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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:05 AM
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Slow Stick of Floats

Tupeloflyer:

Very nice job, but your floats are too close together. Your airplane will blow over in the slightest crosswind.

A couple of years ago I wrote a product review on the Slow Stick for Model Aviation. Part of that review concerned installing floats on it. Here is that part of the text.

Floats

GWS makes a nice, lightweight set of floats that are just the right size for the Slow Stick. So of course I had to try it on the water!

The floats come as a kit that requires the assembler to trim and glue the vacuum formed plastic bottoms to the molded foam tops. A hardwood backbone and wire struts are included along with all of the necessary hardware. Water rudders are not included, and under the calm conditions the Slow Stick needs, they are not needed.

Gluing the top and bottom of the floats together can be a challenge, but I found that using tape to hold the sides of the plastic parts up against the foam while the glue set (epoxy or aliphatic) worked well enough .

The wire struts and spreader bars that come with the kit are not suitable for the Slow Stick, so I bent new longer ones using the same size wires. I mounted the floats 12 3/4” apart and 6 1/2” below the fuselage stick, which makes the outward angle of the struts very close to the ideal 45 degrees. The step is about 1” behind the airplanes CG and the fuselage stick is about 2 degrees positive to the top of the floats. I bent the top of my new struts to match the shape of the Slow Stick’s main landing gear struts and I made a plywood sandwich to clamp them to the fuselage stick. At first the these struts seemed awfully flexible, but they worked very well on the water.

The Slow Stick is basically a water proof airplane. Give the ESC and all of the electrical connectors a bath in CorrosionX or similar waterproofer and you don’t have to worry about dunking it. Fresh water will not hurt the battery, motor, servos or receiver. I have flipped the Stick several times, retrieved it, blown the water off and taken off again.

Flying on floats

Flying the Slow Stick on floats is even more fun, if that is possible. It “levitates” off the water. The pendulum effect of the floats and the slightly higher wing loading seems to calm the airplane down a bit and gives it a bit more wind tolerance.

The only caution is not to try and run too long on the water. The GWS floats will tend to dart off to one side or the other if you try to hold the airplane on the water after flying speed is reached. Just let it take itself off. And don’t try to taxi crosswind, but that’s good advice for any float plane.

“Slow, smooth, relaxing and fun”. I am going to take the Slow Stick to every float fly I attend. Nothing is better for the late evenings after a busy, exciting and noisy day of flying the bigger stuff.
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