Tidewater Seagull

Regular Price: $65.00

Special Price $57.00

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

  • 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.

    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 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!

    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

    Wing Loading42- 45g/dm2 (13.9~14.9oz/sq.ft)
  • Customer Reviews

    One of a kind aerobatics.

    This is my third water plane and quickly became my favorite. It handles very well in the water and is a fairly docile flier. I flew it off of lakes all last summer and after removing the water rudder, off of the snow all this winter. I enjoy getting the plane onto the step and driving it a few hundred feet at speed before lifting off. Note that if you like to do long and fast taxiing on snow, you will wear the paint and some foam off of the bottom of the wing floats.

    Because of the motor being mounted on a pylon, the plane can perform crazy fast forward tumbling rolls. To do it, take it up high, slow down, and then give it full throttle while at the same moment give it full down elevator. Hold these settings and within a couple of seconds the plane will be doing very fast forward somersaults. To regain control, let the controls go back to neutral and back off of the throttle. If you add some rudder while somersaulting, the plane goes into a weird sideways spin. This plane does some moves that I have never seen any other plane do. Just make sure you give yourself ample altitude to recover.

    Water, snow, ice, and grass are all prospective runways, and when you add the cool aerobatics, this plane is well worth the $57.

    Note: we had 2 Seagulls flying together. One had the stock prop, the other had an APC replacement prop. The APC propped plane outperformed the stock propped plane. Review by r/c pylit • (Posted on 5/10/2018)

    Fantastic Value - replace the prop

    What a STEAL! It's certainly not the most attractive plane in the hangar, nor is it the most agile - but it's a solid float fly / fun fly aircraft for a disposable price. Tidewater handles very well on the water and flys well in the air. This appears to be in every way identical to the Fly Zone Tidewater - but at a fraction of the price - and with a much more "interesting" decor. You can't find this sort of value from dealers shipping from Asia. Once caveat - the included prop is worthy of the bin - but an APC replacement and you're good to go. It's great that Aloft also has the gear to outfit the Tidewater Seagull so I could get everything I needed in one box. Review by Phat Daddy • (Posted on 9/3/2017)

    battle the wind!

    If you love water flying, especially saltwater, you hate capsizing and not being able to turn well in moderate wind and not handling choppy water and water leaking in and frying your electronics, buy this now. While the Tidewater/Seagull is not as fun in the air as, say, the Tundra or E-flite Valiant, due to the wingtip mini pylon floats and great water rudder she can handle the worst conditions of any plane I've owned, a good plane to have on hand for days too windy for your other planes. I recommend a stabilizing flight controller if you're not very comfortable with the sticks. Very tolerant of sloppy landings. Unbelievable, even without a motor/ESC/servos, to see Aloft only charge $55. Review by Doug Simmons • (Posted on 8/5/2017)

    Solid Deal, good flying little plane.

    Super easy build, gentle flyer. I'm using a Turnigy 2836 1100kv with a 9x6 APC prop. So far, I've only flown off grass, but it takes off and lands with no drama. Gets up on the float quick which tells me it'll be the same in water. Very docile easy going plane. The battery hatch sits over the nose and is plenty big enough for an FPV setup. The battery compartment starts at the nose and goes back beyond CG under the wing so I'll be testing a 5000mah 3s Multistar pack. I expect that pack to fit and balance given the room in the battery compartment. I have reviews of the unbox, build, and maiden on Youtube. Look for jmxp69 Review by jmxp69 • (Posted on 7/23/2017)

    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)

    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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