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Old 11-22-2003, 11:15 PM
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Default CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

Presently I have a long completed yet un flown 80" Canadair CL-215 lacking only engines and radio what do you sea plane enthusiasts think of this particular aircraft?
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Old 11-22-2003, 11:34 PM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

I have seen a couple of different size ones fly...didn't notice anything particularly scarey about them..they have a nice thick wing...engines are reasonably close together. The deep hull handles the water very well.
Old 11-23-2003, 12:13 PM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

Looks good. Went this far ,fly it. Good luck
Old 11-24-2003, 12:40 PM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

See the CL215 Skimmers on the lake in front of our house often in fire season. Neat plane, send it to me if you don't want it.

Cap'n Bob
Old 11-24-2003, 03:27 PM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

Which size is it ? Scratch built ? Plan ? Kit ? Weight ?
Old 11-25-2003, 08:45 AM
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Put a pair of SAITO'S .65 on it and fly it ,
Old 11-26-2003, 01:56 PM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

You'll never recoup what you have in it selling it. I agree with those that say fly it! Spend a little extra for good reliable engines and fly the tar out of it.
Old 12-02-2003, 11:11 PM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

Hello; Yesterday, (monday) my friend Con flew his 77" CL215 at our lake. It flew great, didn't taxi all that great though. He used 2 new OS 40 surpass' It rose up on the step in 15 feet and left the water in another 15 feet. He had trouble taxiing back as he has no water rudder. He had to get it on step and point it towards shore then chop the throttle when he was 35 or 40 feet out.

Remember, it's not a plane until it flies.
Old 12-07-2003, 08:27 PM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

Don't give up now!!! Let 'er fly! I agree with goingstraightup- you'll never get your money back out of it so you might as well put a little more in it and let everyone at your pond be jealeous.
Old 12-16-2003, 02:28 AM
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No no no, sell it immediately, terrible flying plane.
How much do you want for it?
Old 12-16-2003, 08:43 PM
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Hahahha, Nice work Carlos!!!

Fly it fly it fly it fly it fly it fly it fly it fly it !!!!!
Old 01-19-2004, 06:21 PM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

Nice plane - Good job! I just scratch built a 7' wingspan one myself. They are great planes to fly and very stable. You can get around the taxi problems if you have a radio to separate your engines and have a servo on each one so you can use engine thrust to turn on the water.
I went a little further with my build and put a water pick up and drop system in with a tank that holds close to 1.5 liters of water. the completed weight of mine is 15lbs complete except fro covering - should come out around 17lbs. I have two 61 webra blackheads so power should not be a problem. I am really excited to test fly it and try the pick up and drop, if it works as it should, i should be able to do multiple drops each flight, with a lot of practice.
I think you should fly yours and enjoy it after-all you paid for it right?
Old 01-19-2004, 09:40 PM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

Maan thanks for all the response have a friend quite interested I dono.... Here is a picture of it taken a while back with 25's in it which I've since removed-
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Old 01-20-2004, 09:57 AM
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25's would be too small in my opinion. Put a set of 40 2-strokes or 65 4-strokes in and fly it. I would go a little bigger where we are in Alberta due to the altitude but not sure how it compares to where you are. It is ultimately your decision but I say fly it and my guess is you will love it. Enjoy!
Old 01-20-2004, 11:26 AM
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Are you still looking to get rid of the CL-215? or has it been sold yet? I'd be happy to take it off your hands for ya. send me an PM if you want.

Grinder.
Old 01-21-2004, 05:59 PM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

ORIGINAL: Shrike builder

Which size is it ? Scratch built ? Plan ? Kit ? Weight ?
It spans about 80" built from Model Airplane News plans, which are still available last time I checked . Steve Gray designed it I think- and the proto type flew with the older O.S. 20's . Fitted this one for 25/32 O.S.
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Old 01-22-2004, 10:31 PM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

Fly It! You'll love it. I built one that had a 76.5" wingspan that flew great both off land and water using two OS 25SF, then later upgraded to FX. This is a beautiful stable flyer.

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Old 01-22-2004, 10:32 PM
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What would you take for it?
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Old 05-05-2005, 04:34 PM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

Just thought I would touch base with you and let you know that my CL-215 is no longer a hanger queen. Flies really well and the taxi take off are comming around. This smaller size is a bit of a fight to get off the water but as I said flies really well. have about 10 or so flights on it now and plan to fly a lot more this season. how did you ever make out with yours?
Old 05-06-2005, 07:13 AM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

Thanks for the report Flying Mountie. Sounds like fun!
Old 05-06-2005, 03:32 PM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

I definately think that you should sell it to me!
Old 05-10-2005, 06:25 PM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

Glad to hear it worked out. I found the plans on RCstore.com, from Model Airplane news, like you said ($25.00 US). They say it spans 76" and is designed for a pair of 25s. Curious as to how it acted- did it seem that the power was realistic to you when airborne? I'm not so sure putting engines twice the recommended size is a good idea on some aircraft, as some people have suggested, although it is true that some seaplanes need more punch than their designers recommend, particularly when on the water.

I have plans for one that came from S&E magazine, 74" span, twin geared 600s. It's built up construction and seems straightforward. I'm thinking a pair of Magnum 15s would make it perform real nice. Wing area is 592 square inches, and I'm sure I could beat the 7 pound max weight by going glow instead of electric.

Any thoughts, thread contributors?
Old 01-27-2006, 11:04 PM
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How's things going, I just thought I would pass along I have sold my 7' 215 and am now building a 10' version. I think it will be a lot nicer getting out of the water. I will post pics as the scratch building progresses. How are you guys making out with yours?
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Old 01-28-2006, 01:24 AM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

Hey Guys,

Has anyone built the one from RCM plans. I have one all framed up, it Uses a Telemaster 40 wing, and was supposed to have flown with Veco 19s. I am going to put GMS 32s in mine, because they were the only engines I could find Pitts mufflers for. It has a water pick up on it and is supposed to hold about a quarrt of water. Doesn't seem right after trying to keep the water out of our planes for all of these years to now try and put it in. Hope it works. If anyone has any experience with this plane I would sure like to hear from you.

Thanks,
Ron
Old 01-29-2006, 12:58 PM
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Default RE: CL-215 Should I buy engines and fly it or sell it

Hi;Like several others here would love to have it.Problem is can never get your money out on a sale,of course a crash is even worse!!Shipping kills you on these large planes too!Maybe you could find a local buyer!!But would like to hear if you decide to sell!!Just PM me as with the others!

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