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Offline Deerslayer

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Float Flying Basics
« on: July 24, 2018, 08:21:43 AM »
Perhaps this is a good place to store some floats information, as some of us may be adding floats to existing land-based planes, or upgrading existing setup.

Atttached is the original RCM article by Mr. Cunningham, from several decades ago.

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Re: Float Flying Basics
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2018, 10:37:20 AM »
Thanks Gary, I had the diagrams of which I shared before, but I did not have the article which explains in great detail how to set them up. This was and is a very good article on building and setting up floats. I have flown with floats for a number of years, but I had forgotten about balancing the floats once on the airplane.

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Re: Float Flying Basics
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2018, 09:24:15 AM »
Are you sure that stuff is rigid enough? The EPP foam in ARF's is more rigid, and is stronger in 'tear-away" resistance. I suppose you could use a thin coat of fibreglass.
It is quite strong. Sands very nicely. Put one layer of Tough tape on the bottom, from tip to the step, for abrasion resistance. Fibreglas, with its epoxy, adds unnecessary weight for little gain over using either Tough tape or just packing tape. A spine of, perhaps 1/4" square balsa along the top centerline, full length, to attach blocks or pads for mounting hardware.

For what the hobby industry charges for floats, it is worth a try to make your own.   Make at least one spare pair, then if yours get broken and hot-glued enough to exceed the Flypaper Golden Ratio, you won't be grounded (or should we say, "watered"?).
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