View Full Version : has anyone fabbed up their own float mount kit??? (trike)

01-25-2007, 03:03 PM
As the title says, I bought a set of floats for my plane (http://www.rcuniverse.com/buynow/keywordclick.cfm?bid_id=2647). It weighs 6.5 lbs and 65" span. I plan to use the rear landing gear (http://www.rcuniverse.com/buynow/keywordclick.cfm?bid_id=1455) as the rear mount, and fab up some kind of bracket to hold it on the front. What would be the best material/configuration to use on the front? and where can I pick up the material? Also, What are the spreaders made of? Is there anything I can pick up from Hobby Lobby or a similar store that will work as them? Wooden dowels maybe (covered in some kind of water/fuel resistant)? Lastly, any suggestions?

Jim Casey
01-26-2007, 12:42 AM
Easiest is to buy an aluminum landing gear, duplicate of the main gear.

Another way to do it is to replace the nose gear with an L-shaped piece of wire the same diameter, solder that to a piece of music wire across the front mounting points of the floats. This means silver-solder and copper wire wrap... Disable the nose-gear steering (duh) .

Spreaders are actually anti-spread devices. They are always in tension and can be very light. Pieces of threaded 2-56 rod are good. May not even be necessary, depending on whether your LG legs are flexible. Rigidity of the landing gear for Landing is not as critical as maintaining alignment on takeoff, but you will find that you learn to land the seaplane gently and it will improve your wheeled landing technique.