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Laser 200 Build

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum credits the Laser 200 for bringing about a new generation of aerobatic aircraft
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Laser 200 Build

Post by Holtzy822 » 17 Nov 2016 00:48

Hey guys, just got a set of plans for the laser and am eager to get started. Figure because this is a new forum I'd give a little background about myself. I'm 19 years old living in the great state of arizona, I started flying at 14 and got my license at 17. I'm currently a CFII/MEI instructing to build my hours but bit the aerobatic bug early when I was given a ride in an S-2E. Fortunately I swayed to the light side when a friend of mine bought an extra 300L and was able to fly that a few times. Anyways that's my quick summary that has nothing to do with this thread. Back to the point, I'll be posting pictures as I go along (slowly) and I'm sure I'll have a thousand questions so if anyone would be kind enough to help it would be greatly appreciated. Tomorrow should be the first day of the build, planning on making the jig for the rudder and seeing if I can find some 4130 in the sizes I need locally! Looking forward the journey

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Re: Laser 200 Build

Post by davevon » 17 Nov 2016 13:58

Are you planning on cutting and welding all the tubing yourself?

Getting any assemblies from Devin?

Dave

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Re: Laser 200 Build

Post by Holtzy822 » 17 Nov 2016 23:17

Cutting and welding myself. Cut the first tube today, the main 1" rudder tube, still tying to figure out where to get the plans printed 1:1 scale so I can build a jig

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Re: Laser 200 Build

Post by One Winged Junkie » 17 Nov 2016 23:47

Holtzy822 wrote:Hey guys, just got a set of plans for the laser and am eager to get started. Figure because this is a new forum I'd give a little background about myself. I'm 19 years old living in the great state of arizona, I started flying at 14 and got my license at 17. I'm currently a CFII/MEI instructing to build my hours but bit the aerobatic bug early when I was given a ride in an S-2E. Fortunately I swayed to the light side when a friend of mine bought an extra 300L and was able to fly that a few times. Anyways that's my quick summary that has nothing to do with this thread. Back to the point, I'll be posting pictures as I go along (slowly) and I'm sure I'll have a thousand questions so if anyone would be kind enough to help it would be greatly appreciated. Tomorrow should be the first day of the build, planning on making the jig for the rudder and seeing if I can find some 4130 in the sizes I need locally! Looking forward the journey
Thanks for the introduction. Congrats on starting the build and PLEASE post picture, I love seeing build photos...

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Re: Laser 200 Build

Post by Holtzy822 » 18 Nov 2016 19:05

Cut the first tube... any tips on building a jig without full scale plans?
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Re: Laser 200 Build

Post by Holtzy822 » 19 Nov 2016 02:34

Rudder jig complete, any tips and critiques are greatly appreciated
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Re: Laser 200 Build

Post by One Winged Junkie » 21 Nov 2016 18:47

Holtzy822 wrote:Cutting and welding myself. Cut the first tube today, the main 1" rudder tube, still tying to figure out where to get the plans printed 1:1 scale so I can build a jig
I guess you got the plans printed. I was going to remark, all my plans were printed to scale at Staples.

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Re: Laser 200 Build

Post by Holtzy822 » 23 Nov 2016 23:28

Yeah I got the 1:1 drawings printed. Jig was just done with demensions. Question, I heard if you layup CF to the same thickness as aluminum it's the same strength but obviously lighter. That being said, would CF hinge straps be a bad idea? They sure would look cool and would be lighter. Ideally I'd like the finished airplane under 950 but I know that's going to be hard.

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Re: Laser 200 Build

Post by Holtzy822 » 24 Nov 2016 01:46

Just kidding, the strap hinges are 4130 not alum.

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Re: Laser 200 Build

Post by Holtzy822 » 29 Nov 2016 12:09

My welding needs to come a long way before I get working on anything structural.

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