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Apr 27, 2011, 11:18 PM
6 months to finish a rtf
pulsery2k1's Avatar
started mine , I purchased 2 kits one arrived ok the other had a lot of
dings that needed to be filled and painted, Home Depot does a
great job with color match - 2.99 you get a jar with enought
to paint several models, and a perfact match
I didn't like wing wires so I added two hard wood spars , next
to the the 2 very thin fatory spars. so no wing wires will be needed.
I also added flaps , its almost completed I just need to decide
how to power it ,I have a couple of diffrent motor's but will
most likly use the 2408-21's one powers my 26 oz tiger moth
very well so 2 should power this well .
should finish tomorrow , I removed the lousy decal by putting a
hot towel on it and it just lifts up
on the rudder I cut the end of the exit tube ,changed angle and
put vasiline on the rod -- better but still a lousy set up
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Apr 29, 2011, 06:39 AM
Sky good, Earth bad!
Dakrat's Avatar
Nice job! I can't wait to hear how you flap mod works!
Apr 29, 2011, 07:34 AM
Don't disturb the pilot !!!
saucisse's Avatar
Looks good pulsery2k1! Honestly, you won't need flaps...this bird can fly so slowly it a joke!
Apr 29, 2011, 08:25 AM
I'd rather be flying
baddb1's Avatar
Originally Posted by saucisse
Looks good pulsery2k1! Honestly, you won't need flaps...this bird can fly so slowly it a joke!
I agree. I slowed my down to a crawl before landing which was very nice. I also had it literally hovering still while flying into about a 5 mph headwind.

I think I will try the Home Depot color match to touch up the wing screws, etc. Thanks for the tip!

Cool video to watch of the CL415 fighting a fire:

Canadair CL-415 (1 min 51 sec)
Apr 29, 2011, 08:55 AM
6 months to finish a rtf
pulsery2k1's Avatar
I sort of knew I didn't need the flaps , but thought they would look nice
I decided to try to improve the ugly motor pods so I cut the end's
off made a fire wall and will try to make more scale cowls
should finish today and try flying it tomorrow.
Apr 29, 2011, 09:09 AM
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it's a damn shame these things are out of stock....
Apr 29, 2011, 09:18 AM
6 months to finish a rtf
pulsery2k1's Avatar
Nitro will have them shortly
Apr 29, 2011, 05:49 PM
6 months to finish a rtf
pulsery2k1's Avatar

[B][SIZE="4"]converted to a C-215 [/SIZE][/B]?

99% done , only 3 of the wing bolts will line up
but it looks good -- I could not stand there cowl's
and didn't want to waste time making new ones
so I converted it to a C-215 round engine
I just need to fix wing bolt and hopefully the weather will
be nice to fly it tomorrow
Apr 29, 2011, 08:10 PM
If it's R/C, it's all good.
hpiguy's Avatar
That cowl mod looks really cool. And definitely makes your plane unique. Good job.
Apr 29, 2011, 08:25 PM
6 months to finish a rtf
pulsery2k1's Avatar

thanks , they did make a c-215 version of this
Apr 29, 2011, 08:32 PM
If it's R/C, it's all good.
hpiguy's Avatar
I know, but you just might have the first electric R/C version of one.
Apr 30, 2011, 01:49 PM
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struggleforlife's Avatar
very nice mod pulsery2k1 !!
How did you make the cowl?
Apr 30, 2011, 08:12 PM
Clean up! The missus is home
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I have equipped both my Guanli Catalina and CL-415 with differential throttles. I also have the rudder channel mixed with ailerons to allow coordinated turns. From my expiences with the Catalina the aircrafts' rudder now seems to be redundant, in other words its a waste of a servo! I now fly the plane with no rudder input at all all turning is accomplished by throttle on the water and by a combination of throttle/ aileron in the air. I have now disconnected the rudder pushrod and secured the rudder to neutral on my CL-415 and will see how she flys. Has anyone else had similar findings?
Apr 30, 2011, 08:35 PM
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Originally Posted by huntingfield
. Has anyone else had similar findings?
really like your philosophy Hunt...
dont know yet, but i have the exact same scenario in mind for my CL415 ... the rudder watter fin is a waste of gramms and will get ript off on ground so i remove it including its control rod... also the rudder linkage was so poor ! change it with full efficient carbon rod ... i may kept the rudder opperational + your throttle mixing & also mix with aileron (i'm a poor pilot that like to fly with one stick only )
Apr 30, 2011, 09:18 PM
KC9TPL- Get Legit
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Huntingfield- can you expand on how you do the mixing? I assume you have differential ailerons, so each aileron has one PWM channel. Then you also have two throttle channels; could one be the channel that you would ordinarily use for the rudder? I have a Hitec Eclipse 7 and every channel except 5 can be mixed, so I could use 1 and 6 for the ailerons and 3 and 4, or possibly 3 and 7 for the throttles.

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