The CL-415 is the only aircraft in the world purpose built as a firefighter, it is literally, a waterbomber. This big model Seaplane can be flown either off water or at your favourite grass flying feild, yet despite it's size, this kit can be completed for very little cost.
The model is very light, meaning little power is needed to get it "unstuck" and into the air, it also features a water steering paddle, connected to the rudder, for steering the model back to shore. If you are not flying from water, simply un-screw the water steering rudder and hand-launch, the Canadair's excellent manners mean a grass landing is a breeze. The kit features a very comprehensive hardware kit, including servo extension leads, 8x3.8SF props, spinners, glue and tools!
Folks just got the plane, I like it very much. The foam is pretty rigid, not spongie, I like it that way, on the down size it will probably crack easier on impact. The finishing, especially the glue joints, could be better/cleaner. One thing I didn't like too much is that there is no provision to run the motor/servo cable in the wing, it's let to your immagination, I'll have to figure-out where to cut a groove in the wing without weakening it. It does not say anywhere but the model has undercamberd wing. Given the wing profile, both motors blowing across the wing and the elevator and the low weight, I expect this bird to be an excellent performer at slow speed. How did you all end-up with your ready to fly weight?
I haven't built it yet so can't answer yr weight Q. But I plan to drill out a hole with thin walled brass tube as the drill 'bit', and put in a 30" carbon tube (carbon arrow shaft (cheaper for me than carbon tube from a hobby store)) in the wing for additional stiffening. The servo wires will exit at the end of the arrow shaft and I'll burr away the shaft part way down for the braided motor to ESC wires to exit. The epoxied (apart from the heat sink) ESCs will be mounted high in the fuselage away from any moisture in the nacelles. andy
Pardon a dumb question but clue me in on the motor size 24/2210. I assume 24 is probably diameter but 2210 is a mystery to me, especially so since there are no outrunner's listed that match those numbers. I do understand the KV rating.
I own both, the Canadair is 10 time better in all aspect. Sadly I lost it due to a servo failure.
Canadair: Way more realistic, stable. The longer hull make it way more stable over water and in the air. Les prone to ingest water in the hull or flood the engine. I have never coated the Canadair but on the first day the Catalina took water burning my 2 ESC, 2 days later a motor burned due to water ingestion. The Canadair take side wind way better due again to a longer hull. The Catalina water rudder don't even touch the water properly. The Canadair is also flyable on one motor, not the Catalina.
The Canadair is way more realistic on take off over water.
Yes you are right benny, I try to fly catalina take off from the grass, and she was fly so stable with some additional weight I place in the nose, and then I try to take off from the watter, but unfortunately due to left propeler not so tightly she's bank to the right after take off, and because of that, the wing mounting was crack even if I coated with epoxy resin, the best way when we are use counter propeler, we should also use the cw and ccw prop adapter to minimize the risk of un tighten of prop witj rotate in clock wise
Ich liebe die Canadair. Habe schon die gelbe Variante. Fliegt absolut gutmuetig, hat aber auch nichts gegen Loopings und Rollen. Fliege sie mit Lipos 3s 3700 mAh, 30 A Esc blue series, 2818 Brushless Outrunner 1350KV und 8x6x3 Props
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Packaging is good Have been safely SE-5a in the form of a very good Is worth Can be easily assembled Doll is the atmosphere contains
GL-415 on order as seaplane called the EPO wish Two planes, both planes it interesting I want good fly
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Just test flown mine today. Wow I love this model. Its overpowered a bit but nice to have in reserve. Have made hinged access hatches in the nacelles for betteraccess to the ESC's and slotted the wing for the wiring, much nicer now. Takesoff from grass in under 10 mtrs flies on less than half throttle, it does have a nosedown flying angle which looks great, touch and goes are so easy. Yet to try water but can't see any problems. Great value for money.
Moteur 22/10 1200kv hélice master airscrew 8x6 vole super bien. Attention au flotteurs un peu fragiles
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Absolutely brilliant model, for the price. The foam is delicate, and very light weight. I laminated the entire model. An additional spar is recommended of the wing. Some fiberglass covering was applied to the belly, for additional protection. Set up with 22/14 1450Kv and 25A ESC's, HK 9g sevos. Flies slow and stable. Perfect for a beginner / trainer. Easily hand launched and belly landed. Build was straight forward, manual and most accessories were included.The model is surprisingly quiet, very easy to fly, cruises easily at 1/4 throttle. Highly recommended for relaxed smooth and stable flying, on the water!