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Tower Hobbies Laser 200 Flatty

A capable 3D flat foamie that's easy to fly with reduced control throws.

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A Grab and Go 3D Foamie

The all new Laser 200 from Tower Hobbies is a flat foam aerobatic platform designed for intermediate and advanced pilots. The Laser 200 has easily identifiable top and bottom wing graphics that help with orientation and look great to boot!

The Laser 200 comes as a basic kit requiring all electronics, and retails for $39.99. It requires a 2s 350mAh LiPo, a 250-sized brushless motor, and a minimum 10a esc.

Specifications:

  • Wingspan: 33.5 in (850 mm)
  • Wing Area: 261 inē (16.8 dmē)
  • Wing Loading: 3.1-3.5 oz/ftē (9-11 g/dmē)
  • Weight: 5.6-6.4 oz (160-180 g) Length: 33 in (840 mm)
  • Requirements: 4+ channel radio with 3 micro servos, 250-size brushless motor, 10A (min.) brushless ESC, 7.4V 350mAh 25C LiPo battery, LiPo-compatible charger, 8x3.8 slow-flyer propeller

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Old Jun 04, 2015, 07:51 AM
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Would be interesting to know what sort of foam it is - if this is mentioned anywhere I must have missed it!

I'm guessing Depron (like the original Ikarus Shockies) as it looks rather thin for EPP?
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Old Jun 04, 2015, 09:23 AM
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Looks like 3mm Depron to me.
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Old Jun 04, 2015, 10:29 PM
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Lite two cell bird should be fine. looks like carbon rods to add strenght to wings/ tail group.
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Old Jun 06, 2015, 07:14 PM
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Probably just like their Yak, 330sc etc, which was depron.

Built lite they fly well.
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Old Jun 07, 2015, 01:32 AM
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It would be easy to make it three cell bird. looks like size of V/H kits. Another choice in body type.
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Old Jun 07, 2015, 04:22 AM
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Is there still a market for depron foamies? The original Ikarus Shockies were state of the art when they came out 12 years ago, but most people prefer EPP nowadays as it's much more robust.

I do like depron myself btw and still fly a couple of '2nd generation' Ikarus Shockies (Yak 54 and Pitts S-1S), as well as EPP models of course.
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Old Jun 14, 2015, 06:34 PM
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If this is depron, my question is... WHY??

This closely resembles things that came to the market in 2003.

The crack series from twisted hobbies is all I would ever buy for foam these days. Those planes are ridiculous and take an absolute beating! This thing looks like it will disintegrate after it's first snap roll...
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Old Jun 14, 2015, 11:45 PM
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I have to admit, I still like to fly crisp depron planes. Nothing flew like those old shock flyers. (Yak, F3A)

Sure epp can take a beating and my CYL flies well. But the spice of life is....
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The shockies were fun at the time. Good indoors, ok outside. But they carried no inertia into moves so you couldn't really do many of the modern day aerobatic maneuvers. Then you crash, and........

I know some pattern guys still use depron indoors, but I haven't seen any 3d guys use depron in almost a decade!
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Sure EPP is more durable, but, lets face it, depron planes are made for and marketed towards people who don't crash (or at least try no to lol) depron in many cases is also lighter, less flexible (won't twist and bend under high pressure maneuvers), and if you do crash, it's a cleaner break. You can also use CA and paint shows up better and more vibrant. I'm a fan of depron, but EPP also has its string points. And there are many companies that are actually starting to make more depron planes. Electrifly/GP/Towerhobbies, Techone, Fancyfoam Models, and Bowker Aeromodels just to name a few. People are going to argue the strong points to each foam, but when it comes down to it, its all personal preference.
PS, I believe this plane is GP Pro-Formance foam, similar to depron
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