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Jan 11, 2008, 09:14 AM
I NEED a micro seaplane lrf!!!
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How small could I go to have these ROW?

Hello everybody

I'm building a micro Macchi M7 to be powered by PalmZ parts, and I am really sorry knowing that surely it won't be able to ROW...

So my question is: which is the smallest size/setup I could build this plane at being able to make it ROW and land on water?
Same question for the Savoia SM55X... which could be the smallest setup to be able to handle on the water? And would be possible to make a smaller indoor Palmish-sized version powered by two 4 mm coreless motors? I would have to make my own three-blades props because them need to be counter-rotating, I suppose - and I can't wait to put my CNC router at work to try.

Many thanks to anyone who'll give me some suggestion!

Torino, Italy
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Jan 11, 2008, 10:01 AM
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I love your subjects and am also interested in a how small a waterplane has been built that actually would ROW. Here is a 22" (560mm) span M7 done a couple of years ago with a CDROM motor that I believe would have flown from water had it survived its maiden. It is not quite finished in this photo. It is pretty large though.

Jan 11, 2008, 10:52 AM
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my gues the biggest problem in the really small sizes is the water surface tension... mabe an airplane that has a perfect step, and a pretty high T/W ratio (kinda hard to achieve in very small planes too) would work... there is a guy here who did a Drake 2 or 3 with teh Kyosho minimum Cessna 210 parts which is REALLY small and it ROWed.

I think it was in the Fanfold Drake thread... maybe in micro / indoor forum
Jan 11, 2008, 10:59 AM
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The Micro Drake here:

and here:

man i wish i could build that light
Jan 11, 2008, 11:04 AM
I NEED a micro seaplane lrf!!!
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maybe using one of those little brushless motor - I am thinking about the GoBrushless nano 10 mm - a small plane could have enough thrust?

I remember a nice foam Macchi made from a Japanese: I don't have the link now but I could post it later should you be interested.
Jan 11, 2008, 11:42 AM
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I thin it's about power and the surface tension that meatbomber mentioned. The water surface will actually help, but you have to power up on top of it. Think that was the issue with the Micro Drake of Thayers. Actually, the dead smooth water doesn't help seaplanes either, and being in a pool he certainly would have had that... maybe need to make weeny little waves to help out.

I need to try 60% Twinkle again, it will undercut the micro drake by 1 and 3/4 inches
Pretty sure it has a higher power to weight over the Micro Drake which would help ROW's.
Jan 11, 2008, 01:03 PM
If you cant find it Build it!
Just what is ROW?
Sorry I know this is probley a dumb question but Im new to the waterplane scene and I keep seeing this row everywhere but no descriptions of what it is.

Thanks fellows;
Jan 11, 2008, 02:00 PM
I NEED a micro seaplane lrf!!!
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R.O.W. means Rise Off Water (if I'm not wrong) as R.O.G. means Rise Off Ground.

If I'm not wrong, I'm still quite a newbie here too :-)
Jan 11, 2008, 02:01 PM
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I believe it means rise off water.

Orrin Eldred
Honor, MI
Jan 11, 2008, 02:27 PM
I NEED a micro seaplane lrf!!!
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TheKM, any pics/info about your Twinkle?

Len, what went wrong with the maiden?
Last edited by fabersum; Jan 11, 2008 at 03:05 PM.
Jan 11, 2008, 02:39 PM
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Check out the JR indoor thread from this past november .. they had some pretty small and light stuff ROW
Jan 11, 2008, 02:40 PM
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some of the folks said they were using rain-X and similar to break surface tension... good idea (or just soap)
Jan 11, 2008, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by fabersum
TheKM, any pics/info about your Twinkle?
60% Twinkle was a victim of circumstances, but I did set up a thread here...

...and just posted the follow up story in there to keep from clouding this thread.

For original Twinkle, there's my site and a thread, two or three.
Jan 12, 2008, 03:03 AM
I NEED a micro seaplane lrf!!!
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TheKM, many compliments for your model.. hope to see the 60% version soon!

Meatbomber, thanks for the suggestion
Vyceroy: could you please point me to the right link for the JR indoor floatplanes? I found just the Drake...

Happy weekend everybody!
Jan 12, 2008, 08:09 AM
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A lot of parameters are affected by scale. You'll probably find that your plane will ROW better if you increase the depth of the step. A "Scale" step will be too small for the water to detach from the hull, and the old demon, surface tension, will have his way with you.
Minimum step I would try is about a centimeter. And be sure that the edge of the step is as sharp as you can make it.

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