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Old 05-11-2016, 02:00 PM
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Got a set of floats for my .40 size G/P Cherokee. Looking for pics and info on setting up the water rudder. I have a couple ideas, but would like to see some working setups.
Since the rudder does not extend below the stab, and the rudder control is above the stab, I can't run cables from the back.

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Old 05-13-2016, 03:46 PM
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The GP Cherokee is a great flying plane and should be a lot of fun on floats. Really the easiest way to do water rudder is to install a rudder on one of the floats, and then mount the servo direct to float. Run the servo wire up float mount to plane. The combination of the one float rudder and the normal rudder will work fine. Make sure to get the step of the floats near the CG of the plane.
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Originally Posted by TLH101 View Post
Since the rudder does not extend below the stab, and the rudder control is above the stab, I can't run cables from the back.

Sure you can and that is exactly the way I have done a lot of float planes. Very quick and easy with the advantage of very easy adjustments from either end of the flex cable. The technique is to use matching control horns on both sides of the rudder with the single water rudder flex cable connected to the opposite side of the rudder pushrod to the servo.

Here is a photo of my Colorado river run airplane which is a Bridi Sun Fly Three with the rudder entirely on top of the fuselage.



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Old 05-14-2016, 12:41 PM
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I got it all worked out. At the time I posted, I forgot I had a nose wheel setup to use. Just ran the control rod from a steering arm mounted where the nose wheel would bee. Wanted avoid the big loop from the rear of model. Hope to test fly next week. This is my first float plane, though I have been modeling since the early '60s.
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Old 05-17-2016, 10:16 AM
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TLH101 your set up looks great. Have a GP Cherokee myself and now you got me thinking. What size engine you using? Would love to see video of it flying. I do like the water rudder pushrod from the nose wheel much more, more positive control IMHO. than the big loop from the rudder. Good luck on your maiden.
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Originally Posted by Lamoilleriver View Post
TLH101 your set up looks great. Have a GP Cherokee myself and now you got me thinking. What size engine you using? Would love to see video of it flying. I do like the water rudder pushrod from the nose wheel much more, more positive control IMHO. than the big loop from the rudder. Good luck on your maiden.
Thanks. It's powered with a 4250 600Kv Turnigy, on 4s with a 14x10 APC electric prop.
Don't know about vids as I will likely be flying alone. Maybe some spectator will show up, that can be talked into shooing some video.
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Here's the Cherokee on the second flight.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ojyya_TWidc
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Nice video, congrats on your flights. Being a "dyed in the wool" glow fuel junkie, not sure how to compare a OS FS-52 4 stroke(which is on my Cherokee) to your electric motor setup, your electric set-up certainly doesn't lack any power. Been building a pair of .40 size GP floats with the intention of placing them on a old GP .40 size Big Stick, at least until I saw your post, Since most of my flying is off water anymore , I have been slowly switching my stuff over to float flying, now will have to buy another set of floats. Hopefully the wife does not spot the UPS truck.
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My electric setup turns a 14x10 APC e prop at 7700 rpm.
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Originally Posted by TLH101 View Post
Here's the Cherokee on the second flight.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ojyya_TWidc
LOL,, that vid made me giggle

Looks like a great place to fly,, hope you find a flying buddy
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Yes congratulations TLH looks like your ship turned out well

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It's hard to get good video when there is no one around to shoot for you. Maybe later.
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If your vid camera isn't to big ~~~ mount it on your Hat / head, that way you will always ( we hope ) be following the plane in the air . ENJOY !!! RED
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Originally Posted by TLH101 View Post
It's hard to get good video when there is no one around to shoot for you. Maybe later.
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If your vid camera isn't to big ~~~ mount it on your Hat / head, that way you will always ( we hope ) be following the plane in the air . ENJOY !!! RED
As seen on TV,,

http://www.lidcam.com/

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Old 05-24-2016, 07:05 AM
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I have "rigged" a hat mount for my cellphone camera, but the beaches and coves, at the lake, this week, are full in anticipation of the holiday. Lots of rigs left on the beach to save spots for the weekend. I'll give it a shot next week. Maybe better video then.

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