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Colonial Skimmer and Lake La-4

Postby MrWidgeon » Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:07 pm

An outgrowth from the Grumman Tadpole, the Skimmer was the first commercial development of the design.
After the company was sold the airplane was renamed the Lake Amphibian.
First the Skimmer.

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Then the Lake.

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The hump in front of the engine pylon is the cabin heater, some have it, some don't.

I know there's a lot more out there .........
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Re: Colonial Skimmer and Lake La-4

Postby oceanskimmer » Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:53 pm

Hi all

Has anyone seen any 3 view drawings of these, also does anyone have any photos of the interiors.

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Re: Colonial Skimmer and Lake La-4

Postby TASSE » Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:05 pm

I met a pilot who said that he needed the Atlantic to take off in one of these.
I understood him when i saw this photo.

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Re: Colonial Skimmer and Lake La-4

Postby MrWidgeon » Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:36 am

The Lakes are good inland water airplanes (lakes rivers etc.), they are NOT good open water airplanes.
For that matter not even the Widgeon is a very good open water airplane.
They've been operated in open water, but the wave and swell conditions have to be right.
About the smallest amphib that can be comfortably operated in open water is the Goose and even it has wave and swell limits (heck, even the PBY and Albatross have those).
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Re: Colonial Skimmer and Lake La-4

Postby TASSE » Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:48 pm

OOPS !

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Next time read the instruction manual.

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Re: Colonial Skimmer and Lake La-4

Postby TASSE » Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:21 pm

Some photos from Scotland.

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Thurston Teal. The flying shot possibly taken from an R/C model aircraft.

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Lake Buccaneer.
These four photos were taken at Loch Insh, Scotland, at a model seaplane meeting on September 12/13 1992
by Duncan Cameron (Flying Cameras/Aviemore). Thanks buddy.

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Re: Colonial Skimmer and Lake La-4

Postby TASSE » Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:29 pm

Lake LA 4 Seawolf.

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Re: Colonial Skimmer and Lake La-4

Postby MrWidgeon » Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:59 am

In response to a request for more info, I dug these up.

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And the only 3 view I could find was of a Colonial Skimmer C-2.

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I'm sure someone must have a better one somewhere.
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Re: Colonial Skimmer and Lake La-4

Postby modelxv » Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:18 pm

Hi all,

I found a better drawing of the skimmer from an article from MAN magazine in the '50s , click on the link below to view it.

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http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss20 ... KIMMER.jpg
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Re: Colonial Skimmer and Lake La-4

Postby MrWidgeon » Fri Sep 25, 2009 2:49 am

Thanks, added to the files.
Judging by the short fin and rudder it looks like it's a C-1.
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