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Old Oct 18, 2002, 03:37 PM
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Micro Taxi to "Water" Taxi?

Hi all,

These 7" mini floats from FoamFloats.com are just so cute that I may have to make an RFFS100 "Water" Taxi out of the Micro Taxi.

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Old Nov 17, 2002, 12:24 PM
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Well, I couldn't resist.

Here is the "World's Smallest Water Taxi" posing next to my second generation DWE Lightning.

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Old Nov 17, 2002, 12:31 PM
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I did finally swap out my old 3-cell, 50mAh, NiCd pack with a single 140mAh LiPoly cell. All up, my Water Taxi weighs 1.3oz.

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Old Nov 17, 2002, 12:34 PM
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Here's a better look at the gear struts. The front ones are the original metal rods and the back struts are the carbon fiber rods that come with the float kit.

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Old Nov 17, 2002, 02:29 PM
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Greg,

That is just too cool!

Tony Turley
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Old Nov 17, 2002, 08:16 PM
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Grumman Kangaroo

I'd like to see a Grumman Kangaroo! I'd like to float-fly my pool! let me know how it flies.

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Old Nov 18, 2002, 08:45 AM
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When I checked the CG, I had forgotten that I replaced the original 3-cell NiCd pack with a much lighter LiPoly cell so it was very tail heavy.

I decided that this was enough reason to finally rebuild my original (and ugly) balsa elevator. On my second gen. Lightning, I used a cut section of the horizontal stabilizer for the elevator. This was much improved over my original balsa add-on.

I cut away the balsa elevator and section normally used for the elevator from the stabilizer. I then cut my elevator from a discarded Acro-Bipe wing trailing edge. Same foam and matching yellow color.

It looks great! I'll take a photo of it soon.

Here is another angle of the plane with the original tail.

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Old Nov 18, 2002, 10:27 AM
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Very cute! Does it ROW? Rainy season is coming up, and flying out of puddles (a real puddle jumper!) would be so fun... I feed the need for a video! What prop are you going to use on it? FWIW, I found the KP 2-blade adjustable makes the ROG version get off with a lot more authority...
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Old Nov 19, 2002, 07:32 AM
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Thanks, Mike. You're lucky if you only have a rainy season. We are already getting snow here so my first test of the Water Taxi will likely be at an indoor event.

Here is my new elevator made from an Acro-Bipe wing trailing edge. It is nice to be able to return to an original work and "fix" what by my current skills seems almost embarrassing. I guess that the main point is either version flew great!

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Old Nov 19, 2002, 07:38 AM
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The little guy is ready to go! I'll be looking for a big puddle in the next few weeks just to see how it comes on step.

The float designer thinks my floats are too far forward but I was afraid of it flipping over the nose and exasperating my already tailheavy condition. It sits just fine on the back of the floats with the tail out of water.

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Old Apr 11, 2003, 12:27 PM
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What Ever Happened?? Did you find your puddle?

hey Greg,
I just converted and have started to fly my Micro Taxi and wanted to see if you ever had any success? Let us know it's getting warm again.. and thank God NO RAIN on Sunday... Yahooooooo a nice flying day..... Hope the breeze doesn't screw things up....
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Old Apr 11, 2003, 01:30 PM
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Greg, you may know this already, but the step generally has to be at or slightly behind the CG for successful ROW.

Our Tiger Moth's on floats was the smallest thing I'd seen till now! Can't wait to here how it works.
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Old Apr 11, 2003, 04:01 PM
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I'm afraid that my "Water Taxi" never made it through the long Winter here.

Flying an RFFS100 model indoors with 5-10 other transmitters on was the first problem. The second problem was the hardwood basketball floor.

I got tired of repairing it...for now. Maybe when Summer arrives i'll give it another try outdoors.
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