If you have been interested in flying out on the water but never quite got around to it, the Seagull will 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 building 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.
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 a foot or so above the waters 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.
Below is a video shared by a reviewer. Thanks!
|Wingspan||1055meter / 41.5 inches|
|Wing Area||20dm2 (310 sq.in)|
|Length||915mm / 36 inches|
|RTF Weight||820 - 880g (30 - 32oz)|
|Controls||Aileron Elevator Rudder Throttle|
9 gram servos
22 - 28mm 1400ish kv Outrunner
30 amp ESC
1800 mAh 3s or larger
|Wing Loading||42- 45g/dm2 (13.9~14.9oz/sq.ft)|