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bsadonkill, Comment for image # 3933322 Sep 17 23:41
Well i got 2 500 series Guillows kits to fly out about 50 yards. That would be somewere around 10 seconds.
LASTWOODSMAN, Image # 3938021 Sep 17 21:15

Two floats weigh 3 grams total.
LASTWOODSMAN, Image # 3937921 Sep 17 21:14

Good underside view showing the "steps" of the floats.
LASTWOODSMAN, Image # 3937821 Sep 17 21:12

Bottom view of the floats' underside. I think I will use this same Jig setup for installing the fuselage formers.
LASTWOODSMAN, Image # 3937721 Sep 17 21:10

Top view straight down the Keel center. It looks pretty straight. No need for a Chiquita banana sticker ...
LASTWOODSMAN, Image # 3937621 Sep 17 21:06

The extra long stringers were then cut to size with a razor saw, while still held secure in the Jig, and THEN the float was removed from the Jig.
LASTWOODSMAN, Image # 3937521 Sep 17 21:03

Extra long stringers are glued onto the float formers with CA glue, while the float is still secure in the jig, and left to dry.
LASTWOODSMAN, Comment for image # 3933321 Sep 17 20:59
Guillow's did not put the two laser cut balsa parts sheets, (one for each float), into the kit. You have to buy them separately, $3.50 each. None of the suppliers I have talked to carry the balsa float sheets, so I guess I have to order them directly from Guillow's, along with the kit then ... Don - how was your flying this summer ? - My best was a 57 second flight with the 22" SIG "Cabinaire" and a 51 second flight with the 18" DUMAS "Air Camper". That's it !! LOL
bsadonkill, Comment for image # 3933321 Sep 17 18:09
Great looking model , i have not looked at the beaver , its one of the new lazer cut kits.
LASTWOODSMAN, Comment for image # 3933320 Sep 17 22:10
Don - my inspiration for trying to build a rubber powered float plane was this 36 second video of John Cooper flying his Howard Littman designed 24" Guillow BEAVER floatplane which flies perfectly and actually lands perfectly smoothly on the gym floor with floats ...
bsadonkill, Comment for image # 3933320 Sep 17 20:34
Well it's looking good so far. I might try one someday.
LASTWOODSMAN, Comment for image # 3933320 Sep 17 18:44
Hi Don - Just got the tail section done and almost got the wings done - then I needed a diversion - got hooked on the "Canuck" float plane - I spent most of my time this summer flying and smashing up and repairing free flight rubber models ...
bsadonkill, Comment for image # 3933320 Sep 17 17:57
Nice video , What happened with the S.I.G biplane you were building .
LASTWOODSMAN, Image # 3937420 Sep 17 09:28

All of the float formers are now "double white glued" into place and allowed to dry.
LASTWOODSMAN, Image # 3937220 Sep 17 09:23

The float formers are all notched and sized using a small piece of 1/16" square stringer, and are ready to glue to the open keel sides of the float.
LASTWOODSMAN, Image # 3937120 Sep 17 09:19

All of the crossmember planks are sandwiched snugly on each side of each, finished side float former, and this holds everything very securely, to provide a solid surface, of the open bare side (no formers) of the keels. This setup is extremely handy when gluing down the side formers, and pushing down on them and positioning them. It also provides a very solid base when gluing on the stringers after the formers have dried.
LASTWOODSMAN, Image # 3937020 Sep 17 09:13

The crossmember planks are then slipped in UNDER the top and bottom center keels, with the crossmember plank ends sitting ON TOP of the rails, where they are pinned in place. The Rails are just high enough to raise the side edge of the finished former side, just above the building board.
LASTWOODSMAN, Image # 3936920 Sep 17 09:12

The Rails are 1/4" X 1/2" X 12" hard stick balsa, and the Crossmembers are 1/16" X 3/8" X 3" balsa planks. The crossmembers do not slide, but are pinned down to the rails, snugly sandwiching and holding each former.
LASTWOODSMAN, Image # 3936820 Sep 17 09:09

The Float lies sideways in the jig, with the top "flat" of the float, which is formed by the top flat edge of the formers and the top of the upper center Keel, - that flat is sitting flush to the nearest rail.
LASTWOODSMAN, Image # 3936720 Sep 17 09:06

I knew I had to make a jig/assembly fixture to securely hold the half-finished float, in order to glue the Float's "other side", half-formers and stringers. This is the little micro-jig setup I made, that uses the same principle as the larger jigs.
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