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Old 04-19-2003, 08:50 PM
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I just gotta have a Slow Poke on floats! Has anyone tried it? I was thinking about using the "old timer, taildragger" floats from RCM plan #PL598. I think they would fit the theme of the plane better than EDO type floats. Has anyone tried "taildragger floats in general?

By the way, I think low wing planes on floats are sexy! Is that so wrong?

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Here is a picture of the floats that I am refering to.

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Low wing planes work fine on floats.

Actually I find myself attracted to women, but whateverworks for you.
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Old 04-19-2003, 11:42 PM
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Jim,

I meant in addition to women! But I think you knew that!

Nice picture. Is that a 'Hog?

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It's an Astro-Hog owned by Fred Mulholland, an AMA Associate VP.
Here's another shot of it:
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Flew my Cloud Dancer 60 on a set of Goldberg Superfloats for years. Very fun. Sorry I don't have a pic of it float flying.
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Back to the topic:
Clancy has been selling "Old timer" floats for the Lazy Bees since about day three, if not before. Old-Timer-type floats would be fine on a SlowPoke, since it was rumored to be Great Planes' Lazy Bee when Andy Clancy would not sell out to "Galactic Domination Hobby Distributors". I always thought the steerable tail float was a kinda neat idea. Don't know if the Clancy float kit would be idrectly suitable (compare weights), but since you have the plans for the others, you're covered.
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Check out the NEW BEE by Page Aircraft
http://www.adrianpage.com/index.html

I have been flying one for about a year on floats
works great
I'll see if I can round up a photo of mine
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I am flying the 25 size and I have used the EZ floats. THey are hard to find anymore but there are plenty of great floats out there. Gee Bee should be OK as well.
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And the bottom.
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That looks nice danmilo
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Thanks a lot danmilo...
Your SloPoke pictures makes me want to go out and stomp all over mine.
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That was funny! Well, I had to get you guys a picture of the wing before I destroy the covering. Since I have to fix the wingtip, I might as well install the ailerons I always wanted to add!

As for the float flying it is pretty funny just coming in for a landing......bloop.....bloop....bloop.......splash at about 10MPH. Makes all those cubs look speedy!


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Hey danmilo,
I added ailerons to my SloPoke's wings when I built it, and was never sorry I did it. I reworked the plans to utilize the outboard section for ailerons and put a servo in each wing panel. I wound up with a K&B .28 up front. Originally I had planned on a .20 but due to motor problems I used the K*B (it weighed the same as OS .20). It has lots of zip and is highly aerobatic! Goes great at any speed and slows down to a walk for landings. Lotta fun in a little plane! Oh yes, great wet site you got there too!
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Yes, the shot is from a twice-a-year Float Fly presented by our sister club The Santa Fe Dam Modelers http://www.sfdrcm.org/.

Their field is in Duarte, CA. The float fly is held at Santa Fe Dam just a 1/2 mile away. They close their field during the float fly.

Our club field is about ten miles away. http://www.sgvrcl.org/

Do you notice if your Slow Poke balloons up if you rapidly reduce throttle? I think I have too much down-thrust.


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Nope, mine was set up as per the plans and flew very well,
even better than I expected. My favorite bit was to come in to land in a slight breeze. That thing would all but crawl in over the strip at idle or just above depending on wind, and "pull in and park!" It was the most delightful plane I ever had, and dang it, all this talk and looking at yours is making me want to get a new one! with floats.....I'm rattlling on again....
You might try adjusting the thrust line a tad and see what happens.
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Yes, I changed the engine thrust slightly up. I may raise it another degree or two.


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