In this article, I will attempt to make some RC plane floats.
Version one was comically small, and sank immediately!!!!!
v2 were made from Celotex insulation foam,
they were still too small and snaped into many pieces, under the weight of the big plane.
Attempt 3 was going to work,(supposedly) so I built them out of some foam I found on the road
The only problem with this foam is that it sokes up water like a sponge, so I would need
to sell it in some way.
anyway, enough talking time to build!!!!!!!
step one, Cut 2 6cm strip
Then I cut out the step out of the bottom,
Around the same time, I beveled the bottom, for better hydrodynamics.
Then I cut the front to the right side and then coped that onto the other float.
Because the foam is quite floppy I sheeted the top with congregate plastic.
When I was sheeting the tops I left a small slot for later mounting
Then I needed to cote them on sellotape to stop water soaking in
To make it stick I used a clothing iron on a low setting.
I covered the other float with parcel tape for a difference in the air.
Now I needed to mount the floats together and to the plane
so I glued some old landing gear in those holes that I left open earlier.
then I drilled some holes in bites of wood and mounted some more old gear.
then I attached the landing gear altogether at the top.
Then I test the floats in the fuselage
Then I mounted them with rubber bands
To balance the plane I added 1 aaa battery to the nose.
time for a test !!!!!!!!
thanks to Louis Holingam.
(link to his channel you should definitely subscribe https://www.youtube.com/@Bucket-headFPV)
Well, that test was a fail.
I was wrong and as Louis suggested, the floats were digging underwater and spraying the propeller with water and slowing the plane way, way down.
so, it was time for some mods
the first mod was to change the angle of the floats by some balsa wood shims.
o and a massive motor.
on the remaden, it was tail heavy.
So the plane crashed into a tree, the plane was not damaged in the crash, as me and my dad tried to get the plane out of the tree.
It fell quite far and obliterated on the hard ground.
so that is the end of this one, sorry if that's a bit of a boring ending but oh well.
I am working on some other plane so look out for them.
thats all for this one, by.