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Old May 25, 2012, 04:02 PM
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New To Waterplanes

I have a lovely piece of water just outside my house, a nice dock to stand on whilst flying and a nice beach for launch and recovery. It's salt water, but sheltered and usually calm.

In a previous life in Alberta (and before that England), I raced pylon and flew other fast machines. But I've never had a waterplane before and figure it's about time to try one.

I don't have much time to build, so an ARF is required. I don't want anything too small, slow or boring to fly. Scale would be nicer than not. Must be electric powered. Any suggestions?

Is there anything special I should do to make sure the salt water doesn't cause any problems?
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Old May 25, 2012, 07:49 PM
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H9 Piper Saratoga electric conversion.
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Old May 25, 2012, 08:05 PM
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If anyone has a completed one for sale the Polaris electric is a blast to fly from water, snow or grass, (pavement too if you protect the bottom).

http://modelaero.com/Merchant5/merch...tegory_Code=AM

Here's a vid of mine made with a keychain cam:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cMJV...4&feature=plcp
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Old May 26, 2012, 03:16 AM
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Parkzone Icon A5, or Seamaster/Neptune. They both have high mounted motors that are out of the spray.
Treat your ESC and Rx thoroughly with Corrosion X. If you get anything wet, rinse it immediately in fresh water and let it dry out completely before using it again.
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Old May 26, 2012, 07:07 AM
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Flying off saltwater is going to take a higher level of maintenance because of it's highly conductive/corrosive nature.

I second the CorrosionX suggestion especially if you fly off of saltwater don't used WD-40 it leaves behind a sticky residue. I use alcohol to displace any water that gets into my motor and a very small drop of C/X to lube the bearings. I don't dip my motor in C/X because it will attract dirt. As for your servos a very,very light coating of Vaseline along the seams and horn spindle will make water bead up instead of penetrating.

CorrosionX underwater ESC demo

http://www.rejex.com/tv.html
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Old May 26, 2012, 07:26 AM
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Hello ,

The electrifly widgeon might be something for you.

Electrifly G-44 Widgeon (1 min 53 sec)


G-44 Widgeon (electrifly) maiden flight 23-03-2012 (4 min 19 sec)


Greets ,

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Old May 26, 2012, 12:37 PM
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Widgeon looks to me to be the best out of that bunch of suggestions. High motors to help keep them dry, wing floats to help keep those tips out of the water. Scalish appearance. Nice size.
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Old May 27, 2012, 06:07 AM
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I LOVE Grumman amphibs.......at least those with honking big radials.
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I also own a Robbe Seabee , this also is a fantastic seaplane. Flies real easy and is a good construction. I'm currently flying my second one cause the first one crashed due to servo failure caused bij moisture. All the electronics on my seaplane's are now soaked in corrosionX and now i have no trouble annymore.

On both the widgeon and the Seabee i have made the battery hatch watertight using loctite blue silicone. I put the silicone on the fuselage where the hatch is put on , then i press the hatch firmly into place and wait for about 1 minute. Then when i pull the hatch off there is a small strip of silicone on both the hatch and the fuse and they interlock perfectly. I find this a very useful way to make the hatch waterticht cause there now is no need for tape etc.

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I LOVE Grumman amphibs.......at least those with honking big radials.
My father did much of his navigator training in a Grumman Goose in 1942 at the wartime training station at Piarco, Trinidad. So I too have some affinity there. He went on to do north Atlantic convoy protection, flying Swordfish, followed by D-Day air cover and then a spell on carriers in the Far East, coping with kamikaze attacks.
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I have a PZ Spit that I put on floats , ROW great , flys great , rolls , loops ( inside and outside ) etc. , etc . , slows down nicely for landings .

see post # 140

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Old May 28, 2012, 05:08 AM
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I have a PZ Spit that I put on floats , ROW great , flys great , rolls , loops ( inside and outside ) etc. , etc . , slows down nicely for landings .
My first thought was that's not very scale like. Turns out there were several experiments done on this though. Hmm. Interesting...
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Yes there were several built , they were supposed to be for Malta , but they used an "aircraft carrier " instead .
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Electrifly / Great planes also make a SeaWind ARF. Good first seaplane because it's hard to damage. Flies great and although landing very nicely isn't easy, landing upright in the water is.
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Ordered a Widgeon today... They're showing as out of stock until end June so I guess nothing will happen particularly quickly.
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