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    Post Seaplane recommendation.

    I am looking to purchase an easy to fly plane for use on water. I currently fly a Hobby Zone Super Cub with floats, but it is way underpowered, and not equipped with ruddering devices which makes straight take offs very tricky. Can someone recommend an RTF seaplane with plenty of power, stability in the water, rudders, and tolerence to wind. I am more than a beginner but still need an easy to fly novice level plane. Thanks for any recommendation that are out there.

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    scale only 4 me's Avatar
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    If you can handle a little speed, the Polaris is about as easy as it gets
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    I second the polaris, however if more forgiving in what you need then get the larger polaris (XL?). It is more trianer like and a bit lighter wing loading. It will fly slower and look slower and give you more reaction time. You can fly them off water and grass, and if you protect the bottom good, any other surface.

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    The SuperCub on floats as other conventional planes on floats are "floatplanes". They are a bit harder to get set-up properly and are a little trickier to handle for a beginner. I would stick with a "seaplane" or "flying boat" where the fuselage is the hull and the planes rudder actually sits in the water or is directly behind the prop wash to give you good steering on the water.
    Seems like you want to stay electric too? Horizon is closing out the Icon seaplane for $150.00. It's a decent plane with plenty of power. The handling is OK and it would be a great step-up from the SuperCub but yet not be too much for you to handle. After that you can look at a larger floatplane or seaplane.
    http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...a5-bnf-PKZ5880
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    Hands down Flyzone's Tidewater available through Tower Hobbies
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    Hobby King skipper has good reviews
    Takeoffs are optional, landings are mandatory
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    You have room carbon cub on 6 s flys so nice lands like a feather.has a lot of power

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    I'd put in another vote for the Flyzone Tidewater. VERY accommodating seaplane and her surface handling makes water action very enjoyable. I did put a slightly larger ESC in mine (from a Hadron), but friends fly them right out of the box with no problems. We had a float fly last weekend and I finally got up the courage to try the "Tidewater Tumble" and, happily, taught myself how to enter and - more importantly - exit the tumble. Opens up a lot of fun opportunities. With a bit of rudder to enter the tumble it will also do a "knife edge" spin - which is kind of different and also entertaining.

    My favorite float plane is the Carbon Z Cub. "Plenty of power" is an understatement. With a 6S 4000mAh battery it will hang on the prop, with floats, and pull up out of the torque roll. WAY more than scale power, huge control throws . . . and it tames down to a kitten when you ask it. Very wide envelope. As BladeBender says: "Lands like a feather". Takes off in two float lengths from stopped on the water into a 6 mph headwind. What a hoot!

    Get one of each!

    Note that in this vfirst video the wind was in my face and I'm standing on a tree-lined shore. Had to land in a 15 mph crosswind - and not perfect but pretty good!




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    For a first time float flyer the Tidewater is as easy as they get
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