RCUniverse.com Review of the Aeroworks Laser 200 ARF
scale looks of original Laser
switch and fuel DOT
the Extras, there was Leo Loudenslager's Laser 200
which dominated the US national aerobatic championship
titles in the 1980s. Using this airframe, Leo won
a total of 7 US and 1 World Championship titles. The
Laser 200 was actually one of the first airframes
that Aeroworks used to manufacture and they have now
brought the Laser 200 back as a 30cc Quick Build
ARF which promises stunning scale looks and unlimited
Being a Quick Build ARF from Aeroworks, a significant
amount of the work has been done for you which includes
hinged ailerons, pre-drilled cowl holes with blind
nuts, routed strings to aid in servo lead extension
placement and many more time saving features which
makes the assembly process of the Laser 200 a quick
one. One of the biggest features that might attract
your attention is the quick release canopy which allows
for quick access of the ignition and receiver switch
along with the fuel DOT which can be installed inside
of the canopy.
I was very pleased to hear that I would get a chance
to prepare an article on this iconic airframe so read
on to see my impressions after putting one together
and flying it for a few dozen flights.
of the biggest features of the Laser 200 ARF is the capability to mount
the fuel DOT and the receiver/ignition switches inside the fuselage
making for a very clean look on the exterior of the aircraft.
tail setup for the Laser 200 is a pull-pull for the rudder and two tail
mounted servos for the elevator. The ARF arrives with formers that have
routing channels for the servo extensions and to make it easier to
route the servo leads, a string has been pre-routed for you.
business end of the Laser 200 features a cowl that is held on by six
bolts that attach to pre-installed blind nuts on the fuselage. A small
cut out is made on the bottom of the fuselage to accommodate various
exhausts. The firewall is marked for center and several patterns are
provided for common engines such as the DLE30 and 35RA variants.
Light Weight Construction
and Detailed Instruction Manual on CD
and Pre mounted 7075 Aluminum Landing gear
High Quality SAE Hardware Package Included
pushrods with centering nut
covered in ULTRACOTE™
Wing with Pin style Hinge (Ready to Fly) No
control surfaces double beveled for maximum
Mounted Fiberglass Cowl and Wheel Pants
Mounted and Tinted Canopy
Release Canopy Hatch
installed and fuel proofed engine box
cut engine mounting templates provided
Ultracote™ covering provided for small
assembled Gas Fuel tank
Buddy to find the perfect C.G. easily
to 10 Hours assembly Time
(Rudder to Front of Cowl): 64"
(Rudder to Front of Spinner): 67.5"
Area: 1121 sq. in.
11.5 to 12.5 lbs
is easily removed using a spring loaded latch on the top and makes a
very firm connection once attached.
Strings have been pre-routed trough the wing and fuselage to aid in
servo lead placement. The horizontal stabilizer has already been
stripped of covering and for you.
full scale Laser 200, the ARF arrives with flat control surfaces that
are held to the fuselage with very nice control wires. The wires are
cross threaded so it is very easy to install and adjust the tension on
each surface. The Elevator requires two servos mounted in the tail and
the rudder control is provided by a pull-pull setup installed in the
fuselage. The hardware that is provided is top-notch.
assembly process of the Laser 200 is a quick one thanks to the many
pre-fabricated and pre-assembled components that arrive in the ARF. A
printed manual is not provided however a pdf version is available on a
CD and it is very detailed. Following the manual, one should not have
any issues in completing the assembly of the Laser 200.
ailerons arrive pre-hinged so all that remains is to install the control
arms and the servo. The length of the control rod can be adjusted in
place thanks to the reverse threading on the rod. The rudder and
elevator servos are an easy install in their respective locations. I
used the servo arms provided with the Hitec 7954SH servos and found
that I could achieve the documented throws in the manual when connected
to their outermost mounting locations.
gear is installed to the fuselage and wheel cuffs are provided to make
the overall installation a bit more pleasing to the eye. The tail gear
is aluminum and is attached easily using a few screws.
stabilizers are glued to the fuselage and the control surfaces hinged
using pin type hinges. The flying wires are solid rods which are
reverse threaded and installation and adjustment is a snap.
an OSGT33 to power the Laser 200. I had to use 2" standoffs to achieve
the desired spacing.
mount muffler of the OSGT33 leads to a cutout that is a bit more than
desired but overall is not very offensive. I think a DLE-35RA would
make for a cleaner installation with its rear mounted muffler.
Ignition module can be mounted to the bottom of the firewall and the
provided fuel overflow valve can be attached here as well.
ignition accepts LiFe, LiPo, NiCd
and NiMH power and also offers low
mounted Walbro carburetor
style E-5030 aluminum muffler black
in color, 5dB lower in noise than
year limited warranty through Hobby
Services beginning at date of purchase
used two 2500mAh 6V NiMh batteries and mounted
them to each side of the firewall to achieve
the desired C.G. location. The gas tank
and the throttle servo are mounted in the
fuselage and the airframe is essentially
ready for flight. The OSGT33 shaft will
require a space to mount a propeller that
is larger than 18". I used a piece of scrap
tubing wrapped in some thin tape to achieve
the proper diameter and mounted a 19x8"
Xoar propeller. I used a 3-1/4 plastic GP
spinner with an aluminum backplate and it
has worked out great so far.
have to start by saying that I have never had an airframe that has
attracted so much attention as the Laser 200. It seems that every time
I brought the Laser 200 to the field, I was greeted by shall I say more
experienced pilots that knew of the original airframe and were flocking
around the Aeroworks rendition to see how it was built and telling me
stories of the version that they had 20 years ago and many other
stories about the full scale airframe and Leo himself.
also have to apologize to my editor as I kept this airframe longer than
normal before turning in the finished article but this gave me the
opportunity to fly the Laser 200 more than usual. In fact, it has been
my primary airframe for the last few months and I can comfortably say I
have worked out the kinks and understand reasonably well how it flies
and likes to be flown.
that out of the way, I can say that the Laser 200 does not disappoint.
Over the last few months that I have been flying it, it has performed
flawlessly in almost every aspect and under varying weather condition
and flight envelopes that I have thrown at it. Flown as a sport plane,
the Laser 200 presents as a large and powerful airframe that can obey
your command and is fit for purpose in just tearing holes in the sky.
You have to pay special attention to the throws as I found the
documented throws, even the low rates, to be higher and more reactive
than I would like. With the low rates turned down, the Laser 200
becomes a very smooth pattern flier, one that can be used for IMAC or
Sportsman type of flying.
low rates, rolls and snaps were very controllable with no noticeable
corkscrew effects and with the OS33GT up front, the airframe has very
good vertical. Though, I felt that the OS was not making as good power
as some of my other 35CC airframes, but this could be because the
engine is still new.
the rates thrown to high, the Laser 200 can perform any post-stall
maneuver you throw at it with ease though it is not as stable and
forgiving as a comparable Extra or Yak would be. Rolling harriers were
easily performed with relative ease and no major adjustment to overall
timing that I am used to. Hovering and torque rolling did not present
any issues as well though the airframe could benefit from loosing a
touch of weight as built by using lighter components.
I was very pleased with the performance of the Laser 200 but going
forward, I think I will adjust the linkages to get mechanical advantage
towards the lower throw range of their limits so the airframe will
shine in more of a sport to pattern range.
Aeroworks Laser 200 ARF
Laser 200 is another great airframe from Aeroworks. Being a QB ARF, it
assembles easily and comes with many small features such as pre-hinged
surfaces, concealed switch and fuel DOT location, a quick release
canopy and spare ultracote patches and a CG buddy to help set a perfect
C.G. which further solidifies Aeroworks position as a leader in
the ARF manufacturing aspect of our hobby.
the air, I found that the Laser 200 can perform as advertised with a
near unlimited flight envelope. After flying the airframe for the last
few months, I was more comfortable converting it to a sport/pattern
envelope rather than trying to keep it setup for across the board
control throws as I think this airframe shines more in that department.
For all out 3D, I would still recommend the Aeroworks 30cc Extra 250
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