solentlife
Looking for a decent plan / scratcher for an all terrain flying boat job .. 

Any ideas ??

I'm looking at this ... Mako ... 

http://rc-plans.com/catalog/item113.html
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Wildthing
I was going to say the Mako 🙂 
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solentlife
Any others .... I have 'planes' ... Polaris, Skipper, Arctic Cat and Catalina ... 

I've printed the Mako .... interested in any others people may know of ... 
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TomMonton



Go on the Mako.

I setup a ground mix that did pretty good to keep it on the ground so it behaves more like a sled.
Fly like your mad at it.
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F1wanabe
RCPowers F1 Hydro!
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solentlife
I remember a few years back - they were popular ... Youtube had videos ... online had kits of various hydroplanes ... but now ? 

What happened to the F1 Hydro ? 

I have managed to find another ... Hydrofoam ... a french site had a few photo's and the tiled plan ... sadly the designers site mentioned is no longer current.
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DualDesertEagle
What about the good old SkyRider but with skis instead of wheels? I don't know why, but this thread just made me think about making the SkyRider my next model, and it would probably be just as much fun on the snow with a set of skis attached as the other models presented here. Or one could put floats on it instead and make it both snow- and seaworthy.

Or, and I can definitely recommend this one from my own experience, the Magnum Reloaded:
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Plans available for download here.

The nice thing about the floats is that they're designed to just fit over the normal landing gear and snap in place using neodymium magnets.
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solentlife
Great ... downloaded !

My original idea though was more for the fun Hydroplane style ... big square plate with sponsons and high tail - but ALL welcome as fun on snow is FUN ... 

You can also use those RTF cheap radios laying around ... nothing special needed ... 
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F1wanabe
solentlife wrote:
Great ... downloaded !

My original idea though was more for the fun Hydroplane style ... big square plate with sponsons and high tail - but ALL welcome as fun on snow is FUN ... 

You can also use those RTF cheap radios laying around ... nothing special needed ... 

The aquacat is a beautiful plane. Flies like a dream, much more stable than the Polaris!
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solentlife
I find Polaris far better than the commercial spin-offs ... Skipper and Arctic Cat. But all have same character - on water to turn - blips of throttle and not to let speed build up. When slow tail sits down and rudder is in water. Blips of throttle give bursts of air to 'kick' tail round. But if the speed is kept low and CoG is not too far fwd - rudder should bite ok - as long as you have plenty of movement of course as its small area in water to turn a large machine.

I have to say that my fav on water is the Polaris.... 
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solentlife
Here's something I knocked up about 2yrs ago but never finished. 

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Motor is a 3S Cessna model motor about 1400kv and an 8x5 prop. I dragged out my old FlySky 9x radio and FlySky Module / Rx .. its only going to be a fun snow machine - so not so worried about radio ... 
I did have to re-flash the radio though as it had old er9x FW and a few faults ... flashed and she's back 100% ... 

Just need to balance it with battery and make the hatch .... give her some colour and protective layer on the sponsons ... she may even prove OK for the water ... who knows.

She has twin rudders and twin set of elevons .... 

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As usual for me ... its a sketch and cut job ... so no plans I'm afraid ... saves me embarrassment as well if it doesn't work !! 
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F1wanabe
solentlife wrote:
I find Polaris far better than the commercial spin-offs ... Skipper and Arctic Cat. But all have same character - on water to turn - blips of throttle and not to let speed build up. When slow tail sits down and rudder is in water. Blips of throttle give bursts of air to 'kick' tail round. But if the speed is kept low and CoG is not too far fwd - rudder should bite ok - as long as you have plenty of movement of course as its small area in water to turn a large machine.

I have to say that my fav on water is the Polaris.... 

I had a polaris as well. If you have a chance, check out the aqua cat! The wing design makes it quite a bit sportier than the Polaris and the pieces that connect the tail to the fuselage act as extra stabilizers for straight line stability. 
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solentlife
I've looked at many of the spin-offs of Polaris including EDF versions.

I'm presently on #6 Polaris !! 

As I say - I have the Hobby King Arctic Cat - which is a vague copy of the Aqua Cat ... its a very good model for the price - in fact its difficult to beat the price even home DIY'd !!

Once I have time and money's back in bank - I'll have another look at the Cat ... 

With the river at bottom of my garden - waterplanes are a serious matter for me !! 

halfway down the garden ... 

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solentlife
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solentlife
Hope to give it 'ground test today ... 
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