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Old 05-08-2016, 09:36 AM   #31
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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats


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nothing wrong with having a channel on the upper surface of the float,with a cover,so you could get at it.
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Old 05-08-2016, 12:24 PM   #32
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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

Hahaha. I posted pictures of my Hangar9 on floats on the DHC-2 FB page with the rudders down when landing. Got severely harassed for the "blunder".

The float kit comes with some nice stainless rudders and linkage kit along with a place to mount the servo in the float under a hatch. I used a Hitec waterproof servo and ran wires down the inside of one of the struts. Since the rudders are spring loaded down, I would have to ad another servo to each float to retract them. Not sure I'm up for the trouble.

I sure would love to do a set of amphibious gear though. Would be incredible to land on water and then taxi onto the beach. Not sure anybody has successfully done that?

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Old 05-08-2016, 06:26 PM   #33
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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

Since there are a million float Beaver guys in BC,I am sure someone has done it...but it would have to take large diameter wheels...like 3 inch or better.
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Old 05-08-2016, 06:30 PM   #34
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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

an 8 foot or bigger beaver would take floats probably 8 inches deep,so there is room for retractable wheels of significant diameter
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:32 AM   #35
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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

Making up a set of pulleys for the water rudder cables. Have finished with making the spreader bars removeable . Hope to post some pics tomorrow if I get time. Also had to add a lower bracket on each water rudder. Will also be moving the fuel filler from the belly to inside the cabin to keep it away from dirt.
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Old 05-12-2016, 02:33 PM   #36
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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

Here is better picture of the brass plug inside aluminum spreader tubes tapped for 4-40 screw. The side hole in the float.... and the installed spreader bar tube.
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Old 05-19-2016, 01:36 PM   #37
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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

All my stainless steel button head bolts and #1 screws for the float plate covers just arrived. Awaiting for a few more item to finish off the beaver as I made a few changes from what Angus had done. I am installing a PowerBox Evolution power distribution which I have one on my Boomer Sprint and really like it's redundancy better. Have just about finished my valve system for propane mix start. waiting for a few festo fittings and a couple of other items. Have changed the charging system so I can charge and balance though my balance connector on the Life (A123)batteries. Picked up on that idea from eflite battery charge/balance cable for two cell batteries. Have to give credit where credit is due.

Another build that I have been working on is an inexpensive electric winch to winch up the beaver fuse ... remove wheels and then slide the floats in under that and attach the bolts. Getting real high tech here now.... LOL total cost on that effort is under $35.

Will post pictures as soon as I get some time. Off camping this weekend (gotta keep the wife happy) and next week off to Kamloops (KAMAS) to their spring opener fun fly and the week after that off to Princeton Spring Jet Rally.

First photo shows machined cable drum and second picture has the cable loaded. I temporarily mount the frame on my aircraft holder which is raised higher ; allowing lots of room underneath to raise the aircraft for wheel to float changes and the reverse. One man operation.
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Old 05-22-2016, 10:12 PM   #38
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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

really looking good, can't wait to see the pictures of it sitting on the floats, it will be a real beauty.

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Old 05-23-2016, 06:22 PM   #39
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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

Next few weeks might be slow as I have to get ready for Fun flies the next few weeks but adding a bit here and there. Came up with a better idea on cross bracing , I think as I didn't think their idea was strong enough. Unless their idea was just cosmetic. Again, very short on explanation.
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Old 05-25-2016, 12:08 PM   #40
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Re: Aviation Design Turbo Beaver on floats

A little more progress....slow but sure. Here are the rear spreader bar pulleys for the inner cable tiller connection. I have made up some aluminum tabs for the corner to corner cable X bracing . Will calculate the angle I have to bend them and drill for the kit supplied clevises. If this is feasible I will then trim each end of the spreader bar to compensate for the added thickness. Will post more pictures today on the cross X cabling if I get time to get it done.

Gotta get packed up for the KMAS fun-fly this weekend.
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