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01-21-2010 10:14 PM  8 years agoPost 1
flynbryan

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Hi all, I have the Century Bell 47G2 with inflatable floats. I hate them. I want fiberglass but who makes them?

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01-21-2010 11:38 PM  8 years agoPost 2
PETER ROB

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who makes them?:
Make your own, and get exactly what you want
Peter R

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01-22-2010 01:02 AM  8 years agoPost 3
Copter Doctor

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Make your own, and get exactly what you want
there ya go!

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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01-22-2010 07:49 PM  8 years agoPost 4
OTCP64

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I used styrofoam and 1/8 ply plates recessed flush into tops then covered with lightweight glass cloth using west system epoxy.
Painted semi gloss they look like full scale floats.

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01-22-2010 09:20 PM  8 years agoPost 5
PETER ROB

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Bob, Well done they look great
Have you ever tried them on water, reason for asking is I have seen 2 come to grief, with the plastic blow up floats
Peter R

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01-22-2010 11:20 PM  8 years agoPost 6
OTCP64

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Balto Md

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There are a couple pictures in my gallery.one is a century schweizer on inflatables and the other is a Vario schweizer on glass covered
styrofoam.They worked very well.

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01-22-2010 11:24 PM  8 years agoPost 7
Frank Bostwick

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Those look great. I wonder does anyone put a small, 1-2" keel along the bottom of the pontoon to help during spool up?

RIP ROMAN

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01-22-2010 11:32 PM  8 years agoPost 8
OTCP64

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They really do need something to keep from rotating during spoolup.
I usually take off from land,and dont drop headspeed to far when on water.The tail rotor is useless during spoolup.

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01-22-2010 11:38 PM  8 years agoPost 9
OTCP64

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I recommend that you dial out most of your negative pitch if your
machine was set up 3d.If you go back to idle quickly while on floats
the inertia in the rotor will drive it under water.(Quess how I know that)

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01-22-2010 11:57 PM  8 years agoPost 10
Frank Bostwick

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or a dagger board on a winch

RIP ROMAN

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01-23-2010 01:22 AM  8 years agoPost 11
bcopters500

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Floats!
I agree, make your own and you will be happy with the result.

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