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Frank Skilbeck11/09/2012 19:48:18
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After flying almost exclusivelly electric over the last few years, I dug out my old Laser 61and fitted into a Flair Fokker DVII I'd acquired a few years back, no change of glow plug or anything fancy, just fill the tank up with some old straight fuel and it fired up on the first touch of the starter. It deadsticked on the first flight due to a loose needle valve, but once tightened, it ran faultlessly for the next 3 flights turning a 13 x 6 at over 9,300 rpm, not bad for an engine bought in 1984 and used extensivelly until a few years ago, the only replacement parts it's had in that time are some valve springs (fitted 20+ years ago) and a few new glow plugs, it's still on the original bearings.

So how modellers out there are still running their original Lasers

Concorde Speedbird11/09/2012 19:50:45
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Laser's are the best. I must get one at some point, our Laser 70 was faultless for many many years, but after a long break of not running the valve springs broke, but that was our fault!

CS

Tom Sharp 211/09/2012 20:11:43
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What else can you say.

Signed

Happy Laser owner.

jeff2wings11/09/2012 20:57:39
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My NEW Laser 150 is on it's way,oh! deep joy !!smileysmiley

Ernie12/09/2012 08:40:19
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Hi jeff, It truly is a thing of wonder. Hope you're not going to risk it in a model

ernie

Frank Skilbeck12/09/2012 10:54:07
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Posted by Ernie on 12/09/2012 08:40:19:

Hi jeff, It truly is a thing of wonder. Hope you're not going to risk it in a model

ernie

No No the thing is if you've built a model worthy of a Laser would you risk it with anything else.

But that's another "benefit" of Laser's they are as tough as old boots, being machined from solid they can just shrug off crashes that would render other engines to the scrap heap. Not suggesting you test this though...........................................

MikeS12/09/2012 18:45:19
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Got my Laser 100 back for Xmas last year. Have not run it yet as it was for my Topflight P47 that I am building.

Great looking engine and feels well built. The only thing is the high postion for the carb which makes inverted fitting a pain in the P47 due to the tank position.

I might sell my on and buy a TT91.

jeff2wings12/09/2012 20:02:53
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Mostly this week I shall be looking at this smiley !

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Stephen Grigg12/09/2012 20:07:56
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Well that has rto be a thing of beauty if you prefer looking at a lump of metal instead of you devistatingly beautiful lady wife jeffrey

Ian Skeldon 112/09/2012 20:09:28
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I've got er 4 or maybe 5 lasers, such a pity they (Neil) doesn't make a 54 size, I know it couldn't compete in cost to other 50 size engines but I would still get one.

Put it simply,

They are the best, period.

cymaz01/10/2012 19:49:01
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I hope to join the L.A.S. soon with a 150yes

Alan Cantwell01/10/2012 20:29:32
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ive got a laser 150 stovepipe that i keep meaning to put in a model, but i keep polishing it instead,

cymaz01/10/2012 20:33:32
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Don't want to sell it do you?????????????????????????????????

Alan Cantwell01/10/2012 20:40:12
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nice try, bit what would i polish?

cymaz01/10/2012 20:44:08
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No harm in asking face 11

fly boy301/10/2012 22:56:06
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Hi Frank, bought a Laser 61, 12 years ago, (second hand) and flew it in a Skyways Hawk 70, then put it on an Acrowot. Never had any trouble at all, and using straight fuel. But thesound it makes is wonderful, and un -mistakeable. Cheers Ps, Wish I could afford another.

Edited By fly boy3 on 01/10/2012 22:56:49

David Davis02/10/2012 05:34:41
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I have three Lasers: a 70, a 91 and a 150 V twin, all bought second-hand.

I've owned them all for at least eight years but until Sunday afternoon had never run the 150. I took it to my mate's workshop in a farmyard(!) where we found that the exhaust valves weren't opening because the pushrods had become gummed up. Having dismantled it, cleaned everything and mounted it in a test stand we got it to run. It sounds fabulous and runs very smoothly.

I am going to build a WW1 biplane for the 70 over the winter.

MikeS02/10/2012 08:19:58
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I have a 100. Looks great and a piece of art in how its built.

However it is up for sale now as I changed my plans for the P47.
Jonnor02/10/2012 14:34:38
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Why hasn't Neil Tidey been given a knighthood? A damn sight more deserving than many who have been thus enobled.

My 90 and 150 were absolute gems. Arise Sir Neil

John Payne03/10/2012 11:11:59
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I've been a member for a while with my Laser 75 bought not long after they were launched. It was in an Acrowot for a long time and then put into long term storage, badly. I stripped it, fitted new bearings and it runs just as we'll as it used to. It is currently in a Domino biplane and it is "adequately" powered and sounds lovely. Those huge loops are a treat. I also bought a Laser 80 earlier in the year and this is destined for a Skyway Models Stampe. Should be a good match. Cheers, John.

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