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Old 04-17-2012, 09:09 AM   #1
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First try at float plane flying

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Some time ago I built a seaplane called the “Laker 40”

This was my first attempt at a float plane. After it was built, my old friend Gerry and I got into the runabout and went out into the middle of the Ottawa River for a test fly.

Started it up no problem, and dropped it into the river.

Well I guess I really did a bad job on the Monocoat (I usually do.. but it doesn’t matter on land so much) and did not appreciate the necessity to seal her "hull" up, because as soon as I started my take off run, the fuselage started taking on water. The plane almost made it into the air… but not quite.

Soon water obviously got into the electronics and the airplane developed a mind of its own. Unfortunately the engine kept running just fine; nice and high and dry up there above the wing. The plane was now randomly on tour around the river, stuck on full power.

So I turned off the useless remote, started up the boat, and Gerry went to the bow ….with a paddle.

We spent the next several minuets providing cheap entertainment to the folks on the shore; chasing the plane down and attempting to hit the propeller with the paddle to stop the bloddy thing.

Thus ended water attempt number 1. Attempt number 2 is covered under the thread “float plane cant pull up”

Attempt #3 coming soon!


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Old 04-17-2012, 10:03 AM   #2
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Re: First try at float plane flying

Chris, you just described my fear of float planes to a tee! I'm laughing with you not at you! Glad you aren't discouraged!
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:24 AM   #3
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Re: First try at float plane flying

Yes -- When I look back on this hobby, its the "disasters" that seem to give the best memories.

Funny how that is...
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:31 PM   #4
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Re: First try at float plane flying

I have put my Eagle in a few times last year trying to get the hang of take offs. Mine is sealed good but when it is upside down it does not matter. LOL
Good luck with your next attempt.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:48 AM   #5
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Re: First try at float plane flying

Here is a little trick I use on my float planes. When you are all done covering it, get a couple Q-Tips and a bottle of trim solvent. I use the Q-Tips to run the trim solvent over all the seams and it helps to seal them down. A small paint brush would probably work too.
I also leave a bit of extra overlap on my seams for the float planes. Not sure if it really helps, but figured it couldn't hurt.

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