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GreenAce92
04-12-2008, 04:59 AM
Any of you have pics/vid of your rc plane/seaplane that is powered by a brushed setup? Well i guess Brushless is ok. I would like to see some pics/vids and specs. Im trying to see how hard it is to fly sea planes, get inspired different things.

Thanks

jimsp
04-13-2008, 02:08 AM
With itís large under- cambered wing the Slow Stick makes an excellent choice for flying off water. The simplest thing to do is simply add a pair of floats. I found the best flying was with a hull design configured as a flying boat or as a seaplane. This video (http://jimsp.rchomepage.com/SS%20Flying%20Boat.wmv)shows how easy it is to fly. At the pilot change I handed the transmitter to someone who hadnít flown in many years.

GreenAce92
04-13-2008, 02:20 AM
Very nice! The videos dont work sorry.

firemanbill
04-13-2008, 02:25 AM
worked for me. Very Cool!:D

tyrick69
04-20-2008, 02:46 PM
This is my Hobbyzone Supercub on GWS floats. The floats were only $10 and relatively easy to assemble. The cub looks and flies great on the water and the feels like it was made for these floats. The other nice thing is that it floats well if you happen to nose it over, so the electronics stay dry.

GreenAce92
04-20-2008, 04:36 PM
wow that looks nice!

tyrick69
04-20-2008, 04:51 PM
Thanks. The best thing about it is the plane and the floats were under $200 and because it's still stock, if I do happen to trash the electronics or ruin the motor, the replacement parts are all pretty cheap. i don't even worry about dropping the transmitter in the lake because it's a cheap 27Mhz.

GreenAce92
04-20-2008, 05:07 PM
Yeah supercub 160 and 10 bucks for floats, nice. welcome to wattflyer.

LAbelle44
05-07-2008, 07:45 PM
I have a SlowStick with the boat hull from Jimsp and a Stevensaero model wing. Flys great

yank51
05-07-2008, 09:15 PM
I have a Slow Stick with the flying boat from Jim also. Mine uses the stock wing, but I flew it Sunday off the water (I'd flown it with a hand launch 1 time as a test over grass) and it flew just fine. You can see mine in my photo collection here at WattFlyer. It now has a 2210-09 brushless motor and ESC from Heads-Up RC and a 3S 1100 mah lipo. It just flew in the world record on this past Saturday at SEFF and was a successful flight there also. Me and 99 others set a new world's record....yeah!!!

BTW, here is a link to the Heds Up rC site. great prices and service. I can't say enough about it...
http://stores.ebay.com/Heads-Up-RC_W0QQfrsrcZ1QQfsubZ4181266QQtZkm

GreenAce92
05-07-2008, 10:49 PM
Wow that looks cool. Nice plane. That is sweet 100flyers in the air at once. Could you guys do that but spice it up with some combat?

Gnascher
05-07-2008, 10:53 PM
Here's my Ultrafly SuperDecathlon on GWS floats. (Pic in my avatar, video below)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=MJNfkTvM6jU

GreenAce92
05-07-2008, 10:57 PM
wow! Nice plane and boat. Was it doing barrell rolls! Cool!!!

Gnascher
05-08-2008, 01:02 AM
Yep, the floats didn't really negatively affect this plane's aerobatic capabilities at all. The GWS floats are very light.

JRickey
05-09-2008, 09:23 PM
works great. The rear mount is a additional front wing mount with the actual mount cut off.

GreenAce92
05-09-2008, 10:42 PM
Wow! Looks slick!! I like the rudder too!!

JRickey
05-10-2008, 03:12 AM
thanks. rudder cost around $7. Pretty cheap compared to burning up your lipos trying to get it to turn into the wind with throttle.

GreenAce92
05-10-2008, 03:58 AM
Id say, its nice, i like the metallic finish on the floats. Pretty slick man!

Hostile
05-26-2008, 12:47 AM
Here's mine. It's a mini ultra stick. There's a few things left to do, but it's mostly done. Looking for this "corrosion-x" to waterproof my electronics. Going to try to set up flaps. I've only a 7ch old Airtronics radio, gold label. lol So it may give me trouble.? There won't be any fancy crowing going on that for sure. :)

Never before flew from water, but going to try. Here were I live, there is no place to fly. Our little club used to fly at our airport, but since 911 thats not going to happen!
We have plenty of lakes & ponds though. Seems like the only logical place. There's no one here that fly from water, so I'll have to start it off myself.
Pointers welcome. ;-)

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

What do you think?

GreenAce92
05-26-2008, 01:16 AM
Looks great!!!
Have fun flying her, and good luck too. Have you tested the radio yet?

Hostile
05-26-2008, 02:27 AM
Have you tested the radio yet?Yes I have, it works great! I have never had any trouble out of it. Some people say that its not good anymore. Dunno.... Thats why I bought the berg RX. It can be programed to circle, and turn off the motor in case of TX signal loss. Just not to sure how to set it up? Can't seem to find the manual to it. Bought it new 10 years ago! LOL, :confused:
Thanks



Spec's :
Hand made cowl out of balsa.
E-Flite 480 outrunner
E-Flite ESC 40 Amp
Castle CCBEC BEC
E-Flite 2100 20c
Castle Berg 7ch RX
GWS floats
Rubber banded on the wheels when not on floats.
Modified tail wheel to fit.

;-)

stevecooper
05-26-2008, 02:53 AM
Green Bub:; go for it!!Here some chunckerGliders and the ol'e trusty E-Starter,

GreenAce92
05-26-2008, 03:00 AM
I think i will be going for it, i have some foam left over, ill water proof my esc and rx and make a catalina type plane with pusher single engine setup... im just brainstorming here... gotta see what turns out.. im going to a lake tomorrow for fishin i could bring teh plane... ohh boy!!!

stevecooper
05-26-2008, 03:06 AM
I think i will be going for it, i have some foam left over, ill water proof my esc and rx and make a catalina type plane with pusher single engine setup... im just brainstorming here... gotta see what turns out.. im going to a lake tomorrow for fishin i could bring teh plane... ohh boy!!!
If it don't fly you can always troll with it!! your bub,steve

hillbille
05-26-2008, 03:16 AM
I have a few pictures of RC models with floats - but they are all from the late 1970's and are all gassers - but great models! Ever see a GEE BEE R1 on floats?! Most are pics of Schneider Cup replica models in 1/4, 1/5. and 1/6 scale I think. Most pics are fair as I was new to 35mm then (and never very good in anything other than "AUTO" mode - Minolta XG-370) Anyway - if you want I will post a few.


Hillbille

Hostile
05-26-2008, 03:23 AM
I'd like to see em? ::o

GreenAce92
05-26-2008, 03:26 AM
yeah post those pics, they sound neat!

bub, thats a good idea lol, till a nice bass latches on, nooo electronics going down. im still iffy on this idea, after all ive only got one esc.

hillbille
05-26-2008, 03:48 AM
OK - here ya go - just for giggles I'll post the R1 and a few others.



Hillbille


Now be kind - these are scans of photos I took way back when - I think late 1970 but could be early 1980. :D

hillbille
05-26-2008, 03:56 AM
More????



Here ya go!!


I have a few more - mostly "in flight" pics but most are blurry as it was not easy to concentrate on a single ship as these birds flew pretty fast as I recall. If my memory serves me right there were no aircraft lost on this day. All took off and landed on the water as it was at Lake Havasu in Arizona.


Hillbille

stevecooper
05-26-2008, 04:09 AM
Hillbille:: a blast from the';';'; those WERE the good ol'e days!!Bub,Steve PS The kids love the "Hillbille Flyer" and wish thank you from the thoughtfull "care-package" you sent, Summer time's fly'in time for them (no soccer or school) and there already hang'in out!! thanks again,

GreenAce92
05-26-2008, 04:25 AM
So she flew then?
Nice pics!!! Hey they are pretty dern good to me, 80's you say... wow those are almost as good as those disposable cameras(and they're pretty good) at least to me anyways. But yeah nice pics, i like teh Geebee on floats.. reall neat!

stevecooper
05-26-2008, 04:38 AM
HillBillie:: here's my fave,,Curtus I think? thanks bub, steve,, Green Bub:: she's still a handfull-o-airplane,(to much up-trust??) Still dail'in her in,bubsteve







http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=67086&d=1211770387

hillbille
05-26-2008, 04:45 AM
Yep it's the model of the Curtiss that Jimmy Doolittle flew to the record at the Schneider Cup.

And there is another package in the works - I think it will have a couple more "goodies" in it but I have to gather it all up first. Look for it soon though!

Your leftcoast bub,

Hillbille

hillbille
05-26-2008, 04:56 AM
The fourth picture has a couple of Hellcats on floats - I think - and a Spitfire on floats right next to them - wish I'd take a whole lot more pictures of them! There was a lot of flying going on all the time so I missed a lot of flying pictures to take the stills. There were no digital's in those days and I am pretty sure these were taken in very late 1979 but may have been taken in very early 1980. This was the first event of it's type at the Lake so it was quite a "happening" at the time. These were BIG boys too.


Hillbille

stevecooper
05-26-2008, 05:00 AM
Yep it's the model of the Curtiss that Jimmy Doolittle flew to the record at the Schneider Cup.

And there is another package in the works - I think it will have a couple more "goodies" in it but I have to gather it all up first. Look for it soon though!

Your leftcoast bub,

Hillbille
leftcoast bub,"goodies" !!Looks like a great summer!! got 4 new kids in the hood and there rear'in to fly!!I had three new solos this week (one today) all had only AeroAce Experience and all did great with the V-Max2112 I scrached up with left-over slow V parts from Max2112, Your not gonna beleive what that GWS motor's mounted with!!( and to)I'll post you some pixs as it's to cool, your bub,steve

hillbille
05-26-2008, 05:34 AM
I found these from a trip to the Chino Air Museum Planes of Fame air show sometime in the very early '80's. The real deals on display!!




Hillbille :D

GreenAce92
05-26-2008, 03:17 PM
are any of those, the record flyer with floats, supermarine or something, it was a float pylon racer plane, monoplane.

4 new kids! they going to be part of the marauder gang?

hillbille
05-26-2008, 04:03 PM
Supermarine - winner of the 1931 Schneider Trophy - yeah I must have liked it a lot! LOL!!




Hillbille

JRickey
08-13-2008, 10:23 PM
I took these a couple of weekends ago. I'm not good enough to take some while in flight (flying or taking the pictures).

GreenAce92
08-14-2008, 01:03 AM
Dude thats really sick! i like the pontoons and the flat wings. Do you waterproof the electronix? like Corrosion X?

JRickey
08-14-2008, 03:33 PM
I use corrosion X in the pump. red bottle. I dunk the receiver and ESC in it. I gave up on the servos. Its easier to chuck them if they go bad. I ussually flip it once or twice a day. If it rolls completely over(which it usually does) the wings and tail keep everything except the motor out of the water.

GreenAce92
08-14-2008, 05:57 PM
Cool sounds good.

hillbille
08-14-2008, 06:06 PM
Just like in AP - anything other than a really good approach and smooth landing is really bad. I like the plane though - are those pontoons homemade?
Closest water to me is over 150 miles away - so I don't get any opportunities for float flying!!


Hillbille

JRickey
08-15-2008, 05:27 AM
All homemade. Pink foam from HD, covered with packing tape, spray painted with silver.

GreenAce92
08-15-2008, 07:13 AM
I like the silver finish its like real floats.

JRickey
08-18-2008, 05:26 AM
I flew a couple cycles of the batteries over the weekend. I redid the floats giving them about 1.5 wider stance and removed about .25 inchs from each float. I also removed the wood cross supports and put in fiberglass rods (the ones that come with the kit). It sits a little lower in the water and gets the rudder servos wet causing it to fail. The width increasement worked great. It didn't flip at all. I think I make new ones keeping the measurements but increasing the individual float widths to the original.

GreenAce92
08-18-2008, 06:05 AM
hmm maybe hollowing htem out alittle would lighten them uP?

autorail1
08-20-2008, 03:04 PM
Where is the link to get these Floats? :)I have a Slow Stick with the flying boat from Jim also. Mine uses the stock wing, but I flew it Sunday off the water (I'd flown it with a hand launch 1 time as a test over grass) and it flew just fine. You can see mine in my photo collection here at WattFlyer. It now has a 2210-09 brushless motor and ESC from Heads-Up RC and a 3S 1100 mah lipo. It just flew in the world record on this past Saturday at SEFF and was a successful flight there also. Me and 99 others set a new world's record....yeah!!!

BTW, here is a link to the Heds Up rC site. great prices and service. I can't say enough about it...
http://stores.ebay.com/Heads-Up-RC_W0QQfrsrcZ1QQfsubZ4181266QQtZkm

GreenAce92
08-20-2008, 06:52 PM
if its regular floats for parkflyers look up GWS Float kit. pretty nice.

Glacier Girl
08-20-2008, 09:55 PM
Here's a couple of shots of my SSX night flyer on floats.

Multitude of LED's in the wing and tail, Multiplex floats and rudder.

Try night take offs and landings. Pucker factor goes way up.:eek:

GreenAce92
08-20-2008, 10:16 PM
Oooo looks hot, nice bird!

jimsp
08-21-2008, 03:53 AM
Where is the link to get these Floats? :)
If itís the flying boat you are referring to you can find the building thread here (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=359356)with links to the plan. If you donít want to cut the foam yourself I do offer complete that include everything you need except the glue, covering and Slow Stick. I sell the kit for $36 which includes shipping. Send me a PM for details.