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Member postings for Jon - Laser Engines

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Thread: Precedent Stampe 1/4 Scale
18/10/2019 12:27:24

I think i have 4.5'' wheels on mine. I will check later as i have some model juggling to do.

My tank was a 14oz and came from a YT kit if i recall


Thread: Trouble contacting Laser engines
16/10/2019 14:25:29
Posted by Tim Flyer on 16/10/2019 14:18:38:

Sorry Jon I had missed this thread, anyway I’m very pleased to hear all went well for your mum .

Thanks Tim. Shes still being dosed with chemo but is not suffering as badly from it as some so its as good as it can be.


In unrelated news, our email server is still on the fritz and the internet is as slow as a dead snail so calls keep getting dropped.

I recommend all communication is by carrier pigeon (thats 1st class service) or those big old bonfires you light on top of hills if you arent in a rush

Edited By Jon - Laser Engines on 16/10/2019 14:27:43

Thread: SLEC Chipmunk build blog
16/10/2019 14:05:44

Do you have your B yet Tim? If so you should join the stampe/tiger moth slot at wings n wheels next year. A chipmunk will be a nice addition

Thread: Kings Lynn Model Shop
15/10/2019 16:09:36

emails are a challenge as modern phones meaning many people reply within minutes. I dont think a same day/next morning reply is unacceptable so i dont bust a gut checking emails every 5 minutes. If i did i wouldnt get anything done. Not that it matters at the moment as our email server is having a tantrum. something else i have to chase.

As for the shop issue, i would expect some sort of nod or wave if i walked in and someone was on the phone. If i wanted help i would then walk over and stand with/look at the guy to communicate this. Just walking out wouldnt help as the guy might just assume i came in for a mooch and then left.

Squeaky wheel and all that.

15/10/2019 14:08:04
Posted by Christopher Morris 2 on 15/10/2019 07:32:03:

Do people not realise that if a customer walks into a shop & your on the phone, you say sorry to the person on the phone & tell them you will call back in a short wile as a customer has just walked in.

Err, what? This comment makes absolutely no sense to me at all. If i, a customer, am on the phone to a company and they abandon me the moment someone walks in the door i am not going to be very impressed by that. Admittedly they could have excused themselves from the conversation for a few seconds to ask if you needed help, and then said 'ill be with you as soon as im done with this customer', but to expect them to disregard everyone else and leap up to greet you is not exactly realistic.

If we assume however the shop acts as you suggest and ignores calls in favour of customers on the shop floor, we end up with a situation like the one Adrian had where he is now in a bad mood that someone didnt leap to his aid either. I cant blame him, calling a company and getting no answer is not a great experience, but its not always easy to juggle all the balls.

As for websites, i know from experience that keeping them updated is a full time job and if you already have a full time job serving customers then the website suffers. That's why the Laser site has not been meaningful updates in about 6 years. Should i update the website or do what i need to serve customers?

There aren't thousands running these places guys and its often not possible for the handful of staff available to keep on top of everything.

Thread: Trouble contacting Laser engines
14/10/2019 13:50:51

Don, i will take that visa petition. Its going to be a nightmare

Nigel (and Chris at the top of the page), yes, that all sounds quite reasonable to me. Its just unfortunate i am the only one with that outlook.

14/10/2019 10:17:49

All of the technology is now working. Perhaps now i might be able to get something done.

Rich, no chance. i have no money to buy and he wouldnt sell anyway. Even if he did i dont have any way of getting the parts manufactured so it would fall on its backside.

14/10/2019 09:40:12

One and all rejoice. The website is fixed...

However, the email server is now dead so i guess i will try and fix that and clear out the remaining email messages.

The phones are also down, but did work earlier so there is hope they too will return to the party at some point today so i can call back all the people i have to call.

I hate this place.

Thread: Anyone good with Laptop/PC?
12/10/2019 19:32:02

when it comes to drivers i always leave it well enough alone if everything is working. if you install something and it not working, then its time to update. No point in rocking the boat unless you have to

Thread: Twin glow motors for warbirds?
11/10/2019 17:39:54

It will come as no surprise that i will always vote i/c for twins. Over the years i have owned 6 multi engine models and am yet to loose one to an engine failure related crash. My first model did suffer a few engine out related spins but once i started ignoring the commonly held views of how to handle a single engine twin and resorted to my current method of flying flat out on the remaining engine to keep the speed up my problems were solved.

While its true that multi engine ic models are a different proposition to a single none of it is difficult and once you get used to it a twin is no more daunting than any other model.

With all that said, i twin trainer of some sort is always a good idea before you go all in on something like a mosquito

Thread: Trouble contacting Laser engines
11/10/2019 17:32:32
Posted by Paul De Tourtoulon on 11/10/2019 17:17:23:

Hi, a French friend has asked me to look you up as he wants a Laser 180, have you one in stock please and when are you getting a phone that works please ?,,

Hi Paul

The website is broken, nothing is in stock and i am on holiday so even if the phones are working there is no one there to answer it. i did put a note on the website explaining that i was away but with the site being down that didnt pan out very well.

All in all its a bit of a shambles but i will see what i can do to sort it out when i get back to work on Monday.

Thread: Laser Engines - Technical questions
03/10/2019 10:30:37
Posted by Alan Hilton on 03/10/2019 08:15:20:

Hi Jon

I can’t access the Laser website ,is the site OK ?


nope, looks like its busted. I will try and fix it when i get back from my holiday.

David, apologies for the radio silence. I would agree that you have a 62 and 70

Thread: Take off problems
30/09/2019 17:02:59
Posted by Frank Skilbeck on 30/09/2019 15:26:23:

A clubmate built a Zero with a 35cc petrol engine and had a very experienced large model flier do the maiden flight, he noted that he had to hold in right rudder quite a while after take off. Once it had climbed and leveled off it flew lovely and was quite a pussycat to land, but needed right rudder applied during and the takeoff and climb out.

My feeling is that Frank has nailed it.

If the rudder was keeping you in a straight line why let go of it? The sharp yaw left could easily change the lift situation from the wing and alter the trim. Its all to common for rudder neglect to set in as most only seem to use it on takeoff and once in the air they abandon it all together.

As in Frank's example i hold rudder on most of my models once in the air as they are still below their trimmed speed. All of my warbirds and other scale models need rudder held in on climbout after takeoff. I slowly let it off as the airspeed rises and im yawing in the direction of the control input. My sport models vary depending on wind conditions and that sort of thing.

By all means check the things everyone else has suggested, but my money is on a bit of torque swing rocking the apple cart.

Thread: 80 Mick Reeves Hurricane
29/09/2019 16:25:44

when it comes to warbirds i tend to use as much aileron and rudder as i can, and then a little elevator as possible. As long as the elevator moves its probably fine

After the maiden its then a case of adjustment as required.

Thread: Thrust
27/09/2019 09:37:02
Posted by paul d on 27/09/2019 09:33:25:

That's a coarse pitch! one way to find the thrust is to attach a securely fixed spring balance to the model and give it the beans!

This is the only way to get an accurate measure of static thrust but as the prop is stalled on the ground it will not always give an accurate representation of how the combination will perform in flight

Thread: Design & Build Sport Twin
25/09/2019 09:43:55

for some reason i have not kept up with this thread. The model is looking great and should be a blast to fly. DOnt be worried about loosing an engine, just tune each to max rpm that it is happy with an then forget it. Usually engines to rich in flight but of one starts to sag a bit then when you land just open the needle a click and try it again. Dont worry if the tuning is a bit out on the ground as it will be correct in the air. My old twin ace was like that as the 25fp's were nowhere near eachother on the ground but came on song in the air once up to full temperature.

I would also recommend against the cut and glide. Twins are too heavy for this work well and you still have a perfectly healthy engine to carry you along. Just fly flat out and dont slow down using rudder to correct for yaw. Its not as tricky as is often made out.

I lost an engine on my twin at wings n wheels but was able to do a perfectly acceptable landing even with the cross wind...although to be fair, i was quite smug about it!

Thread: Duxford Spitfire Day
24/09/2019 16:39:16

i wanted to go but they sold out of parking spaces more than a week in advance. How daft is that?!

Anyway no harm done as i wanted to go on the sunday and it poured with rain. Thats why i dont buy tickets until the last minute, its just not worth taking the risk.

Thread: Collapse of Thomas Cook
23/09/2019 13:59:22
Posted by john stones 1 on 23/09/2019 13:54:37:
Posted by Jon - Laser Engines on 23/09/2019 13:46:22:
Posted by john stones 1 on 23/09/2019 12:27:07:

how have some of these people avoided jail ?

Probably all the money they have. Or is that a little cynical?

23/09/2019 13:46:22
Posted by john stones 1 on 23/09/2019 12:27:07:

Look at the wages the higher ups paid themselves, one received £2.9m bonus from a failing company ? No need for him to sign on then.

Its always the way though isnt it. All these massive companies go bust and yet the big boys at the top always seem to leave with a bonus of millions of pounds. I wish i could get a million pound bonus for being totally incompetent.

Thread: Warbird Flyers, highly tapered wings...
20/09/2019 09:43:27

No problem Nigel, it was just a thought...although, it just occurred to me that i have another yak of about 55 inch that i might part with. I had forgotten all about it! I have the plans, canopy, cowl and all the laser cut/foam core parts.

There are a bunch of photos on this thread **LINK** showing the build the other guys did with this kit. i was going to join them, but never got round to it and as things have now moved on its unlikely i will ever put it together. A decent 50 or 60 4 stroke would pull it just fine.

Apologies if it seems like im just trying to flog stuff, its just that i have so much gear i need to thin it out a bit.

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