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gyrojake

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Always amazed at your level of craftsmanship!
Since weed is legal in Florida, now I can get the real good stuff :) Still the same ole drill motor and I added a few shots to that six pack.
Plus I think I get lucky and find chunks of aluminum with the parts I need already in them.
 

gyrojake

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Radiation therapy makes it hard to produce when you're sick to your stomach and sleep 16 hours a day but I'm havin fun.
I got a few more pieces tacked up.
I only have a small amount to finish on the main frame then to the Tailboom.
I'm not using skids but some type of rugged flotation that I have no clue about yet.
I may use giant Low pressure tires in the rear and a glass coated styrofoam wheel pants that offer enough flotation for the front


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gyrojake

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If someone has a connection for some small pontoons for flotation or even some light rugged plastic floats would work.
 

Barney Bahle

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Rotorway 162F
Hate to be the bearer of bad news Jake but helicopters can't land and take off from water. It might work in the movies but not in real life. The ones you see with floats are strictly for emergency power out landings, or in the case of the Mosquito, to cheat the ultralight weight limit.

The problem is at initial start-up. If you are floating on the water, as soon as you start the engine the rotor will turn one way and without the friction of sitting on the ground, the fuselage will turn the opposite way. The tail rotor needs to build up speed to be effectual but you are already spinning in circles before it gets a chance.
 

gyrojake

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Thank you Mr. Bahle.
I understand.
Ultralight classification plus safety reasons since I live and fly over areas that would leave me no choice to water landings in an emergency.
I found some inflatables, but they weigh more than my whole chopper.
 

Barney Bahle

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That being the case the obvious recommendation would be a protective runner of some kind on the bottom of the float. Don't imagine they work too well with a hole wore in the bottom. I'm sure you'll come up with something.
 

gyrojake

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Well it's been a bit humid and the pipe is starting to oxidize, makes for a better paint job.
I have the exhaust mounts made, need some detailing
And that thingamajig that moves the blade up and down and stuff in position
Made the adequate modifications to the collective control arm and have the seat mounts tacked in.
Now I have to take it apart, do a bunch of welding, and put it back together.
My next step is to start it up and see if there are any issues before I proceed




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gyrodude

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North Carolina
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PA-22, J-3 Cub, C-150, 2 hangliders, 8 ultralights, Bensen, Air Command, Dominator
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No idea
Pool supply stores sell a floating lawn chair type with plastic rectangular floats that might work for your project.
 

GyrOZprey

Aussie in Kansas.
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In Kent Goddard's last couple of years ...he was working on a water-activated float system to carry on his gyro landing gear ...so he could save his gyro from sinking ...IF he ever had to make a water landing!!! I envisage something light & compact like that ....if he ever brought it to reality! ...may be an option! How about the floats that Bensen Day airboss ( name slipped my mind!)uses on his UL Heli????
 
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