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Old Jan 25, 2012, 07:53 AM
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Maybe they took my email to heart and fixed it but myself and neons had the same issue and i dont think any paint would have helped. lol joe
that is cool, is it a kit or scratch built?
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 06:51 PM
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Scratch built Beaver with scratch built floats. finished floats just in time for one semi-successful test on the pond, but now it's frozen. She lifts off the snow (the week we had enough) nice though.
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 06:57 PM
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Scratch built Beaver with scratch built floats. finished floats just in time for one semi-successful test on the pond, but now it's frozen. She lifts off the snow (the week we had enough) nice though.

Nice Beaver! (I love being able to say that.)

One of my favorite models is a Unionville Hobbies 72" Beaver I built several years ago. It's stand-off (stand WAY off) scale, but I love the way it flies. Someday, I'll build a more scale version for floats.

Good flying,
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 07:17 PM
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Icon A5 picts

Some picts of the E-flite Icon A-5 at Lakeside Park in Tucson, AZ over the weekend. Flies great.
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 07:23 PM
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Teryn1, Nice pics! Did you get a sense of "tail wag" as others mentioned in this thread?
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 07:29 PM
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none at all (I flew at all speeds). I am not sure why - I read about it on here, and it is most likely an aeroelaastic effect induced from the propeller slipstream effect, and associated separation off the tail.
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 08:00 PM
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Mentor on floats

Multiplex's Mentor, their floats, in a Canadian color scheme.
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 08:02 PM
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I just watched a vid of the full size
http://www.flixxy.com/sports-airplane-icon-a5.htm
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 08:05 PM
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Dynam PBY

In pre-war colors:
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Old Feb 07, 2012, 06:44 AM
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Hi Robert, How do you like the Dynam PBY? Did you have to change the angle of the tip floats for better water handling. Actually I'm torn between both the Icon A-5 and the Dynam PBY. Which one do you like better?
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Old Feb 07, 2012, 08:59 AM
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Hi Robert, How do you like the Dynam PBY? Did you have to change the angle of the tip floats for better water handling. Actually I'm torn between both the Icon A-5 and the Dynam PBY. Which one do you like better?
Haven't seen the A5 fly, so I can't compare. However, my hands down favorite is the Mentor. It takes off and lands perfectly and flies rock solid. I originally thought a flying boat style would be better than a float plane, but that isn't the case in my experience.

For the PBY, it really needs differential thrust on the motors for taxiing, and you need to be able to switch it off for flight. It also needs aileron/rudder coupling for turns, as it tends to sideslip a bit. If you like the looks of the PBY, you'll have to accept less performance. Sorta like a pretty girlfriend!

I did raise the tip floats as recommended, and it seemed to work well. No grabbing at all.

Since you're in Wisconsin, I'd get the Mentor, or the smaller Funcub, and set it up with interchangeable floats, wheels and skis.
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Old Feb 07, 2012, 09:16 AM
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The pre-war PBY looks great... it just need the black "walk path" and the "inverted V" on the top to really look the part. Dynam is one of the few PBY's that really got the nose-shape right. I have the Electrify version in pre-war silver but it has the post-war "Canso" nose... so I'll probably chop it off and give it a blunt nose with gun turret.
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Old Feb 08, 2012, 03:12 PM
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I just watched a vid of the full size
http://www.flixxy.com/sports-airplane-icon-a5.htm
Check this out
ICON A5 - Kirk's Flight First Person View (2 min 22 sec)
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Old Feb 08, 2012, 03:38 PM
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Thanks Grejen
Way cool
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Old Feb 08, 2012, 04:59 PM
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I got my version of the Ross Islander into the air from a water take-off for the first time yesterday. It's 48" span, two "blue wonder" equivalents and a 2-cell 1300 Lipo for power, made almost entirely from Depron. Flight characteristics are excellent with plenty of power. I've split the motors between two channels to give throttle/rudder mixing, available on a switch (although I've tried leaving the mix in when flying and it seems to work well).

At the same time a clubmate flew his Fun-Cub with the float option. This is a really good model from Multiplex (perhaps a bit expensive at 80 with no hardware at all!) and he fitted the optional flaps and the 20 float kit but used the standard vinyl markings. I was impressed with the speed range and stability both in the air and on the water. It could look really scale with a warbird paint job and big stars and bars. I'm sure it's been done.
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