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Old Mar 15, 2005, 02:25 PM
Big Pimpin
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Floats on an Aerobird Challenger?

I live right next to a lake and have obtained permission to fly there. I am still learning how to fly with my ABC and am feeling comfortable with it. Unfortunately, I live in an area with a dearth of open space, but with this lake nearby I was thinking I might be able to affix floats to it and use it there?

Anyone ever do this? Will it have enough power to take off of water?
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Old Mar 15, 2005, 06:19 PM
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Or what about floats on a Park zone J-3 cub. I have this one as well but I don't fly it anymore. Would a different battery help get it off the ground?
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Old Mar 15, 2005, 11:15 PM
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I would suggest just getting a GWS E-Starter for three reasons. One, the E-Starter is a great second plane. It fly's really nice and and you can learn how to fly with ailerons. Second, You can buy floats for it. GWS sells floats made for it. Nothing to build or modify. Third, The E-Starter is cheep. Hope that helps here is a link.

http://www.gwsexpert.com/product_inf...products_id=22

PS get the one with the 400c motor. The 350 doesn't have the power you will want.

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Old Mar 16, 2005, 10:23 AM
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Thanks Hawknips,

I think I'll check that out. Probably after I sink the j-3

It looks like it might be the way to go. Hoepfully easy enough to control so I don't buzz the ducks and get in trouble.
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Old Mar 18, 2005, 04:10 PM
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No reason you could not put floats on an ABC or a J3. Check the hobby sites for floats. You will have to figure out how to adapt them as I doubt anyone makes floats for these planes specifically.
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Old Mar 18, 2005, 04:51 PM
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Check out this thread about my attempt with floats on the J-3.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=262929

It looked good, and did fly alright, but it didn't have enough power with the stock set up and a larger gws prop to ROW. I will say that if you were to strip the stock components out of it, and put in a E-flight park 370 brushless, that it would probably have the power needed to ROW. I plan on trying it again this summer with the brushless setup. I'll let you know what I accomplish.

Good Luck.
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