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.
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. 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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.