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Old Oct 06, 2014, 01:40 PM
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Flying boat for new (to airplanes) pilot

Hi all,
I've been flying multirotors for a couple of years but I've a desire to try an airplane and the flying boat style of waterplane appeals to me. (Always loved the look of the PBY5) Now, I don't know if I'll be able to get something that meets all my desires, but the following is what I'm looking for and I'm hoping folks here can make some recommendations.
  • Small - I have limited water space to operate from
  • Electric powered (absolute must)
  • ARF or simple to build kit
  • Easy to fly (I have minimal airplane experience)
  • I have Hitec, FrSky Taranis and DSM (via module added to Taranis) radios, so a BNF is fine)

-K
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Old Oct 06, 2014, 03:27 PM
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The Multiplex Fun Cub on 'Plex floats is pretty good. The same company's MiniMag is smaller and according to a mate flies even better.

If you actually do want a flying boat, the PuddleMaster (see the thread on this Forum) is very good, cheap, fun.
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Old Oct 06, 2014, 07:59 PM
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Polaris. Unbelievably forgiving. All foam. Delta wing allows incredibly slow flight.
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Old Nov 13, 2014, 12:53 PM
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Scott Swansons slow boat. Hoosier cutout service sells them precut for a VERY reasonable price. Super floaty airplane. You could takeoff and land in a puddle if you need to. The videos of the low speed tip dipping give you an idea of its capabilities. I have personally built/flown/crashed/repaired several and would highly reccomend them.
If I remember right there was one guy on the thread that kept folding his wings. I put a carbon spar on the leading edge of mine as well as in the plans location. The wings are super stiff and super strong.
Good luck and be sure to post up which airplane you land on. Flying boats are a blast!
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Old Dec 04, 2014, 04:33 PM
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The RobbeModellsport (German company) Republic Seabee foamie ARF model looks reasonably easy to fly.
Robbe's website is down.

Hobby King offers this" Icon" ARF model that is similar to the Seabee.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dNUaAlge8P8HAQ
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Old Dec 05, 2014, 12:29 AM
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The Tidewater from Flyzone. Fantastic seaplane all the way around, I've been flying mine for a year and a half. Tower Hobbies has 'em.

http://www.flyzoneplanes.com/airplan...330/index.html

Russ Farris
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Old Dec 05, 2014, 04:12 AM
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Multipex Shark with the flying boat fuselage add on?
http://www.multiplex-rc.de/en/produc.../rr-shark.html
It look nice.
I haven't flown one, but I like the Multiplex models I do have.
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Old Dec 11, 2014, 08:55 AM
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The Tidewater from Flyzone. Fantastic seaplane all the way around, I've been flying mine for a year and a half. Tower Hobbies has 'em.

http://www.flyzoneplanes.com/airplan...330/index.html

Russ Farris
I have to agree with pookielips. I have been flying the Tidewater for 2 years and it is a well behaved yet agile flyer. It is large enough to be seen at a good distance but small enough to take off and land in small areas. Parts are easy to get and relatively inexpensive.

It's just plane fun
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Old Dec 18, 2014, 11:38 PM
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One more for the tidewater! Easy takeoffs and landings. A very robust plane. Just keep some hinge material handy !
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Old Dec 28, 2014, 01:38 AM
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I can recommend the Tidewater. From what i've seen the Polaris is a good one.

HK's Skipper might work for you.
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...arehouse_.html
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Old Jan 08, 2015, 06:59 PM
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Zipp Kits Sea Monkey. Slow flier..walking speed , easy build, low cost.
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Old Yesterday, 01:15 PM
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Cheap ,easy to build and flys well . Videos and building instructions here http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=954868 joe
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