Just a quick update with thoughts after float flying the FlyZone Beaver.
The plane does fly well off of water and looks great in the air with the floats attached. But I continue to find shortcomings that make me wish for a bit more refinement from FlyZone.
In this case its the water rudders that have me irritated. No two ways about it, the linkage mechanism with the rubber bands to return them to center is just a bad design from square one. They are impossible to get to center well and especially to do so repeatedly. The rudders will turn sideways and drag in the water (of course only one at a time) causing uneven drag and unexpected turns. I usually say a water rudder is a necessity for float planes but I’m tempted to disconnect these permanently. Maybe I can rig a pull-pull cable system for one and remove the other…. its worth a try because the system as is… is just crap.
The plane is not particularly overpowered either so taking off does require some time using the water rudders. It’s not terribly underpowered either, unless your dragging a sideways rudder through the water on takeoff!
In case you are wondering, while at the Nall recently I was camped next to two guys who both had them and they had the same issue with the water rudders… it isn’t just me!
I will continue to fight this problem so if I come up with an acceptable solution I will post again. With the money invested and the space it takes to haul this plane around with the wings attached permanently (for all intents) I have to at least make it into a good float flyer so it won’t become a total hangar queen!