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Old 08-13-2013, 01:17 PM
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I have been given new in box gee bee mark IV 33 inch floats. Before I got these, was planning on making a goldberg eagle 2 into a float plane. Would these be the correct size? Anybody familiar with them as I get the idea that they are from back a ways. But as stated, these are new and never have been used. Hardware is there also. Any help, very appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:27 PM
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Sure, they will work, just try to make the rigging as stiff as possible, they have a tendency to be wobbly,,

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Sure, they will work, just try to make the rigging as stiff as possible, they have a tendency to be wobbly,,

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GB floats are favorites to pick on. They are hollow and the mounting flange flexes. They can leak. That said, they are probably about the right size for an iggle.
See fhe FAQ section of my website for tips about how to rig them. www.smilesandwags.com/floats.html.
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I've seen guys have issues with them when trying to get them to break free of the water. They can get stuck. A couple I've seen overcome this issue with pure lift / horsepower.
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3 or 4 summers back I was testing a seaplane for a guy and, as I recall, it had plastic Gee Bee floats. I have flown several different types of floats of all kinds, foam, fiberglass, plastic, wood, and I noticed these had the worst water handling of any of them. His plane was a .46 powered trainer and it still had trouble getting off the lake. On about the 3rd weekend, one of them leaked and that side of the plane went down. In my opinion, do not count on them.
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