We were extremely inspired by Disney's new Planes movie which featured an all new cast of characters, along with a few returning favorites.
One of the best parts about the new film is that the planes all had a specific job to do. We though it would be cool to try and make functional foam versions of them.
One of the new faces came in the form of a C-119 Flying Boxcar named Cabbie! The hatch in the back needed to drop something so we gave him a little dozer buddy equipped with a parachute.
Last but not least, we have Dipper, a water bomber with our design loosely based off the Grumman Goose.
Inside Peter created a water bucket made from a red plastic cup fashioned to a servo.
The servo dumps the water out of a chute in the back. We did need something to test the water bomber on so we had to set something on fire...
...and Austin "volunteered".
After a few attempts we did eventually get close. This design fly very much like a cub. Coordinated turns will be your best friend.
The FT Flying Boxcar can best be described as a gentle giant. No bad tendencies and functions just like a trainer.
We hope this inspires you to try and make your own functional designs.
Also, if you haven't seen Planes: Fire & Rescue we recommend taking the whole family! It's a fantastic story with a great message to enlighten the kids and entertain the parents.
- FT Goose Plans (These plans were not repeatable unfortunately, but keep your eyes open for a future FT Seaplane!)