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Old 03-03-2022, 03:01 PM
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Congrats on your Seawind purchase. I own two, one is 95% finished and set up with retracts with a nitro engine, and a 2nd one still in the box. I may eventually build my 2nd one for water only and use electric power. I'm curious what others have used for electric motor in Seawind?

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Old 03-04-2022, 04:15 AM
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Originally Posted by SR-71 View Post
Congrats on your Seawind purchase. I own two, one is 95% finished and set up with retracts with a nitro engine, and a 2nd one still in the box. I may eventually build my 2nd one for water only and use electric power. I'm curious what others have used for electric motor in Seawind?

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Thanks, it will need a little love. The guy that has it, has a gas engine in it so the fiberglass is stained. Wish I could of found a newer one or unused but these are hard to come by!!!
Old 03-20-2022, 06:07 PM
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Finally picked up the seawind! Very happy to get it. A little roughy but solid. Will probably sand it down and repaint it. The gas engine has stained the paint. Now

need to find some retracts!!!
Old 03-20-2022, 07:10 PM
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Nice! Before you decide to paint it try some fiberglass rubbing compound. That might bring the shine back.
If you don't mind me asking, what's the going prices for a Seawind now-a-days?

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Old 03-21-2022, 02:51 AM
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Originally Posted by SR-71 View Post
Nice! Before you decide to paint it try some fiberglass rubbing compound. That might bring the shine back.
If you don't mind me asking, what's the going prices for a Seawind now-a-days?
I think I got it for a pretty good deal $300 from a RC club I was a member of years ago.

I will look into the fiberglass rubbing compound.
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I know this thread is old but curious if anyone has a crazy amount of lead in the nose like my seawind? I searched and found one guy but seems not a lot of people with issues on the lead weight. I have to add about a pound of weight in the hull, under the battery or engine compartment to get this thing to balance. That puts me around 12.6-13.5 on the weight . Rather not put that much dead weight in the plane.

I have another plane light that and really with the manf. Can an option to add and remove that weight instead of epoxying that dead weight in.

Originally it was running a GT-15, 15cc gasser. I now have a e-Flite power-60 with the esc and the batteries(two 2200 spektrum lipos) in the fuel tank location.

Everything else is factory. I have added airtank system but no retracts yet.

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Old 07-12-2022, 09:19 AM
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What engine are you using? I had to add a lot of lead in the nose, but I was running a .91 4-stroke. It made for a very high wing loading and required a lot of speed for take off and landing. Flaps were mandatory. I epoxied in most of the lead in the nose and then added the last couple ounces in a little balsa box that was wrapped in foam. The foam held it in place, and made it easy to remove to tweak the flight characteristics after initial balancing.

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Old 07-12-2022, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by obiwan12 View Post
What engine are you using? I had to add a lot of lead in the nose, but I was running a .91 4-stroke. It made for a very high wing loading and required a lot of speed for take off and landing. Flaps were mandatory. I epoxied in most of the lead in the nose and then added the last couple ounces in a little balsa box that was wrapped in foam. The foam held it in place, and made it easy to remove to tweak the flight characteristics after initial balancing.
Adding that would of helped 🙂. Here are the details…I am running an electric conversion. Originally it was running a GT-15, 15cc gasser. I now have a e-Flite power-60 with the esc and the batteries(two 2200 spektrum lipos) in the fuel tank location.

Everything else is factory. I have added airtank system but no retracts yet.

Looks like the last owner added a little extra nose weight. I am guessing that is probably of the heavier gas engine.

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Adding those details to the prior post
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I removed a large 4oz weight from the nose and some more weight lead beads and balances at 2 1/8 perfect and at 2 1/4 slightly nose heavy…I feel much better now.

This is also with the air system installed without the retracts. I am sure if I removed the tank valve and nose servo it would be perfect at 2 1/4.



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Started drilling the nose weight out. Got the plane down to about 9.75 lbs. It is now tail heavy

Old 08-01-2022, 08:56 AM
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Well, took out a good more deal of weight off the nose. any more that I take out might cause damage to the hull. So stopping were I am at with the weight removal and will put a thing layer of epoxy to lock it back in. I made a firm decision to try and make this fully amphibious. The paint on it is really rough and has a few cracks. The paint is also color faded and gas stained. The last owner put a charge plug and switch on the nose of the hull, will fill that in. Will extend the step and repaint all white after it is all fixed.

Yeah I know, I know... make it one or the other but I am up to the challenge. Worst case it will end up being water only but only after I at least try. Might be a few month project for me and finding gear is going to be the next challenge, else order new from Robart .




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Hold your mule people! Reached out to robart to see what the damage would be if I purchased a new set of gear…$707! Guess I will keep holding my breath for a used set 😂🙂.

On another note…started sanding down the plane.


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