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Old Aug 03, 2011, 11:10 PM
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Doubtful unless you store the model in water.
Yeah, as long as you don't tie it you your dock and leave it you'll be fine.

Also, remember to clean all weeds and grasses off the plane before transporting it I don't know about other places, but around here there's a big fine if you get caught moving a boat that has Eurasian milfoil (an invasive aquatic plant) on it.

I wonder how that affects (full-scale) planes that take off and land on water? Is the pilot supposed to hang out of the cockpit with a rag on a stick and wipe down his floats before he lands?
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Old Aug 03, 2011, 11:53 PM
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I wonder how that affects (full-scale) planes that take off and land on water? Is the pilot supposed to hang out of the cockpit with a rag on a stick and wipe down his floats before he lands?
HAHA I'd love to see that.

I doubt anyone has a dock small enough to tie this plane to anyways.
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Old Aug 04, 2011, 12:04 AM
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I doubt anyone has a dock small enough to tie this plane to anyways.
Oh, you'd be surprised
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Old Aug 04, 2011, 12:07 AM
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I probably shouldn't say this, but it's late and I may not be thinking clearly.

OK, I had my fun...need to remove the non-family-friendly bits.
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Old Aug 04, 2011, 12:26 AM
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I probably shouldn't say this...
Edit: Looking forward to the A5
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Old Aug 04, 2011, 07:52 AM
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I probably shouldn't say this, but it's late and I may not be thinking clearly.

Nobody wants to be accused of having a small dock...
Is float planes like the pickup trucks out in the parking lot here at work? The size of the float plane would be inversely proportionate to the size of the dock?
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Old Aug 04, 2011, 03:14 PM
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There is one disappointment for me with this plane. Matt from HH stated there is no plastic bottom on the plane. Eventually, the foam will get water soaked and most likely not last long. I recommend coating the bottom with epoxy or something.
For other floatplanes, I add strips of that flexy kitchen cutting board stuff so I can fly off asphalt. Or those cheapy paper binders from Walmart. Real thin plastic, very flexible. Just cut to fit, spray 3M77 on both parts and wait a few minutes. Then push together and hold for a while. Makes the bottoms super slick and durable against the pavement. When I wear a hole, I just do it again.

With this thing having wheels, it won't be an issue, though. Jus sayin....
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Old Aug 04, 2011, 10:33 PM
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First, foam will absorb some water. It will dry out fast though. It should not deteriorate the foam, but will absorb and hold some water.

I extrude, expand, and mold EPP for work. If water deteriorated foam, we would not be able to mold it. It is molded with high pressure steam and the parts cooled with water. Water won't hurt molded beads foam one bit. The beads aren't glued together with an adhesive or anything, they are heated and melted together. Water isn't going to de-melt plastic last I knew (just made that word up, de-melt....)

Now if only I can talk my boss into building a couple of airframe molds for our presses......
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Old Aug 04, 2011, 11:08 PM
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If you are worried about the foam, why can't you glass the bottom?? It would add just a little weight, but you would have hard bottom.

Looks great. I love float planes. Guess that is because it is just 50 feet from the back door to the float flying dock. Yep, I got my own float flying dock. Right now I am fly a Super Cub on floats. I have had this plane for over a year and I had two flights this evening.
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Old Aug 05, 2011, 10:23 AM
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3 words.... New Revenue Stream

You can be in charge of R&D and testing.

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Old Aug 05, 2011, 06:24 PM
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You can easily glass the bottom, I did with my Z-foam Seawind. Used very light glass cloth, and Minwax water based polycrylic. Painted it with water based acrylics mixed to correct color, then another coat of WBPC on top. Works fantastic, adds very little weight, but lots of strength. You'll want to do this if you fly the plane off snow, since if it hits patches of ice the foam WILL tear and look nasty.
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Old Aug 06, 2011, 08:21 AM
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This plane looks great, my problem is that it is coming out in Late October. The lakes freeze about early December and with all launches they are usually about 2 to 5 weeks late. So October becomes December, ice, snow abound here then and I wanted to see it fly off water, not snow.

I know it could fly off snow and all float planes do a great job on snow, but for the first flights I would have rather had water.

Oh well, Horizon has their time table, the fellows down South will have a great time.
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Old Aug 06, 2011, 07:31 PM
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Somewhere in the annals of the Interwebs, there's a video of someone driving an R/C boat on snow. Good stuff.

It WOULD make sense to release it in time for the northern markets, but I suppose Horizon knows what they're doing.
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Old Aug 06, 2011, 08:09 PM
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KMP has one also. It is much bigger, has retracts on it, 71 inch wing span, 5 and 1/2 pounds, can be gas or electric. I would love it, but too much money.

I will go with this one, learn how to fiberglass the bottom, everyone says it is easy, so even a dummy like me can learn to do it.

I like the design, that along with the Super Cub, my Seawind, and another float plane will be a great addition. 4 float planes, I got a short float plane dock and 4 chase boats. MasterCraft, Pro Star 190, A Larson 14 fit. ski boat, and a 14 ft, Duck Boat and a paddle boat. So I am set, one plane for each boat.

I wish they had brought it out in April, but I can get it, be ready for the spring and fly off the lake during the winter. Flying off snow is a hoot with a float plane.
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Old Aug 06, 2011, 08:16 PM
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Why does everyone have to BLAST the music on every factory video?? Please, it comes on, about deafens me and I have to go to the mute switch or turn the volume down on every video from every manufacturer.

Give our ears a break, LOUDER is NOT BETTER. I worked in a factor for 30 years, what hearing I got left, I want to keep till I die!!
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