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Old Aug 30, 2011, 07:48 AM
Where'd it go? Uh Oh!
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Thayer,

Thanks. Yes, that info on the differential throttle helps a lot.

If you hear any thing from the distributor about release dates, please let us know on this thread. I've had (I still am) lots of fun with the PBY, so I'm really looking forward to the Widgeon. Arrrgghhhh ... I can't wait! Maybe flying my PBY will help make the wait seem shorter (?).

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Old Aug 30, 2011, 10:27 PM
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there is presently so many selections out there right now!
Really? Like what? I've been hard pressed to find much variety in seaplane ARF's myself.
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Old Aug 31, 2011, 09:40 AM
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Really? Like what? I've been hard pressed to find much variety in seaplane ARF's myself.
Here is one... but agree there are not too many ARF's.

http://www.parkzone.com/Products/Def...ProdId=PKZ5880
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Old Aug 31, 2011, 11:54 AM
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but agree there are not too many ARF's.
Exactly ... I figured maybe PittSpecial knew something we didn't.
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Old Aug 31, 2011, 05:55 PM
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I read the review in Fly RC, looks good. I have a lake just 40 feet from the back door. I have been flying my Super Cub on floats for over a year and a half. In the winter when the lake freezes and there is snow on the lake, flying on the new snow is a treat. Really float planes fly better than on the water.

I have checked the prices of the parts on Tower's web site. Including the plane, no rec, the way I add, I get about $430 or there about without props. I am sure I got a 3 cell 3200 around, if not then a couple of them would be a good investment.

Here is what I get to fly from almost every evening when the wind is down.

So this new plane looks like it would be great to have to float fly with. I wish it had lights on the wings and body, but I can live with that. Float flying into dusk is a thrill and especially when the moon rises.
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Old Aug 31, 2011, 11:13 PM
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Orrin, I don't think you have a choice on this one!

FWIW, I think you could add nav lights pretty easily with the three-piece wing. I agree, having lights to stretch the twilight for just one more perfect landing is awfully nice.

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Old Sep 01, 2011, 06:50 AM
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I have been looking for a twin float plane, since I don't have the skill to build one and I wanted a Duck, but I love this one also. So I better order it. I have never flown a twin, but I figure that I can learn pretty quick. In the video the twin electrics sounded pretty neat.

I love flying in the twilight. One the longest day of the year, I can fly at 11 PM and still have a few minutes left. At night when the wind lays down on the lake, I fly my Super Cub and many of my neighbors come out to watch me fly along the shore and I have to dodge the docks and boat hoists, but the whole time in the air is a lot of fun. Electric makes it so nice. Everyone likes the fact there is no noise.

Thank you for the review in Fly RC. I loved the video. You almost landed in the lily pads once, yet you managed to just slip over them. Looks like this Widgeon flies a bit like the Seawind, looks fast, but seems to slow down pretty good.

My wife won't be happy, but float planes and a lake go hand in hand. She likes to water ski, I like to float fly. So I guess there is a trade in there somewhere.

So far this year, I have not needed a chase boat.

Winter is a great time to fly off the lake on snow.

I think I can add lights. It will be a challenge in ways, but I am sure it can be done.

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Old Sep 01, 2011, 02:32 PM
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I have checked the prices of the parts on Tower's web site. Including the plane, no rec, the way I add, I get about $430 or there about without props. I am sure I got a 3 cell 3200 around, if not then a couple of them would be a good investment.

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Even though the Eletricfly PBY uses the same suggested components, I went a different way with it and got excellent performance and reliability at a greatly reduced cost

Use the following:

Motors: BP-2212-13
http://www.bphobbies.com/view.asp?id...7&pid=B1688512

17.95 each.

ESCs: Lots of options: http://www.bphobbies.com/view.asp?id...2&pid=B1818516 is one.

19.95 each

Thus, using an alternative motor and ESC combo costs only 75.80 total for a pair of each.

The stock Rimfire/ Electrifly components cost 49.99x2 for the motors and 39.99x2 for the ESCs, a total of 179.96

Saves over 100 dollars. The only small mod is that you ill need to redrill the firewall for 4 screw mount instead of the stock three screw mounts.

I will end up using HXT900 servos all around and they will cost a little over 3 bucks each, with shippin.

I plan on spending less than 100$ for all components except the extra RX and battery, which I already have extras of.
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Old Sep 01, 2011, 08:33 PM
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Nice to know. Thanks.
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Old Sep 04, 2011, 10:09 AM
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And here's an other movie


ElectriFly® G-44 Widgeon Seaplane ARF - Action Shots (1 min 14 sec)
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Old Sep 10, 2011, 05:32 PM
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Thayer,

I had some spare time this afternoon and did some wing loading and wing cube loading calculations for my models that I fly most frequently.

The wing loading for my Great Planes Electrifly PBY Catalina is 18.96 oz./sq.ft., and the wing cube loading is 11.4. I consider the PBY to be a "pussycat" to fly and haven't detected any bad characteristics with it, either on the water or in flight. Going by the information on the G-44 Widgeon that appears on the Tower Hobbies site, the wing area of the Widgeon is 373 sq.in. and the weight is 72 ounces. This results in a wing loading of 27.8 oz./sq.ft. and a wing cube loading of 17.3. I have a Hyperion L-19 BirdDog with a wing loading of 21.14 oz./sq.in. and a wing cube loading of 14. I consider this BirdDog to be a "hot" flyer, and it is a real challenge for me to fly. It also had a nasty tip stalling habit which I was able to correct by "reflexing" (angling up) the ailerons approximately 3 degrees.

With all this said, do you consider the Widgeon to be a "hot" flyer? Looking at the videos, I don't see any slow flybys like can be done with the PBY.

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Old Sep 11, 2011, 08:55 AM
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Well, My Widgeon came in at 3 &13, iirrc, so a bit less than they call for. It is definitely not as light as the Cat and thus does fly faster but it is very smooth in the air. I have not seen a tip stall that I remember, but as you say, reflexing the ailerons a bit will cure that quickly if you do.

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Old Sep 11, 2011, 11:03 AM
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G-44 Widgeon

Just saw the cover of Fly RC What a pretty airplane,couldn't help myself it is already on BO at Tower. Now if I can only find a place with water to fly it near me. Any ideas out there, let me know.
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Old Sep 11, 2011, 03:11 PM
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I hear there is a lot of water in the Connecticut River these days. FWIW, I am pretty sure you were looking at Fly RC magazine.
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Old Sep 11, 2011, 04:35 PM
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G-44 Widgeon

Sorry about that my bad, have to give credit where credit is due. Picture was on the cover of Fly RC Magazine. great write up Thayer, hope the plane is as good as the article (cancelled the Flyzone Fockwulf for the Widgeon). Yeah, one of my flying fields is under water, receding now.
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