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Old 08-17-2016, 08:58 AM
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Quick search of RCU produced several threads about the subject of WIGs but was wondering if there have ever been any documented successes in modeling or is it just not practical?
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Problem is that they would be flying so low, it would be hard to control. Most of the time it wold dig into a turn. If it had too much power it would just fly which makes it not a WIG. Doable but why? Just fly a model low to the ground would do the same thing.
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Of course its doable especially now but unlikely you find many other efforts by other folks

I think a scale model of the first Caspian Sea Monster done in a small scale and light structure would be a very cool project.

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I've been intrigued by these for years, and have done a bit of research into building an R/C version. There are a number of resources you can find if you search around. Some are fairly successful, but control and balance do seem to be pretty tricky. I wish you luck in your endeavor!
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Not an endeavor at this point - just wondering...

Thinking strictly a waterborne craft with operation restricted to glassy smooth surfaces with propulsion taking place sub-surface - perhaps a boat prop that would in essence be self-governing by not allowing the vehicle to climb any higher than necessary to be considered "flying" - i.e. if the prop leaves the water, propulsion goes away and the craft descends; once the prop goes sub-surface, propulsion resumes. Like any ideas, perhaps it doesn't work so well in practicality. Probably need more than one prop turning in opposite directions so as not to impart a yawing force during water/air transitions.

Continuing along those lines and thinking out loud, I guess turns would need to be flat with opposing aileron mixing involved in rudder coupling - in other words, a reverse-coordination turn.

It may be a dumb idea, but I like thinking about it...

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