Tidewater Seagull

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$55.00
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This plane is a ton of fun! It's easy to build, easy to fly and inexpensive to get into the air.

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  • If you have been interested in flying off of water but never quite got around to it, the Seagull give you that little push to make a splash into the world of Seaplanes. 

    The Seagull airframe is easy to assemble. Many of the required tasks normally needed to complete an airframe have already been done for you, such as all of the pushrods being pre-made and the rudder pushrod being pre-installed. The control horns have already been taken care of too. The kit has been well thought out and refined for quick build and great flying. The manufacturer has even included a plastic skidplate on the bottom of the forward section of the fuselage to help ward off abrasions and punctures. The hardware pack is complete with all the bolts and screws needed for assembly.  Installing servos, radio gear and motor is straightforward. The cabin is roomy which makes it really easy to do the radio gear install. One thing to note is that we found the manufacturers recommended CG to be a bit too conservative. We moved the CG to 2.2" (56mm) from the leading edge and this has proved to be an excellent starting point.

    How's it fly? Glad you asked..

    Flying the Seagull is a joy, we have found no bad habits with this plane, we were surprised how much authority the rudder has in flight. On landings the plane will glide a lot further than expected in ground effect. Overall, a very well-mannered plane that likes to fly.

    For those of you who have never flown a seaplane before here's a mini takeoff tutorial. First off, thanks to the water rudder attached to the bottom of the aero rudder, the Seagull is very maneuverable when taxiing. Once you have some practice taxiing on the water, line the plane up into the wind, roll on the throttle and let the speed build while simultaneously holding a slight amount of down elevator on the stick. The slight down elevator helps the plane come up onto step quicker. Be mindful however, not to use too much down elevator, or your bird will become a fish. Now that you have some speed built up and the fuselage is planing or as they say, on step, release the down elevator pressure and the plane will continue to gain speed and lift off on its own. Once you are foot or so above the water surface you can begin your rotation and climb out. It's actually easier than reading this paragraph.

    The  motor and electronics are not included in this kit, see our recommendations below.

    Here is a video shared for a reviewer below. Thanks!

    Wing Loading42- 45g/dm2 (13.9~14.9oz/sq.ft)
    Wingspan1055meter / 41.5 inches
    Wing Area20dm2 (310 sq.in)
    Length915mm / 36 inches
    RTF Weight820 - 880g (30 - 32oz)
    ControlsAileron Elevator Rudder Throttle
    Recommended Setup

    9 gram servos

    22 - 28mm 1400ish kv Outrunner

    30 amp ESC

    1800 mAh 3s or larger

  • Customer Reviews

    Exelent value for a great plane.

    I did not expect much for $55, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Together with the little motor on the bottom of the page and a 2200 3S battery this makes for a nice plane at the lake. I must say that mine makes to much noise, due to vibration, but I do not have a prop balancer here. It does nice touch and goes, and even flies of grass. Have a look on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGi5uYNyTEo&index=1&list=UU2f6eXgJJXwGrV0LfDiIqrQ&t=14s Review by Hans • (Posted on 7/1/2017)
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    Great Price and a good flyer.

    Great price and easy to fly but it's not the Belle of the Ball. Probably the ugliest camo paint sceme ever. Also prop and spinner are junk. I wasted almost an hour trying to balance both of them before chucking them both in the trash and going with an APC prop and Top Flite spinner. (Aloft Note: Sorry about the junky prop, that is what the manufacturer sends with the plane, but we have had good luck with the spinners on our planes.) Review by John • (Posted on 6/18/2017)
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