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Old Jan 20, 2005, 07:21 AM
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Let's hear it from the electric guys... Roll call, photos please!

Hello! I've taken up this hobby because I'm attracted to float planes and flying boats using electric power.

How many of you out there are having luck with electric power on the water and in the air? Please post pictures of your electric planes!

-Tom
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Old Jan 20, 2005, 11:51 AM
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I have a GWS Beaver on GWS floats, all stock flying on 2x1200 E-tech Li-Pos
ROWs in about 40 feet, but you might have to run a couple of circles to make ripples if the water is too smooth
Flying time is about 30 mins with touch and goes, after about 20' ROWs are getting long and my pond sometimes is too short with no wind


Next project is a mountain Modells C180 on foam floats !
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Old Jan 20, 2005, 02:12 PM
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Tom:

Stock Soarstar on home made floats.

http://www.rc-float-flying.rchomepag...r%20photos.htm

Take off in any breeze is tricky. Hand launch and recover to water works best.

David
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Old Jan 20, 2005, 02:26 PM
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Here is a scratch-built Depron Seaplane. The maiden flight will be tomorrow. It uses a 280 motor, weighs 9oz, and had a 32" wingspan. It is upscaled from Pond Baby plans I got from rcmicroflight.com . Makes some nice tracks in the snow!
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Old Jan 20, 2005, 07:38 PM
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My guess is that a large percent of this forumís readers do fly electric off water. There are many bodies of water that because of size and noise limitations that are only open to electric powered models. Iíve even flown off large puddles.

You really donít need luck or a lot of money to be successful flying off water. Iíve been very successful using a $35 Slow Stick with homemade floats and also configured as a flying boat. While I currently use brushless motors and Lipolys I had no problem flying off water using brushed motors and NiMH batteries.
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Old Jan 20, 2005, 08:19 PM
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Here's my contribution:

1) GWS Tiger Moth with stock IPS power - She could ROW in about 30 feet and fly for over 1/2 hour.

2) Mountain Models Cessna 180 with stock IPS power - ROW's happened, again, in about 30 or so feet and duration was also excellent.

3) Mountain Models Switchback Sport with razor 400 power - ROW's could be as short as about 2 feet with unlimited vertical. Duration could be in excess of 40 minutes.

4) Flying Hobbies Jitterbug with Axi 2808/24 power - ROW's are, again, as short as about 2 feet with unlimited vertical. Duration is over 20 minutes.

Martin
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Old Jan 20, 2005, 09:36 PM
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Bluecor floatplanes .. the Sorta Grumman Goose and the Sikorsky S-38 and the little bluebipes are my designs.. the Kingfisher is a Fiddlers Green paper model enlarged then cut from Bluecor
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Old Jan 21, 2005, 11:47 AM
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GWS Beaver on Floats

Here are a few pics of my GWS Beaver on GWS Floats

Look forward to getting another set of floats for my brushless slowstick. Quick question: will water cause any problems with my himax 2015-4100 motor or lipos?
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Old Jan 21, 2005, 12:00 PM
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Here's a twin loosely based on a CL-215.

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Old Jan 21, 2005, 12:28 PM
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I never thought I'd see Martin's Cessna again!!

Mine's obvious too. The Twinkle, my first electric besides a Carbon Falcon...












...except that adding wire landing gear and she's my main flyer off land too at the moment.

Part of the twinkle's success on the water is the tail skid that double-times as a water rudder. Makes the coolest boat I've ever seen!

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Old Jan 21, 2005, 12:30 PM
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That brown and yellow thing rocks!

...I needs ta make me a twin.
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Old Jan 21, 2005, 04:51 PM
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Wow!

You guys Rock!

I never had any idea this would get such good response. Congratulations to all on the fine quality pictures!

I hope to join you all someday. I don't have a seaworthy bird yet, but my next one will definitely be water-based.

Keep those pictures coming!

-Tom
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Old Jan 21, 2005, 11:35 PM
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Old Jan 22, 2005, 12:31 AM
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J3

Here is a pic of my cubby. I've since added a ventral fin on the underside of the tail. I will post a pic as soon as i take one!

Just got a GWS BN2 from my same fellow that gave me the J3. Already bought another set of gws floats for it! cant wait to fly the Islander off the water!
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Old Jan 22, 2005, 01:37 AM
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Here is the ventral fin.
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