Construction / tuning:

Winter 2010 arrived - with snow and frozen lakes! Having been
fascinated by a colleague who took of his plane on floats from snow I
quickly rushed to a shop here in Budapest and purchased the plane
and the swimmer set! All the rest of the RC equipment I still had in
stock!

Opening the box I found the usual good quality foam parts - Elapor -
nicely wrapped in bubble foil. All complete and undamaged.

In the following points I deviated from the manual - which is complete
and well illustrated:

The ailerons:
- from the beginning I installed the ailerons - the servos were installed in
the given servo bays (although I did not use the recommended Hitec
HS-55 servos, my Tower Pro servos fitted well, just the cables I needed
to extend, which I did with two extension cables. After the servos and the
extension was fixed with some drops of hot glue I hid the cables with
white tape.

Motor installation:
- I did not use the supplied brushed motor, but selected a (from the
Concorde left over) brushelss outrunner motor. The only result: the
supplied mount I could not use but had to make one myself from 3 mm
hard wood. This was necessary as the outrunner did not fit into the motor
mounts and I did not wanted to fix the motor from the back - so it would
stick out from the fuselage
In addition I had to carve out a bit from the left side of the fuselage to
make room for the motor cables with a Dremel

The wing & rods:
- When checking the wing rods - made from GFK - I found them rather
heavy and ... they were in two pieces held together with a plastic part.
Strange construction I thought, especially as the wing is molded in one
piece only! Well, I had the same dia CFK rod available, checked the
weight and found out that the CFK was 10 g lighter compared to the
supplied GFK rod. So I measured the length and installed the CFK rod in
one piece - without the connection part in the middle. And as a positive
side effect I was able to reduce the wings V by supporting the middle
section while gluing the CFK rod in place with super glue and activator
spray. Finally after all was dry and fixed I covered the CFK rod with white
tape.

The floats:
Here I also deviated, as I found the overall construction rather "light" and
stability at touch and go maneuvers in the snow or on ice surely would
lead to damage. So I just glued additional 3 mm rods between the floats
in order to achieve more strength. As the following first flights have show
- successfully! The additional weight of approx. 15 g is nothing for the
Minimag!


Flight Experience:

It was the first sunny but cold Sunday after many weeks of bad weather.
So, having just finished the Minimag during this morning, I took it for a
spin! What a positive surprise....
Putting down the plane on its floats and driving a few rounds in the snow
(surprisingly agile on just the rudder steering) I increased power and ...
after 10 meters the Minimag lifted of. A few clicks high trim... and a bit to
the left... that was all! Great flying... great fun for winter.

Check out for yourself the onboard video of the Minimag! Even the
additional 57 g of the Flycamone V2 is not problem for this plane! Again I
have only positive marks to give to Multiplex! Well done!
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NAME:
 
MINIMAG - brushless hydro plane mod
PRODUCER:
 
Multiplex
TYPE
  Foam (Elapor)
WING SPAN:
 
1010 mm
LENGTH:
 
820 mm
WING AREA:
 
??? dm2
WEIGHT PER DM2
 
26 g / dm2
WEIGHT (producer):
 
580 g
ACTUAL WEIGHT:
 
???
MOTOR:
 
Fusion 2826/09
MOTOR DATA:
  Brushless outrunner, 28 mm dia, 48 g, 1820
kv, 12 A
PROPELLER:
  Master Airscrew 3-blade 8" x 6" on 2 cell Lipo
BEC / CONTROLLER:
 
Robbe Roxxy BL Control 720, 20 A
RECEIVER:
 
Futaba 2,4 GHz, 6 channel, R-6106 HFC
BATTERY:
 
Lipo Ray, 2 cells, 2200 mA, 25 c
CHANNELS:
 
5 (2x ailerons, elevator, rudder, motor)
SERVOS USED.
  all:: 4 x Tower Pro  (9g servos)
RATING - BUILDING:
 
Beginner
RATING - FLYING:
 
Beginner - Intermediate
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