Seaplanes ... rock

Discussion in 'Scratchbuilding!' started by TomMonton, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. Hey Dan,

    I got something for you:
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  2. TomMonton

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    Cheaters !!

    I cut mine out the hard way.
     
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    I did watch paint dry for awhile today. Hope to have her ready to fly by sun up.

    I wanted raspberry but ended up with a neon purple. It's different if nothing else.

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  4. Looking good Tom!
    I thought you were going with the yellow-red gradient on this?
     
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    Eh. .. my mind tends to wander some nights and things just end up going thier own way.

    I was just happy to get it done.
     
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  6. JettaManDan

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    Damm right I cheat! I take every advantage I can!

    Purple people eater Mako...I love it!
     
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  7. Looks awesome.
     
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    It took ALL night long but it's done. The radio template is built, the control surfaces move back&forth and the propeller goes around real fast.

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  9. That looks really cool. Nice detail work.
     
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  10. JettaManDan

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    Tom...I want to see some detail on your servo setup...love the install!
     
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    I normally try to route my linkage around the propeller (call it superstition ) but there is still plenty of room to run 2-56 or carbon fiber rod linkage straight out.

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  12. pileit1

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    Very clean and attractive build Tom. I like how you linked the rudders.
    When's the maiden voyage?
     
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    Thank you sir. .. I slid it around the back yard today for awhile and was playing with trim.

    Keep the battery forward, once you go tail heavy it gets real squirrely real fast. The elevator is surprisingly efficient.

    I cut back throws on the elevator and ailerons but. ..you do need a lot of rudder to make it turn nice on the ground.

    It does fly nice in fact it's hard to hold down with any speed. It is stable enough where I could skate over the lawn, lift it to turn and touch down again coming back. This is going to be fun.

    I'll post a video next time out when I have a little more room to stretch her wings.
     
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    I went to their store website and watched some video. She certainly looks to be a very capable aircraft. Were you able to buy plans from them for the Mako or did you have to buy a kit?
     
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    The plan was a free download and I built this one. They do offer and sell a precut kit and a power combo kit to go along with it online as well.

    West Michigan park fliers
     
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    Here you can get the plans ;)
    http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1696964
     
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    Thanks Fz1, already found and downloaded.:) I need something I can do touch-n-goes with. Thinking about building a Flite Test BushWhacker too.
     
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    An added touch I thought I might share. Dan had mentioned milk jugs but I discovered that it wasn't going to be long enough.

    It doesn't take long to see where rubber meets the road. For what ever reason I had a 3 pack of these tablet screen protectors. ... I never cared for them anyway.

    I tossed the thin film shield away sliced up the plastic backing that holds it. I laminated both float runners with plastic. Should make her nice and slippery now on the grass. uploadfromtaptalk1449455794095.jpg
     
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  19. JettaManDan

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    Good idea for the skids Tom...I've built enough slide on ground planes go know that you only need the plastic where the runners will actually touch the ground....so for the Mako only the back half of the skids most likely....but all good you found a sizeable replacement....you can also use the plastic from one of those huge cheese ball containers from the store lol!

    Was putting together the skipper last night and it actually comes with a plastic cover for the hull...nice touch...
     
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    I fumbled around for a couple hours thinking of "things to use".

    A milk jug at this scale was a little heavier than it really needed. Duct tape would work nicely but would end up a gummy mess after awhile....the idea was to make it slide. A soda bottle, the thin plastic cover on a box holding some Christmas ornaments.

    This was just something expendable and quick within my reach.
     
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