First Appeared in: RCM&E October 2009 Issue
Model type: Seaplane
Designed by: Ton van Munsteren
Wingspan: 45” (1140mm)
Fuselage length: 31” (787mm)
Wing area: 2sq. ft.
All-up weight: 28oz (790g)
Wing loading: 14oz / sq. ft. (4.3kg / sq. m)
Functions (servos): Rudder (1); elevator (1); throttle (via ESC)
Rec’d motor: Typhoon 15/10
Rec’d ESC: 25 – 30amp
Rec’d battery: 3s 1p 1500 – 2000mAh Li-Po
I’ve been flying R/C for over 30 years now, and whilst it’s good fun operating ‘full house’ models I still like to fl y 3-channel rudder / elevator occasionally. When pondering an own-design fl ying boat I decided that this, too, would be a rudder / elevator model, with old timer looks and powered by an electric motor spinning a 9” (or thereabouts) prop. The internet puts such a wealth of information at your fi ngertips, and it didn’t take too long to fi nd a free-flight model upon which to base my design. I used a picture of it as the wallpaper on my PC for continued inspiration, and set about designing the Wave using CAD. With the plan drawn and the prototype quickly built, I was keen to get to the water’s edge to see how she’d perform. I’d given Wave a wide, boat-shaped fuselage with a V-bottom words and photos » Ton Van Munsteren section before the step and a fl at ditto after the step, which hopefully pointed to easy taxiing and fuss-free take-offs. I’m glad to say that I was right; take-offs are as long as you like and as smooth as silk, and on only half power, too. Open the taps, and a full-power ROW only takes about five metres! Once airborne, the lack of ailerons doesn’t spoil the fun for Wave will lift her skirt and loop, roll, stall turn and do a (sort of) half Cuban 8 – just on rudder and elevator. Still interested? Then let’s get building!
Article In October 2009 RCM&E
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