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Old 08-29-2010, 06:09 PM
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Default Pica Cessna on Floats

Hey guys, I'm just finishing up on my 1/6th Pica 182 on floats. Some of the guys were saying the Pica 182's on floats were dogs to get off the water. One recommended that I use tabs on the float step so the float does not stick to the water.

Any idea what he was talking about?
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:00 PM
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Default RE: Pica Cessna on Floats

I am flying the GP Cessna 182 with I think a 65" wing span on floats and it gets off the water just fine. Just remember to put a few degrees of posative incidence in the wing in relation to the top of the floats. I Don't see where the Pica model would be that much different, a Cessna 182 by one company or an other is still a Cessna 182. The full scale flys just fine on floats also.
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Default RE: Pica Cessna on Floats

This was my thought as well!

The tabs however have my interest!
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Default RE: Pica Cessna on Floats

Pica kits build a little heavy, but no reason set up right it shouldn't fly just fine,
I suggest build flaps into it and go for it
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Default RE: Pica Cessna on Floats

I flew the Cessna!

Completely fiberglassed including the control surfaces it came in just under 8 Lbs but I have not painted it yet, I flew it in primer. with 15 or so degrees flaps it slows down to a walk. It was what I was wanting, a real success with no problems getting on step and lifting off.

I love it!
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:58 AM
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Default RE: Pica Cessna on Floats

Tabs on the step are probably to correct for a step that was initially not made sharp.  There is a certain-brand of blow-molded polyethylene floats that are somewhat (in)famous for not having a sharp step. 

If they are designed and built correctly they will not need band-aids. 

You did a nice job on the plane.  It looks good even in primer. 

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