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Old 01-13-2022, 08:24 PM   #1
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Half built Laker .40 ELecTRiFieD and stuff

Province: Ontario
Quantity: 1
Model Number: Laker
Manufacture: Balsa USA
Power Plant: Electric
New or Used: Item is used and shows some wear.
Trades: No trades.
Asking Price: $100
Accepted forms of payment: EMT, Cash
Shipping : I will not ship.

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This project was started by someone else a loooong time ago. Probably late 70ís. I received the basic wing and fuse 15 years ago and updated the tail and balsa on the fuse and cleaned up the foredeck, cockpit, and engine pod. With the intention of installing an electric motor. The motor, speed control, prop and spinner currently installed was on my big carbon cub on floats and worked very well. I upgraded that plane to a 60 so that I could install the 50 on the laker. Two problems with the original laker design was the cockpit release and the tail. The tail has been raised and the base of the rudder deepened to aid in water taxi. The cockpit release is a pin and cam mechanism built by me and once covered there is enough surface area to put two sets of foam side by side to keep everything water tight. A 6s 4000 battery was used under the cockpit hatch to balance the plane. There is also enough room under the wing if you desired to put a second battery in parallel. I thought that would be a fun thing to try no real practical purpose. I had intended to put wheel gear on and the mounts are still usable. However, friends have said that the nose wheel was never great and often broke on a hard landing which did a lot of damage to the hull, and by all accounts the plane took off on its belly on grass without any issues. If I ever had the sponsons I cannot find them. My plan was to make some simple removable foam sponsons. I also heard the kit sponsons once finished were very heavy. My initial intention was to place the speed control under the cockpit but found out that a long battery connection is better than a long motor connection. There is enough room in the aft part of the engine pod but some creativity and a Dremel may be required. The cowl is two water bottles hear shrunk around a plug (sorry canít seem to find the plug). It is light and tough with epoxy sandwiched in the middle.

The wing was cleaned up and the servo mounts strengthened and made flush. Styrene covers would be placed over the mounted servo with just the spline sticking out. Not sure if it will work but thought it would be better than the servo open to the wake.

Six older servos, control horns and soldered push rods included.

If you have any questions please ask. Last time I worked on it was 2019. Too many other projects on the go and this one seems to always to take the back burner. Hoping somebody would like to take up the torch and finish this amazing Laddie Mikulasko design.

Iím asking $100 but I also have a rubber arm. I live in Kitchener and work in Toronto and would be willing to drive a reasonable distance to find a home for this project airplane.

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Old 01-14-2022, 06:24 AM   #2
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