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Old Feb 24, 2012, 11:45 PM
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Chris,

Impressive build standard - what are you using for covering? - very fetching colour scheme!
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Old Feb 25, 2012, 12:55 AM
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Chris,

Impressive build standard - what are you using for covering? - very fetching colour scheme!
Thanks Stan...it's vintage yellow solartex with two coats of clear dope. Left 2 weeks to cure and then the green paint added (humbrol enamel) by hand.

It will all get a coat of Ronseal clear varnish when complete (clearcoat in the engine bay). The laser is a very clean runner so the airframe wont be subject to much soiling.
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Old Feb 25, 2012, 05:40 AM
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Funny how long this thread has run and suddenly towards the end all the other Falcon projects come alive.

It's really great to see all these great models come together - there can never be enough Falcons

Chris, I know what you mean, if you use a BB plan, then there are quite a few dimensional discrepancies to contest with - great cover job by the way!

I am also surprised that not so many Falcons are electric though.

Cheers

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Old Feb 25, 2012, 07:01 AM
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Funny how long this thread has run and suddenly towards the end all the other Falcon projects come alive.

It's really great to see all these great models come together - there can never be enough Falcons

Chris, I know what you mean, if you use a BB plan, then there are quite a few dimensional discrepancies to contest with - great cover job by the way!

I am also surprised that not so many Falcons are electric though.

Cheers

Tim
Hello Tim...nice to hear from you. Your Falcon was the inspiration for me to finish mine off (after I rediscovered the wings !).
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 04:11 AM
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In one of your earlier posts Chris, I notice on your Cloud Cruiser plan the tail is fitted with a Stab Platform. This would be a sensible add on to my model as the plug-in tail with two built in servos can flex somewhat on the narrow fusalage. Will fit.
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Old Mar 01, 2012, 10:07 AM
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In one of your earlier posts Chris, I notice on your Cloud Cruiser plan the tail is fitted with a Stab Platform. This would be a sensible add on to my model as the plug-in tail with two built in servos can flex somewhat on the narrow fusalage. Will fit.
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Hi Ray...good idea....I'm fitting a platform on mine with a plug at the front.

Keep at it !

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Old Mar 05, 2012, 04:47 AM
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Decal insignia

While I am nowhere ready to add insignia to the Falcon, I have been looking into it.
My intention was to try printing my own using inkjet Water-slide decal paper.

http://www.craftycomputerpaper.co.uk...r_slide_decals

Alternatively, Pyramid Models offer a CNC cut vinyl set for the Falcon.

http://www.pyramidmodels.com/shop/pr...lcon_decal_set


The model illustrated is the Czech one seen in some earlier posts.
The font used looks like Georgia.
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Old Mar 13, 2012, 10:40 AM
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I used ink jet printed vinyl for all my decals. Clear vinyl in this case. I have used it on many projects and it works very well. Allow the printing to dry for a couple of hours and then brush over Clearcoat and allow to dry for 24 hrs. Then cut from sheet. Fuel proof/varnish again once in place - type depending on how much fuel it gets. On the Falcon I used a matt water based 'floor' varnish. As noted in other parts of the thread Lasers run clean and mine has a socking great silicone pipe to take tthe exhuast out to the wheels. After 45 minutes of tootling around it lands as clean and dry as when it took off.

By the way what does it take to kill the Laser 70 vs Laser 62 argument? Mine flies most of the time on 1/4 throttle on the Laser 62. It is totally fine. You do not need a Laser 70 unless you are buying a new one. In that case look very hard at lots of down thrust and side thrust.
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By the way what does it take to kill the Laser 70 vs Laser 62 argument? Mine flies most of the time on 1/4 throttle on the Laser 62. It is totally fine. You do not need a Laser 70 unless you are buying a new one. In that case look very hard at lots of down thrust and side thrust.
OK, one more time... 25 years ago, I SAW Neil Tidey fly a Falcon to test the first Laser 45 and it flew very well. I think he used more or less full power for takeoff, and then cruised around on 1/3 to half throttle... What else do you need?
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Old Mar 14, 2012, 01:01 AM
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While I am nowhere ready to add insignia to the Falcon, I have been looking into it.
My intention was to try printing my own using inkjet Water-slide decal paper.

http://www.craftycomputerpaper.co.uk...r_slide_decals

Ray
Ray,

I have recently used decal paper from this firm and it works just fine, in my case I had the decals printed on a Laser printer by a friend.
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Old Mar 14, 2012, 04:14 PM
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OK, one more time... 25 years ago, I SAW Neil Tidey fly a Falcon to test the first Laser 45 and it flew very well. I think he used more or less full power for takeoff, and then cruised around on 1/3 to half throttle... What else do you need?
Yes - but the smallest Laser you can buy new is now a 70, which is way to big.

Laser 61 - 1983 (mine is 1985 vintage) replaced in 1989 by 62, that withdrawn 1993. Laser 45 - 1986 not sure when withdrawn - circa 1989 as well I believe.

If I hadn't had the 61 (not 62 as previously quoted - typo) I would probably have put a Saito 45 in.
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Old Mar 15, 2012, 03:51 PM
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I do love that green on yellow color scheme, and the red/cream one is most impressive too!

So many models to build, so little time!

Pete G.
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Old Mar 30, 2012, 11:50 PM
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It's back to the Falcon after a couple of other distractions came and went. I've hinged the rudder with Robart hinges after applying Dacron along the hinge line and gave the engine a test run tonight. It's probably been about 3 years since I ran the engine. Started up fine and purred away at idle -fantastic!
What ideas do you guys have for bolting the stab and fin down without the rubber band set up?
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Old Apr 03, 2012, 08:29 AM
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My one-piece tail unit plugs into the fusalage using two dowels and is fairly secure, but to increase security and avoid using rubber bands I have added a pair of press studs, one at each end of the fin. To release the tail unit I gently lift each end in turn to unclick the studs then lift the whole assembly upwards.

Something else which has been very challenging is forming the windscreen frame. It took two attempts to get it right. To aid the fitting I have added an extra layer on top of the 'D' former.
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