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Bob Cotsford25/05/2017 16:34:10
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Both XLs have gone which freed up so much space in the garage that it felt odd, I had to fill it up again with an Edge, the WW and a Splendor foamy face 1

Timothy Harris 126/05/2017 10:23:12
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That sounds good Bob, so you now have 3 options. I must admit I keep adding planes too 😊

Ron Gray15/06/2017 17:14:36
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Can anyone tell me the distance from the engine c/l to the bottom of the firewall please. I'm thinking of fitting a Laser 160v to one and need to know that the tank position is OK.

Rich too18/06/2017 12:13:19
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It was too good not to fly today. The WWXL is a great model, very forgiving and easy to fly. I can't 3D but I had a good go at a hover today (at height) and it was surprisingly easy for the short time that I did it. The OS33GT provides plenty of power with what appears to be unlimited vertical. yes

Jon Harper - Laser Engines18/06/2017 19:57:09
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I had a crack at flying one of these with our 155 fitted yesterday. It was good and had plenty of performance but was not totally unlimited. The 160v will be really nice as it has a little more power available than the 155

Ron Gray18/06/2017 20:47:49
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After talking to you the other day Jon, I had pretty much convinced myself that that was going to be the route I would take. You have just made my mind up for me so expect an order in the next few days!

Timothy Harris 119/06/2017 08:30:51
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Hi Ron just noticed u needed the measurement. I think there is plenty of depth there as many flyers put in inverted engines. Will have a look inside mine tonight if u can wait. If you fit the 160v it will be a lovely counterbalance to tail mounted servos. Using my laser 155 I used a massive battery on the firewall as a counterbalance but the 160v should weigh a bit more so you won't need to have the battery so far forward hopefully. Pleased you enjoy flying the Wottie with the 155 Jon. It's a really good fun plane😊. I managed a few nice Spitfire flights on Sunday too.

Jon Harper - Laser Engines19/06/2017 08:45:06
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Posted by Timothy Harris 1 on 19/06/2017 08:30:51:

I managed a few nice Spitfire flights on Sunday too.

I wimped out on sunday as it was too warm for me. I was going to fly in the evening but my partner in crime got sunstroke in the day and didnt want to fly so i didnt get out at all.

It wasnt all bad though, meant i have could have a cheeky pint and repair the casualties of the previous day

Timothy Harris 119/06/2017 09:01:47
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Cheers Jon. Hopefully will see u at the wings and wheels show.

I like going to that , plus it's a great place to buy things like covering film and fuel and the odd plane! . . I normally bring along a box with small swatches of film to colour match! I am going to try and buy some Wots Wot Orange this time.

Bob Cotsford19/06/2017 09:08:52
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Good luck on the film matching Tim, I think you will need to find someone stocking the non-branded Chinese films, maybe from HK? If you do find a match for any of the WW/AW colours you will be sure to post the brand and shade won't you?

Timothy Harris 119/06/2017 09:42:29
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Hi Bob no problem I will post it on this Thread. I will have a good look😊. Careful with the sun all. Plenty of water and sunscreen and don't worry about looking silly like I do in my big sun hat 😳

Timothy Harris 119/06/2017 19:03:21
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Ron here are photos which should help this shows the base of the fuel tank bay in the front. Ruler is vertical. Please rotate photo photo 19-06-2017, 18 43 51.jpg

Timothy Harris 119/06/2017 19:05:22
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I marked the firewall in pencil where the interior fuel bay floor is. This means fuel ban floor is about 5.5cm below centre line.

Timothy Harris 119/06/2017 19:07:20
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Timothy Harris 119/06/2017 19:09:13
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Timothy Harris 119/06/2017 19:09:48
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This is interior view upside down

Ron Gray19/06/2017 20:13:10
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Tim, those shots are brilliant, many thanks for taking the time to get them for me. I may well remove the tank base so that I can mount it even lower down.

Edited By Ron Gray on 19/06/2017 20:13:35

Timothy Harris 120/06/2017 08:40:50
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No problem Ron. Photos were from my spare fuselage I bought after a wing breakage which is now repaired. I was thinking of a twin laser in the spare, but the trouble would be that I then wouldn't fly the single cylinder one. With the fuel tank fixing. If you need it lower than the fuel bay floor, I think it would be best to just cut the centre of the floor out rather than trying to completely remove it . Getting into the front is quite a fiddle and I would make sure you reinforce it all well. I added a bit of extra wood and fibreglass in there too. I look forward to seeing your build photos 😊

Ron Gray24/07/2017 12:08:33
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What with holidays, work and family commitments work on the XL took a while to get started, oh and the thought of having to cut out the tank base with the limited access kept putting off the evil day. In the end I knuckled down to it and by use of various saw blades and attacking both from the front and rear I was able to quite easily cut out the chunk needed to allow the tank to sit lower in the frame. Having done that and thoroughly cleaned the resultant dust out with an airline, I set to and reinforced the area as per Tim's photos, plus I fuel proofed the whole area too. All hinges have been epoxied in place on the main wings and I also had the problem of incorrectly aligned holes on one wing necessitating re-drilling and balsa plugging. Again, following advice from others, I used my trip to Cosford to purchase better quality hardware, especially clevises, and have attached wing servos and am now in the process of deliberating over which servos to mount in the tail for the elevators. Unfortunately work on the XL has slowed down as I am still awaiting delivery of the 160v which should be in a couple of weeks' time, spoke to Jon (Laser) who said their had been a few snags which has delayed things. In the meantime I've got to get the 2 fuel feeds incorporated into the fuel tank!

The delay in this build has accelerated my next project, a Weston UK 52 in a Great Planes 59" Revolver. I already have the Giant Revolver powered by a DLE 55 and love it but want one with a bit more speed, hence the 52.

Timothy Harris 124/07/2017 13:08:38
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Good to hear Ron . I think you are very sensible re reinforcement and proofing especially as it's s model which is very unfussy conditions wise so may be flown a lot. The engine will be very well worth the wait and I look forward to hearing about it . For tail servos I used low profile savox ones which worked well. I also reinforced the area around them with a bit of thin ply. Happy Flying 😊

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