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Old Mar 17, 2011, 07:28 PM
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Recommendations: Scale Electric Float Flyer

Hey Guys,
I am looking for recommendations:

I have been flying my Easystar and UM P-51 and have an order on the way for a HK Cessna 182 w/ floats. I have helped my friend do some building on balsa models and am interested in doing one. I am looking for a mid size plane, 50"-80" wingspan, that is both land and water flyable. I have zero building equipment and a little bit of knowledge through assistance of friends and observation but thats about it. Let me know what planes you would recommend.
Thanks,
Jack
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 09:07 PM
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I'm sort of following the same path as you from the easystar onwards and want a float plane. As a change from the very hackneyed bl**dy Piper Cub I am doing an Auster.
The thread is here if it is of any interest to you.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1109897
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 09:17 PM
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Thanks,
I have done a quick search and only found plans for this plane. Is it a kit build or cut from scratch? If so how hard is it to do that and what tools would it require?

Thanks
Jack
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Old Mar 18, 2011, 03:23 PM
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If you are looking for a good scratch built model, that works well with either wheels or floats, then i can suggest loooking no further then any of the IVAN pettigrew designs.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=710485

He designs mainnly twins, but does do plans for both an Auster, and a chipmunk. Like all of Ivans designs they are relatively simple (though slightly time consuming to make) and fly beautifully.

I have his twin otter, which i fly with and without floats.

Scott
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Old Mar 18, 2011, 04:52 PM
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Sounds like maybe and ARF is the next step. Like an e-flite Beaver on floats.
http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...FL4525#quickMM
Or are you looking for a kit? TW
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I have always like the looks of this plane:

http://topnotchkits.com/index_files/TN_Kit7.htm

It's the Top Notch Bush Hawk. I haven't ordered mine yet and I haven't built one of their kits but it's on my list of ones to do.

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Old Mar 19, 2011, 10:38 AM
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From what I have read, successful scale float planes need quite a strong power system and large enough pontoons installed at the proper angles with retractable water rudders. Lightly built Piper Cubs are a fairly popular float plane conversion. You can get some ideas from IC float plane threads on this and other forums. I expect some will try floats on the PZ foam Stinson Reliant, a number of them are flying on skis.

PS: Found a short You Tube video of PZ foamy Stinson Reliant using Multiplex Fun Cub float kit. Requres modifying front landing gear and adding rear float supports. Comments didn't mention power system mods if any.
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Old Mar 19, 2011, 09:19 PM
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If you are looking for a good scratch built model, that works well with either wheels or floats, then i can suggest loooking no further then any of the IVAN pettigrew designs.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=710485

He designs mainnly twins, but does do plans for both an Auster, and a chipmunk. Like all of Ivans designs they are relatively simple (though slightly time consuming to make) and fly beautifully.

I have his twin otter, which i fly with and without floats.

Scott
I have been looking at these, they look like excellent planes, but I am not sure if a plan only plane should be my first balsa build. What sort of skills does it require? I have a friend who builds lots of balsa planes so I may be able to get a bit of help now and again. Would this require any special tools besides knife, heat iron, heat gun, glue, ect.

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Sounds like maybe and ARF is the next step. Like an e-flite Beaver on floats.
http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...FL4525#quickMM
Or are you looking for a kit? TW
That looks like an excellent ARF, I have been looking at it every time I get to the hobby store... but I am more interested in the building side of things. Thanks for the recommendation.

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I have always like the looks of this plane:

http://topnotchkits.com/index_files/TN_Kit7.htm

It's the Top Notch Bush Hawk. I haven't ordered mine yet and I haven't built one of their kits but it's on my list of ones to do.
Will have to check this one out. Looks quite interesting. Have you built one of their kits before? If so are they good quality?

Thanks,
Jack
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Old Mar 19, 2011, 09:32 PM
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Classicaero will be selling this kit when he gets done with it.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1398744
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Old Mar 19, 2011, 09:48 PM
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Thanks for the heads up. Will keep an eye on that one.
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Old Mar 19, 2011, 10:21 PM
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The Auster I am doing is from plans however lot's of bit's on the plan just don't work and also no floats are shown so maybe it's not really suited for a first build.

Have you had a look on the waterplanes forum
http://www.rcgroups.com/waterplanes-174/
you may get some ideas there
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Old Mar 19, 2011, 10:25 PM
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Ok, not too much of a problem as I did not really like the looks of the Auster. Will keep an eye on the waterplane threads.
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Old Mar 19, 2011, 10:53 PM
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W15, Check out this forum.

http://www.rcgroups.com/waterplanes-174/
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