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    Bruce Crandell Flyer - 1/4 scale Single Step Hydroplane
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    Boat Length
    40" (101.6 cm)
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    Fell in love with the design several years ago so thought it to be the time to do something about it. Purchased the plans from john-tom.com - putting myself at the deep end - and I have finally commenced building.

    The original boat was in the 135 Cu Inch class and had a V8 in front of the single cockpit, and was just under 14ft long (waterline) with a beam of 5ft;

    It will be interesting and I have a lot of research to do as I go - correct motor, batteries, ballast etc., but that is all part of the fun. Photos will be put up as I go. Wish me luck.


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    1 month ago by peterd ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Something to look into. Probably something like a rail as it would not affect the look of the boat too much.
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    1 month ago by peterd ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    10 litre white plastic from the hardware at the moment. 🀞 hopefully in another 6 months I will be able to float it properly. Thinking of getting an inflatable kids pool to test the boats buoyancy.
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Peter,

    Dose the model come with a nice varnished bailing bucket LOL!!!

    She dose look good though.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Extremely 'wet' compared to he original Peter, possibly overweight or needing small spray rails under the chines?

    JB
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    1 month ago by peterd ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I have just watched your videos and am curious about the note that the boat had poor driving behavior. Was that about holding a straight line or otherwise. The boat in the video certainly did the job quite well.
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    8 months ago by Dampfgerd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Flyer 1/4
    (Without modification on the bottom of the hull- the model has poor driving behavior)

    Dimensions: length: 106 cm, width: 36 cm, scale 1: 4
    Motor: Plettenberg HP 355 BM 45/6 with 30 cells / 10 Li-Ion FePo 04 cells. Propeller Chalier type 0, 55 mm diameter, 66 mm pitch
    The boat is built on frames, covered with mahogany and maple strips. The mahogany strips are fixed to the frames with over 2,000 brass pins.
    (Miniwerft Gernot Kreutzer/Germany)

    Model Fotos : https://www.miniwerft.de/galerie/hydroplane-flyer/fotos-flye...

    Videos of the Model https://www.miniwerft.de/galerie/hydroplane-flyer/videos-der...
    https://www.miniwerft.de/galerie/hydroplane-flyer/fotos-flyer/
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bruce Crandell Flyer - 1/4 scale Single Step Hydroplane
    8 months ago by peterd ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    No I had not seen the majority of these, however know what I will be doing tonight.

    I am in the process of attaching the ribs at the moment - an interesting job trying to keep them stable while the glue sets so am taking my time. Supposed to be working but just happen to have the boat behind me. Guess which gets my attention. Problems of a home office.

    I found another lot of plans for a shortened Flyer without the double ends. Looks interesting but this one gets me.

    The only issue with the plans that I received for the 1/4 scale model is that there are only photographic instructions and no details about the preferred type and size of motor etc. As they say, one step at a time.

    Cheers and thanks
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    8 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Peter, don't know if you saw this vid on my post to Graham earlier, you might enjoy it. Boat is built in Finland. There was a smaller model of the flyer which used a 4cyl motor or outboard, and a larger 20ft V8 model. Here's some info I found a while back when I was thinking of building one. Some people have fitted V8s to the 13 footer but they are really too heavy.

    https://www.woodyboater.com/blog/2013/02/23/the-timeless-cra...

    http://www.woodbacker.fi/index.php/boats/ (company which made the Finnish flyer)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMxCS80rSk4 (13ft model for 4cyl motors)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FskmJM935Y&t=47s (13ft model)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR__kAtjLbM (midget Flyer)

    Hope this is useful.

    JB
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