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Old Oct 29, 2001, 08:08 PM
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advice on a seaplane

Hi guys,

First thanks to all of you who helped me out
with the Sopwith Pup mess and my first electric plane.

Currently I am looking for a good looking easy to fly
seaplane, does anybody have any opinons on what
to get?

Dave
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Old Oct 29, 2001, 08:20 PM
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Being this is the foamy forum, I can recomend the Float Wingo.
Add a gear box to the stock motor.
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Old Oct 30, 2001, 07:10 AM
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Or the Soarstar (comes with gearbox) with Wingo floats.

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Old Oct 30, 2001, 08:10 AM
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Try Hobby Lobbys Website. They have some new ones with some videos to one of them .It looks pretty cool. Good Luck
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Old Oct 30, 2001, 07:47 PM
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thanks guys, i will check out all of these planes.

dave
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Old Nov 02, 2001, 09:30 AM
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I have been flying Hobby Lobby's Wingo on floats for six months. The performance was fair with the stock motor. I changed to the geared motor and larger prop WOW WHAT A DIFFERENCE, Wingo has no problem breaking the surface.

Hope this helps.
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Old Nov 06, 2001, 03:50 PM
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Aventura

I have flown a Poppy(Soarstar, Wingo) on floats after having a Sunny Boy on floats. Sunny Boy can break water on a good day with Nicds. Marginal on Nimh's, sometimes yes, sometimes no. Frustrating. Poppy with the gear drive is off in 10 feet with Nicds. My next plane will be the Aventura from Hobby-Lobby.com.
I have already asked about it vs. the Douglas 4. The guys there who have flown both like the Aventura. There are several videos of it flying. Even does a loop. Haven't tried a loop with Poppy on floats, but it is takes a pretty good dive even to do it with just wheels. Not sure it would make it over the top. Any kind of side wind on the Poppy will tip a wing into the water, because it is so light. Sure gets off the water in a hurry though. After the Sunny Boy, that is a treat. If you go a Wingo, Poppy, Soarstar route, make sure you lube the gearbox. Mine came with no lube and wore out in about 20 flights. You can fly a Wingo off land or water, the Aventura is dedicated to water. Hope all this helps.
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Old Nov 06, 2001, 04:30 PM
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funny you should say that because i was trying to decide
between the donald 4 and aventura myself. let me know
how you like the aventura and how it performs. thanks
to all of you for all your help!

dave
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Old Nov 06, 2001, 06:05 PM
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The full-scale Aventura series of Ultralight and Experimental aircraft are available as kits.
http://www.sea-plane.com/
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Old Nov 06, 2001, 06:44 PM
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Dave, just built the SeaWInd. It is in the S&E modeler April 2001. This was a fun plane to build and looks great. I have one flight on her using an Aveox 1015/3y direct drive 9X6 APC prop 10 cell. The one flight was a sucesss apart from bending the front landing gear on landing.
I am now installing a different front landing gear. As soon as I am sure the bugs are out I wll try her on water.
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Old Nov 06, 2001, 06:53 PM
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make sure you lube the gearbox
I have also recently purchased a gearbox. Ditto on the no lube included, didn't really expect it to come with any. Does anyone have a recomendation? I was going to give it a shot of WD-40 before trying it out...
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Old Nov 06, 2001, 09:06 PM
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The gearbox that I use on my Wingo float plane is the Graupner 2.33:1 , it is a closed unit, this helps keep the lube in and the wet out.

As for lube. I like the Super Lube. It is a synthetic, thick, semi-clear grease made by the Permatex company. It comes in a silver tube.
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Old Nov 07, 2001, 07:02 AM
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Hmm.... Sounds exotic. Can it be obtained at the local Wally world, home improvement shops, hardware store, etc...? I'm leaning now more towards REM oil (gun oil) rather than good ole WD-40.

The gearbox I obtained is definately one of the open kind. One thing I like about it is the utter ease of inspection. I will be worried about gear mesh or grinding for a while and inspecting the teeth/gears will be quite easy and quick I think.

Your input is appreciated...

Okie
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Old Nov 07, 2001, 07:12 AM
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I've recently purchased the ARC Hacker Osprey. Nice looking kit. Found it at Dymond

I'll be using a max 48 (slightly smaller than a standard 480). The interesting part is that it has a raised pod for the motor like the Donald, but is a pusher. Smaller and sleeker than the Donald, but much the same - glass fuse.

There is a review of it here on Ezone.

I want to get her together before the water gets hard, but I also want to get my foamie contest entry done. And my slope soarer. And my Viper p51. And on and on and on. . .

Chad
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Old Nov 07, 2001, 08:07 AM
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Dave,

After seeing the new Aventura II Flying Boat at Hobby Lobby, I thought it looked pretty good.

Than after watching the videos of it taking off from water, I decided that I had to have one! So I bought one.

I'll likely use a P450T or MPI Cobalt 4014 instead of a Speed 480 in mine. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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