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Old 09-27-2009, 06:47 PM
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Well, I have to write and to say how much fun the GWS Beaver has been. I see alot of negatives written, so Iam gonna throw some positives out there.

I have had this for sometime now, The build needs no explanation, its been beat to death...with mods and so on. I will say this, the only mod I did was beef up the tail feathers with balsa strips. Put hefty foam wheels on it, which by the way, work nice doing landings on grass. Now, I have been flying for a while..and slap myself for not doing control checks when switching planes on one radio...and I thought if this Beaver hits the ground one more time because I failed to do control checks properly, its going to end up in the recycle bin. This plane has hit the ground a few times more than I would like to admit...and the darn thing just keeps flying. I love the way this plane flys in the wind. For a foam plane, it will take the wind with the GSW 350c motor mounted. I like the way it can fly slow or fast. And its one of the few I can land on school yard grass without flipping over. Its not a first plane I would suggest, but a nice second to have fun with, and will take some serious abuse. The foam holds paint really well. I use foam safe florest paints, has a nice mat type finish, if it wears off, just spray it again. I use a 10.4.7 prop. Seems to run a nice spread of rpms for all levels of flight. One part of the plane that needs to be thrown away out of the box is the cowling. I use a "chicken salad" plastic tub that you can get at any supermarket dele. The bottom can be cut out and just slide it up over the front end, mark your screw points....paint the inside of it to any color you want, use trim tape to make nice pin stripes with..and it will take alot of my abuse for a long time. So, I have to give GWS thumbs up for such a rugged little foam park flyer, sorry I let it sit in the box for so long.
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Old 09-27-2009, 11:25 PM
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Love my Beaver too!

It is a great little park flyer. I have just about beat mine to death on more than one occasion and she just keeps coming back for more!

Mine is a World Record holding airplane. I flew it in the 2008 SEFF World record event for Most R/C Airplanes in the air at one time. Certified Guinness World record now!
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:05 AM
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I am thinking about getting a GWS Beaver. What is the best motor to use? Any things to know before I buy?

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Old 09-28-2009, 02:12 AM
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Originally Posted by PaperAirplane View Post
I am thinking about getting a GWS Beaver. What is the best motor to use? Any things to know before I buy?

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I run the Eskay 400XT from Hobby Lobby in mine.

http://www.hobby-lobby.com/brushless_skatty.htm

But I got a bunch of them when they were on sale for $17 a piece... Any motor with comparable specs would work fine.

As far as needing to know anything. Not really, just remember it's not an Aerobat. It's meant to be a cruiser and no more. any high speed dives and loops and such can fold the wing in half... don't ask how I know that!:o
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:37 AM
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Firemanbill is right. This is a mild flyer, you can practice Takeoffs and Landings all day with a nice set of foam wheels. Fly battery pac after battery pac and practice keeping her scale looking in the air! Beef up the cowling with some tape inside of it, or do what I did, get a Deli plactic bowl...they are tuff. I like the GWS 350c with 9x6 or 10.4.7. I keep extra motor shafts and 64T spur gears handy...can get them at most hobby stores. I use white plastic straws and cut them to fit the landing gear, looks better than the foam strips they give you. Paint the rear (cheap) tailwheel black..keeps her light that way. I also beefed up the wing joint with extra epoxy and shipping tape. You will fly this thing to death, and then some! Some really nice threads on here that depict paint schemes...just pick one...it ill look like a Beaver...no matter what!! Have fun!!!!!
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Old 09-28-2009, 12:58 PM
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Love the Beaver too!
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Old 09-28-2009, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by firemanbill View Post
I run the Eskay 400XT from Hobby Lobby in mine.

http://www.hobby-lobby.com/brushless_skatty.htm

But I got a bunch of them when they were on sale for $17 a piece... Any motor with comparable specs would work fine.

As far as needing to know anything. Not really, just remember it's not an Aerobat. It's meant to be a cruiser and no more. any high speed dives and loops and such can fold the wing in half... don't ask how I know that!:o
The 400XT can be used with so many light foamies. I will probably go with it.

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Firemanbill is right. This is a mild flyer, you can practice Takeoffs and Landings all day with a nice set of foam wheels. Fly battery pac after battery pac and practice keeping her scale looking in the air! Beef up the cowling with some tape inside of it, or do what I did, get a Deli plactic bowl...they are tuff. I like the GWS 350c with 9x6 or 10.4.7. I keep extra motor shafts and 64T spur gears handy...can get them at most hobby stores. I use white plastic straws and cut them to fit the landing gear, looks better than the foam strips they give you. Paint the rear (cheap) tailwheel black..keeps her light that way. I also beefed up the wing joint with extra epoxy and shipping tape. You will fly this thing to death, and then some! Some really nice threads on here that depict paint schemes...just pick one...it ill look like a Beaver...no matter what!! Have fun!!!!!
What did you paint it with? Spray paint, or covering, or what?



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Love the Beaver too!
And the price is right!
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:14 PM
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I use foam safe spray paint from Michaels Craft stores. They have a lot of colors. No prep needed for foam, unless you want a super smooth surface. The paint will scratch off, however touch up with re-spray lays over the original paint very well. Auto pinstripe works well on the foam and on the paint. The paint is very light, adds little weight. The picture attached is before the wheel change and landing gear strut covers were added.
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:54 PM
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Old 10-05-2009, 03:44 AM
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I love mine so much I have to jump in here. I'm on my second one now, the first was just finally so bashed I caved in and built another. She never did become "unrepairable" though I should point out. It survived everything from teaching new flyers (including me!) to a vicious swan attack (bizarre float plane accident).
My new build helped teach RyanFlyer, and is beyond a doubt my most versatile plane with big foam wheels, snow skis and water floats.
I fly mine with a 400 D drive. I find it (a) pulls out of the water better and (b) punches through wind better. I mod mine a lot though. C/F rods on leading/trailing edges, Y wing struts, ironed on coverlite, steerable tail wheel, sealed battery comp. ect.... It will be my A/P platform, just haven't done it yet (no small camera yet-lazy me)
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:12 PM
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Thanks for the pics...
I love the SKIS!!!
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:02 PM
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Default Very nice!

Nice paint scheme on the beaver. No reason not to have two of these, there are so many great mods everyone has depicted, the plane has no choice but to keep flying until the foam evaporates! How did you brace up the elevator? I have 1/16th balsa on the bottom..all the way accross. You using wire? GREAT job!
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:34 AM
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Thanks everyone. Very nice of no one to comment on the logic behind my painting a plane light blue and white.

The skis are Dubro if I remember correctly. I can not recommend skis enough. First time I used them I flew just after a snow storm. Ran all over like an R/C car it was so much fun. Just got the tail off the ground and taxied all over, watching the skis bobble up and down and the snow swirl around the plane. Did that 'til my hands got too numb to "fly".

The gear interchanges via a slide out/slide in system. A balsa insert in the 'fuse part of home bent wire gear. Slides in like a "tab" if you will. Takes seconds to change from one to the other.

As for the reinforcements, I use just flat stock C/F at the leading edge of the tail surfaces (control surfaces as well, just slotted for hinges) and then iron on covering. I'm a big fan of a bit of string to "close the box" as it were. String as flying wire really dosen't add any real weight, but adds a LOT of strength.

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Old 10-07-2009, 02:03 AM
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Great info.

Any videos?



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Thanks, but no, no vid's. But I may be able to correct that at some point, as Ryanflyer is coming along fast, and I may be able to con him into some camera work in the future.
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Old 01-23-2010, 04:31 AM
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Just thought I'd jump in here and show you my Beaver! I have a great time flying it, and it always gets a lot of comments. I have it completely covered in fiberglass which I think ads to it's durability.
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:38 PM
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Nice looking Beaver. How was the weight after glassing?
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:40 AM
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It came in a little heavier than stock at about 17.5 oz. auw. ...still gets bopped around a bit when the wind picks up. I think it resists dents and dings better. The stock tail feathers were extremely flimsy in my opinion, but now are quite rigid. It's getting to be my favorite plane. Thanks for the comment!
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:14 AM
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Thats not bad weight at all. I coated the tailfeathers with epoxy, your right about them, way to light and flimzy. I have actually been able to thermal mine, as you know they show every bump, so when I saw the tail get shoved up, turned into the side it lifted and away she went. Those big wings work pretty good.! What motor do you have?
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I have a Suppo 22-08-17 1100kv. I believe it puts out about 80 watts. I had to make my own motor mount out of one of those plastic GWS stick mounts and a piece of lite ply epoxied on it. Also, I use a Hobby King 25a speed control, Turnigy 9g servos and Turnigy 800ma 2s 20c battery which fits perfectly in the stock battery compartment. I use a 10X7 prop, and using about 1/2-2/3 power it will stay up about 10 minutes, and still has some power left when it comes down.
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Old 01-27-2010, 03:30 AM
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That is a nice motor. I have one in a Sopwith Pup, it runs great. Enjoy all your flights!! Again..nice plane.
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BTW: Attached is a pic of a very nice motor mount for your motor, The website also has links to how to hook up. Cheap price,
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www.headsuprc.com A very good dealer.
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:58 PM
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www.headsuprc.com A very good dealer.
Yes, a VERY good dealer indeed

The mounts are good
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Hello all...well, been years and dunno if anybody will see this but buried in 8 ft snow in Utah in the pines. Pulled out GWS "Beaver today and doing repairs and etc.hav'nt flown in years but batts and all seem O.K..boy she's a little beat up but looking forward to fly'n in spring...Brushless and 2s ... anyway, just say'n high
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