For those interested in a cabin class 2 seat home built amphibian the Anderson Kingfisher “EA-1” is worth checking out. The over all configuration is similar to Grumman sea planes from the 40’s (G-44, G-21, HU-16).
I’ve seen them at Oshkosh & Sun-N-Fun before and they look like a real solid design. This one looks like its the one from Sun-N-Fun behind the 4 expo buildings and next to the large pond. (credit to Adrian Share from Air-Britain).
The first flight was in April 1969 and a few hundred kits have been sold.
To help expedite the build, the kingfisher uses Piper cub wings.
The aircraft has a popular Face Book following: https://www.facebook.com/andersonkingfisher/
Kits / Plans:
Warner Aviation, Inc.
Rt. 4, Box 401
Covington, LA 70433
Wing kits (J-3 Cub type) are available:
60642 S.R. 14
PO Box 88
East Palestine, OH 44413
For those wanting to learn more about American sea planes this book may be worth checking out:
It’s available in Paperback & Kindle.
One of my favorite self designed RC aircraft had some kingfisher influence is this plane called the barracuda (built in 2003). It has over a 7′ WS and is powered by a Tower Hobbies .61 2 cycle engine. Uses 6 TS-53 Futaba style servos and is fully covered in Monokote with a conventional truss frame / 1/32″ ply fuselage & foam / balsa wings / tail. It’s a great flyer but an even better display model.
The Kingfisher is a popular RC Aircraft as well, owing the same simple configuration as the full size original, here are some RC options:
108″ Wing span RCM plan from 1990 by Dennis Tapsfield
72″ Span from Champion Models, 1983