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Oct 30, 2005, 02:08 AM
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world models cessna 182

I was wondering if anyone has put one of these on floats ?
this is my first try at a float plane. I haven't flown it yet,
I want to make sure I have everything set up right.
first of all it has an axi 2808/24, cc35 and a tp 3s 2100.
a set of 25 inch floats.
auw 34 oz I know this sounds like alot but I hope its ok.
the step is about a half inch behind the cg but the floats seem to sit kind of tail low in the water
any advise would be appreciated, I'm running out of time with the weather.
next spring is along way off.

Last edited by Rick D; Oct 30, 2005 at 08:30 AM.
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Oct 30, 2005, 08:46 AM
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It looks great. Very scale. I would say that it might be a bit underpowered. I would say that motor would be ok on planes up to maybe a pound. You are double that. But, I assume you are not going to be doing any fancy aerobatics. So it's a guess. I'd try it, I think you know if it will get off the water or not fairly quickly. If it doesn't get up on step in 15-20 feet, it's likely underpowered. Turn around and come back. I also think tells you where to position the step vs the GC.

Post your results please...

Hey it's warm today and we're a long way from having any ice...

You may want to post this in the parkflyers forum. You'll get more replies.
Oct 30, 2005, 09:02 AM
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your plane seems to sink to much and the flotes are not centered accuratelly
it is to tail heavy
is your plane balanced with the floats?
Oct 30, 2005, 09:38 AM
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Rick,nice looking plane ! Your step is where it needs to be IF your c/g is correct After installing the floats...don't try to lift it off too soon...Gouda is 'right on' ! I had a GWS Beaver on their 16" floats (needed 19") and it sat low.It handled ok in the air and looked right .......while taxiing..
Welcome to water flying...may you have many nice looking take offs and landings !!
Oct 30, 2005, 05:18 PM
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Thanks guys
I did balance it with the floats and it balanced pretty close to where the manual says the cg should be.
I'm wondering if I should move the plane forward a little on the floats, but that would put the step even farther behind the cg ?
I'm not sure if that would be ok or if I should just fly it the way it is ?
well hopefully the weather will clear up soon and we'll see what happens.
Oct 30, 2005, 07:35 PM
Is it summer yet?
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If anything you want it nose heavy, be sure it's not tail heavy. Maybe you can shift the battery around a bit. I think the step should be within a 1/2 inch and behind the CG, no more. I think you are very close the way it is.
Oct 30, 2005, 08:04 PM
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It's OK for the floats to float a little low in the back. Much better than if they float low in front!. It DOES look like you're leaning on the right float a bit more than the left, tho'. Make sure your plane is balanced laterally, and that each float is spaced equally from the centerline. Altho' some have advised a little toe-in, My experience is that floats should be parallel to the centerline of the airframe when looking downward from the top.

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