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To Cessna152Towser, Merlin, et-al

I've just found a new aircraft and their website.
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Look at the video of their test flight. GREAT is
putting it mildly. It is a LSA/Seaplane, 2 place,
soon to be an anphib. Looks like a baby 'Sea-Bee'
with spontoons instead of wing tip floats.

http://www.iconaircraft.com

Have Fun--I don't provide the towels to catch the drool :lol:

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You mean you haven't got one, Uncle Al :?:
The sort of thing that if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it anyway. Like the girl in the bikini though. Does she come with it :roll: ?
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Mugman,

Since you enjoy music, and creating music, try this
little number;

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Does this tantalize your taste buds :?:

How about this one :?:
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Are you drooling yet :?:

I will be playing a Wurlitzer 3/17 Theatre Organ in a couple of weeks
accompaning the 1910 Silent Film, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'
for about 60-80 5th-6th grade students. What fun :!:

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P.S.---I could get the RTO-335 ( 1st pic ) for almost 1/2 the
cost of the ICON LSA Anphib.
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OK, now I'm drooling.
Good luck with your performance! Wish I could be there.
Ah, Christmas time again. It sort of creaps up on you. I suppose I'd better get the old stuffed tree down from the attic soon. Some of the decorations go back to the sixties with quite nasty plastic things from Woolies! I call it a retro Christmas. But the Scotch will be brand new (well, at least 8 years old I hope :jocolor: ).
Have fun!
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Nah, far too modern! I wanna Supermarine Walrus. Now that's an anphibian with character but (and Santa take note) I'd treely and ruly like a Vickers Vimy with two well tuned R.R. Eagles. :P If you didn't know I was a luddite before this--well you do now :mrgreen: :alien: (2nd edit) As for the organ, my wish list here, and this is far more realistic, iis for a 3mp John Holt or a 3mp Mason & Hamlin :money:
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Sarongman wrote:.... As for the organ, my wish list here, and this is far more realistic,
is for a 3mp John Holt or a 3mp Mason & Hamlin :money:
Sarongman; If you're wanting info on a M & H, send me a PM.
I will put you in contract with a couple of friends who are in
and around the Melbourne/Adelaide area. I also have a contact
over in Perth. Just let me know.

Mugman wrote:...But the Scotch will be brand new (well, at least 8 years old I hope :jocolor: ).
Ahhhh Yesss-- :pint: -But how about a 38 year old Scotch 'lass' to bring it to you :?: :santa:
(That kind of 'Scotch' you don't want in a glass :twisted: )

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(Just had to have a bit of fun with this one... :wink: )
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Sorry! My aviation involvement basically starts and ends with "military" in the title! From a UK perspective, it's been a long time to wait before Europe finally came up with an aircraft that can thoroughly whip the ubiquitous F-15, so a little local flag waving there! :wink:

Although the odd civil machine of yesteryear (Caravelle, Comet, Constellation, etc.) would turn my head. Of course, even those examples had/have military derivatives! :oops:
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[...T]he odd civil machine of yesteryear (Caravelle, Comet, Constellation, etc.) would turn my head. Of course, even those examples had/have military derivatives! :oops:
That's to be fully expected. I doubt that there's been so much as a single civil airframe built in the past 80 years that the manufacturer (or backing government) didn't expect to produce military variations of, and the list of military airframes modified for civil use is similarly long. After all, there's not all that much of a difference between, say, a long-range bomber and a passenger aircraft (save that airlines don't drop their passengers from altitude -- yet). One has to admit that the Connie is an absolutely beautiful bird, not that the other named craft are any slouches!

The same thing happened with passenger ships -- especially the famous liners -- in the previous century; all of them were semi-military when they slipped down the ways, and were subject to "requisition" for use as troopships in times of war (viz the QE2 in the Falklands). Most also sported "hard-points" where guns could be mounted, although in general, the main defence of such ships was sheer speed. I do not know if this is still common practise (e.g. with the QM2), although some modern builds would be better suited for such application than others.
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crfriend wrote: The same thing happened with passenger ships -- especially the famous liners --
Yeah, they even requisitioned some cross-channel ferries for the Falklands, one of which I was quite pleased to see the back of (St. George, if I remember after all this time!), old tub that it was! :wink:

I certainly remember quite a few of the older liners, too. Saw some 'under way' (Queen Elizabeth, United States, France, Mauretania) and some in their berths (Queen Mary, Canberra), although I only managed to see the top half of the QE2 in the distance!
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I'm of course interested in all kinds of mechanical and engineering things - planes, trains, organs etc etc. I used to work in the aviation industry (flight simulation / modeling) and also like pipe organs so much that I was once considering a career as an organ builder.

I recently ran into this series of youtubes that may be of interest to people who like vintage planes:

Aircraft tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvKr7ialgM0

Starting the engines: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEYEcVQklvY

Takeoff + special request from tower controller: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9kHqPPXR0o

Landing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XKXKohwrjM

By way of background this is a father - son team that is ferrying a DC3 across the country. The older pilot used to fly DC3's for a living. The son in a active airline pilot (jet of course) who has just type qualified in order to help with the ferry mission.

On the organ front here is a "tour" of the guts of a tracker organ that I liked :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMZ2a4IgE9M
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crfriend wrote: The same thing happened with passenger ships -- especially the famous liners -- in the previous century; all of them were semi-military when they slipped down the ways, and were subject to "requisition" for use as troopships in times of war (viz the QE2 in the Falklands). Most also sported "hard-points" where guns could be mounted, although in general, the main defence of such ships was sheer speed. I do not know if this is still common practise (e.g. with the QM2), although some modern builds would be better suited for such application than others.
The Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth both were converted to troop ships (in Sydney and Singapore) at the start of WWII. They were called the "Grey Ghosts" because of their Navy grey paint and speed. Each could carry in excess of 15,000 troops, and together they carried over a million men to Europe. They travelled blacked-out and without escorts, using speed and zig-zig courses to avoid U-boats. My father sailed to Scotland on one of them before the D-day invasion.

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merlin wrote:... I only managed to see the top half of the QE2 in the distance!
I once caused the QEII to delay berthing. I was running an RYA level 2 boathandling course in Southampton. Part of the syllabus is an emergency stop from full speed, in a rigid hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) this is achieved by shutting the throttles and putting the helm over to full lock, effectively using the boat's wash as a wall to ride sideways up and stopping the boat surprisingly fast. Unfortunately the boat I was instructing in had been fitted with a composite propeller, consisting of a hub and three replaceable blades that could be changed to adjust the pitch or of they were damaged. We effectively proved that there was a quick way to remove the blades and also did an effective demonstration of how hard it is to paddle a 20 foot RHIB out of the way of an approaching liner...

The QEII was very prompt replying to the radio call and went hard astern to stop and hold while a second boat was called over to tow us out of the way. I can confirm that the bows look VERY big when they're looming over you as you sit in a disabled small boat (even from several hundred yards away).

Unfortunately the Geest banana boat was less accommodating, refusing to answer repeated calls on channel 16 until harbour control hailed them and advised that failing to take action would be a breach of the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea and would result in a charge being brought against the master.

Once back ashore we found a "proper" propeller for the boat and have not fitted a composite unit since.

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Thanks for the link, I can't see me ever flying one of those Icon seaplanes, even if they ever make it into mainstream production. I only fly landplanes myself, though I have a relative in Canada who has a Cessna 172 mounted on floats.
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Cessna152Towser;

This is their 1st flight. They have the anphib version on
the drawing board. The main gear will be contained in the
spontoons, and the nose gear will retract into the hull.

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Looks fun, but we don't have many decent lakes around here.... would like to try some water landings though, just not in the piper warrior I usually fly! :lol:
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