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Old Aug 22, 2012, 02:30 PM
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The 910Kv motor is a dog. It's pretty shocking how much more power the 1020Kv has for being the same size and weight. Float flying or otherwise, stay away from that 910, it is not money well spent.

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Jay,

You may have had a bad 910kv motor, or I have a really good wound one......

I ran the 910 motor in my tcraft with a tbird 36 for a while and it flew great, I since tossed that motor and esc in a maxford albatross and fitted the tcraft with the 1020 motor and a pheonix 45, and its really not alot more punch spinning the same prop, although I also added a cc 10a ubec and a bunch of telemetry stuff, so the added weight could be offsetting the power increase. Long story short, I dont think the 910 is a poor perfomer at all.

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Old Aug 25, 2012, 08:33 PM
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Maidened my Taylorcraft today using wheels. It flew great and landings were perfect. I am working on my floats now.
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 11:55 AM
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Maidened my Taylorcraft today using wheels. It flew great and landings were perfect. I am working on my floats now.
Congratulations on the successful maiden. Doesn't this plane fly great? I really love the scale looking take offs and landings. And all the stuff in between is great too.

Hope to see a picture of your TC with floats soon.

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Old Aug 29, 2012, 11:40 PM
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Maidened today. What a beautiful and relaxing plane to fly!

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Old Aug 31, 2012, 06:18 PM
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Maidened today. What a beautiful and relaxing plane to fly!

Park 480
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3S 1000mah Easily 6min flight times...


Looks sweet man! I see you tossed some diamond lite's on it, paint the prop tips on that xoar and its a heartbreaker to be sure.

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Old Sep 02, 2012, 09:41 PM
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I made an air exit louver from pieces of basswood and balsa to stop water from splashing into my float plane. I used 26 inch floats from seaplane supply. I glued in a wood strip made of basswood for where the frame attaches and balsa in other places.
Each float is now about 86 grams or 3 oz. I built the frame by bending piano wire using a vise and a hammer. I made the cross braces from carbon fiber. I drilled holes an aluminum tube to make connections between the carbon fiber and the piano wire legs. I took photos before I painted the frame and covered the floats so the construction is visible. More photos later after painting. The floats are 12 inches apart and the legs sit on a 12x12 square. The top of the frame is about 4.5 x 8 to and attach where the formers are in the fuselage. During assembly of the plane I glued wood attachment points into the fuselage.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 01:43 PM
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I have been working overtime on my job, but I finally got to cover my floats and paint my struts. I covered them with Ultracoat. I kept my Iron at about 115 C measured by the thermal sensor on my multimeter. They are the same color as the airplane (not white like the photo looks). I painted the struts with automotive paint.
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Old Sep 18, 2012, 05:28 PM
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Here is my plane floating in some water in a tub to check its balance.
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Old Sep 18, 2012, 08:35 PM
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Here is my plane floating in some water in a tub to check its balance.
That is one gorgeous Taylorcraft. Looks awesome on them floats!!! I saw your post showing the floats and was looking forward to a pic of the finished product. It looks even better than I imagined. Have you flown this plane yet? What power system and prop are you using? This is just my opinion, but a wood prop would look really good. I use cheap Turnigy props like these.

Another modification I like is the screened in air inlets on the front of the cowl like shown below.



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Old Sep 18, 2012, 09:10 PM
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I flew the plane using wheels a couple of times and trimmed it out. I am using the eflite 480 motor. I am using an APC 11x5.5. I have used that prop for a number of planes and it has great thrust. Freddy, your prop and grill look great!
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Old Sep 19, 2012, 05:36 PM
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Looking good - you will love the floats.
Don't use a wood prop with floats- if it contacts the water it will splinter. A non wood prop will have no damage at all.

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Old Sep 21, 2012, 12:55 PM
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Looking to buy I want to have a pilot this is a Hanger 1/7 think it will fit and look right?
http://www.advantagehobby.com/112833/HAN9110/
Also this is a another good source of fastners
http://www.microfasteners.com/catalog/products/SSC.cfm
Be Safe & thanks for the help
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 07:39 PM
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The plane looks better here than it did in the tub. This is just before my first float flight with it.
I also got a video that I will try to post later. Now that I know it flies good off the water I will add some red stripes to the sides of the floats.
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Old Sep 23, 2012, 03:46 PM
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I Maidened my Taylorcraft. The wind was about 10 mph. I could not taxi the Taylorcraft downwind so now I am working on a water rudder for it.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 09:24 AM
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Where to buy

I am getting ready to buy one who has some good deals?
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