View Full Version : Gws Beaver Questions!

03-06-2008, 12:58 AM
I am new to these forums and I do Not have alot of experience with Rc Seaplanes.

My Questions -

Is the Gws Beaver a good Rc Sea Plane?

Is it better than the Gws Slow Stick?

Is it considered a HOBBY GRADE Rc Plane?

:eek:PLEASE REPLY!:eek:

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03-06-2008, 01:07 AM
First off Welcome to Wattflyer!

They are both good planes and fly very well. I have both of them but have never flown them on floats.

The Beaver is more realistic looking for sure but both are very good planes.

Depends on who you ask about Hobby grade. I think they are. Some purist may think otherwise but you can get loads of enjoyment out of them and to me that is all that really matters. Have fun.

03-06-2008, 01:10 AM
Thanks for the reply, but what I mean by hobby grade is are they TOYS or are they like my Traxxas T-Maxx 3.3. Because I don't want to buy something that is like a Air Hogs that break after one flight!

03-06-2008, 01:17 AM
I've been flying both for well over 2 years now... Does that help.:D

03-06-2008, 01:21 AM

03-06-2008, 01:21 AM
How is this plane?

03-06-2008, 01:23 AM

These are good planes and will give you lots of enjoyment but if you are new to flying expect to tear them up some in the learning process. Good thing is the replacement parts are relatively cheap.

It would be in your best interest to seek out some local advice and tips on setup etc and get a few lessons if you are new to flying.

Good luck!:D

03-06-2008, 01:25 AM
How is this plane?

Looks interesting but I am not familiar with it.

03-06-2008, 02:18 AM
I have the GWS Beaver, it flies very well, takes quite a beating too, i have seen a vid of that plane in the ebay link, it is pretty underpowered.

03-06-2008, 02:23 AM
Yes it is GA. Mine took a beating a lot in the early days too. I learned to treat it nice though eventually and it treated me a lot better in return!

03-06-2008, 02:27 AM
I think i never got the chance to fully appreciate it in new condition because off all the crashes and stupid building mistakes. Im planning on rebuying this plane later and putting floats on it with a small BL motor and lipo, this time i can fly it without tape on its wings or any extra weight(such as hotglue)

03-06-2008, 04:53 PM
My Wifes words were " I see Parts " up until then 3 years of abuse , misuse, and more fun than you can imagine went along with the gws beaver. There will be another , have to thin out the hanger first.

03-06-2008, 05:03 PM
How is this plane?

I'd be concerned about it reaching Hight Speed :Q

GWS has a great line of starter planes, buy a NPS kit (no power system) and get a motor combo elsewhere.

also, check the for sale section here. There's a gent selling GWS kits new for a decent price shipped.

03-07-2008, 06:11 PM

Lots of GWS Beaver fanatics out there. Here is a video of mine on floats.

03-07-2008, 06:19 PM
Hey Rsid99 Welcome to Wattflyer! Nice job on your Beaver!

Loved the sound effects on the vid!:D

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03-17-2008, 10:42 AM
Hope it turns out to be the Beaver. I just preordered one.:Q

03-17-2008, 05:39 PM
Hope it turns out to be the Beaver. I just preordered one.:Q

You'll like it! Very nice plane:D

03-28-2008, 04:37 AM

Lots of GWS Beaver fanatics out there. Here is a video of mine on floats.

Nice job flying that Beaver. I'm guessing that's not the stock motor? Of course I had to watch all the other associated Beaver videos on YouTube. The guy in the boat flying the orange plane flys more like I do! There's just something about seaplanes; even if it's a modern Cessna on floats it seems nostalgic somehow. Speaking of nostalgic, the clip of the Beaver floatplane taking off from inside the cockpit; the panel and controls somehow remind me of a '49 Studebaker?

03-28-2008, 07:48 AM
For what its worth, I learned to fly on the GWS Beaver. I still love the plane, I've got wheels, skis and floats for it and it is without a doubt the most versitle plane I own. I just threw out my first one ( I take stupid risks with that plane-its so predictable. Therefore I stuff it from time to time. ) and just bought a new S/G rather then repairing it.
I personally found the learning curve a bit tough on the float take-offs and landings. I suggest the cheap GWS brushed 400 on D drive for water take offs. I then bagged the cheap GWS RX and speed controller with a dry pack from a pill bottle in a glassine baggie wrapped with a rubberband. Left the motor and servos to fend for themselves. They took being submerged numerous times and even one Swan attack like that.
Brushless stuff is great, and the prices have even dropped enough to make them an option. But for me, if its gonna get wet-and its gonna- you can't beat Nimh and brushed. Rugged stuff in a rugged plane.
P.S.- Snow skis = cold weather. Cold weather = brittle foam (read as wing failure in mid loop;-))