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Old 04-30-2016, 10:59 AM   #11
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Hey Len,

Didn't know you picked this one up from Angus. Very cool project. I'm not a fan of the Beavers without a round engine on the front but I really can appreciate the quality of that model you have.

Good thing you're putting the floats on. A beaver without floats is like a women without boobs.

Hope to see it fly at Shuswap this fall.

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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

well , I had to put it into perspective since being hooked on turbines and our field is not located in an area that we can use pure jets; I had to compromise and go with slower Turbo props. Plus we do try and get float flying off our local lakes and that is very doable.
You are right about the comparison between floats and boobs.

Also this one could be easily switched to a radial just by ordering the two piece cowl and a radial engine.....Now ,just have to learn to do a propane start.
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Also this one could be easily switched to a radial just by ordering the two piece cowl and a radial engine.....Now ,just have to learn to do a propane start.
Propane is actually a faster start. You just have to deal with hooking up the bottle for the start. Does yours have an onboard start tank you pre-fill or ?

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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

Read the pros and cons and decided to do an individual start and not have the hassle and cost of an extra on board start. Down the road when bearing change time ;over the winter will definitely do an ECU upgrade to V10 with the Xicoy unit for full telemetry.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:44 PM   #15
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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

Been working on new covers for the float legs. The original in the kit appeared to be too large and out of proportion so was able to dig up some aluminum airfoil profile aluminum that I had purchased from Sea commander floats, some time ago. To bring the tubular legs down to size in order to be able to force slide the new airfoil pieces over I milled the required amount on each side for a very snug fit. I had to use my drill press as a press to force the cover down over the tubes. Worked well. More pictures tomorrow. On the float mounting end I will have to trim the lower legs on the forward V legs .

Should be able to get that done tomorrow morning with more pictures.

Have tried to contact the Canadiam importer plus the manufacturer and getting nowhere on the stringing of
The water rudders plus a few other construction issues not shown in the sparse plan booklet , so I guess
I will go it alone and maybe use full size setup from pictures.
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Old 05-04-2016, 12:23 PM   #16
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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

As promised here are a few more pictures of the new leg covers. The first two pictures are the revised narrower leg covers and the third picture is the
stock leg cover ( third leg from the left) supplied in the kit. Looks just a bit too wide for me.... any opinions out there.

trying to find some pictures of the full sized Beaver float steering rigging setup. May have to head down to the airport to see if any there.
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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

Didn't get much done today as too many want to see the progress on the floats.......Methinks I should have kept it hush hush ; locally.
Did get the steps pretty much done on the front float struts, though. Will try and get some pictures posted tomorrow........gonna make like nobody home !
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Old 05-07-2016, 10:00 AM   #18
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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

Got the cross support wires made up and using Dubro turnbuckles to tighten them up and work like a hot damn. I did have to re tap the 4-40 holes as Dubro did not tap the left and right turn threads all the way in. Thank goodness I had both taps on hand Going flying today with the Deuces and taking tomorrow off . Back at it on Monday and wil start with the water rudder install. Have to add a better mounting system for the water rudders to the transom .... More pics on Monday for sure.

Hope everyone has a good weekend flying, weather looks great.
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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

The one individual that did the Beaver right was Martin Rousseau.aka Closterman.Maybe check out his Pdf manual.
here is a link to the real connection...excellent photos
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...=984887&page=3
The key ingredient is the water rudder connection itself
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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

The cable connections run through sheaves,to the cabin(one to the rudder,and one to the pilot's side).So ,the landing gear connection has some use after all,using a servo.I suppose you could split the connection to the rudder servo,to allow a separate servo to operate the water rudder,and to be able to adjust the position in the water,when connected
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