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Old 06-03-2009, 05:22 PM   #151
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Finished the AR196. Now just have to dig a lake out and wait for it to fill.


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Old 06-03-2009, 05:30 PM   #152
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Nice plane. Plug the gutters back wash the pool into the street or turn the neighbors hose on. JK,lol
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Old 06-04-2009, 05:39 AM   #153
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Very Nice Plane Bill,

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

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Great work Bill.

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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.


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Another Piper J3 cub. Just waiting for the wind to go down to test her out.

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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 . 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.
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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 . 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.
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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.


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These are the nicest float mounting systems that I have seen for sale.
http://www.seacommander.com/newproduct1.asp
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Old 09-04-2009, 05:02 AM   #161
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Default Polaris and Sea Wind Lagoon Flight

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!

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Default 3 Polaris flying formation

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.

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You guys were having way too much fun!

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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!

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...or is it Polarii? Or Polarises? or....

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Originally Posted by AirmanAirhead View Post
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!

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Great video 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

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These are videos of first argentinian seaplanes group. Sonic High Wing, Seawind trying to take off and Puddle Twin shown.

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Great video 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
Passengers? Are you kidding... they jumped out before the flight began!!

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Just wanted to chime in with what I have had great success with.

The SeaBB 42, 26, and 34.

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Very cool looking planes! Of the three sizes, which one flies the best?

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Is there a build string for the Polaris?

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Very cool looking planes! Of the three sizes, which one flies the best?

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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