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Jan 24, 2005, 02:10 PM
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Hansa Brandenburg and Heinkel floatplanes

I was at the Vanta museum at Helsinki airport, Finland a couple of years ago looking for documentation of my finnish marked Balsacraft Blenheim.

There I found a Hansa Brandenburg W29 floatplane and took some pictures. The museum is very crowded so it is hard to take good photos but as Kuni and Terry seams interested in this type I will show them anyhow.

As many others here I am a waterplane nut. A couple of years ago I designed and built a Heinkel He5T floatplane to a scale of 1/10, span around 66 inches. The He5 was designed by Ernst Heinkel who also was the designer of the earlier Hansa Brandenburg floatplanes. After the first world war Heinkel was working in Sweden as a designer for an earlier boat yard now building floatplanes. After he left for germany again Sweden built several Heinkel floatplanes with a license. In Sweden they was always called Hansa after the first Heinkel designs. My model is of a Bristol Hansa. The origanal was powered by a Bristol Jupiter radial engine. I found one a the Technical Museum in Stockholm and made a replica.

Haninge MFC, Sweden
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Jan 24, 2005, 09:29 PM
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A very nice model of an airplane we don't get to see very often. It's great to see these rare types flying. But, is that a 4-stroke exhaust I see? Shame!
Jan 25, 2005, 01:20 AM

I have followed your threads about your airplanes, and know that you love water planes as much as I do. I wish I had more time to build...one day, I want to build an 80-inch Hansa W-29.

Did you take other pictures of the W-29? My greatest frustration is with the forest of struts under the airplane, connecting to the floats. I think I can count 18...but don't have any detail.

Best regards,

Jan 25, 2005, 02:33 AM
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There was a 62" span version (for a .48FS) given away as a free Plan over two issues of R/C Scale Aircraft Feb thru May 1991
Jan 25, 2005, 02:35 AM
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Yes my Hansa is powered by a .50 4-stroke. It was built 20 years ago and I had not discovered electric flight then. However I still build a IC powered model now and then. I love my 5-cylinder Saito radial. One of my latest model is a 7 feet span electric AN-2.

Unfortunately I have no more pictures of the W-29. The Swedish Hansa´s used the same type of floats and struts. I was not that hard to do. Only 16 struts plus the transverse booms. I used a combination of music wire, carbon tube and ball links. Can send details later if you need.

I am using the original undercambered airfoil. The tail is a bit small. Must fly carefully not to hang down the tail in turns. I use a lot of rudder.

Haninge MFC, Sweden
Jan 25, 2005, 06:33 PM
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cleveland model plans offer this plane.Looks like free flight plan blown up.But good to work from.Stay dry,stefanP
Jan 25, 2005, 06:58 PM
Assuming we're discussing H-B 29 plans: Ralph Beck some 15 (?) years ago drew up the best set of plans I had ever seen - although Palmer plans look nearly as detailed and complete. I had a vellum set of the Beck plans...and in a move, they were lost. But one can still get them, if one wants a larger model (80 inch span)

Christer: I was counting the spreader bars betweent he floats ("transverse booms"?) as two of that forest of sticks. And yes, I would certainly appreciate several pictures of your floats, struts, and how you attached them. Would you please email them to me at tmcgill@reachone.com ? Much appreciation.

Apr 11, 2009, 10:29 AM
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heinkel he5

hi Traplet plans in the UK do a good He5 set of plans.

Apr 11, 2009, 10:50 AM
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Nice to know that others are interested in these unique planes .

Here is mine , just built , not maidened yet ( weather ) it is 1/12 scale and built from a 3 view drawing with reference to pictures found on the net .


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