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Model Monster29/01/2017 23:09:06
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This is my latest build project, the TN Mustang, now all ready for covering. I'm going to try the Solarfilm, Prymol and paint method and will post some more photos once I'm done. I've found a Tamiya kit with a RAF polish squadron scheme. The Laser is an old 100, I moved the firewall back a bit to accommodate this and hollowed out the lower blocks, so the tank centre line is the same as the carb. Apart from this, the model went together as the plans and the CNC parts were excellent. It did take me while to figure out the best way to make, install and steer the retracting tail-wheel (adapted nose-leg retract, connected to the rudder).

I did completely fill a Henry hoover bag with the shavings but it's nice and curvy now!



Former Member30/01/2017 01:23:14
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ted hughes30/01/2017 02:18:46
466 forum posts

I love seeing these beautiful planes.

I just wish we could never see IC engines, we have now reached the position when it could all be electric.

I hate the sound of them, and apart from minority hobbies, I'll be glad when ic engines are banned. Nasty, noisy nonsense.

Edited By ted hughes on 30/01/2017 02:19:47

bouncebounce crunch30/01/2017 03:52:48
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This looks very nice indeed Monster.

Please give us the full covering detail, I will enjoy the finish more than a good sit down with a cup of tea and biscuits.


bouncebounce crunch30/01/2017 04:03:34
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Monster, Is that a Laser engine hiding under the bonnet?

David Davis30/01/2017 06:16:47
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It's a Laser 100 BBC. Model Monster mentions it in the first paragraph.

bouncebounce crunch30/01/2017 06:22:19
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Posted by bouncebounce crunch on 30/01/2017 04:03:34:

Monster, Is that a Laser engine hiding under the bonnet?

I need glasses, it is ruining my enjoyment in reading. add to that my laziness to read the entire post...OH the shame the shame.......

Trevor Crook30/01/2017 07:53:50
940 forum posts
67 photos

Looking good monster. I'm all electric these days and always think it's a shame when sleek nosed warbirds have chunks of engine and silencer sticking out, but you've done a good job of blending in that Laser.

I thought Hobbyking did retractable, steerable tailwheels, but it's been a while since I looked. Anyway, sounds like, as a proper modeller, you've found a way.

I've got Tony's Typhoon, it's a great flier.


Denis Watkins30/01/2017 08:06:35
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104 photos

Many many people are afraid of the complexity and skill of running IC motors Ted, but thankfully when they are muffled, mounted and propped correctly, they can barely be heard over local hub bub

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator30/01/2017 08:20:33
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Lovely! It is a bit of a feature of TN's design method that you "reveal the model" that seems to be hidden in a big square block of balsa!! Its a bit like sculpture. But the point of course is that it works - and it does reveal a beautiful model like this. Great work.


PS BTW guys lets focus here on admiring and commenting on a beautiful build - and not on a pointless IC vs Electric flame-war! The truth is both are totally valid, both are excellent - neither should be banned! We have enough potential enemies outside the hobby without turning on each orther! So let's leave that issue firmly parked there please.

Peter Miller30/01/2017 08:28:56
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Posted by ted hughes on 30/01/2017 02:18:46:

I love seeing these beautiful planes.

I just wish we could never see IC engines, we have now reached the position when it could all be electric.

I hate the sound of them, and apart from minority hobbies, I'll be glad when ic engines are banned. Nasty, noisy nonsense.

Edited By ted hughes on 30/01/2017 02:19:47

AH! Another of the "Ban everything that I don't like" Brigade.

And BEB, not starting an i.c./electric battle, just a moan at the " I don't like it so ban it" types. Sounds like Donald TRump doesn't it.

Jon - Laser Engines30/01/2017 08:37:20
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Looks cracking to me, and im sure the smooth sound of the Laser 100 will tempt even the most devout of leccy fliers

I would recommend a 15x8 for best flying performance and i would do the maiden without the cowling as your airflow out of the cowl looks a touch restrictive and you dont want it overheating while trying to get it trimmed. The 100 is pretty tolerant, but just keep an eye on it once the cow is fitted and if it sounds unhappy give it a bit more airflow.

Denis Watkins30/01/2017 08:57:06
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Denis Watkins30/01/2017 09:01:08
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DaveyP30/01/2017 09:10:47
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47 photos

@ModelMonster, that is indeed a thing of beauty yes

Bucksboy30/01/2017 10:45:33
575 forum posts
109 photos

It looks great doesn't it? I'm lucky enough to know Mat, he's a a very good builder and flyer so it should look even better when its finished. We've both signed up for the Bf 110 purchase from one of the other threads on this forum. I can't promise that will be his next build, I know there are several other models in the running.

Mike T30/01/2017 11:26:42
489 forum posts
37 photos

@ModelMonster - that is truly a work of art.

There's nothing more satisfying than the sight of a completed airframe 'in the wood'. It's almost a pity all that skill has to be covered up. And the fit of that Laser is just perfect - by the time the finish is on it'll hardly be noticed.

Manish Chandrayan30/01/2017 13:14:57
631 forum posts
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Beautiful work, and made even better by the fact that there is a Laser under the cowl yes

Rob Ashley30/01/2017 13:57:21
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That is a very nicely built model - nice to see. Are you glassing and painting to finish?


Model Monster30/01/2017 17:14:12
55 forum posts
101 photos

Aww, thanks guys. It's nice to get a pat on the head once in a while.

The Mustang schemes from Denis are excellent and I think I'll go with the last one, as I find invasion stripes help with my flying / orientation, when the sky is grey.

Jon's tip of 1st flights with the cowl off are spot on. The cowl outlets do look small and in view of this I have slotted the fus behind the exhaust stacks and these I made from 10mm brass tube, so hopefully it'll be ok. If not, it will have to be out with the Dremel. Also, I do tend to use 20% nitro fuel, fully synthetic from Southern Modelcraft (I know Lasers don't need this but have several YS Engines and can't be bothered to have lots of different fuel flavours). This does mean the fuel consumption goes up a bit but also more oil goes through the engine and this seems to help with cooling (heat loss via the expelled oil perhaps?) and none of my glow models have ever gone rusty! One of this engines previous homes was in a much abused CM-Pro Warhawk, the cowl was quite big and I didn't have any holes in it at all, it still ran fine - I did have to take the cowl off every now and again and empty out the oil.

Lasers are lovely engines, so easy to operate and super reliable. My next assembly is likely to be a H9 Thunderbolt (that came my way recently, discontinued now) with a Laser 200 twin - Mmmmmmm.

Edited By Model Monster on 30/01/2017 17:15:07

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