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Thread: 2 Stroke deadstick issues
22/05/2018 06:22:27

One problem we used to see on high rpm engines was carb barrel wear . Engine vibration can cause wearing of the barrel and poor seal on some old engines. I doubt it is that on this engine though. O rings more likely to wear first or it’s some sort of blockage issue.

Thread: Powered by Laser, a gallery thread
21/05/2018 21:24:59

Cheers Jon hopefully either this Sunday or bank holiday Monday 😊

21/05/2018 20:13:44


21/05/2018 20:10:25

Warbirds Replicas La 7, Laser 80 powered f53216ab-d5ac-4815-a72c-060002ff508c.jpeg

Edited By Timothy Harris 1 on 21/05/2018 20:11:51

Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.
21/05/2018 19:47:10

Here is my Warbird Replicas LA7 I started last September!its powered by a laser 8016280528-9173-445e-bfea-de990922870d.jpeg

Edited By Timothy Harris 1 on 21/05/2018 19:50:58

Thread: Who Else Wants a 63" Lavochkin La7 kit?
19/05/2018 19:24:29

Cheers Bob thanks for your kind comments. I hope all well with you. The finish certainly isn’t perfect plus I have made a few stand off compromises as it’s the first Warbird kit I have properly built but I’m pleased with it as I did my best😊. I painted the number stickers with light grey as per cockpit as I preferred the slightly less red and white look.

19/05/2018 15:45:33

2d01cc64-40de-4925-9d7c-3d3e61596b32.jpegNow just waiting for retracts. I think balance is spot on . No lead needed 😊😧

Thread: Futaba T14SG chat
18/05/2018 14:49:08

I use carefully applied “pledge”!household spray furniture polish applied with a soft cloth to clean my Transmitter and it keeps it like new plus removes oil/ grease

Thread: Who Else Wants a 63" Lavochkin La7 kit?
17/05/2018 12:29:31

Thanks Bob . Maybe that one is faulty . I bought them last Nov though. The ones I’m replacing them with will need a bit more wing cutting as the motor is integrated into the aluminium casing (should be strong). They are rated for 10-12kilo planes and although a bit hefty at 170+ g each I have had no issues from them on the P 47 I thought it a good idea to keep my retract units the same units which at least will provide spares..Out with the Dremel tonight!

Edited By Timothy Harris 1 on 17/05/2018 12:30:09

17/05/2018 09:33:30

Drat! Too much haste! I put in the HK retracts last night . First one went in fine and worked well . Bit of a disaster on the second one . I screwed it in without checking if there was any tension from the thick oleo resting on the wing. When I tested it it went up ok but jammed going back ! I should have shimmed it slightly but rushed. Anyway I couldn’t disconnect fast enough and it has fused/ burnt out the motor. It’s a shame but I don’t have the skill to repair electronics. Anyway I ordered a new pair of the 10kg “large heavy plane” retracts from HK in Hong Kong. These are the ones I use on my Laser 100 powered P 47 and will use the same. This will delay the maiden flight by a week or so 😧....but i’ll Be back!

16/05/2018 10:39:43

Cheers Jon. I’m looking forward to finishing it . The only annoying thing is that a small spider has taken up residence the cockpit and a bit of its web has picked up a grain of foam! 😊 .

16/05/2018 09:23:18

Nearly finished now. I need to next apply decals. I might later paint the spinner light grey to match canopy. b913385b-76e6-4a20-a7ff-7ab5ee757052.jpeg

14/05/2018 11:14:40

I think I’m going to paint the canopy edge lines with Spectra Matt black. I’m not too keen on the red colour there and I would rather not use solarac red in case it reacts with the plastic being cellulose. Oil based Spectra enamel isn’t that fuel proof but I think perfectly good enough for the canopy.

14/05/2018 11:08:53

Hi Bob ..Yes I have been using the flatting agent with the solarac paints. It works quite well. I have been using about 20/25%. That was as much as I could fit in a new tin of paint as they have a small gap at the top. The 20% mix seems to have a “silk mild sheen” but certainly not gloss . But I think it looks fine plus silk will be much more durable I think than Matt. One thing I noticed is that the flatting agent needs a lot of stirring before adding to the main pot of paint as it has a lot of tiny particles. ..Regards. Tim

Edited By Timothy Harris 1 on 14/05/2018 11:10:19

14/05/2018 10:30:48

Thanks again Bob. Agree with you re Spectra. It certainly needs s fair bit of baking before resisting fuel. In my Acrowot it’s very sticky in patches . I will use the clearcoat I think then .. hopefully no wrinkles. If you use the electric on the LA 7 might be worth having a sound system...

14/05/2018 08:43:41

Hi all I hope you are all well and getting on ok with your builds? I have progressed further and hope to have it finished within the next 2 weeks. It’s mostly painted but I have a question on fuel proofing the decals. Will I be ok painting them with Solarac clearcoat? This is a cellulose based lacquer. I also have Deluxe two pack Tuff Kote that I used over the paint on the front to make it extra fuel proof. If that’s not ok I do have Spectra polyurethane varnish. I’m keen to avoid wrinkling up the decals so advice appreciated!

Thread: horns
11/05/2018 12:34:22

I must admit I have thought of making them from Aluminium sheet of which I have a lot of off cuts, and either using a ball link so no bushing required or using a bit of plastic snake tube/brass tube as bushing. Aluminium sheet glassed either one or both sides again with spare matting scraps is stiff and strong . 

Edited By Timothy Harris 1 on 11/05/2018 12:38:14

Thread: Covering models with GRP.
10/05/2018 09:06:21

On my current build of my LA7 I brushed on the resin and used an old credit card to remove excess. The credit card worked well . Glassing is usually simple job in models as they are small and I have used both “resin on top of cloth “ and “resin on surface “ methods . It’s a good idea to glass the tail plane before fitting too! As long as there are no bubbles and the cloth is properly wetted and excess resin removed there should not be any difference. I must say that the credit card finishing works well and squeezes out excess resin well. There are many ways to do it and still achieve good results.

Thread: BFW M23c - Golden Age German Racer.
09/05/2018 12:45:11

Lovely plane Karl-Georg! Thanks for posting. I especially like seeing IC Scale models I also think the 4s engine sound adds so much more realism when flying too.

Thread: Wot 4 Squared
09/05/2018 12:36:17

Agreed Wots are fun. I built a Mark 3 a year ago and put a Laser 80 in it plus air brakes as per Chris Foss’s plans. Definitely an all weather plane ! The 80 only just fits with the bulkhead as far back as possible. Obviously it has lots of vertical and is a great “playing around plane”. The great thing with these kits is that they can be made to fly well with almost any engine as you said. A light build on a sporty .30 will work as will the bigger engines and heavy duty builds

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