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Old Jan 08, 2012, 10:38 AM
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I mostly fly it off grass is why the water rudder gets removed
Do you take off from grass? .. how does the shaped hull (fuselage) handle the grass, is it OK? .. I have a Polaris (with a flat bottom) and it is very good from grass

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Old Jan 08, 2012, 12:08 PM
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It flys well off of snow, too. The problem is that hard snow tends to scar the bottom.

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Old Jan 08, 2012, 03:19 PM
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Do you take off from grass? .. how does the shaped hull (fuselage) handle the grass, is it OK? .. I have a Polaris (with a flat bottom) and it is very good from grass

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It takes off from grass very well as long as it's short. If you ease into the throttle it wants to tip up like it might flip over, but if you gun it it goes great.
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Old Jan 09, 2012, 08:23 AM
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Grass takeoffs are just like water takeoffs -- Full UP elevator and Full throttle, then let off the elevator as soon as the Seawind lifts off.
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Old Jan 09, 2012, 12:24 PM
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Prop recomendation?

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I sure think so. If something happens to this one I'll buy another one.
With nose cover repairs stalled while I consider building a vac-forming system I'm considering this option too. btw - Can anyone recomend a prop for the stock rimfire motor the RxR came with? The supplied 8X6SP broke. Is the stock prop the best option for the stock power system?

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Grass takeoffs are just like water takeoffs -- Full UP elevator and Full throttle, then let off the elevator as soon as the Seawind lifts off.
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Ditto that. If the grass if tall/thick it won't move but if it's nice and short and esp if it's dewy or very dry it'll slide fine. I find full power/full up is only required to get it moving. Once its sliding I let off elevator, back out of the power a bit and it accelerates and lifts off easily.
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Old Jan 09, 2012, 09:13 PM
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I have found a place here in Australia where I can get it, BUT $169 for the kit and shipping $46.80 … bit on the pricy side

Maybe I will design plans for a Depron scratch-build, anyone have GOOD 3 view of the plane or model?

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Old Jan 10, 2012, 05:38 PM
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I have found a place here in Australia where I can get it, BUT $169 for the kit and shipping $46.80 … bit on the pricy side

Maybe I will design plans for a Depron scratch-build, anyone have GOOD 3 view of the plane or model?

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With some tweaks this would look really nice.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...hlight=seawind
The wing is a bit far back in this design but that probably keeps it lighter.
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Old Jan 10, 2012, 07:03 PM
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With some tweaks this would look really nice.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...hlight=seawind
The wing is a bit far back in this design but that probably keeps it lighter.
Thanks Grejen, I did have a look at that one, I would like to try and make one a little more rounded and closer to “scale looking” not necessarily “to scale”

Saying that, it does look nice in the air

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Old Jan 10, 2012, 07:49 PM
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Raz,

How hard can you push the Tower Pro motor. I just put one on my Polaris and it doesn't even get warm swinging an 8x4 APC. Getting to an 8x6 with a lot of throttle control would be nice.. Is it Possible?

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Old Jan 11, 2012, 09:28 AM
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Hi Bob. It should be fine as long as you don't run wide open the whole time. I put a 7x4x3 on mine because they look cool the last time out and had no problems and that should be close to your 8x6x2 blade.
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Old Jan 11, 2012, 05:56 PM
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Thanks Grejen, I did have a look at that one, I would like to try and make one a little more rounded and closer to “scale looking” not necessarily “to scale”

Saying that, it does look nice in the air

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It is pretty blocky and the plan shows a plate/kfm wing but it'd be a good starting point. Apply some of jetset44's techniques (large triangles inside the corners giving room to sand the shape) for a more round fuselage. Add a true airfoil wing and your there.
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Old Jan 11, 2012, 09:23 PM
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It is pretty blocky and the plan shows a plate/kfm wing but it'd be a good starting point. Apply some of jetset44's techniques (large triangles inside the corners giving room to sand the shape) for a more round fuselage. Add a true airfoil wing and your there
This is why I wanted to buy the model and then I could have a good look at it and take it from there, might do this anyway

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Old Jan 13, 2012, 07:16 PM
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It flys well off of snow, too. The problem is that hard snow tends to scar the bottom.

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True enough. In fact, I have seen loose powdery snow have a sandpaper effect ranging from about 320 grit, to about 120 grit, depending on conditions.

I complete sanded the step off of the floats on a model flying on molded foam Sure Flite float set one snowy day back in the 1970s. (no tape or other protection) Likely did about 50-60 touch and goes on three tanks of fuel. Rare to get snow conditions in north Texas, but it does happen once in a while.
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Old Jan 22, 2012, 11:57 AM
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I made a FPV platform for my Seawind, I had to cut the servo tray between the servos to get the LiPo back far enough to correct the CG. It now weighs a healthy 840 grams.
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Old Jan 22, 2012, 12:35 PM
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What motor/battery/prop combo are you using and how much power are you getting? Looking forward to videos.
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