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Old Nov 02, 2012, 11:35 AM
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Need Help to identify this Seaplane

I got this as a part of an estate sale without any background. It does not appear to have been home made - the wing appears to be balsa/ply over foam, the "hull" or fuselage appears to be fiberglass. The span is 65" and is powered by a Webra 61.
I suspect this was from the '70's based on the World Engines S-10 and S-6 servos still mounted in the cabin area.

I have been pouring over sites such as Dornier and it appears somewhat similar to a DO-18 with its sponsons. I have also been going back over my RCM and Flying Models magazines form that period and haven't found it yet.
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Old Nov 03, 2012, 04:39 AM
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It looks like Dornier Do-18
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Old Nov 03, 2012, 11:30 AM
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Any idea who made such a plane as a kit?
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Old Nov 05, 2012, 05:08 AM
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I do not think it is a kit. Several years ago I saw what looks like the same model at one of the events here in Southern Ontario, still un-painted. I was told that the guy made the moulds for the fuselage him self.
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Old Nov 06, 2012, 07:14 AM
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Very interesting looking machine. Love to hear how it flies.
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Old Nov 06, 2012, 04:52 PM
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I have the fuselage!!! No idea what it is but I planned to scratch together a wing and was going to do a tandem motor setup. I'm glad to see there is another one out there.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1150934
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Old Nov 07, 2012, 08:41 AM
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warhead_71 if you want dimensions off the wing or better photos, just let me know.
I still fly trainer type planes so this one won't be going very far or soon - probably should sell it to someone who appreciates this kind of plane....
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Old Nov 07, 2012, 09:12 AM
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I plan to make mine electric powered. I actually think it will fly like a trainer with the thick airfoil and simple REAT controls... though I may add flaps to mine as well. I'd love to see some pictures of the inside of your fuselage to see how the pylon is reinforced and wing is joined.
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Old Nov 08, 2012, 11:59 AM
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More Pictures

I guess the popular vote says this is a sport scale model of a Dornier DO-18.
There are more photos of this plane at:
http://s1125.photobucket.com/albums/...018%20WANNABE/

Also, the wing mounting pod details are pretty much as follows:
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Old Nov 09, 2012, 09:33 AM
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Hi,

her you go:

https://ssl-id.de/rc-tronics-topp-ri...6psnt5crgr4822

It is a german made model called "Mini-Haha". It flies wonderful!

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Old Nov 09, 2012, 10:04 AM
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Thank you Kuni!

Wow, it looks great with the triple fins. And I see there are two versions, one with sponsons, and one with wing floats. Mine has the sponsons... or at least the roots of the sponsons... I'll have to carve the rest from foam and fiberglass.

Now that I know the name, I can easily Google others:

http://www.rc-network.de/forum/showt...on-Topp-Rippin

http://www.rc-wasserflieger.at/forum...c469d64ed19954

http://www.modelbouwforum.nl/forums/...-een-ding.html (mine has the sponson roots like this one)

http://www.rcmovie.de/search/Wasserflug/30
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Old Nov 09, 2012, 10:18 AM
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The one with triple fins owns a friend. Here is a video-link:

http://www.rcmovie.de/video/633ab896...lbfliegen-2007

A good example of how strong the airframe is: it was a very gusty weekend.
Maybe the previous owner added the sponsons? I only know the version with floats, but the motor dome and basic fuselage is clearly "Mini-Haha".

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Old Nov 10, 2012, 12:23 PM
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Thanks Kuni.

Perhaps the fairly minor changes between my plane and the new ones were just production changes over time. Mine has a set of old World Engines servos that were popular in the late 70's that kind of date when this plane was set up.
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Old Nov 25, 2012, 12:27 AM
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Do yourself a favor and hold on to the plane. It won't be long until you are ready to try flying off the water. I'm sure there is someplace close to you where you can fly off the water.
If not, we are not too far south of Detroit. Get the plane ready and bring it to our float fly with your MAAC card and you can fly with us. If you are a bit concerned about the plane, we can look everything over before you fly and even get it in the air before we hand off the transmitter to you.
Drop me an email if you want to fly with us and I can give you directions.
It's not all that far. I've driven a lot farther than that to fly kites at the Strawberry Fields Kite Festival in St. Thomas.

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Old Nov 25, 2012, 07:51 AM
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Although a bit of a haul for regular flying for either of you, I tried to set up such a site just east of Windsor in Tilbury. The R/C boat guys already have an agreement with the town so half the work is already in place. It is one of the best locations I have ever seen out here for water flying as you walk on grass right to the waters edge.

For some reason I had no reply.
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