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Old Sep 13, 2010, 01:41 PM
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HobbyKing Coota foam Seaplane Plug-n-Fly

Just found this, what do you guys think? Anybody ordered one?


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Old Sep 14, 2010, 10:53 AM
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There is an old thread here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...557550&page=16

Seems to be an ArtTech plane, first post in the above thread is in Aug 2006, and last post is a few days ago, this mth! (Sept 2010).

Both the Coota and the Icon A5 are out of stock at HobbyKing... I am trying to decide which to get.
I may have to go with the smaller Coota, since my flying pond doesn't seem to be that spacious, never tried a seaplane in it before.

Can I assume that the 930mm WS Art-Tech Coota is better suited for smaller airspaces compared to the 1380mm WS GuanLi Icon A5?
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Old Sep 14, 2010, 11:13 AM
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Hi Kaon,

Both planes are very light and need minimal space to take off and land, see for yourself on the youtube movies of both planes.

Be aware the Icon A5 may have issues regarding the shape (height) of the step in the hull, making it virtually impossible to take off from the water.

As it's larger, it's my favourite, but I'll hold off until I get conformation that the hullshape issue has been solved (by the factory, not by the buyer with a knife...).

Regards, Jan.
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Old Sep 14, 2010, 11:30 AM
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Hi pompebled,
I did read about the Icon A5's hull step cutting, and take off difficulties too.

But I also kind of prefer the GuanLi Icon A5, because:
sold by HK without electronics, prefer to pick my own, and size the motor, ESC, batt, prop according to users' recommendations.

I did read about the difficulty with the motor-mount area though, requires foam-cutting.

That and I hope HK gets them in stock fast!
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Old Nov 11, 2010, 05:52 PM
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Initial reation.

Just got mine and Initial reactions.

1) Foam is the brittle stuff.
2) Added a deflector and vent to keep water spray from going into the engine vent slot.
3) Attached two magnetic covers with thread to the fuse because an impact on water would loose them.
4) A couple at our flying field already. Very fast and aerobatic plane. Nice looking.
5) Added protective 3mill high wear, slippery UHMW tape on: wings leading edge front, pontoons lower edge and keel line, bow nose to tail.
6) Rudder hinge was packing tape, replaced with real hinge.
More to come...
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Old Jul 31, 2014, 12:28 PM
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Coota extralight... post removed and transferred to

the proper, more active thread:


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