Ok, so I wasn't supposed to work on any planes until I finished my 84' Chevy Blazer build but I sneaked away to the basement to start this old kit I've had just don't tell my wife. LOL Its an Andrew's A-Ray made in 1970! I had one years ago (don't know what happened to it[&o]) and have wanted another for years. It is a super flying, aerobatic high winger that is just pure fun to fly. My original had Gee Bee, yes, Gee Bee blown plastic floats on it and I can tell you it flew great off the water with them. I had a OS 25 FSR on it and it was a lot of fun. On this kit, I assembled the fuse in a night and I'm trying to decide what engine to put on it. I have a like new Magnum .30 FS that screams and I usually build light enough that this engine should be plenty. Might put in an OS 40 FS if my buddy comes up with it! I will be covering it with Super Coverite and just be doing enough painting for windows and details. I have decided after reading the article below, to cut my own foam floats. I will be making them 28" and will cover with balsa and glass. I will start posting pictures of the build with the fuse mostly built and continue with the wing then floats. Luckily we have a custom molded block of foam that was made for my late friend, John Nicolaci who was a master of foam float planes and had his foam blocks custom blended for him. The block I have is 30"W x 14"H x 120"L. This should give me plenty of floats in the future! John's foam cutting electrics and bows were also given to me and my buddy so all we've really needed to get started in the foam cutting was the incentive. I now have that.
On the floats: The dimensions given in the article are for a 36" float. I need a 28" float which is 78%. I am drawing up templates reducing all the measurements shown in the article by the same 78%. Does that sound correct to everyone. This will basically make the float 3.12 inches through it's deepest part of the step VS. 4.00" of the 36" float. I haven't built any floats this small so I'm not sure if that sounds about right.