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  1. HANGAR 9 J-3 CUB w/ Saito .62 
    #1
    Join Date
    10-08-2011
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    United States
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    Am considering a HANGAR 9 J-3 CUB w/ Saito .62.

    I am a sport flyer ... both wet, and dry. Please opine on best engine/ prop combo for float flying.

    Thanks, electrobuck
     

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    09-04-2011
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    Oregon Ohio
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    I would sugget at least be at the largest of the size range when adding float if not one engine size larger.

    I only have one float plane. A Hanger 9 Cessna ARF. I build my own flat bottom floats which require less power them V bottom floats.
    With the original Evolution 46A enigne & 11x6 prop the airplane took off fine but didn't like to loop or roll. I then went to an OS 55 and a 12x6 prop and I have power to do just about anything I'm capable of doing. ( I can't do 3D).
     

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    Flat bottom helps with takeoff. V bottom helps smooth the landing.

    Paint/cover the bottom of the floats in white. White reflects well off the water in almost all light conditions, giving you a visual indication of how far you are from touchdown.
     

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    09-04-2011
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    Oregon Ohio
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    Thanks for the color tip
     

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    #5
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    11-19-2011
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    Taylor , Michigan U.S.A.
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    I have a Cub done in Insignia Blue and did the floats to match. Bad idea.
    First landing at a fair distance and the floats just disappeared against the blue of the water. I couldn't tell how close to the water I was and the landing caught me way off guard. I had minor damage and the repair was quite easy. I recovered the floats in silver/aluminum color and solved my problem.
    Keep color in mind when building floats. It can make a big difference.

    Dave
    A properly crashed airplane doesn't have to be repaired.
     

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