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Old Aug 28, 2011, 08:39 PM
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Got lucky, I have a damn good photographer.
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Old Aug 28, 2011, 09:37 PM
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Hey out there,

Thought I'd throw in a few pic's of one of my float planes. It's a Modelfly (now Thunder Tiger) "Ready" It's all plastic (I love to paint). Power is a OS 55AX with a DX7 for control. I've had two other Ready's before this one; I love the way they fly .

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Old Aug 28, 2011, 10:40 PM
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Nice job on the paint! Nice to see something original! Can you comment on the floats you're using?
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Old Aug 28, 2011, 11:54 PM
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Fred,

Thanks. Those are the Modelfly (Thunder Tiger) floats. they are made for the Ready, but will work on most models up to .60 size. They will also work on the Thunder Tiger Cessna Cardinal, and the Beaver. There are specific mounts for all three models, or you can adapt them to your plane. They are blow moulded ABS, with foam cores. The water rudder can be put on either float, and there is a end cap provided also. Last I saw, there were going for around $35.00.

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Old Aug 29, 2011, 02:14 PM
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PZ Spitfire on floats .
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Old Aug 29, 2011, 08:24 PM
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Here's my Modellfly Cessna Cardinal 177 with an O.S. 60. IMHO these are the best seaplanes, period! They are made entirely out of plastic. Even the hinges are plastic and are molded into the flying surfaces. Plastic equals no mold and no wood rot! Thunder Tiger has taken over this line and I highly recommend these seaplanes! The second plane is a sport scale Grumman Goose, all balsa and plywood with much maintenance!
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Old Aug 29, 2011, 08:51 PM
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I Totally agree with Freddy; The Thunder Tiger Ready and Cessna Cardinal are Great float planes . I wouldn't hesitate to recommend either of them as float plane trainers, though I believe that the Ready is a more stable platform for learning to float fly.

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Old Aug 29, 2011, 11:20 PM
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Old Aug 30, 2011, 04:23 PM
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Own design Prosecco - Larger version of my Cava design of a couple of years back.

Specifications

Wingspan 60
Chord 11
Wing area 4.6 sq ft
All up weight 7 pounds 12 ounces
Wing loading 27 oz/sq ft
Power maximum 2 * 350 watts on 8*4 APCE
Current at full throttle 2 * 30 amps
RPM at full throttle 13,800 rpm
Power to weight 90 watts/pound
Duration Around 7 minutes

Equipment

2 * XYH 35-42 1250kv 45A outrunners (Giant Cod)
2 * Hobbywing Pentium 60A opto ESCs (Hobby King)
2 * 3700 20c 3S Rhino lipos one per motor (Hobby King)
Rx power from one of the lipos via 4/6 amp switched mode UBEC (BRC Hobbies)
Foam wing by Ric Lorenti
Nacelle covers from Vortex Vacforms
Prosecco Graphics from CMF Hobbies, Duke Street, Glasgow
Spektrum DX8 with AR7000 Rx
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Old Aug 30, 2011, 06:35 PM
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Very nice deustace! Will we see a plan for this one in a magazine too?
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Old Aug 31, 2011, 12:41 AM
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Hey out there,

I found a pic of my other float plane to go along with my Ready; an old Great Planes 1.20 size Spacewalker ARF. span 80", power is a G-26 magneto, floats are 42" from Ralph at Plane Fun Floats in MI. Legs are bent up K&S flat alum stock. I'm not using a water rudder; the fin and rudder are from a 1.20 size Mustang. I misplaced the originals several years ago, and used these instead. I never did like the yellow/red Spacewalker scheme, so it was changed to this one. It flies very good, loves to go fast, stable, and rock solid on landing. Takeoffs can be interesting until enough speed is gained .

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Old Sep 02, 2011, 02:41 PM
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"Very nice deustace! Will we see a plan for this one in a magazine too?"

Not yet anyway but who knows. It's a lot of work for little reward. I had to build a third Cava to get the build photos and the build instructions spot on for the magazine article. This time I've not even done a full plan so I'm starting from further back.

I would say that there's quite a buzz from seeing someone else's build of your own design.

Cheers, Dougie.
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Old Sep 04, 2011, 04:08 AM
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"Very nice deustace! Will we see a plan for this one in a magazine too?"

Not yet anyway but who knows. It's a lot of work for little reward. I had to build a third Cava to get the build photos and the build instructions spot on for the magazine article. This time I've not even done a full plan so I'm starting from further back.

I would say that there's quite a buzz from seeing someone else's build of your own design.

Cheers, Dougie.
Yes, a friend of mine has had a couple of designs published and he's said the same thing. I still have the original article of your Cava in the magazine (Model Flyer was it?) presumably it's just a matter of enlarging the plan, which wasn't printed full size in the magazine anyway, as I recall, or have the proportions and wood sizes changed? I like the design, not too complicated, but with a classic flying boat look to it.
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Old Sep 05, 2011, 05:20 AM
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"presumably it's just a matter of enlarging the plan"

Yes, more or less. Cava was 46", prosecco 60". I prefer the Cava as you can transport it fully rigged. I connect up all the wires, seal the wing with vaseline, and fly it like that till the end of the season or a mishap. Lift out of car, put battery in, fly. A mod to the original plan is to put the battery tray in at a 45 degree angle. This will allow you to change batteries between flights, which you couldn't do on the original without taking off the wing. I get 10 minutes on a 2200 3 cell lipo.

On the Prosecco, you have to remove the wing for transport, three radio connectors, 4 battery leads and the sealant. Bit of a pain but at just under 8 pounds, it handles a blustery day better.

Cheers, Dougie.
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Old Sep 05, 2011, 06:31 PM
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PZ Spitfire on floats .
LF, It's time for some new pics of the Spitty! Hopefully Flying. TW
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