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Re: ValuePlanes Seagull
« Reply #45 on: March 27, 2021, 05:30:17 PM »
In-flight photos by David K.

The finish gives this model excellent visibility. Aerobatics and slow steady flight are easy. Takeoffs and landings (grass) are easy.

I fly for about 6 minutes on a 4-cell 5000 mah lipo batter, and use about 40% of the energy available. The battery packs remain cool after a flight.

This summer, I'll try to fly it from water.

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Re: ValuePlanes Seagull
« Reply #46 on: March 28, 2021, 12:10:06 PM »
Now that the model is finished, and I'm very happy with the flying characteristics, I spent some time adding additional decorations.

Finished in Canadian rescue colours, I added white and red stripes, from white Monocote adhesive sheet and red ΒΌ" red tape.

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Re: ValuePlanes Seagull
« Reply #47 on: March 28, 2021, 02:01:22 PM »
Very nice :)
Since you are adding stuff, a fairing for the motor would add a lot to the looks  ;)
« Last Edit: March 28, 2021, 02:48:43 PM by pmackenzie »

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Re: ValuePlanes Seagull
« Reply #48 on: March 28, 2021, 03:27:17 PM »
The upright supports/struts for the tip floats simply fit through a slot in the servo covers, but there is nothing to hold them in place, nor is there any indication of how deep in they should rest.

I approximated the depth from another similar model, and I built hardwood boxes to hold the supports/struts in place. After careful measuring and fitting, and ensuring that I would still have access to the servos, screws, etc., everything was glued together.

I painted the supports/struts, and the power pod. Both were brush-coated with a clear gloss-finish sealing finish.

The Valueplanes.com website description for this model now includes a hyperlink to  20 pages of instruction sheets.  Clicking on the picture of the skeleton picture of the model may be needed to surface the link.

In the now available instructions there is a bit more about the length of the float struts but their solution to anchoring the float strut in servo box - apparently gluing in a single batten between the strut and botton of servo box - isn't as robust as yours.

I had to laugh...... in their instructions it says to "build the tail parts over the plan".... but the picture of same clearly shows the build is just over the perspective assembly drawings, not an actual plan.

Perhaps they should advertise their offering as a "model airplane kit puzzle".

Over at rccanada Mike Sebastian has a build thread on Value Planes 3.8:1 Tiger Moth with what appears to be even greater "opaqueness" in the build information accompanying that kit.

I remember a time when model airplane kits were not widely distributed while still in their prototype stage ....smiley

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Re: ValuePlanes Seagull
« Reply #49 on: March 28, 2021, 04:00:19 PM »
Thanks. Here's a link to the instructions, if anyone wants to see.

http://hkwb588a3.pic17.websiteonline.cn/upload/SEAGULL1570MMSEAPLANE-EDIT-2.pdf

Those sure would have come in handy a few weeks ago.
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Re: ValuePlanes Seagull
« Reply #50 on: March 28, 2021, 04:25:17 PM »
Very nice :)
Since you are adding stuff, a fairing for the motor would add a lot to the looks  ;)

Great idea!

For now, though, I'll fly it as is. Maybe later in the season or next winter I'll build a fairing and use a spinner.
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Re: ValuePlanes Seagull
« Reply #51 on: May 15, 2021, 09:28:48 AM »
@pmackenzie love Old Timer planes.
Great looking bird you have there.
Transparent covering you said?
Guy

Transparent?  No.
Translucent?  Yes :)

Finally reliably warm enough to be able to open the shop door (for ventilation )and start covering.

Might start a new thread with more details.