Fly­ing off Wa­ter

Model Airplane News - - FLIGHT TEST -

The plane is ver­sa­tile and can switch to the land­ing sur­face of the day (ground, wa­ter, or snow) with the help of an Allen wrench. Land­ing-gear swaps are quick, and the King­fisher just looks right whether it’s on the wa­ter or parked on land. The float gear is quite ro­bust with wire brac­ing, and the V-bot­tom hull floats cut into the wa­ter and ab­sorb some of the shock of a hard land­ing. Wa­ter per­for­mance is good, and the floats are well de­signed for cut­ting the wa­ter and straight track­ing. The model is just as sta­ble on the wa­ter be­cause of the gen­er­ously sized floats, which even have spray chines to keep wa­ter spray away from the pro­pel­ler. The steer­able wa­ter rud­der keeps the King­fisher pointed where di­rected, even with mod­est cross­winds. Pow­er­ing up the King­fisher had it up on step and glid­ing across the wa­ter’s sur­face in a rel­a­tively short dis­tance. Ac­cel­er­a­tion was straight, with at most a hint of rud­der re­quired to keep things straight. What was most ap­par­ent was that the el­e­va­tor is more sen­si­tive and downtrim was needed when the plane was equipped with floats. The FMS King­fisher is well thought out, and ev­ery­thing works seam­lessly from assem­bly through flight. The only con­sid­er­a­tion I would make is us­ing a slightly heav­ier bat­tery pack when in a float­plane con­fig­u­ra­tion. A slightly more for­ward cen­ter of grav­ity would de­sen­si­tize the el­e­va­tor and add a bonus of longer run times.

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