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ASH.11/01/2020 22:15:27
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That is a neat interior, just how I like mine... and roomy too. I have wiring tied-up and tucked away properly as well. Yes, I can see you've been at it with the finishing epoxy - on the inside! laugh

Tim Flyer11/01/2020 22:26:41
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Cheers Ash yes that’s my West Systems Epoxy inside . I must admit as I had an early model boat background I like to build to “last” . I think it’s a big advantage interior coating with epoxy. Otherwise one fuel leak can cause permanent damage , plus the epoxy massively strengthens the wood .

ASH.11/01/2020 22:35:33
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Totally Agree.. I build my artf's to last and seal all visible wood with clearcoat after strengtening.

By the way - who did you get your clearcoat from at W&W?

Does finishing epoxy really add enough strenght without cloth?

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Tim Flyer11/01/2020 22:40:36
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Agreed .. very important on ARTFS . I think it might have been balsa cabin but it was year before last . I always do loads of shopping there for “stock “ as sadly there are no local model shops near me in Hertfordshire. I bought a big tin of it . I wish I had bought more . It’s brilliant for repairs ands sticking film onto, 

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Rich too12/01/2020 09:18:22
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Nice Tim, good luck with the maiden.

Tim Flyer12/01/2020 15:13:19
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Thank You too Rich . 👍

Tim Flyer16/05/2020 20:11:31
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Maiden flight was today . Winds were light and from the NW but I was keen to give the plane a go as the field was very quiet giving me time to concentrate on checks etc.

Well I’m pleased I did . The plane taxied well and took off beautifully with more than ample power from the laser 180 . It was very very smooth in the air despite some gusts. Later in the flight I did some rolls and a nice big loop which it handles just like an Acrowot XL. This plane can also fly slowly and seems to have little or no tendency to stall. At very low speeds it lets you know it’s unhappy by a slight wing wobble but a bit of power soon corrects it . With the slight crosswind I had a few passes while dialling in my approach. I found using the flaps helped a lot and it made a very smooth landing. The big Dubro air wheels and significant weight meant it rolled down the runway a long way but it has no tendency to nose over 😊😊😊 . I’m very happy!

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Tim Flyer19/05/2020 15:42:11
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Another three flights done now. I’m loving this plane it flies so smoothly! It’s very very stable and noticeably more so than the 60 sized Black Horse ARTF version I used to own. It flies slowly very well and I have just dialled a little down elevator into the flap mix for landing and it’s perfect. The Laser 180 has heaps of extra power and most of my flying is just above half throttle so it’s very relaxed.

Its hard to say anything against it .

ASH.19/05/2020 15:50:15
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Congrats Tim, I'm glad you're enjoying it.. Can't wait to fly mine now!

Good to hear your positive thoughts on this model.

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David P Williams19/05/2020 18:00:52
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Well done Tim, they're lovely to fly aren't they? Mine is pretty porky with all the extra scale detail but still flies beautifuly with its Laser 150.

Tim Flyer19/05/2020 18:44:10
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Cheers Ash , I must say it’s loads of fun. It’s very practical plus looks good, and no “nosing over” and it taxies well with good ground handling with the Oleos, unlike some similar models .

Thanks David yes I agree . I think the wing design must be good as it flies and lands like a light model. My laser 180 plus the required tail weight made it heavier to but it still seems a “light flying plane “. 

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