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
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.
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)
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, 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/a...lectric-04.htm
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.
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
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...
Need to make a cowling for the motor from something... don't think a yogurt pot will cut it though any suggestions?