Floatplane Retriever

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Igull
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Floatplane Retriever

Post by Igull » 07 Mar 2019, 21:01

Thought this might interest someone. Not original (kind of based around Andrew Newton's version on youtube), but based on available UK stuff.
It's essentially a framework of 22mm overflow pipe and fittings (except that you can't get stopped ends, so I 3D printed some :-)
The foam 'pool noodle' is actually 20mm ID 70mm OD pipe insulation. The central box is a bit of 6mm laser cut liteply.
Motors are a pair of 2826/10 1400Kv motors and a pair of 30A esc's from HK for the Bushmule twin foamy. They're reversing - which was one of the points I wanted. All running off a ubiquitous 3S/2200. Rx is an el cheapo orangerx 618XL v2 and one of the brilliant OrangeRx Tx6i transmitters. A bit of mixing for everything on the RH stick and Robert's your auntie's husband.

This all started because I picked up a real bargain at one of our local B&B's - an eflite Carbon Z Cub - 2.1m - only 1 flight under it's belt too. I've always fancied a go at floatplane flying - bottom of my garden is literally in the river Forth :-)) Having lost a couple of slopers to the river, I thought it would be pertinent to have something that might be able to retrieve the model in case of a dunking :-) My neighbours have boats and rib things to get out to them, but it takes ages to get them fettled and started - NOT electric for some reason ???

Anyway, it works fine on wet garden grass - still to get a soaking on the real stuff :-))

Neil
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Re: Floatplane Retriever

Post by PaulJ » 08 Mar 2019, 09:33

Brilliant Neil! I love it :P I don't actually need one because I have a small RIB for the job but this is a great idea!

Paul

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Re: Floatplane Retriever

Post by Igull » 12 Mar 2019, 12:05

Phil_G wrote:
08 Mar 2019, 10:51
If you strap a Zagi to it you'll have a spare floatplane Neil :D :) :D
Hey, now there's an idea Phil - a removeable depron wing floatplane - Mmmmmmm

Maybe need to replace the 3S with a 5S 'though :lol:

Neil

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