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Old Feb 27, 2012, 12:51 PM
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Extreme Flight 48 inch Laser EXP

Since the cat is out of the bag I guess it's time to make it official. I've been hinting around for a while about a new mystery 48 inch EXP airframe. I am a huge fan of the Laser 200 and the late airshow legend Leo Loudenslager.
I began discussing this model with my factory CAD engineers last summer and knowing that I would be visiting China in the fall of 2011 we began exchanging drawings and ideas. I wanted to honor the unique heritage of the Laser and Leo while bringing the model up to date to match the performance we all have come to expect from an EXP series aircraft.
One of the last mods that Leo made to the Laser was to design a more streamlined canopy. This canopy was installed on the Laser and flown by Leo prior to his tragic death in a motorcycle accident. I much prefer the look of this canopy to the original and decided to incorporate it into the EXP design. I was also never a fan of the orignal cowling. In my research I found photos of the Laser Z230, Laser 300 and 2000 that had all started incorporating a much more streamlined and "sexy" cowling. I decided to incorporate this as well.
As such this model can't really be designated as any particular variant, so I decided to simply call it the Laser EXP.

When I arrived in China our team already had the Laser built up and covered. I brought over the motor/esc and servos and began assembly. The following day we were ready to maiden our new creation. The maiden flight was simply amazing! I landed and both Bear (the factory owner) and I were smiling and giggling like a couple of school girls. The Laser exceeded all expectations and besides requiring a couple of small tweaks to the structure, it was completely aerodynamically sound right out of the gate! That rarely happens. As a result we were able to begin cutting wood immediately. As it stands the Lasers are in the jigs and should be ready for covering very soon. We are shooting for having them around SEFF and with any luck we'll have some there for sale (fingers crossed).
Like all of the EXPs, the Laser excels at both 3D and precison maneuvers. It shares the long tail moment of the Extra and Edge which gives it great stability in higher speed precision manuevers and it also features that famous EXP elevator that allows for crazy pitch authority and great stability in high alpha maneuvers. When the CG is properly set the Laser has no coupling and is a very neutral aircraft. We intended to get some flight video over the weekend at FX3D but we were faced with daily 25-30 mph winds which aren't conducive to filming a demo video of a 3 pound aircraft. We'll work to get video shot and posted as soon as possible.
As requested, here are some more photos of the new Extreme Flight RC Laser EXP!
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 12:58 PM
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Oh, man. That's my dream machine.
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 01:03 PM
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That's what I'm talking about
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 01:07 PM
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How long do us poor buggers in the UK expect to wait before it turns up on our shores?

Will there be a 60??
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 01:58 PM
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really like the "racing" like canopy. Not sure which I like more, MXS or Laser.
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 01:59 PM
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Can't wait to get my hands on that thing in two and a half months!

Excellent work Chris! It's great to have something that's different than the slew of Extras and Edges - something different.
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 02:00 PM
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65mgs all around or 85mg in the tail?
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 02:04 PM
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HS-65mg or Futaba S3156Mg all around...

there is a little extra ply in the ELE mount to allow for opening it up for a larger servo but this one has the smaller servos all around.
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 02:10 PM
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Can I ask why??

I had a few issues with some servo - choices and went with Doc's suggestion of the HS5065MG's for the Edge... and its now perfect...surely similar would be a better option if the Laser has the same abilities for violent tumbles?
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 02:11 PM
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I'll be testing HS5065MGs in an Edge EXP soon, and if tyhose work out, that will be the ticket for the Laser for me. If not, mine's getting an HS85MG on the elevator.
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 02:13 PM
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the 5065 would work fine too....
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 02:18 PM
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Can I ask why??

I had a few issues with some servo - choices and went with Doc's suggestion of the HS5065MG's for the Edge... and its now perfect...surely similar would be a better option if the Laser has the same abilities for violent tumbles?
OK..... I never tried it because my HS65MG was stalling horribly on my original Edge, but that was with the older Airbos 45 running the servo in 5 volts. I have not tried the HS65MG as an elevator servo on 6 volts yet, simply because the HS85MG has been such a monster. It is quite possible the HS65MG will be adequete as an elevator servo on 6 volts. I just have not tried it yet.

Come to think of it, my new Edge is ready to fly less servos. I am waiting on the HS5065MG, but for now I can throw some 65s in there, run them on 6 volts and see how those work. One really good high speed parachute will tell the story.
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HS-65mg or Futaba S3156Mg all around...

there is a little extra ply in the ELE mount to allow for opening it up for a larger servo but this one has the smaller servos all around.
Excellent, because i just happen to have 4 65mgs un-used right now! Was going to sell them, but guess I'll just have to hold on to 'em now.
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Following EXP 48" tradition, will there be two color schemes to choose from?
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 02:31 PM
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Following EXP 48" tradition, will there be two color schemes to choose from?
I am hoping for Leo's blue and yellow championship scheme.

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