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rawy 02-08-2008 07:23 AM

Show us your seaplanes
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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


Maine Flyer 02-09-2008 12:35 AM

My Seaplanes
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Here are mine. In order that I flew them:
Aventura Twin, Bonnie 20, Seamaster (Glow), Aquastar, Drake II, Nexstar (Glow),Seawind EP, Mallard

Looks like I uploaded the Nexstar before the Drake.

rawy 02-09-2008 07:37 AM

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Impressive fleet Joe,

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.


Maine Flyer 02-09-2008 09:44 AM

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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)


FlyingMonkey 02-09-2008 11:23 AM

I don't want you guys to feel your thread isn't being read and appreciated...

I just don't have anything to show here.... yet.

Don Sims 02-09-2008 11:53 AM

Those are some great shots of fantastic seaplanes!

dmmalish 02-09-2008 12:54 PM

very nice i want to build and fly a float plane maybe someday

Angler-Hi 02-09-2008 01:56 PM

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?


Maine Flyer 02-09-2008 07:31 PM

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


Angler-Hi 02-09-2008 08:49 PM

Thanks Joe. I appreciate the direction.


BigR 02-12-2008 08:33 PM

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Here's my Emily

John in Kalifornia

Don Sims 02-13-2008 12:39 AM

Welcome to WF John!Super looking Emily. Is it a kit or scratchbuilt?

Bub Steve 02-13-2008 01:07 AM

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BigR:: great job my bub!! steve

Angler-Hi 02-13-2008 02:42 AM

Nice planes Steve. Was that a yogurt container you used as a cowl? That's awesome:p

rawy 02-13-2008 03:34 PM

Nice Emily BigR, can you tell us more about ? wingspan ? motor setup ? plans ?

am a recycling lover too Steve ! nice planes full of good ideas !


BigR 02-14-2008 01:40 AM

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.

John in Kalifornia

Bub Steve 02-14-2008 03:21 AM

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Originally Posted by mikewratterman (Post 356246)
Nice planes Steve. Was that a yogurt container you used as a cowl? That's awesome:p

thanks guys::Winn-Dixie yogurt cups 5=$2.50 but you gotta eat it, they work great on a mess of foamies I've done, your bub,steve

CygnusX1 02-15-2008 05:06 AM

SeaSailplane of Sorts



bugjam1999 02-15-2008 09:19 PM

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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?

FlyingMonkey 02-16-2008 01:06 AM

Originally Posted by bugjam1999 (Post 358179)
Need to make a cowling for the motor from something... don't think a yogurt pot will cut it though ;) any suggestions?

ever try vacuum forming?

or theres just a weighted mold on heated plastic.

Bub Steve 02-17-2008 12:30 AM

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Bugjam.:: a yogurt cup WILL work great, Or like my Ex used to say, " trust me"" your bub, steve

jimsp 02-17-2008 01:55 AM

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Here’s my fleet

Slow Stick on Sturdyboard floats
Slow Stick Flying Boat
Slow Stick Seaplane
Twin Slow Stick Seaplane
Stevens Aero Stik as a Seaplane
Sea Wasp (Hobby People WASP)
6 Foot Telemaster Electro on floats
Puddle Bug (Stevens AeroLil’Squirt)
Mud Puddle Bug (Stevens Aero Mud Bug)

The pond froze before I got to try the last one. I’m waiting for a calm day with snow on the ground to give it a try.

Maine Flyer 02-17-2008 11:37 AM

Very nice fleet of slow flyers. :tc:

How did the Telemaster do on floats? I have a buddy that just purchased one.


jimsp 02-17-2008 01:06 PM

Originally Posted by Maine Flyer (Post 359169)
Very nice fleet of slow flyers. :tc:

How did the Telemaster do on floats? I have a buddy that just purchased one.


It worked great as a float plane. I made the floats from EPS foam. The building thread is here.

Bub Steve 02-17-2008 04:26 PM

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jimsp::Great look'in fleet my bub!! you could start your own regatta!! bub,steve

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