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Old Jan 23, 2009, 11:40 PM
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Adding floats to the E-Flite Mini Pulse. Update inside.

This is the first of my 2008-2009 winter projects. I decided to see if I could mount floats to my E-Flite Mini Pulse. My MP despite being an excellent plane really hasn't seen much use in probably close to a year. I'm hoping that this will put the plane back on the front burner for the 2009 summer season. Anyway, I picked up some floats from a guy who posted an add for some semi custom balsa floats on this site(for the life of me I can't find the link. If you want the guys email. I do still have that. The rear mounting bracket is simply another MP landing gear bracket I ordered from my LHS. The bolt pattern for the gear mounts is the same for the wing mounts. Thusly I just ran the bolts with some washers though the rear mount, then the wing, and bolted it all the fuse. I may need to add in a spacer where the gear used to mount to provide some incedence to the wing/floats. Spring time water testing will determind that.
Another add-on the plane was a new 1-3/4" spinner from E-Flite. I previously had an Alfa FW-190 spinner on there, which worked fine, but I like this one a little more. Lastly, I upped the motor from a E-Flite 450 to a 480. I have test flown this off the snow with 100% success. The plane handles the floats just fine. It'll still roll and loop like before and even still knife edge.

Thanks for stopping by, any questions or comments?
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Old Feb 13, 2009, 10:05 AM
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Looks good John!
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Old Feb 15, 2009, 03:01 AM
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Thanks! Next time home I'll finish up winter project number 2. The Camel. I'm about 95% of the way there.
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Old Feb 23, 2009, 10:21 AM
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Awesome! That will look good in the air for sure.
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Old Feb 23, 2009, 06:54 PM
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Yeah, I'm pretty excited about it. Another thing I am going to do is apply some dull cote to the Fokker. I really like the look it gave to the Camel. With any luck, I'll bring these to the mall show this year.
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Old May 13, 2009, 04:47 PM
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Water flying...

A couple weeks ago, I managed to get some decent weather to take the MP out for some "real" float flying and honestly I can't be more pleased. Take off is pretty quick...I'd say about 50-75" and she rockets out if I'm not careful with the elevator application. Flight performance is great from the upgraded 450 to a 480 (swining a 11X7E prop). Landings, are a breeze. What I like most is that I can still do KE flight which is pretty cool to do just a few feet off the water.
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Old Dec 30, 2009, 12:07 AM
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Dora Nine,

If you still have the Mini Pulse, are you interested in selling it?
I live in Maine.

My email:uboat182@roadrunner.com

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