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Old 07-15-2004, 03:32 PM   #11
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If you want to attach the wire to the side of the float why not have a flat bar (1/4 X 1/8 X 1') brazed to the ends of the wire and screw it to a plywood insert on the side of the float. You can recess the bar into the side so it is flush and when painted would be hard to see. When I built the Otter I installed a brass tube inside the fuselage, from side to side, flush with the outside. The rear supports are bent at the top to slide into the brass tube. Within reason the rear support will bend out enough so it will slip into and out of the tube when you put on and take off the floats. The bottom could also be brazed on to the spreader bar. The piece that goes from the bottom of the back support to the top of the front support also slips into a tube installed right behind the front (wheel) support. Then you could cover the wire with two pieces of balsa and cover that with either Koverall or light fiberglass.
On the front support you can use the same flat bar by drilling a hole for the axle part to slip through and then braze it. When you install the floats the axle could go in the float and the flat bar would screw on and keep the water out of the float. The bar wouldn't be in the way when you put wheels on, it would be on the inner side of the wheel.
I used the same method of attaching the ladders to the fuselage and screwed them to the top of the float.
I hope this helps and I don't have you totally confused, but if you think a couple sketches would help I will do my best.

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Old 07-15-2004, 06:35 PM   #12
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Ahhh! I think I see what you mean, Casper.
There, sometime you just need something to shake loose the block in the ol' brain!
I think I can work with this now.
Thanks again, and if I have any more questions I will sure be back!
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