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Old 05-02-2006, 12:16 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Bkind
Hi Dave looks like you're having fun. The Swan dunking teaches patience lol.
Hi Brian,

Yes I am having fun. I was wishing you had been there to give me some coaching, knowing how much float experience you have it would have been invaluable.

I couldn't believe how much water that engine swallowed! I took the plug out and gave it a spin with the electric starter, and I thought I had "Old Faithful" spouting in my face! What a geyser it was! Even after cranking it over several times I had what looked like water coming out so I said "to heck with it" and just pulled it out and dismantled it. I needed to replace the backplate anyway, as the needle valve mount had broken off (again) and was being kept from wandering with a rubber band. (I said it was a P.O.S. plane!)

B.T.W. I don't know if Peter B. mentioned it to you, but I have the Scale Rally on my schedule and expect to be employed. Keep me posted as to where I can fit into the scheme of things.
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Old 05-02-2006, 02:39 PM   #12
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pt 40 on floats


Thats an OS 46 AX with a 12x5 prop I believe. It works good with an 11x6 as well. The 46 has tones of power for that plane on floats. I originally had an OS 40 FP but that wasn't quiet enough power. That pic was taken when I first flew it on floats the big prop nut was for balance, I removed it after I moved the receiver and batter around to adjust the C of G.

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Old 05-02-2006, 03:19 PM   #13
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When a two stroke engine gets dunked take the glow plug out and spin it with the starter making sure your eyes are well away! pour some raw fuel into the engine to suck up the remaining moisture (fill it with fuel through the carb) and spin it again. After this fire it up and let it run for a few minutes, the engine is now ready to roll. With a four stroke, unfortunately, you have to disassemble it to ensure all the water is out. Otherwise, the next time you run the engine you will have rust colored oil coming out the vent tube (speaking from first hand experience).


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Old 05-20-2006, 12:10 PM   #14
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SureFlight Floats?

Hi Dave,

Do the floats have fore/aft 'stringers' molded in the fwd bottom and triangle fins aft?

If so they are SureFlight floats from the early 70's. I got a pair at the Toledo swap shop around 1974.

Mine are too small for .40 size and too heavy for smaller planes.

Work great off powder snow on .40 size...

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Old 05-23-2006, 09:36 AM   #15
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Well, looked at the floats when I got back out to the lake, and yup, they are GB floats. My Eldest son (who also flys RC) is in agreement with me that they are actually a bit too small for the plane.

I moved the plane back about 3/4 of an inch and it gets off better, (twice yesterday, as a matter of fact) but still not great. Both times I landed ok, but the winds....

Well the wind caught it the first time and flipped it, and the second time a wave got up to the prop and when it cut into that it pulled itself over onto its back.

It was kinda hilarious watching what unfolded next. The plane is on its back floating on the wing. The wind lifted the tail and it went nose down. A few seconds later, flipped onto its floats! Then wind under a wing and it flipped diagonally onto its back, then nose down, then back on its floats.. about five times before I could get out to it.

In any case, I think I may try and make some longer floats out of foam and see how that works out. I have reams of info on doing it, the calculations and all that stuff; its just finding the time to actually DO IT!
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Old 05-23-2006, 07:41 PM   #16
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Sounds like you are now hooked. Enjoy!
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Old 05-24-2006, 12:14 AM   #17
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I have an Ace Seamaster that is a lot of fun off the water. It can handle some pretty rough stuff. My best to date is about 3' waves on lake Erie. Big hand toss to make sure I had enough speed to plane right away(you have to skip it like a rock on the wave crests). Thank god for the TTpro 46 w/11x5 prop. Landing in a cross wind in a lull makes it pretty interesting. Would have taken another flight but found a loose hinge on my second preflight.
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