Albatros - Flying boat model for twin electric power and RC.
Quote: "Abatros. This is one twin where you don't have to worry about cleaning up the 'goo' after each flight, and its quiet.
I guess we all have a reason for building a particular model; this one was no different. It was made for several reasons. My love for seaplanes, electric power, and low cost. Ease of construction was a major factor. After looking for ages for the right model to build. I decided to go all out and design my own. Then I felt, why build a model and then have to build a set of floats? There must be hundreds of these around. After all, there are two types of airplanes that fly off of water. The Answer: Build a flying boat. These are basically more difficult to build and not so easy to fly. Low speed taxiing is generally marginal. Therefore. we must have a large water rudder in order to have full control at low speeds on water; especially when taxiing crosswind. Well, so far, so good.
Earlier on I had decided to use electric power. That means pylon construction, alignment problems. etc - too complicated. Also it had to look like an aircraft, scale like. The alternative: two motors mounted in nacelles on top of the wing. Weight is then concentrated lower, more power is available for minor weight increase over a larger single motor.
An electric seaplane must be lightweight and waterproof. Thta's the reason for using white foam as the major component in the construction of the hull. A side benefit is built-in flotation. Also the lamination of foam and balsa makes for a very strong hull at minimum cost..."
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