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Old Nov 19, 2007, 10:49 PM
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Lanier Seabird ARF

I have a new, in the box, Lanier R/C Sea Bird ARF. The model is discontinued per the Lanier R/C web site.

Any idea what it might be worth? The model was donated to our club with proceeds to go to the kitty. The member that donated the club can no longer build or fly. He does not recall it's value.

If someone can tell me how to post an image, I have a couple of photo's of the kit. Or, send me a PM and I'll send you the pic's.
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Old Nov 19, 2007, 10:55 PM
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I may have figured out how to add attachments.
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Old Nov 20, 2007, 08:04 AM
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Lanier Sea Tu--, er, Bird.

Truly the definition of "Almost ready to Fly".
I saw one make numerous screaming passes at 40 mph back and forth across the surface of the river and it always looked "Almost Ready to Fly"...but it never did.

Reports are that it will take off from snow, but the cold embrittles the ABS hull so it may shatter when you land.

Its main claim to fame is that it is awful. It is good to hear that Lanier discontinued it. It would look good hanging from the rafters as a decoration in a neighborhood tavern, tho'.

Contrast this with the Lanier Mariner, which is a very nice plane in the top ranks of the available ARF seaplanes. When I flew one of those it flew just like my Super Stik. I'm not down on Lanier (Now part of Tower Hobbies), just down on the subject plane.
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Old Nov 20, 2007, 09:00 AM
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Jim is right.

I have actually seen one with extensive hull mods ROW and airborne, though I wouldn't call it flying. It wallowed around the sky in semi radio controlled flight. The pilot was very good, the plane was very bad.

OK as a wall decoration, ONLY.

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Old Nov 20, 2007, 11:35 AM
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looks like itd be fun for handlaunching even thought it won't ROW,is it even worth trying?
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Old Nov 20, 2007, 12:23 PM
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I test hopped a S.T.60 powered Sea Bird and was not at all impressed with its manners in the air or on the water.
The owner totaled it on its second flight. Like a penguin, it looks good, but can't fly that well.....
Glad it's not mine...LOL
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 06:43 PM
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It was hard to fly - I got two flights off snow and gave up.That was 10 years ago, I just gave mine away a month ago after it hung in the rafters for a long time. I had a OS 70 surpass in mine.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 10:20 PM
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Wow! I sure started a bidding war! Thanks for the feedback. I was hoping to unload the kit. Didn't know I would need a shovel.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 10:59 PM
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Too much work to shovel, gift wrap it and set it out along a highway...some one will take it off your hands...
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Old Nov 25, 2007, 04:01 PM
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Obviously, the responders to this thread haven't had any positive experiences with this plane. It makes you wonder if anyone was able to correct the problems mentioned and get it to fly reasonably.

It almost sounds like a challenge.
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Old Nov 26, 2007, 04:00 AM
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Jeff, this sounds interesting. Are you a betting man ? Please keep us posted....art
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If it's cheap enough and the money is going to the club- I might be interested enough just to make it a ceiling-hanger for my son's room. PM a price w/shipping to 05156 if you want to.
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Old Nov 30, 2007, 06:02 PM
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>>It makes you wonder if anyone was able to correct the problems mentioned and get it to fly reasonably.<<
Yeah, they jacked it up and slid a Mariner in under it. Mariners are not perfect but most of the reported problems were addressed with themarkII. The Mk1 I flew was sweet.
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lanier sea bird mods

Hi- The lanier sea bird was my first R/C plane. I got it at a garage sale from my local hobby store. Someone had cut the nose and added 4 inches to the front and added some chines to the hull. It was powered by an Enya 45. The previous owner couldn't get it to ROW- I had it in the air 5 times, but being new to the hobby I can't say anything except it flew. It taxied well and had no problem lifting off and seemed easily controlled-until I lost it in the sun. It came with an AM radio - not sure if there was a range problen, but it ended up in a nose dive and hit the lake at 60 mph? I recovered everything but 1 pushrod- so it still floated in many pieces.http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...9#post5961639- the pics here are larger. Note the unpainted section on the front. This was the fuse extension.
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Seabird (Lanier) almost ready BUT never to fly - just discard it!!!

I agree with those that the damen plane just can't fly. I finished building it with a .61 engine and FORTUNATELY it crashed in its third flight. Everything is lousy in this damn plane. Lanier should be proud to have discontinued this plane!!! Check the pictures of plane and crash in beautiful Lake Paranoa, Brasilia, Brazil.
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