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Gallaudet D-1 Seaplane

Old 05-20-2022, 02:03 PM
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I am starting a seaplane project over on RCScalebuilder and hope to keep this thread updated now and then. This plane will be a challenge and may not make it all the way due to technical issues. My earlier exploration (at 1/8th scale) didn't have enough buoyancy to float itself so I am now working at 1/6th scale - 96" WS. The other big challenge is the drive system for the propeller, as you can probably imagine




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I have added some rigging and worked on the tail surfaces, creating section and thickness. The pix background has also been added.

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Update on this project:
A fellow modeler sent me some drawings on the Gallaudet company and its proposals to the navy, circa 1916. One of the designs was called the Hydro Scout. Although never built, this is a very appealing design because of its simpler construction.
With a 28ft wingspan vs 48ft for the D-1, I can make a 1/4 scale model rather than 1/6th. It will be a larger plane but considerably less wingspan, important for me to transport. I will attach the drawing and size comparisons (rendered D-1 to white lines for the Scout).





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I've been working on the cad design of the Scout. Here are some images of the efforts so far.



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These concentrate on the hub design which is critical. Cooling the motor and ESC are issues.






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