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Old Jul 24, 2012, 07:29 AM
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West Michigan Park Flyers LLC

Brings you the new Mako Sea Plane

Great Video! I guess you did have a bunch of excellent footage to use.

You guys really need to build one of these. The flight envelope on the Mako can be high speed aerobatics to low, slow, high-alpha flight and everything between. I'm normally a 3D guy but the Mako is capable of so much that it has kept me very entertained.

Good stuff.
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Old Jul 24, 2012, 08:00 AM
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I thought I would elaborate on the flight characteristics just a little more. As seen in the video the Mako is a very capable aerobatic airframe but if you notice it is also very docile. John, the designer, has many times demonstrated how easy it is to land by getting it in a nice glide approach and the setting the transmitter down and letting it land by itself. Because there is no tendency to tip stall, landings can be either be with a gentle glide angle with just a touch of power or it can be a power off approach with a gentle flop onto the water at the end.

High speed aerobatics are also easily performed and I've had no difficulty doing smooth slow, 4 point, and 8 point rolls. Loops can be big airshow style or extremely tight flips. It does nice rolling circles and rolling loops. It is very capable of knife edge flight and while there is some coupling due to the high thrust line I haven't felt the need to put any mixes in my transmitter to help. Snaps, spins, and tumbles are also a blast with the Mako. I am able to do pop tops, flat spins, and any number of tumble combination. Should you find yourself coming out of one of these a little too low no need to worry. Because it won't tip stall just point the nose down a little and pull elevator and it will just literally stop and then you can fly right out of it.

Again as seen in the video the Mako is comfortable flying off any surface be it grass, water, snow, sand, pavement, etc. One of the cool little tricks it will do is the Mako nose stand. You can pop it on it's nose and it will stand there until the battery runs out if you'd like and the angle at which it stands there is easily controled with the elevator.

I hope this provides a little summary of how much fun the Mako is to fly.

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Old Jul 24, 2012, 03:20 PM
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I thought I would elaborate on the flight characteristics just a little more. As seen in the video the Mako is a very capable aerobatic airframe but if you notice it is also very docile. John, the designer, has many times demonstrated how easy it is to land by getting it in a nice glide approach and the setting the transmitter down and letting it land by itself. Because there is no tendency to tip stall, landings can be either be with a gentle glide angle with just a touch of power or it can be a power off approach with a gentle flop onto the water at the end.

High speed aerobatics are also easily performed and I've had no difficulty doing smooth slow, 4 point, and 8 point rolls. Loops can be big airshow style or extremely tight flips. It does nice rolling circles and rolling loops. It is very capable of knife edge flight and while there is some coupling due to the high thrust line I haven't felt the need to put any mixes in my transmitter to help. Snaps, spins, and tumbles are also a blast with the Mako. I am able to do pop tops, flat spins, and any number of tumble combination. Should you find yourself coming out of one of these a little too low no need to worry. Because it won't tip stall just point the nose down a little and pull elevator and it will just literally stop and then you can fly right out of it.

Again as seen in the video the Mako is comfortable flying off any surface be it grass, water, snow, sand, pavement, etc. One of the cool little tricks it will do is the Mako nose stand. You can pop it on it's nose and it will stand there until the battery runs out if you'd like and the angle at which it stands there is easily controled with the elevator.

I hope this provides a little summary of how much fun the Mako is to fly.

dawg



Great Information Dawg!!!!! I am looking forward to getting a 3rd one soon! =)
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Old Jul 25, 2012, 08:56 AM
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Hi TMAC.
That was some great flying you did with the mako in the air show last Friday. Keep up the good work!
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Old Jul 25, 2012, 02:52 PM
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Great Information Dawg!!!!! I am looking forward to getting a 3rd one soon! =)
A third one!!! I am looking forward to getting my first.
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Old Jul 25, 2012, 04:15 PM
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Hi TMAC.
That was some great flying you did with the mako in the air show last Friday. Keep up the good work!
The floresent Orange looks good on your 4th Mako? 5th? 100th? Anyways it looks amazing!!! Im trying to find a small camera i can put onboard and make some video's!
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Old Jul 25, 2012, 04:21 PM
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A third one!!! I am looking forward to getting my first.
can never have enough mako's =)
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Old Jul 25, 2012, 05:47 PM
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can never have enough mako's =)
Very true. I just ordered my first. Can't wait for it to get here!
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Old Jul 25, 2012, 05:52 PM
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Very true. I just ordered my first. Can't wait for it to get here!
Let us know if you have any questions on the build! Have fun! They are a blast to fly!
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 07:59 PM
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Hi guys! Here are a few more video's I have taken of me flying the mako around! Hope you like them!
West Michigan Park Flyers Mako onboard camera (3 min 29 sec)

Tristen flying West Michigan Park Flyers Mako (3 min 28 sec)
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The floresent Orange looks good on your 4th Mako? 5th? 100th? Anyways it looks amazing!!! Im trying to find a small camera i can put onboard and make some video's!
Check out these key chain cameras.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...1556994&pp=100
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Old Jul 28, 2012, 06:02 PM
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Paint

I finally was able to get started on my new wmpf Mako today. Got the spars glued in and the hinge lines beveled and taped. Also spent some time putting a little paint on it. Turned out ok I guess. I should be able to see it at least.

Hope to get more done tomorrow so I'll post some more pictures.
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Old Jul 28, 2012, 08:19 PM
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I finally was able to get started on my new wmpf Mako today. Got the spars glued in and the hinge lines beveled and taped. Also spent some time putting a little paint on it. Turned out ok I guess. I should be able to see it at least.

Hope to get more done tomorrow so I'll post some more pictures.
Nice looking paint ... still using the same cans of paint? Love the colors
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Old Jul 28, 2012, 08:35 PM
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I think i've got just enough for one more plane.

Going to need to come up with a new scheme pretty soon.
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Old Jul 28, 2012, 11:12 PM
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Looking forward to you guys releasing the plans...

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