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Old Feb 12, 2012, 07:59 PM
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Hi Roger,

It seems that GWS forgot the priority of the Beaver II.

Hi Carlos,

I noticed that he said he applied the stock brushed motor on those beautiful GWS Beavers, and one of them is still with the brushed set up, while the rest have been upgraded to brushless ones.

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Old Feb 12, 2012, 08:15 PM
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Beautiful beavers, and just love the floats! I would love to build a float plane, but I am afraid I would lose it, as I have no boat......In other news, I worked on my GWS 'Cub today, and my ugly C-47. I even took a couple of pics of the Ug.


I flew my Slow Stick late this afternoon. I wanted to maiden my DH Vampire too, but it was getting too dark out to fly a silver plane.-------Metalguy
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Old Feb 13, 2012, 01:33 AM
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Hi Carlos, both Beavers were built and maidened with the stock brushed setup, but the floatplane was changed to brushless fairly soon afterwards. The green one with the big tyres continues to run brushed with 'C' gearbox over a year later and lots of flights
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Old Feb 13, 2012, 01:41 AM
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Beautiful beavers, and just love the floats! I would love to build a float plane, but I am afraid I would lose it, as I have no boat......In other news, I worked on my GWS 'Cub today, and my ugly C-47.
Thanks man, floatplane flying isn't so tricky really. You just have to accept that if you make a 'less than perfect' landing, you'll probably lose your plane. I don't have a boat either, but I do keep a tennis ball tied to a length of string as my recovery system!! Never had to deploy it yet, even after a couple of water landings that Barnes Wallis would have been proud of!!
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Old Feb 13, 2012, 07:48 AM
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I do keep a tennis ball tied to a length of string as my recovery system!!
Nice idea ! What is the total length of the string ?
I did buy a fishing rod and strings as the recovery system, too, but I have not yet built the float plane.

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Old Feb 13, 2012, 08:51 AM
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It's about 100' (30m) which is more than half the distance across the river. There's a bridge nearby, so I can get across if I need to
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Old Feb 13, 2012, 05:18 PM
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The C-47 could use some paint LOL - it is ugly. The Vamp behind it sure looks good, though.

Parked my P-40 in a tree this afternoon. Got it down with surprisingly little damage. I think I made a downwind turn without enough speed and she snapped over and dived. Might put a 480 on this one

Bahhhh - I hate fishing airplanes out of trees.

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Old Feb 13, 2012, 05:52 PM
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Wolfe,

Ha Ha ! The fishing rod did help us a lot.

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Old Feb 13, 2012, 06:36 PM
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We actually keep a long pole over at the City Field for retrieving treed airplanes since we have a lot of new pilots that come there. I don't usually need to use it, but in the last 2 weeks I have put 2 planes in the trees.

Hope the trend does not continue LOL

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Old Feb 13, 2012, 06:45 PM
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Traffic controllers are drinking DECAF again.
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Old Feb 13, 2012, 08:49 PM
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Wolfe, sorry to hear you are hangaring planes among branches.. glad you got it out ok, though! davylah, The ball and string is a great idea! Now I may put some floats on something....(NOT the Vampire!) I know I saw a photo of a DC-3 on floats somewhere....Ugly C-47 may end up with some floats one day... ----Metalguy
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Old Feb 13, 2012, 09:02 PM
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In other news....I am working on both the ugly C-47, and the old cub. I managed yet another motor swap on the cub, to a smaller brusless, and also managed to mangle the NEW cowling I just bought for it, trying to cut the opening for the motor in the nose...So...I looked at the cowling I happen to have for a 400 TM, and I believe it will work fine cut down. It will also be stronger. I plan on sanding, filling, and painting it up as one of the Super cubs I worked on in my past, a royal blue one that was just plain beautiful. It had yellow "N" numbers, and it kinda looked like it belonged with the blue angels. In fact, my boss at the time challenged them to a race to 1000' from a standstill when they were in town. They didn't take him up on his challenge. The C-47 is getting a hatch in the top of the fuse, (already cut) and better hinges for all control surfaces. I was also thinking of putting drooped tips on the wings, or maybe winglets. I am sure purists will cringe, but it is all in the name of fun research. Even though it is ugly, it is a good flyer, and I intend to fly the daylights out of this one!-------Metalguy
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Old Feb 13, 2012, 09:41 PM
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Metalguy,
Your new C-47 won't be ugly again after you build it up and paint it well.
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Old Feb 14, 2012, 07:46 PM
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P-40 is repaired - not much damage really - mostly just a loose motor mount stick and a broken prop.

Put a 9060 three blade on her. Will see how she flies. This is just not one of my favorite airplanes, so if she doesn't behave better, I will probably give her to a friend who is just about ready for warbirds. But maybe with the 3-blade her status will improve

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Old Feb 14, 2012, 09:09 PM
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Wolfe, good to hear the damage was so little. I am hoping for a good day this weekend to fly...I have a 4 day weekend coming up! I am having withdrawls...------Metalguy
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