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11-04-2004 02:59 PM  13 years agoPost 1
Lozzyho

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Hi all,

Has anyone tried using floats on their Rappy 50 (or 30) to land on water?

I know that you kinda have to land gently doing this, but I fancy trying it. Does anyone know where I could get them?

Thanks

Loz

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11-04-2004 03:14 PM  13 years agoPost 2
BarracudaHockey

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Picture landing on ice with your skids.

Andy
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11-04-2004 03:47 PM  13 years agoPost 3
Lozzyho

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That sounds fun too!

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11-04-2004 08:35 PM  13 years agoPost 4
ShempHoward

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I have seen an inflatable float system that fit well on an R30 V1. I can't recall where the fellow got it. It might be at Heliproz or maybe it was made by Helimax?? He used it on dry land so I have no idea how well it supoorted the R30 in water. Still, you could easily fabricate some floats of your own design with some of those foam noodle type toys found at swimming pools. It shouldn't be too difficult or time consuming to do.

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11-04-2004 08:50 PM  13 years agoPost 5
BarracudaHockey

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Try it in the bathtub first in case it sinks.

Only time I have ever seen a water landing with floats, all that ended up sticking out of the water were the bottom of the floats.

Note to self: Inverted auto's over water don't work too well.

And no it wasn't my heli!

Andy
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11-04-2004 11:16 PM  13 years agoPost 6
Ted Toth

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Don't land in idle-up if you give too much
negative you can sink your heli


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You don't stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stopped laughing.

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11-05-2004 08:55 AM  13 years agoPost 7
Lozzyho

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Good point about the negative, and about the bath!

flat dry grassy land in scotland is quite hard to come by - water isn't!

Thanks Shemphoward - will have a look.

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11-05-2004 02:40 PM  13 years agoPost 8
Salty

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I fly floats off of my lake in my back yard when ever I feel like flying gentle circuits but not going to the flying feild...its hella fun I dial out my negative pitch through my radio as a safeguard but have been flying floats for such a long time that I dont even do that any more, you just have to watch on start up and and shut down as the heli will spin until the tail rotor grabsor just take off and land on land.... I have flown 30's and 50's with 60 floats, and 60's running landings and running take offs are lots of fun, though you have to watch when you do a running landing to pull a little back on the cyclic cause the heli will start to nose over, same for take off...I have never crashed in the water though...heck for giggles and grins I have even done inverted hovers with floats on....i never have balloned my electronics either for the fact the small heli's dont kick up a rotor spray the farthest I have seen water splash on the heli is the lower inch of the frame...no worries, just dont put your tail rotor in the water.

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11-05-2004 02:57 PM  13 years agoPost 9
BarracudaHockey

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I'm sure there's plenty of water in the retention ponds these days and maybe the nitro exhaust will kill a few skeeters.

Andy
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11-05-2004 03:30 PM  13 years agoPost 10
CrashExpert

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Hi

Cant help with the floats but would argue about landing in idle up....my mate and I were submerging our helis in the local pond right up to top of skids just for a giggle using idle up......had no problems......I reckon with floats it would be even easier.......have fun with the puddle jumping....maybe even try making your own!



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11-05-2004 07:42 PM  13 years agoPost 11
Lozzyho

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CrashExpert - I'm thinking about Loch Thom in Greenock... put some nitro and oil in Paul's water supply!

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11-06-2004 05:52 AM  13 years agoPost 12
Salty

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the only time I almost put it into the water was when I didnt have the floats on...doing "running simulated landings" got a little low on one, put the skids and the tail fin in...I was running stock plastic tail blades at the time I heard em waap the water and launch a rooster tail in the air, I think with carbon tail feathers they would have shattered and I would have been screwed....as far as idle up...its personal preference, some times I fly over water with it up and sometimes not...I've never had a problem either way, just as a newb to H2O remember your negative pitch or dial it out!!!

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