Steve ! nice planes full of good ideas !

walter

BigR
02-14-2008, 01:40 AM
Those planes look great; bet they don't sink if they are made of foam.

The Emily is six foot span, 4 s480 geared motors, less than six pounds because it's mostly contest balsa with minimal scale detail. Differential throttles for steering to save weight of water rudder. My own design with construction techniques stolen from Ivan Pettigrew and CAD outlines from John Hawkins. His is much larger and made of the usual big plane glassed foam construction. I wanted to have the first flying Emily model but he beat me to it.

Had a couple of successful flights until the radio went bad, or maybe interference. It's been almost a year since the crash and I might rebuild it when I can bear to look at the remains.

John in Kalifornia

stevecooper
02-14-2008, 03:21 AM
Nice planes Steve. Was that a yogurt container you used as a cowl? That's awesome:p
thanks guys::Winn-Dixie yogurt cups 5=$2.50 but you gotta eat it, they work great on a mess of foamies I've done, your bub,steve

CygnusX1
02-15-2008, 05:06 AM
SeaSailplane of Sorts

http://dcerutti.smugmug.com/photos/228855972_BPLvU-L.jpg

-Dave

bugjam1999
02-15-2008, 09:19 PM
The hacker opsprey i've been talking about in another thread got it's first water outing today... flew well, certainly enough power to get airborne in very little space :)

notes: that rubber was obviously designed to be tall enough to be a water rudder and air rudder, but it doesn't work :( the tail sits out of the water at a standstill so it isn't in contact, the plane needs to be moving enough for it to act as an air rudder to enable steering... although this isn't actually very fast so taxiing it about isn't that much of a problem.

"perhaps" slightly gusty wind wasn't the ideal conditions for it's first water outing... the plane has a quite high stall speed so coming it for landing involves a relatively highish speed, combine that with a tendancy to bounce off the water rather than land on it and things get interesting. I did the bounce, stall at approx one metre, duck nose underwater combination a couple of times... and for the last landing i did a combination i'm particually proud of, it was

bounce

stall

get flipped over by unexpected gust of cross wind

head in nose first at approx one metre, inverted

float upside down.

luckily, it floats upside down rather well, as you can see!

should be easier to control in less wind, hopefully it'll die down! or i'll get up early enough to catch the morning calm...

Bugjam.

Need to make a cowling for the motor from something... don't think a yogurt pot will cut it though ;) any suggestions?

FlyingMonkey
02-16-2008, 01:06 AM
Need to make a cowling for the motor from something... don't think a yogurt pot will cut it though ;) any suggestions?

ever try vacuum forming?

or theres just a weighted mold on heated plastic.

stevecooper
02-17-2008, 12:30 AM
Bugjam.:: a yogurt cup WILL work great, Or like my Ex used to say, " trust me"" your bub, steve

jimsp
02-17-2008, 01:55 AM
Here’s my fleet

Slow Stick on Sturdyboard floats
Slow Stick Flying Boat
Slow Stick Seaplane
Twin Slow Stick Seaplane
Stevens Aero Stik as a Seaplane
Sea Wasp (Hobby People WASP)
6 Foot Telemaster Electro on floats
Puddle Bug (Stevens AeroLil’Squirt)
Mud Puddle Bug (Stevens Aero Mud Bug)

The pond froze before I got to try the last one. I’m waiting for a calm day with snow on the ground to give it a try.

Maine Flyer
02-17-2008, 11:37 AM
Jim,
Very nice fleet of slow flyers. :tc:

How did the Telemaster do on floats? I have a buddy that just purchased one.

Joe

jimsp
02-17-2008, 01:06 PM
Jim,
Very nice fleet of slow flyers. :tc:

How did the Telemaster do on floats? I have a buddy that just purchased one.

Joe
It worked great as a float plane. I made the floats from EPS foam. The building thread is here. (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=703150)

stevecooper
02-17-2008, 04:26 PM
jimsp (http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/member.php?u=98)::Great look'in fleet my bub!! you could start your own regatta!! bub,steve

meatbomber
02-25-2008, 12:47 AM
My Marlin at Rawys place in switzerland :) THANKS for teh great weekend mate !!

http://www.rc-wasserflieger.at/fotos/marlinlowpass.jpg http://www.rc-wasserflieger.at/fotos/marlinlowpass2.jpg
http://www.rc-wasserflieger.at/fotos/Marlintouchdown.jpg http://www.rc-wasserflieger.at/fotos/Marlinsplasnhgo.jpg http://www.rc-wasserflieger.at/fotos/Marlins.jpg

Maine Flyer
02-25-2008, 11:16 AM
Very nice planes! Fantastic photos.:)

Thanks,
Joe

Pondmaster
02-29-2008, 06:57 PM
Hello seaplane pilots - great seaplanes, great pics!

Introducing my Puddle Twin II XL:

http://www.rc-wasserflieger.at/images/stpoelten150407_09.jpg

http://www.rc-wasserflieger.at/images/stpoelten220407_12.jpg

http://www.rc-wasserflieger.at/images/grundlsee2007_30.jpg

http://www.rc-wasserflieger.at/images/grundlsee2007_31.jpg

http://www.rc-wasserflieger.at/images/grundlsee2007_23.jpg

Scratchbuilt in Depron, based on the free plans by Roland Merk: puddletwin2xlplan.zip (http://www.rmerk.de/download/puddletwin2xlplan.zip) (245 kB)

wingspan: 1430 mm (56,3 in)
weight: 1000 g (35,3 oz)
engines: 2 Speed 400
esc: 2 sun 3000
props: 6,5 X 4 Graupner Cam Slim Prop
battery: 3 lipo cells 2100

construction report (in German language only, sorry): www.rc-wasserflieger.at/bau_puddle2.htm (http://www.rc-wasserflieger.at/bau_puddle2.htm)

Johann :D

rawy
02-29-2008, 07:33 PM
very nice Puddle Johann, hav to post one of Meatbombers Puddle twin XL, shot last weekend during our mini meet on lake Bienne, I was really impressed by the flying qualities of this airframe, a very nice AP-ship, am just about starting the build with a friend

Maine Flyer
02-29-2008, 11:32 PM
Hello seaplane pilots - great seaplanes, great pics!

Introducing my Puddle Twin II XL:

construction report (in German language only, sorry): www.rc-wasserflieger.at/bau_puddle2.htm (http://www.rc-wasserflieger.at/bau_puddle2.htm)

Johann :D

Johann,
That is absolutely beautiful!:) One of the nicest seaplanes I've seen!
What you guys have done with foam is fantastic. Going to have to give it a try. I would like to do a Drake II in foam. I've done one with balsa and it is a fantastic seaplane.

Keep the photos coming!

Joe

3drupture
03-05-2008, 05:10 AM
Here is my entry on seaplanes..My scratch built lil over 12 foot span Sunderland..almost 17 pounds ready to fly..Over 400 sq inches of flaps..lol.Power is from 4 E-Flite 32 outrunners, swinging standard 12X6 props.All wood with some fiberglass on the hull..

rawy
03-08-2008, 06:16 AM
Wow 3D this is the size of plane who would defitinely decide my wife to divorce.........just beautiful..........the plane i mean....:)

Here's one of a retrieval device I rarely see somewhere else, Meatbombers Marlin coming back after a too long flight ending on bec issues while taxiing back.

Can't imagine bringing your plane back with it 3D but good for small to medium sized.

Edge5foamy
03-08-2008, 06:32 AM
Here is my old Hyperion Sniper! Unfortunately I had to retire her a few weeks ago. After about 150 flight she had had it!

I now use those floats on my SlowStick.

Here are the pics of the Sniper. Dont have any pics of the SS right now.

http://static.rcgroups.com/forums/attachments/1/4/5/9/1/0/a1530479-242-sniper_101.jpg
http://static.rcgroups.com/forums/attachments/1/4/5/9/1/0/a1530468-39-sniper_097.jpg

Larry3215
03-08-2008, 08:20 AM
Do Hydro's count as Sea Planes?

Well, one of these is more or less conventional at least and there is one recovery vehicle :)

Larry

rawy
03-08-2008, 08:40 AM
Hi Larry nice fleet, everything that fly's from water should be considered as a seaplane, interesting recovery boat, can you tell or show us more about the function ?

rawy

stevecooper
03-08-2008, 07:22 PM
Do Hydro's count as Sea Planes?

Well, one of these is more or less conventional at least and there is one recovery vehicle :)

Larry
Heres my red-neck re'cover'ree ve'hick'cal, bub, steve

yank51
03-28-2008, 03:11 AM
Well, here's my first electric, and its not maidened off the water yet. Slow Stick Flying Boat with the boat kit from our own JIMSP here at Wattflyer. I HAVE flown a Phaton Bipe (the old version with wood cabanes, yes slimer...) off the water, and as soon as I get the floats re-mounted, I'll submit a few pictures of it. It has been many years since I've flown off the water though. I don't anticipate much trouble with the Stick, but one never knows...

lake flyer
04-03-2008, 04:52 AM
This was my first float plane , my own design from FFF , 36" WS.:D

It flew well for several years , but being made from foam , finally died.:mad:

lake flyer
04-05-2008, 07:51 PM
My Sig 1/6 Cub , started early seventies completed 2006 , ( I took a little time off from the hobby !! )

TLyttle
04-06-2008, 02:19 AM
Cartoon-scale Otter. Hasn't flown yet, tip floats to be installed. Power is brushed 280, span 24"...

I hope to build a real scale model soon...

nascarwings
04-08-2008, 08:14 PM
dusted this little bird off today and flew it...use to be a hobby zone super cub...only thing hobby zone left is the wing and fuselage ....e flight park 480....11x7 prop...2.4 gig...2500 lipo...love to fly off the water..smile

nascarwings
04-08-2008, 08:20 PM
forgot the pics...lol....http://C:\Users\Mike\Pictures\2008_0409cub

nascarwings
04-09-2008, 12:15 AM
lets try this again..lol62276

62277

62278

62279

Maine Flyer
04-09-2008, 12:55 AM
Nice plane.....:)
Where did you find the open water up here?????

Joe

nascarwings
04-09-2008, 11:17 AM
its all open now...smile..still a little cold...lol

Maine Flyer
04-09-2008, 08:36 PM
My latest seaplane. After seeing all the fantastic foam seaplanes here and elsewhere, I decided to try one made from depron. I wanted something a bit more simple than the twins depicted in this thread and having done a 48" balsa Drake II, that was my choice.

I reduced the plans so I have a 36" WS, with a AUW of 17.5 ozs

This is a bit of a hybrid as the wing is depron with Black Boron covering on top. Hopefully this will work out. Sides and bottom are fiberglassed with 0.75 oz cloth and Minwax Polycrylic. Paint is water based Acrylic from Home Depot.
HS-45HB for the ailerons servos and HS-56HB for the rudder and elevator.

Powered by a BP Hobbies BP A2208-14, CC TB 18, TP 1320 3S1P Prolite.
Using a MA 6x4-3 blade prop. Static tests with my Eagle Tree eLogger indicates a max of 97 watts.

Radio system is JR X9303 2.4 and AR6000 recv.
Now all I need is some open water for the test flight!
Joe

lake flyer
04-10-2008, 05:09 AM
And then there is this one , a 1914 Burgess Dunne biplane , flying wing , pusher prop , on floats .:ws:

This was Canada's first military airplane!!:tc:

nascarwings
04-11-2008, 06:22 PM
ok that was cool...lake flyer..

rawy
04-11-2008, 07:44 PM
Perfect water for waterflying Nascar with those tiny little waves to let the cub jump off, love the Otter never saw this airframe before, your Burgess looks awesome Lake only that I imagine the flight as scary as my first attempts at scratched flying wings, could be that I'm totally wrong on that ? some of my lastest projects probably inspire my opinion......

All nice planes sirs, keep them coming !

Larry3215
04-21-2008, 03:20 AM
I decided to build some floats for my giant scale foamy BUFY.

BUFY is a 70" span shockflyer type foamy. Distance from prop to rudder hinge loine is 48" so the floats are pink foam 36" long 4" wide and 4" deep at the step.

The floats ended up very heavy due to some over building on my part. Im going to do another set without all the extra plywood and try to save some weight.

They ended up working out pretty well though :)

Larry

Dry land float tests:

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In the water on a small pond with trees on 3 sides.

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nascarwings
05-17-2008, 02:54 AM
First flight was today.....Great plane to fly off water....smile66240

66241

66242

wilco1967
06-25-2008, 03:33 PM
Here's a little foamy that loosely resembles a Seamaster
Built it from some parts outline drawing in a downloaded manual for a balsa gas plane.

It'll probably qualify for the ugliest built ever, but if flew great (until it went in nose first next to the water :red:).

Larry3215
06-25-2008, 05:03 PM
Naw, thats a looong ways from the ugliest plane ever! Well, kind of a long ways anyway ;)

I like it :D

donjiskra
06-25-2008, 06:17 PM
Here's my Hacker "Sky Arrow" modified for water operation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rnr1XSqbVI

stevecooper
06-25-2008, 08:16 PM
Here's a little foamy that loosely resembles a Seamaster
Built it from some parts outline drawing in a downloaded manual for a balsa gas plane.

It'll probably qualify for the ugliest built ever, but if flew great (until it went in nose first next to the water :red:).
wilco1967::I'll show you an ugly seaplane, yours is a bute!!you guys have got to be the the most innovative bunch ever!!at least ya'll got Guts enough to get um wet!! no fresh "big" water here on the coast, your bub, steve

rotorheid
06-26-2008, 07:17 AM
Hi,:)
This is my first post here, I am addicted to seaplanes and flying boats at the moment. Here are some pics of my latest. A Supermarine Stranraer 60" span for two 140Watt brushless. Cost of foam, balsa, glue and kid's acrylics was around $20.00.
Cheers, Al.:D

rotorheid
06-26-2008, 07:24 AM
Hi,:)
This is my first post here, I am addicted to seaplanes and flying boats at the moment. Here are some pics of my latest. A Supermarine Stranraer 60" span for two 140Watt brushless. Cost of foam, balsa, glue and kid's acrylics was around $20.00.
Cheers, Al.:D

Larry3215
06-26-2008, 07:41 AM
Hi,:)
This is my first post here, I am addicted to seaplanes and flying boats at the moment. Here are some pics of my latest. A Supermarine Stranraer 60" span for two 140Watt brushless. Cost of foam, balsa, glue and kid's acrylics was around $20.00.
Cheers, Al.:D

Fantastic job! I love it!

CHELLIE
06-26-2008, 07:45 AM
Hi,:)
This is my first post here, I am addicted to seaplanes and flying boats at the moment. Here are some pics of my latest. A Supermarine Stranraer 60" span for two 140Watt brushless. Cost of foam, balsa, glue and kid's acrylics was around $20.00.
Cheers, Al.:D

Wow, awesome job on the Sea Plane, Keep up the great work, Chellie

CHELLIE
06-26-2008, 07:47 AM
Here's my Hacker "Sky Arrow" modified for water operation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rnr1XSqbVI

Thats looks neet, Good job, Chellie

FlyingMonkey
06-26-2008, 11:43 AM
Hi,:)
This is my first post here, I am addicted to seaplanes and flying boats at the moment. Here are some pics of my latest. A Supermarine Stranraer 60" span for two 140Watt brushless. Cost of foam, balsa, glue and kid's acrylics was around $20.00.
Cheers, Al.:D

Great looking plane. You put some work into that one.

ClioRc
06-26-2008, 01:27 PM
Here are a couple videos of the ones I like flying the most.Olin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-ZnoQOAbGk[/URL] [URL]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88k6oXA0tUg

ClioRc
06-26-2008, 01:29 PM
Super Zoom on floats.Olin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88k6oXA0tUg

Gnascher
06-26-2008, 02:15 PM
Some nice flying there ClioRC!

rawy
06-26-2008, 09:37 PM
WooooHooooo ! looks like summer would be here :cool:

Very nice planes and very cool flying out there, cant wait to get the occasion to add a new pic or vid here !

this thread is getting a very nice waterflying album ! keep them coming !

rawy

Hostile
06-26-2008, 10:35 PM
Here is mine.
It's a mini ultra stick.

http://www.wattflyer.com/photopost/data/500/medium/MyMUStik.jpg

nascarwings
06-27-2008, 02:25 AM
70795love the little cubs...

rotorheid
06-28-2008, 09:29 AM
Hi Guys,:)

I had a good early morning flying session yesterday, here are two links to the 'tube' if you are interested.
Stranny
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=xLFeGg55lHY

Wing mod test for Puddle Twin
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=bzX24r2dA9g

Cheers, Al :D

FlyingMonkey
06-28-2008, 10:34 AM
what are you using for your camera?

rotorheid
06-28-2008, 11:25 PM
Flyingmonkey,

I use eDVR 5in 1, 128mb flash memory, good for 5 mins. Normaly I just glue them in position on the day before flying with UHU POR. Keeping them dry I got a tip from another fellow on the net, just wrap them with cling film/sandwich wrap, and keep it wrinkle free over the lens cover. They get wet now and again but a squirt with WD40 and drain and dry and the're good to go, so far.
Al.

Maine Flyer
06-30-2008, 11:09 PM
Got some nice video of my original Drake II at a float fly last summer.
These Drake II's are great seaplanes.

BTW, these aren't aborted landings but attempts to drag the water rudder without landing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQu5U2YGXso

Joe

TheDustyPagan
07-11-2008, 08:39 AM
Here's a couple of shots of my GWS E-Starter w/ the GWS float kit.

Nothing fancy... just your typical E-Starter with a brushless conversion.

Motor: Welgard C2830-12
ESC: Welgard 18A
Prop: APC 9X6E
Servo(s): HS-55's
Battery: TP 1320MAh 11.1V (20C)
AUW: 18.9oz w/ floats
Power: 126W - 25oz thrust - 42.3mph pitch - 11.5A

stevecooper
07-11-2008, 07:58 PM
http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/../highslide/graphics/outlines/rounded-white/7.png
http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/../highslide/graphics/outlines/rounded-white/3.pnghttp://www.wattflyer.com/forums/../highslide/graphics/outlines/rounded-white/6.pnghttp://www.wattflyer.com/forums/../highslide/graphics/outlines/rounded-white/5.pnghttp://www.wattflyer.com/forums/../highslide/graphics/outlines/rounded-white/4.pnghttp://www.wattflyer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=72247&d=1215761941Looks like a fine pair of thumbs on your young'in there my bub!!:D steve PS fine look'in E-Starter too!!( heres mine, Twins?)

clt12981
07-17-2008, 03:17 AM
72928

72929

72930

72931


Chuck

FlyingMonkey
07-17-2008, 03:53 AM
Great looking fleet!

nascarwings
08-13-2008, 01:02 AM
Just a Pic i took last week.....75225

Maine Flyer
08-13-2008, 11:07 AM
Very nice - how do they fly? What power systems are you using?

My Beaver has no floats yet - maybe next year. And my Cub is still in the box.
Thanks,
Joe

nascarwings
08-13-2008, 06:19 PM
i have set the 2 planes up the same....eflite power 32 in the 2 planes....with 14.8 volt 5000 mah zippy bat...the cub likes the 12 x8 prop and the beaver im running the 13x6.5...flight times are over 10 mins....the little cub will out fly the beaver hands down....i have installed flaps on the cub as well...slows it down nice on landing...

clt12981
08-13-2008, 07:09 PM
Nascarwings, Do you have a watt meter and have you ever run a test of wattage with those props and 4s Battery. Would be very interrested in wattage results of such a test.
By the way yes I have meter and have run those test. 32 with 4s and 13/6.5 pulls 60 amps. 32 with4s and 12/8 pulls 54 amps.
Good luck on how long your motors and or esc last.

Chuck

nascarwings
08-13-2008, 08:36 PM
just did a test....13x6.5 on the beaver w.o.t....56 amps.....and the cub 12X8...w.o.t...46 amps...i use the tringey 60 amp speed control..and have had very good luck with them so far...knock on wood..lol...these planes have 100,s of flights so far and still going strong ,the beaver has even gone thru a hard water landing...if ya know what i mean...smile

clt12981
08-13-2008, 09:40 PM
Try your test again with a fully charged Thunder Power Battery.
Chuck :tc:

nascarwings
08-13-2008, 09:46 PM
dont have any t.p...but did do that test on zippy 14.8v 5000 and a polyquest 14.8v 3300...batts..wonder if my meter is off ill do a test on my buddys this weekend and see and will try it on his maxamps batts

clt12981
08-13-2008, 09:56 PM
Meters can vary. All my planes have a seperate battery and bec for controls, so all my tests were only showing amp draw for motor. If you are running your controls off your esc then add the extra amp draw your controls take while flying.

Good Luck Chuck

rotorheid
08-18-2008, 04:29 PM
Hi Guys,
Here are two pics of my scratch built Short Sunderland taken after the maiden flight on Friday 15 Aug 2008. She flys well, just have to learn to fly her well.
Cheers Al.

Link to two Videos on the 'tube.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=HG8Hc-uCG40

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf1BV6qvDG4

Larry3215
08-18-2008, 05:24 PM
Nice plane!

griffin
08-21-2008, 07:45 PM
Hi Guys,
Really nice photography on this thread--thanks for posting guys!

Just maidened my Tyro 100 last night on floats. Flies wonderfully--maybe even better than on wheels.

I've flown a Stevensaero SQuiRT and G-Ride on floats as well and have attached pics.

It's good to have at least one float plane in the hanger!

-Steve

Glacier Girl
09-10-2008, 07:41 PM
Oh what the heck.

Here's my Night Flying Float equipt SSX.

Got I don't know something like 30 or 40 red and green LEDS in the wing, along with 5 super brite white LEDs for landing/ nav lamps.

Pucker factor increases by at least 10 when you do your first night take off and landing.:eek:

Larry3215
09-10-2008, 08:00 PM
That sounds like fun!

Here is my newest water machine. Its a giant scale Mega-Capricorn.

87" long, 60" span with the wings in flight mode. The outer wing panels fold up for transportation so its only 32" wide. All up is 7.5 pounds, geared Mega inrunner, APC 22x10 prop, 6S1P A123 pack and around 900 watts.

Great flyer and handles the water very well.

Here is the video of the maiden. Dont have any water shots yet.

8U3ALLeAX_w

nascarwings
09-10-2008, 08:13 PM
A little eflite cub i put Flaps on....77739

airmail wf
09-11-2008, 02:44 AM
that sounds like fun!

Here is my newest water machine. Its a giant scale mega-capricorn.

87" long, 60" span with the wings in flight mode. The outer wing panels fold up for transportation so its only 32" wide. All up is 7.5 pounds, geared mega inrunner, apc 22x10 prop, 6s1p a123 pack and around 900 watts.

Great flyer and handles the water very well.

Here is the video of the maiden. Dont have any water shots yet.

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must....see....water.....shots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;):d

John Seidelman
09-11-2008, 05:43 AM
No longer Avail. Ok the first link worked. Looks like it's a fun flyer.

Larry3215
09-11-2008, 06:10 AM
The link in my original post still works - if thats what your talking about :)

beavenx5
09-15-2008, 02:15 PM
Here is my new baby: E-Flite Taylorcraft with 24" foam floats from seaplanesupply.com.

Scott156
02-11-2009, 03:47 PM
Hello, I was hoping I could get some advise from you guys as far as a seaplane. I am a novice with RC planes. I have an E-Flite Apprentice that I have flown about 10 times or so and I think I'm ok on it (haven't crash it yet).

I live on a small private lake and I want to get a well behaved seaplane. I really like the Great Planes Seawind EP but by reading these forums I'm worried that it may be a little fast for a smaller lake. Any thoughts or recommendations?

Thanks in advance!

Larry3215
02-11-2009, 05:11 PM
Scott,

At the risk of sounding like I'm bragging, Id recommend one of my Capricorns.

There is no other seaplane that will fly as slowly or in as small a space or is as stable and easy to fly as a Capricorn. It has a unique ability to be more stable than the easiest trainer around and can still do wild manovers when you want it to.

There are some kits/arfs available if you live near one of the guys that are doing ARF's in Washington state and I think there is a guy in Arizona. You can order kits made from EPP from a guy in Colorado but EPP isnt great for use on water - it soaks up water. You could always scratch build one other wise.

I have a long build thread here on Wattflyer. There are several videos in the first post that show how it flys.

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26120

Larry3215
02-11-2009, 05:14 PM
Guess I should post my newest Seaplane here as long as Im in the neighborhood :)

80" long, 61" span, 7.5 pounds, 6S2P A123 packs, Medusa 36-70-750, APC 13x6 direct drive, 1250 watts. Flys great.

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=93315&stc=1&d=1234372444

rawy
02-11-2009, 05:28 PM
Welcome to Wattflyer Scott156,

Can't really give you an advice for a kit because I mainly scratch my planes myself or modify some planbuilds to floats.
Some guy's start waterflying with a slowstick on homemade floats, some of the GWS Products like the Beaver or the Moth can be easily adapted to floats and I read some very positive comments about.
Larry's Capricorn looks like a very interesting flyer too, could be a cool first build and certainly easyer than a semiscale on floats for the behaviour on the step and the setup/CoG trim.

rawy

S/L Cechla
02-11-2009, 08:55 PM
My floats baby...FSK DHC-2 Beaver.....

nascarwings
02-12-2009, 12:22 AM
nice well done...

meatbomber
02-12-2009, 09:37 AM
my girlfriend is just finishing her puddle monster...

S/L Cechla
02-12-2009, 01:21 PM
my girlfriend is just finishing her puddle monster... Hi Meatbomber......:Dnice to meet you here....
Radek from RCserver

Bill G
02-18-2009, 06:43 AM
This has probably already been seen by most in the EDF section, but it's a Saro TG263. I'll fly it when I forget about all the work put in, and the weather gets better.

S/L Cechla
02-18-2009, 08:34 AM
Hi Bill G, what a nice plane!!!! No problem with wather in EDF engine?

rawy
02-18-2009, 11:49 AM
Beautifull plane Bill,

keep us posted with some inflight pics and best wishes for the maiden

:)rawy

7car7
02-18-2009, 04:29 PM
I'll just link to the description...

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showpost.php?p=567151&postcount=373

Hope it gets off the water!

and 1 teaser shot....

airmail wf
02-19-2009, 02:00 AM
This has probably already been seen by most in the EDF section, but it's a Saro TG263. I'll fly it when I forget about all the work put in, and the weather gets better.

Bill that's a really cool plane. Where did you get it?

Terry

racie34
02-20-2009, 01:25 AM
I took a Donald seaplane and put the wings from a 3d hobby shop Katana on it....I think it'll be okay.....gonna know this spring

Bill G
02-26-2009, 01:28 AM
Guess I should keep up with my posts.

The Saro is a scratch build that began with a GWS262 fuse. I wish we could buy stuff like this from model companies.

As for water, the fan intake is at the very front and high. The splashed water would be behind the intake, as long as the plane is moving in the water.

It's build is in the EDF section. As of now it's at around 450W on 4s, so it may have a chance of getting off of water.

I just started a Macchi M33 build, using a GWS262 fuse. It's pretty close to begin with, and within a few evenings of effort I have the basic fuse. Just finishing reshaping the rudder a bit now. This one is something that anyone should be able to do. Not to much modification to get a pretty accurate M33 fuse.

Bill G
03-21-2009, 03:56 AM
Finished the Macchi M33. Gotta brave getting it in the air now.

Larry3215
03-21-2009, 04:00 AM
Wow!

As usual, for you, it looks awesome Bill!

BradT
03-21-2009, 07:11 AM
Beautiful, Bill, she's very evocative of the film "Porco Rosso", with it's great renditions of '30s flying boats. Be very careful of your bank angle in turns, if you get her too slow and banked too far with that high mounted motor, she'll snap over on you. I learned that with my Puddle Master, which has a similar high-mounted tractor setup. It actually took me about 3 snaprolls into the drink to learn the limits of speed and bank angle with that one.:red: Of course, the first time it happened, another flyer got a pic of me paddling the rescue canoe out to retrieve the plane, submitted it to a national model mag., and they published it!::o

Don Sims
03-21-2009, 12:39 PM
Very nice Bill, let us know how the maiden goes!

Joel K. Scholz
03-21-2009, 07:50 PM
Here are some of mine:

stevecooper
03-21-2009, 08:07 PM
Finished the Macchi M33. Gotta brave getting it in the air now.
Super plane Bill!!!:ws:! is that a single GWS float?:D?
That's what I did on mine as well:silly:, bub steve

stevecooper
03-21-2009, 08:10 PM
Joel:: You've been at this a long-long time,,, and it shows in the super builds you posted,,Wow! I hope to see and hear more from you!! Welcome to Watt-Flyer,, Where you been hide'in,,HaHaaa! your bub, steve

Joel K. Scholz
03-24-2009, 12:11 AM
Steve, I saw my first electric plane (A Zagi) at a Kite convention in Muncie in 2001. At the time I had a business designing and manufacturing kites "Sky Delight Kites". As part of my business I have a laser cutter, so I have been designing planes for myself over the years. Been hangin at ezone for a number of years and discovered this site a few months ago.

stevecooper
03-24-2009, 12:20 AM
I hope to here More about your build's here! bub, steve

RWP
03-24-2009, 12:51 AM
Here's my Emily

John in Kalifornia

Wow, really cool.

baco
03-26-2009, 04:26 AM
This is my yellow Puddle Twin II. Also it´s a High Wing Sonic glow powered
Here´s a video also:
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dmmalish
04-10-2009, 03:53 AM
here is a .40 gasser that my brother just converted to electric using a electristar motor and 60 amp esc and 4 cell 4000 battery's it flew great on wheels he just picked up a set of floats off craigs list this week for $30 bucks got them mounted today just waiting for a rudder to arrive it looks good i hope it flys as good as it looks :)

cpmalish
04-10-2009, 04:20 AM
nice job by my brother posting the float plane and thanks for the good words

groessie
04-10-2009, 10:21 PM
Thanks For The Reply... Nice

groessie
04-10-2009, 10:29 PM
Fantastic planes .... What is the push / pull one??? You have some need planes

Bill G
04-11-2009, 04:39 PM
Thanks for the comments on the Saro and Macchi.

Brad, interesting comments on the flying qualities. I saw a video of one on YouTube, where I could not make sense of how it suddenly flipped over and into the water, on a landing approach. It was going slow and the pilot was turning slightly, but didn't appear to be slow enough to do what it did. I'll watch out for what you advised, when I get around to flying it.

Steve, the Macchi fuse is a GWS 262 fuse with foam added to the bottom, and sculpted. No GWS floats used.

groessie
04-12-2009, 01:18 AM
WoW its quite a plane. If fact your collection is fantastic. I wish I had the knowledge and time to scratch build some planes. I am having a hard enough time deciding on a electric power system for my 7-8 lb Seamaster. Don,t want to waste money.

Again thanks for the reply.

cpmalish
04-12-2009, 04:23 AM
all arfs no real time to scratch build maybe a little backyard engineering

AeroCat Man
04-13-2009, 11:37 PM
Here's a couple pics of our Polaris Seaplane. It was designed by Steve Shumate and based on Laddie Mikulasko's legendary North Star. I was lucky enough to meet Laddie at the Toledo RC show this year.

The Polaris is a great flyer off water, grass, or snow!

Scott

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

Larry3215
04-14-2009, 12:29 AM
Laddie is a legend in RC circles and Steve Schumate is getting there!

You must be selling a million or so of the Polaris kits - and with good reason!

I was at a float fly here in Seattle on Lake Washington 2 weeks ago and I think there were 3 or 4 Polaris models there in addition to my XXL version. They are outstanding flying machines and they look really cool too.

I took the liberty of copying your Coast Guard scheme on my giant scale version.

Here is a shot of a standard size Polaris next to my 2X version with my Mega Capricorn in the background.

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=98914&stc=1&d=1239665312

AeroCat Man
04-14-2009, 12:43 AM
Larry,

The Polaris has been a huge kit for us, and I can't thank Steve and Laddie enough for the design.

Your XXL version looks great! I would love to see a video of that bird flying. Maybe you posted a vid and I missed it? Anyhow, the Polaris/North Star is a timeless design. It's fun to see what modelers do with it!

Scott

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

Larry3215
04-14-2009, 12:51 AM
Hi Scott,

I thought Id posted the video in this thread but it looks like I didnt. Here are the two I have so far. It flys great!

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and the maiden

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AeroCat Man
04-14-2009, 01:37 AM
That is impressive Larry! Nice work. The water video is great. Thanks for posting.

Scott

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

cpmalish
04-14-2009, 02:13 AM
alright first off nice video now to my problem just got my rudder for my float plane from maxford usa today installed it but when the plane rudder goes to neutral the water rudder does not its like it hangs up but unable to figure it out any help. thank you ,chris

rawy
04-14-2009, 07:32 PM
Hello all, here is my Polaris attempt waiting to fly !

Not completely finished, maiden should happen these days, hope to post an inflight pic here soon

Larry3215
04-15-2009, 07:08 AM
It occurs to me that the Polaris design is one of the very few models that looks good even before you add any color or trim it out.

Yours is no exception :)

Good luck on the maiden!

rawy
04-19-2009, 06:10 PM
Flew 5 Batteries

2 motors

2 recoveries

Once trimmed it's the perfect flyer, can only recommend this build or the kit, the full maiden story is here :

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=14287

inflight pics as soon as I get some :)

rawy

Larry3215
04-19-2009, 06:54 PM
congrats!

Maine Flyer
04-20-2009, 09:09 PM
My latest seaplane had a successful test flight yesterday. I had a more competent pilot than I (Bob Chapman) fly it while I took some photos and videos.

The airframe was built by Art Aube of Skowhegan, Maine. He built a total of five this past winter, one for himself and rest sold. Several of us made ours electric. The covering and finishing is my own work. Somewhat like an Almost Ready To Cover.

Very pleased with the results so far.

Wing span: 48" Area: 426 sq.in. Wing loading: 17.85 oz/sqft. Wing Cube Loading: 10.38 AUW is 52.8 ozs. Powered by a BP A2620-6 brushless, a Tornado 8x6-3 prop, CC Phoenix 45 ESC, and 2 TP 2S1P 2200 Extremes in series. Max amps is 26 and max power is 332 watts. AR7000 receiver is used in the plane. HS-85MG servos are used for all functions.

Joe

Video here: http://www.modelaviators.org/2009/Videos/Float/Joe%27s%20SM2.wmv

dmmalish
04-20-2009, 11:59 PM
nice video main flyer dave

lake flyer
05-06-2009, 03:48 AM
Here is my latest , a Hansa Brandenburg W.29 , 1914 German Navy plane used In WWI and between WWI and WWII .

Between wars it was disarmed and used as an observation plane .

Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HGtfXDWyT0

Larry3215
05-06-2009, 05:25 AM
Nicely done!

nascarwings
05-06-2009, 10:36 AM
Nice Job!!...looks great

Tracon
05-06-2009, 05:02 PM
Hi Guys,

Here's my latest project, the Hobby Lobby Cessna 172:

http://teamtracon.netfirms.com/aircraftgallery/nfpicturepro/albums/userpics/HL%20Cessna%20172/DSC_0975.jpg

Sam

Evo
05-07-2009, 03:56 PM
I found some of these EZ Sports Aviation Floats (40) at the LHS... No instructions and the box Looked as though it had sat for a few years before I found it... Made in Japan.

Has anyone heard of these before? They're really nice, I'd like to buy a second set but I can't find the manufacturer anywhere.

AUW ended up at a hair over 2500g (5.5lbs).

Regards,
Dan

Larry3215
05-07-2009, 04:35 PM
There isnt much you need in the way of instructions with any floats. The basic details are:

1)Set the step near the CG. Some guys say have it dead on the CG some guys prefer the step to be just behind the CG. I think thats where it works best, but Ive flown with the step just ahead of the CG without problems. Have it close and you will probably be fine.

2) Have the main wing at a slight positive angle to the top of the floats. No more than 5 degrees max but a little positive. Again, its not really that critical.

3)If the floats are long enough they will stick out in front of the prop a little bit.

4)They should be spaced apart about 25% of the wing span minimum.

5) They need to be large enough to keep the plane from sinking :)

Those 5 are the important ones.

6)A water rudder can help but isnt absolutely necessary. They can be a pain to rout linkages to. It needs to be able to kick up at speed or at least be out of the water when your on step.

There are two other critical float flying requirements though other than float setup. The single most important one is -

1)have a recovery plan in place before you take off!!! Boat, canoe, fishing pole with a weight, hip waders etc. You will need it - especially if you dont have it :D
2)Almost as important - water proof your electronics. Mainly the esc needs to be done but the rx needs it too. I use CorrosionX. Its great and easy to use.

Good luck!

Larry3215
05-07-2009, 04:37 PM
Almost forgot one last thing - check the cg of the plane with the floats in place. Adding the floats may move the cg a good bit.

Evo
05-08-2009, 12:05 AM
Thanks for the tips Larry!

I have two other float planes so I've already learned alot about their positioning and things to look out for on the plane.

I'm running these about 1/2" behind the CG, and the stance is as wide as it will go. The water rudder is at the back and below the hull of the right float and doesn't retract. If I do use it and don't like the performance, I'll just yank it off.

I'm flying at the cottage so I have a few recovery choices, boat, canoe and kayak :D ... been there done that.

I was interested to hear about people spraying their electronics. I have typically wrapped everything in balloons, but if I find some of this Corrosion X I might give it a shot. I like the balloons for now though, I just get an ESC that is over rated by about 20% and that keeps things cool enough to sacrifice the air flow around the ESC. I can say I have tested the balloons fully (it not if you will wet the plane, it's when...)

Cheers,
Dan

Larry3215
05-08-2009, 03:35 AM
If your happy with the balloons then no need to change certainly.

When I first started water flying I tried balloons, baggies, rubbers with not much luck. On a hot day, if your stuff goes down into cold water its going to get sucked in somewhere :)

I tried CorrosionX and did some tests that convinced me 100%. I'll never go back.

At the last float fly I was at 2 weeks ago, my big Mega Capricorn got flipped over by the wind. It sat with the ESC, BEC, rx and motor all under water for maybe 5 minutes. The wind came back up before we could get the rescue boat launched and flipped it back right side up.

I was flying 30 seconds later :D

Thats happened to me several times. The stuff is amazing. The commercials on TV a few years back show them treating a tv set. Then they toss it into a swimming pool and watch TV under water.

Here is my take on CorrosionX and how to apply it.

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showpost.php?p=296184&postcount=3

HobbyCult
05-17-2009, 12:25 AM
Nice pictures. I read through all the post and didn't sea one of these. Here is my Guanli $99.00 sea plane from raidentec. Great buy. will fly again tomorrow and take pictures on the water. I reccomend running a 2200ma 11.1 lipo in place of the stock 8.4nicd. i also recomend eflite 10x8 props. flys 10 times better. don't sea it flying stock.Very long anyway. This set up will do a 10mph wind. Either way flys like a dream now Balsa frame surounded by foam and i brush coated it with 5 min epoxy on the belly.I'm going to use my dx7 this time, got my new reciever in... Taking the family out on the baot tomorrow here in sunny CA. Supposed to be 103. good reason to go fly.

Bill G
05-17-2009, 04:43 PM
Currently working on an AR196 bashed from a GWS Zero and GWS floats.

HobbyCult
05-18-2009, 03:55 AM
Ok I'll load a few at a time this satalite internet is Ahhh. Pictures are thanks to my beautiful wife amber. Got a 15 min flight out of the first run with the 2100 3s lipo on the stock 370s brushed. on the second flite i lost half power to one engine and that was the day. brought it in safe though, time to go brushless. Neat plane never so much fun to fly slow and low.
it only totaled three runs b4 frying one of the stock motors. What type of brushed upgrade motors could i upgrade to with the stock 40amp dual esc the plane has and fit in the 370 gearbox?
I don't know i already have 1 scorpion 22-12-22 i mite just pick up another and run two of those.

Bill G
06-03-2009, 05:22 PM
Finished the AR196. Now just have to dig a lake out and wait for it to fill.:D

HobbyCult
06-03-2009, 05:30 PM
Nice plane. Plug the gutters back wash the pool into the street or turn the neighbors hose on. JK,lol

rawy
06-04-2009, 05:39 AM
Very Nice Plane Bill,

Awesome detail on struts and floats, believe if you dig the Lake it could become a blast :D might be interested !

:)rawy

Larry3215
06-04-2009, 05:50 AM
Awesome Bill!

airmail wf
06-06-2009, 03:33 AM
Great work Bill.:D

Bill G
06-06-2009, 04:32 PM
Thanks for the comments.
There actually is a 1 acre wetland right behind the house. I'm not sure if the environmentalists would appreciate turning it into a lake though.:Q

Fast Guy
07-13-2009, 12:53 PM
Another Piper J3 cub. Just waiting for the wind to go down to test her out.

RimFire 50/55/500
CC Phoenix 80
APC 15x6 Thin Electric
5s 4900 25c Lipo
6s 2300 30c A123

eng30
08-20-2009, 10:32 PM
Hi Fast Guy,
Where did you get the mounting hardware for the floats on your Piper J3 Cub? They look very scale and VERY strong would like to have a set or two for my own :tc:. The floats that are on your Cub are they fiberglass or balsa over foam? By the way how did it fly? Hot here in Nashville TN, USA... I try to float fly in the fall and spring when it's not so hot.
Thanks, Eng30

Fast Guy
08-20-2009, 11:26 PM
Hi Fast Guy,
Where did you get the mounting hardware for the floats on your Piper J3 Cub? They look very scale and VERY strong would like to have a set or two for my own :tc:. The floats that are on your Cub are they fiberglass or balsa over foam? By the way how did it fly? Hot here in Nashville TN, USA... I try to float fly in the fall and spring when it's not so hot.
Thanks, Eng30

I made the brackets myself. Tools consist of a die grinder, dremmel, hack saw, drill, file, emery cloth and elbow grease. Made the ends an interfearance fit so they slightly expanded the streamline tubing when inserted. Then I hit the joints with some thin ca. If they seem to loosen up I will put some machine screws to hold them together.

The floats are Great Planes 60 size balsa that I tried my hardest to make as light as possible. Covered with monokote. Came in at 2 3/4lbs with the mounts. Flys very well, takes off in about 50 ft and landings are easy.

Fast Guy
08-20-2009, 11:31 PM
These are the nicest float mounting systems that I have seen for sale.
http://www.seacommander.com/newproduct1.asp

AirmanAirhead
09-04-2009, 05:02 AM
Hey Guys,

Here's a video of my Polaris and my friend's Sea Wind. We found a great local Civic Center Lagoon to fly in. No one seems to care that we are there. Gas might be a different story. Another reason to go with WATTS!

By the way, the landings are getting better! Honest!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7Dys9pzX_s&feature=channelJeff

Hounder
09-21-2009, 06:48 PM
Well how about this? 3 of my friends flying their Polaris at the same time at the Midwest Regional Float Fly earlier this month in Brighton MI.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhFg3ASUYaU

Larry3215
09-21-2009, 11:09 PM
You guys were having way too much fun!

Hounder
09-22-2009, 02:20 AM
That we were:)

RacerPaul
09-22-2009, 03:21 AM
Those 'Polaris' looked great! I always had a yearning for a Northstar but never got around to one. This looks like the perfect answer to that yearning!

RacerPaul
09-22-2009, 03:34 AM
...or is it Polarii? Or Polarises? or....

airmail wf
09-22-2009, 03:54 AM
Hey Guys,

Here's a video of my Polaris and my friend's Sea Wind. We found a great local Civic Center Lagoon to fly in. No one seems to care that we are there. Gas might be a different story. Another reason to go with WATTS!

By the way, the landings are getting better! Honest!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7Dys9pzX_s&feature=channelJeff

Great video:D Even though the landings were a little fast you parked the planes right where you wanted them. Only thing, the passengers faces looked like this:eek::eek::eek:

baco
09-22-2009, 04:42 AM
These are videos of first argentinian seaplanes group. Sonic High Wing, Seawind trying to take off and Puddle Twin shown.

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AirmanAirhead
09-22-2009, 05:49 AM
Great video:D Even though the landings were a little fast you parked the planes right where you wanted them. Only thing, the passengers faces looked like this:eek::eek::eek:

Passengers????? Are you kidding... they jumped out before the flight began!!;-)

dz1sfb
09-22-2009, 03:26 PM
Just wanted to chime in with what I have had great success with.

The SeaBB 42, 26, and 34.

Ken :)

AirmanAirhead
09-22-2009, 03:45 PM
Very cool looking planes! Of the three sizes, which one flies the best?

Jeff

RacerPaul
09-23-2009, 02:29 AM
Is there a build string for the Polaris?

dz1sfb
09-23-2009, 03:47 AM
Very cool looking planes! Of the three sizes, which one flies the best?

Jeff

Jeff,

So far the 42" has had the most flight time and is the most sedate of the three. My favorite so far. The 26" is a steady flier but can really go aerobatic.

Just flew the 34" today. Had to take out some of the upthrust. Still needs some more taken out and will give it another shot tomorrow. I did fly it off the water though and was quite pleased. So far this one is the easiest to fly off the water. The others were not hard, but this one needs very little power to get off the water.

I am a happy camper with this design. Once I get 3 posts I can add some links to the plans and video.

Ken :)

Larry3215
09-23-2009, 05:20 AM
Is there a build string for the Polaris?

There is a link in the first post in this thread to the main build on RCG.

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41896

AirmanAirhead
09-23-2009, 06:24 AM
Jeff,

So far the 42" has had the most flight time and is the most sedate of the three. My favorite so far. The 26" is a steady flier but can really go aerobatic.

Just flew the 34" today. Had to take out some of the upthrust. Still needs some more taken out and will give it another shot tomorrow. I did fly it off the water though and was quite pleased. So far this one is the easiest to fly off the water. The others were not hard, but this one needs very little power to get off the water.

I am a happy camper with this design. Once I get 3 posts I can add some links to the plans and video.

Ken :)

Ken,

Great, I'm interested in the seeing your videos and plans. Very interesting looking plane. You must get a lot of comments from folks who see it fly.

Jeff

dz1sfb
09-23-2009, 12:50 PM
Ken,

Great, I'm interested in the seeing your videos and plans. Very interesting looking plane. You must get a lot of comments from folks who see it fly.

Jeff

Jeff,

It is a real sweetheart. I run the 42" on a Suppo 2208-12 (1800 Kv) with an APC 8 x 3.8 SF prop on a 1300 Mah 3s battery. AUW is 16.75 oz with 2 HS-55 servos and an AR6100 RX.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkyULTY-8Co
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxIe7R3CwIQ

The 26" has a 2100 Kv C20 with a GWS 5 x 4.3 HD prop on a 3s 700 Mah battery. Don't remember the AUW at the moment, but it is on the thread in RCGroups. Here is a video of its water maiden.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPv4MEvWH0g


Here is the link to the thread in RCGroups. Plans for all three are there.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=954868

No video of the 34" yet, but I am using the same motor as the 42" except it is running on a 2s 900 Mah battery and a 7 x 6 GWS SF prop. Still testing props out on this as well.

Enjoy,
Ken :)

AirmanAirhead
09-23-2009, 02:16 PM
Ken,

Thanks for the videos. Both planes seem like they rise of the water very quickly, and can fly pretty slowly too. You have a beautiful place to fly.

Jeff

cliffm
09-23-2009, 08:07 PM
Steve: good looking planes.

Bill G
09-26-2009, 06:16 PM
Finally flew the M33 last week. Needs wingtip balancing to get off water, so I did a handlaunch. It may have gotten on step, but I didn't want a cartwheel, so I'll try water takeoff after balancing. The plane flew and landed well. I was admittedly terrified of the high motor design, so I'm pretty happy that it did well.

Actually got the Arado 196 off, but was not the greatest takeoff, and I still almost saved it. No damage, and works fine after drying out the gear. I took off a bit earlier than I would have liked, as the control was not as good as I would have liked. I extended the steerable rudders a bit further in the water, which should allow me to hang on and get going a bit faster for the next takeoff.

Larry3215
09-27-2009, 12:28 AM
Well done Bill. You sure do nice work!

dz1sfb
09-27-2009, 02:12 AM
My sentiments as well Bill.

Ken :)

Fast Guy
10-11-2009, 03:37 PM
Just put my Silhouette on GWS floats. Has to be the most fun I have had with a float plane.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJF_t2XUkdI

BradT
10-12-2009, 04:13 AM
Fast Guy, excellent job on both the flying and the video. Looks like you had a blast.
Brad.

Larry3215
10-12-2009, 05:18 AM
I agree - nicely done!

airmail wf
10-12-2009, 03:55 PM
Now there was someone having a blast. Great video. One of my favorite things to do is land and takeoff from water. :D

AlteredState
10-13-2009, 11:24 AM
Well, I love everyone's seaplanes on this thread and I'm sure they all fly great. I don't have any pictures - sorry, but I have a video of my E-Flight Beaver maiden. I'm sure it was meant to fly great, I really am... lol.... I just didn't get that far. I hope you all get a laugh from this. I know I did - months later. Go to youtube and type in - the Muzz. Its called "RC Sea Plane Disaster (the Muzz...). Sound is really needed. Hope you all enjoy the other videos too.

nascarwings
10-13-2009, 12:46 PM
nice vid...sorry about the beaver....but that was a good tip stall....the beaver is very good at tip stalls...i think eflight knows that!!!:roll:

Larry3215
10-13-2009, 05:02 PM
Well, I love everyone's seaplanes on this thread and I'm sure they all fly great. I don't have any pictures - sorry, but I have a video of my E-Flight Beaver maiden. I'm sure it was meant to fly great, I really am... lol.... I just didn't get that far. I hope you all get a laugh from this. I know I did - months later. Go to youtube and type in - the Muzz. Its called "RC Sea Plane Disaster (the Muzz...). Sound is really needed. Hope you all enjoy the other videos too.


That was funny :)

Here is a direct link to save some searching time.

N_v7PSpNEas

AlteredState
10-13-2009, 09:46 PM
Nascarwings - I've had a few possibilities stuck in my head as to what could have caused the crash but with your tipstall theory I think I agree. I had no flaps at takeoff. My speed may have been to slow?? What is the best way to overcome this from happening again?

Larry3215 - Thanks for placing the quicklink up. This was my first post and Wattflyer only allow a link once you have posted 3 times. Cheers

nascarwings
10-13-2009, 10:01 PM
the beaver is not a a great flying plane (IMHO) i have many many many flghts on this plane on floats...and tip stalls are its week point...once you get use to flying it you will soon learn the the beaver like speed..lol. landing with flaps is nice...but taking off with them just watch your speed...they will make it lift a little to early...one thing you can do is let the plane fly off the water dont pull up if you know what i mean...this takes a bit more rudder use but you will have sucess every time..I have let a few of my buddys fly this plane some of them have 30 years with there fingers on the sticks...and they all say "gee" im glade i never bought this one...lol...

AlteredState
10-13-2009, 11:17 PM
Well, I will report back in 3 weeks when it has its next maiden. I will take all that advice on board - thanks!

airmail wf
10-15-2009, 02:09 AM
LMFAO.............That's something I might do. I might have taken my sweatshirt off first.....maybe not.:D

Larry3215
10-15-2009, 02:44 AM
Kind of highlights the first rule of float plane flying - always have a rescue plan in place BEFORE you take off :)

donjiskra
10-15-2009, 11:54 AM
Nascarwings,
Sorry to disagree with you, but it is a great flying plane, particulary on floats.
Here is a video of one that will demonstrate what a great flyer it is.
Notice that the pilot had the flaps down for take off.
I've seen Bob fly the Beaver three times and each time it has flown flawlessly.
Everyone at the float flys have admired this plane.
I wouldn't hesitate in buying one. It is a winner!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4ebDIo1a7o

My experience with tip stalls is that I had the same type of crashes because I had applied too much power with full up elevator. I crashed several planes doing this, before I learned to ease off the up elevator and simply let the plane lift off on its own.

Good luck, next time,
Don

nascarwings
10-16-2009, 10:17 AM
how about we agree it,s a good scale flying plane and maybe not a great first floatplane...;-)...nice vid!!!

donjiskra
10-16-2009, 12:34 PM
Agree for sure and thanks for the video compliment.

Fviking
11-14-2009, 03:49 AM
This is a beautiful plane to look at and to fly, a modified Polaris, she is just a pleasure to fly.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic4pCqT3NxsThe real maiden flight.
John

Fast Guy
11-29-2009, 06:19 PM
Short video of my Hobbico Electristar on floats.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaT_g2NxCtE)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaT_g2NxCtE

S/L Cechla
11-29-2009, 07:27 PM
http://www.youtube.com/user/FSKpilot#p/u/6/GBE75QVYPWs did flying tets for FSK....and S.6, the "Spitfire uncle" is a lovely flyier....

dmmalish
11-29-2009, 07:48 PM
Short video of my Hobbico Electristar on floats.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaT_g2NxCtE)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaT_g2NxCtE

very nice video i have an electri-star and floats but have no place to float fly so have not put them on yet looked like it handles real well. nice flying very impressive. thanks for sharing

S/L Cechla
11-29-2009, 08:03 PM
http://www.youtube.com/user/FSKpilot#p/a/u/0/GIuNwuKa_bI

Fast Guy
11-29-2009, 09:57 PM
very nice video i have an electri-star and floats but have no place to float fly so have not put them on yet looked like it handles real well. nice flying very impressive. thanks for sharing

The Electristar was a good trainer while I learned to fly and has become a great plane to sport fly with. Too bad they discontinued them.:(

heartbreakfatty
01-04-2010, 12:04 AM
I was directed to this forum. In my late Father's collection is a Berkeley Custom Privateer and a Sea Cat still in their boxes. For the most part they are complete. I am going to liquidate them and wondered about their values.

Steve

motronic
01-31-2010, 12:39 PM
here's mine...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oEU-cGEsqQ

rawy
01-31-2010, 12:57 PM
....and mine :)

AirmanAirhead
01-31-2010, 02:50 PM
Very nice and clean looking design. These planes are a blast to fly. Steve is quite the designer.

AA

rawy
01-31-2010, 04:59 PM
Thank you for the kind comments AA

Tail section, tip floats and nosecone where saved from my first one after a collision with a 10" stick over a watermarking ...
My best depron plane to date, the perfect concept for my flying skills and environement, love that five minute walk to the lake after work and maybe the few improvements with esc placement in the upper fuse sheet and the aluminium esc-hatchtop for better heat dissipation will allow me to fly two batteries in a row this season ?

rawy
01-31-2010, 06:12 PM
welcome to wattflyer ! Nice Macchi motronic,

bumpy camera first and bumpy landings too :) incredible scenery !

it looks as you would fly from sea ? must require alot of servicing to keep her going, she's beautifull in the air

walter

AirmanAirhead
01-31-2010, 09:21 PM
Thank you for the kind comments AA

Tail section, tip floats and nosecone where saved from my first one after a collision with a 10" stick over a watermarking ...
My best depron plane to date, the perfect concept for my flying skills and environement, love that five minute walk to the lake after work and maybe the few improvements with esc placement in the upper fuse sheet and the aluminium esc-hatchtop for better heat dissipation will allow me to fly two batteries in a row this season ?


Like a number of us Polaris flyers, I had to work out the overheating issue too. I ended up changing the gauge of my extention wires from the motor to the esc to a bit heavier. I also used a 30AMP esp, but in the summer I added cooling vents and a heat sink exposed to the outside air. That seemed to do the trick. I'm using the V-2 motor from Grayson, it's a 2200 kv. But believe me, I've fried at least three esc's from flying in brackish water. Now, unless I really mess up a landing, which I can certainly do, I don't have a problem.

happy flying,
AA

Sparky Paul
02-09-2010, 05:13 PM
The drenching rains locally fill up a semi-lake at the AVTI flying field in Lancaster CA..
I took a set of floats I'd made for a Yard Stick and fiddled around with putting them on a couple planes laying around....
The Mini Slinger.. Naaahh... ! :)
The Eflite Tribute.. Yeah! :)
Worked out well. Only added 3 oz to the overall weight.
Flew fine, but kinda strangely.
Adding some depth and spray strips to the floats to get the nose of the floats out of the water when taking off, which took a lot of room.

rawy
02-14-2010, 01:22 PM
Nice Sparky,

Can imagine the floats addition changes the behaviour in flight, tried to put floats on a light aerobatic pattern plane once but only for one flight, didn't like the planes reactions due to the additional drag and after a short touch and go the rudder servo suddenly went into full deflection :censor:

Could get it down compensating with ailerons, the HS55 rudder servo had got a drop of water, killing the electronics board.
All the exposed servos get some vaseline or nivea on the mainshaft since that lesson :)

rawy

Sparky Paul
02-14-2010, 11:12 PM
I changed out the 400 inrunner 6:1 geared, 11x4.7 prop to a 400 outrunner, direct, 9x4.5 prop.
Gets off the water better, and climbs and manuvers better.

cyclops2
02-16-2010, 10:22 PM
Being upgraded from 4.. 400s to 4.. 200 watt geared BL motors swinging 3 blades cut down. Needs front weight. Adding in Dewalt 2300 mahr cells.

Fast Guy
04-04-2010, 11:48 PM
Here is a Sig 1/5 Scale Piper Cub that I put on floats. I lightened the floats by just over a pound between the pair.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_SYVD0TY14

Larry3215
04-05-2010, 12:08 AM
Nice job on the video. It looks great on the water!

kenchiroalpha
04-05-2010, 12:26 AM
Hi
i have a question
What would you all recomend for a first float plane
Ive been flying fixed wing for over 30 years and havent tried one yet:o
I also have the perfect place for them at my new homes back yard:$:tc:
Take care
Hank

Larry3215
04-05-2010, 01:33 AM
Take any of your favorite planes and just add floats!

Almost any plane can be converted to float flying fairly easily.

Is that salt water Hank? if so, you wont want to fly there.

You can water proof your electronics fairly well for fresh water protection, but slat water is really tough. You will most likely kill everything that has electricity flowing to it if you dunk it in salt water - no matter how well you "protect it". It will also kill your packs.

Dont fly off salt water :)

For water proofing check out the 3rd post in my Carpicorn thread. I cover the best way I have found to protect your goodies when they get wet.

By the way, thats the ONE thing I can guarantee you. If you fly off water, you WILL end up up-side down at some point. The plane will also be drifting AWAY from shore and towards the worst possible place it could possibly go at the worst possible time.

ALWAYS have a recovery plan in place before you start flying. A boat, canoe, fishing pole, water matress or some way to go out on the water to retrieve the downed/drowned model.

Here is the Capricorn thread.

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26120

Fast Guy
04-05-2010, 02:07 AM
Nice job on the video. It looks great on the water!

Thanks, Fast Guy

Larry3215
04-05-2010, 04:19 AM
Hi
i have a question
What would you all recomend for a first float plane
Ive been flying fixed wing for over 30 years and havent tried one yet:o
I also have the perfect place for them at my new homes back yard:$:tc:
Take care
Hank

Forgot one thing - Id start with a plane that takes off and lands fairly slow and is fairly lightly loaded for a first float plane.

The floats will add weight and require more power to get off the water, so its good to have one that is easy to get off to begin with.

baco
04-11-2010, 05:23 AM
My new design near ready for maiden. Its name is "El Lagunero"

baco
04-15-2010, 01:18 AM
El Lagunero did his sucessfull maiden today over grass !!!

Larry3215
04-15-2010, 02:18 AM
Congrats!!

AirmanAirhead
04-25-2010, 08:21 PM
Here's a freind's PBY. At first he had trouble with the CG, it was too far forward.

http://www.youtube.com/user/CaptGroovy#p/u/0/YPo73R12jIs

rawy
05-09-2010, 09:44 AM
Hi,

A pic of my latest build, the 200% Puddle Twin, 2 meter span actual weight slightely over 1 Kg. (1046g)

Started this build as a birthday present for our son Tim (11), "delivered" last tuesday in advanced ARF stage and actually in preparation for the maiden.
Believe this is a perfect plane for my son to learn to fly RC, he actually plays with the sim and some silverlit toys, his reaction to the gift was :
- Dad ! this one is going to get attention at the lake !

Am going to try to involve him in the finish jobs, maybe a way for me to get out of the "building ghetto" :)

hope to post some flying pics soon !
rawy

AirmanAirhead
05-09-2010, 02:36 PM
Hi,

A pic of my latest build, the 200% Puddle Twin, 2 meter span actual weight slightely over 1 Kg. (1046g)

Started this build as a birthday present for our son Tim (11), "delivered" last tuesday in advanced ARF stage and actually in preparation for the maiden.
Believe this is a perfect plane for my son to learn to fly RC, he actually plays with the sim and some silverlit toys, his reaction to the gift was :
- Dad ! this one is going to get attention at the lake !

Am going to try to involve him in the finish jobs, maybe a way for me to get out of the "building ghetto" :)

hope to post some flying pics soon !
rawy

Your son will NEVER forget that present! Good for you and for him! Wonderful!

AA

eflight-ray
06-14-2010, 12:58 PM
Scratch built in Depron, 90" span, weighs 7lb - 2oz with batteries.

Successfully flown off grass, and recently off water.

Build thread - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1205396

Larry3215
06-14-2010, 03:16 PM
Awesome!

capn chaos
06-14-2010, 09:39 PM
Scratch built in Depron, 90" span, weighs 7lb - 2oz with batteries.

Successfully flown off grass, and recently off water.

Build thread - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1205396
Sometime late last summer a thread was introduced looking for power requirements for a 108" PBY Catalina. Estimated weight was put forward at 22-25lbs. Several replies, including my own, offered 12-15lbs as target weight to be successful with electric power given scale prop location and size of props. I believe he went with fuel power. What a shame.
I believe you have just demonstrated the potential that most of us saw.
A beautiful scale (or semi scale) bird well within weight tolerances for electric flight. A few more true scale accessories, retract floats & gear etc may have added acouple of pounds but still within target AUW.
Thanks for sharing
CC

bylouddessign
06-15-2010, 06:44 PM
Here is the Big Bird I have in progress! Build thread is on this site

rawy
07-05-2010, 08:24 PM
the monster got some colour,

flies like a dream at approx. 1500 grams/3,3lbs, Tower Combo motor/esc.
The flight lessons with the owner,:) my son Tim could'nt start due to issues with the buddy box between Hitec Eclipse/Prism Tx's.
Am confident he should be able learn to fly individually with this airframe, the two best descriptions are ... hhmmmm cool & predictable

Larry3215
07-06-2010, 12:10 AM
Nicely done!

bylouddessign
07-06-2010, 01:13 AM
Cool!!! You two should have a ball!! Good flying!

AirmanAirhead
07-20-2010, 04:50 PM
Here's my Titan Air Hogs Glider conversion to a Sea Plane. Finally got the bottom right so it would lift off the water. Almost sent an PM to Larry 3215 in exasperationhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4w7w1nCH9s! But finally figured it out.

bylouddessign
07-20-2010, 05:18 PM
Really cool! Snappy little girl!!

videoonboard
08-03-2010, 04:21 PM
Here's a video of my Seamaster 40, I had a lot fun with that plane, it was built tough and could handle a lot of weight. It's a comedy of errors:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81MXvIVy-UA

gramps2361
08-03-2010, 04:31 PM
Welcome to Wattflyer.

All I can say is LMAO toooo funny of a video, and that one lone tree that you just had to slam into I should of seen that coming. Looks like you summed up my beginning years. Did you ever make it back to the water with this plane?

videoonboard
08-04-2010, 04:34 PM
Thanks!

Glad you had a good laugh, I was cracking myself up making it. I made it back to the water with that plane, it took me a while to get everything worked out. I should make another video, the challenge was half the fun.

Larry3215
08-06-2010, 05:25 AM
Loved that video! Reminds me of many of my mis-adventures :)

How is it that trees, even very young baby trees with no experience at all, manage to suck our planes in like that?? ;)

groundrushesup
08-06-2010, 05:53 AM
Here's a video of my Seamaster 40, I had a lot fun with that plane, it was built tough and could handle a lot of weight. It's a comedy of errors:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81MXvIVy-UA


OMG the tree. I about wet myself laughing at that.

Awesome video, VOB.

Welcome to Wattflyer!

GRU

rawy
08-06-2010, 01:06 PM
Nervous plane Airman, looks like a handfull to control, congrats for the successful conversion

Funny one videoonboard, nice location on the first scene but looks like saltwater ?

Cool keep them coming !

Bill G
08-07-2010, 07:21 AM
Working on a Curtiss America at the moment.
Pictures at Seawings.co.uk
http://www.seawings.co.uk/
http://www.seawings.co.uk/images/Curtiss%20America%20restoration%20via%20Mike%20Rob inson/38.jpg

bylouddessign
08-07-2010, 11:41 AM
Cool project, Bill G what engines are those? Look like the real thing!

donjiskra
08-07-2010, 11:47 AM
Bill, that's an an awesome project, those OX-5 engines really do look real.
Have you seen the write up in EAA's Vintage magazine?
You have undertaken a fantastic seaplane, best wishes for it.
WOW!!!!!

AirmanAirhead
08-11-2010, 05:28 PM
Here's a video of my 75% Polaris. All up weight is 12 oz with a solid foam fuselage and a 1300 AhM battery. I'm currently running a 1900 KV motor with a 6x4 prop. I might experiment a bit with a lower KV and larger prop.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3rNm_wDwsA

AA

videoonboard
08-11-2010, 07:51 PM
@Larry - Thanks! Trees, fences, rocks they all love my planes.

@GRU - Thanks and Thanks!

@rawy - Thanks! The first scene was in the San Francisco Bay and the next a man made lake. I"m working on some new videos.

bylouddessign
08-11-2010, 07:59 PM
Coll, enjoy them!!

rawy
08-12-2010, 12:34 AM
Nice flyer AA

looks like a Polaris in the air, was surprised how cool it flies, expected way more "circus", your Titan seems much more job to control.
Lower KV & bigger prop will not make it better in my opinion, went the other way with the 100% Polaris, the lower KV did'nt allow any reserve, became stable when it got the power to hold high alphas.

Your bench is very productive these days Cool ! keep them coming & thanks for sharing

rawy

AirmanAirhead
08-12-2010, 01:02 AM
Nice flyer AA

looks like a Polaris in the air, was surprised how cool it flies, expected way more "circus", your Titan seems much more job to control.
Lower KV & bigger prop will not make it better in my opinion, went the other way with the 100% Polaris, the lower KV did'nt allow any reserve, became stable when it got the power to hold high alphas.

Your bench is very productive these days Cool ! keep them coming & thanks for sharing

rawy

Thanks Rawy, I was a bit surprised myself how well it flew with the current set up. Of course every time I fly it I get more and more use to it. It seems to recover quicker than my full size Polaris. With an all up weight of 12 oz, I think I'm going to remove a bit more foam from the inner core. A lighter battery would also help the fast decent, but all in all I'm very happy with it.

AA

eflight-ray
08-17-2010, 01:08 PM
Additional to my post #226 of my Sunderland, here's a bit of video of her taking off from 'green water'..............(wet grass :D )

I am currently playing with a 'keychain' micro camera mounted on the side of my glasses, so please excuse the 'one of our aircraft is missing' shots. :red:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3WWMuxAEsk

rawy
09-15-2010, 08:51 PM
Very nice Ray, love the slow flyby scene, looks majestic and the 4-prop sound is very nice.

any update from your build Bill G. ?


now summer season is almost over for the northern hemisphere, there should be some nice waterplane pics to share out there ? :)