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Moses. Seaplane model. Flying boat, designed for .5cc diesel power.
Quote: "Many model flyers dream of trying a flying boat: but because of the lack of suitable nearby stretches of water never bother to build one. Nevertheless, it is surprising how often the opportunity arises for flying boat operation. For instance, after heavy rain (not infrequent in this country) fields become waterlogged with large puddles. At holiday time, stretches of water can usually be found, inviting the use of a small, easily transportable model. Moses was designed with this in mind, and its small size, with removable flying surfaces, allow it to be packed away conveniently with the holiday luggage.
...The original model did not need any side or down thrust on the engine. The model lands easily on grass, but, of course, its home is on water. When you have found your stretch of water, start the engine and release into wind, if a crosswind strikes the model, causing it to tip, it will swing slightly and right itself.
Take-off is very clean, and requires little power; the original has taken off with a Kalper .32 cc diesel running at part throttle. Any engine up to .5 cc diesel, or .049 glow, would be suitable (what better than a home-built 'Topsy' as in this issue), but with the larger sizes increase the power with caution - the most pleasing flights are done with a minimum of power, giving a long take off and a lazy climb, followed by a gentle glide back home to a soft landing. What more do you want on your holidays!"
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by WI Barrett
IC F/F Floatplane
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User commentsHi Steve, Pictures of my recently refurbished Moses attached [main pic, 006-008]. Built around 1989, a wonderful steady flyer and a great performer off the water. I’ve flown it off ponds, rivers and even the open sea on calm days, and of course hand-launched over dry land. Best Regards,
Charlie Jeffreys - 27/09/2021
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