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Sep 14, 2006, 08:29 PM
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Every time I go out to fly after work the local athletic fields are busy now that school's started. But there is a nice little lake around the corner tha begs for my TM on floats!!

I've browsed thru the TM thread here and am looking for recomendations for pico TM floats. I think the GWS floats are too heavy. Anyone have plans or a source for Tm floats?

My TM is powered by a lens 17T cd, so I think it'll have the power to get off the water with appropriate floats.


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Sep 14, 2006, 09:14 PM
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Me too. will soon be near nice little lake in the Carolinas
Sep 15, 2006, 01:23 AM
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Kitty, you have to pick up a Lama, Pegasys, or a BladeCX. I fly 2-3 times a day inside the house. My kid goes bonkers! Buzz and I have been chatting over it too. It seems his Lama V3 and mine share the same habits, they love to break the 25' Buzz-Moth limitation! HAHAHAHAHAH. Sorry Buzz, could not hold that one back.

Oh, my moth motor is going to be changed for sure. I have a new one on its way, and should be here by Saturday. Something I been looking to find for a while from a local dealer, and I was lucky enough to see that GorillaBob has picked up some for his stock.

Check this out:
EC28P-S Brushless Motor $13.50
Product Description
Length: 9 * 27 * 47mm
KV: 1540
Weight: 29g
Diameter: 28mm
Shaft Diameter: 3.175mm
Sep 15, 2006, 01:37 AM
I even seen a house fly!
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That's a sweet little motor and mount Tom!

Paul and Rich, I truly can't say enough about dirt cheap floats cut from 2" pink insulation foam on the bandsaw, sanded and covered with low temp, lightweight covering. Made small mounting blocks from basswood, cross beams out of 1/8th CF tubes and you're good to go! Super light, plenty strong, they do the trick nicely

Attached is the plans I used, originally provided by Chuck!


Sep 15, 2006, 01:43 AM
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Cool, if I have time tomorrow I will have to cut myself out a set of those. Is there a real reason for those to be tapered in to the top like that? I wonder if I have some balsa laying around, maybe I can make templates and then use a hotwire to cut the rest out smooth.
Sep 15, 2006, 02:11 AM
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TEOR, they're tapered to save weight I think... Not under the water anyway...

Here's a thread I found a while back on building hollow floats.

I'm right there on the amazing little PicooZ too. Have 2 already!

Sep 15, 2006, 02:28 AM
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Yup, I'll do a mixture of the two, whichever is easier to cut out on the scroll saw. I'll fire up the band saw for the major cut of the foam, and then the handheld hotwire to do the actual cutting of the shape.

Now I know what to do with the extra Moth in the closet. I wonder if AllERC was able to start selling those strut kits again....
Sep 15, 2006, 03:56 AM
My first Build
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Looks like it.

EDIT. Just got one!
Last edited by radralph; Sep 15, 2006 at 04:21 AM.
Sep 15, 2006, 08:15 AM
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Hey thanks Kitty! I have some 2" blucor I'll try it on.
Is that the wheel LG wire on the front, with the wheels removed?
And did you use the rear wing rubber band "pins" to attach the floats?
Those look great-- did you cover or paint them

Sep 15, 2006, 09:44 AM
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Kitty looking back in the manual for the dihedral, the lower wing layed flat and raised at one tip by 80mm and the top wing both tips raised by38mm.

Sep 15, 2006, 10:11 AM
I even seen a house fly!
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Paul! Yes and yes!
The floats are indeed covered, in this case with black Econokote, but any low temp, lightweight covering should do the trick. The idea is to make them nice and slick when running on the water Tried a set of DIY floats on an old E-Starter ages ago that I hadn't covered, and the thing would just STOP on landings, and forget about ROW!

Mark! Thanks! ^_^


Sep 16, 2006, 11:09 AM
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hey TeamTEOR , who makes that motor? it look like the same output, but 10grams less weight than the GWS I was going with. I'd really like to shed 10 grams!
Sep 16, 2006, 12:07 PM
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Im Lazy so i just ordered some floats from www.foamfloats .com
Sep 16, 2006, 12:33 PM
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It is made be ELE. I'll let you know how I like it as soon as it gets here. I am hoping it is today. GorillaBob is over in Bullhead City, AZ so is should not take that long to get here. It was nice to see a local vendor have these in stock. I have ordered from him before, and he is a real stand up guy. Here is a link:
Sep 16, 2006, 04:04 PM
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OK, Teor... I caught that message about flying higher than 25ft.

I'm doing the same basic motor install on the white Pico Moth ... which I need to get started on. I have a lens end runner, but I don't have an ESC yet. What are you using? Also, some tips on a motor mount would be much appreciated.

I decided to find the oldest electric airplane out there, and ended up with a Wright Flyer! This thing is going to be so cool.. the only thing I have to finish is some detail painting on Orville and the frame of the plane. Oh, yeah... no wingwires yet either.
I'm also going to have to paint the props brown. If they were a different color, I could use a brown marker to make them look like wood. Any suggestions on what color Orville should be? I'll get some video of the maiden .... or the crash.

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