The adventure begins, so make the most of it. Murphy Aircraft has produced a variety of all aluminum straight and amphibious float modifications to increase the utility of your Rebel or Elite and give you access to those hidden lakes in the backcountry. Murphy Aircraft currently produces two weight categories of floats: 1500 and 1800 pounds displacement. The straight and amphibious variants in the 1500 series are ideal for our lightweight Rebel and can be simply installed on various famous kit planes in this weight range.
The 1800 Series was created for the giant gross Rebel and Elite models, although it may also be used on a variety of famous kit planes. For the four-person Super Rebel, plans include a 3300-pound displacement float. Murphy floats, like our planes, don’t need any jigs to put together; lay them out on a level work surface, and the self-aligning pilot holes will guide you in the right direction. They’re made of 606l-T6 aluminum, which has good corrosion resistance and is simple. When you open the container, you’ll find everything you need to finish your floats (fewer tools). Twin water rudders, spreader bars, and connecting struts are standard on Murphy floats. Each float is made up of eight watertight compartments with 6″ spin-on covers for easy access.
The 11 significant bulkheads, 7 false bulkheads, and 3 short bulkheads are pre-punched into the side and top deck plates, putting you on the fast track to completion. The floats are put together with a “tank” (self-sealing) rivet, a blind rivet that can be done with a hand or pneumatic rivet gun. This enables you to work alone and swiftly assemble the Floats without assistance. Amphibious floats provide the most flexibility for turning weekends into splashdown experiences. The four separate hydraulic cylinders of the amphibious variants are retracted by a simple hand pump positioned within easy reach of the pilot. Cleveland 5″ main wheels and brakes with low profile tyres are used on Murphy amphibious floats, as are 8″ free castering nose wheels.
Differential braking allows the floats to pivot fast, allowing for steering. It takes about 18 to 20 strokes of the manual pump to lower the wheels. The main gear is simply over-centered and held in place by hydraulic pressure, while the nose gear cambers to the rear and is held in place by hydraulic pressure. Compression washers on the leading gear leg and a semi-flexible front gear arm offer suspension. The instructions are put out in a step-by-step manual with exploded views. Individual assembly timeframes will vary from 250 to 500 hours depending on the size and type of float being produced. For additional information on converting your Rebel or other kit planes to float flying, talk to one of our friendly sales agents. It’s quick, straightforward, and cheaper than practically everything else.