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Old 04-17-2006, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default Lanier 1/3 extra 300 kit

A Friend of mine has a Lanier extra 300 kit that he was going to build a couple years ago. He said he doesn't want to anymore and told me I can have it. He won't take any money from me and if I take it I have to build it. Is this a decent airplane?
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Default Re: Lanier 1/3 extra 300 kit

For free, I think it's a great airplane! I do remember seeing one for sale somewhere that had some mods done to it and it supposedly did real well at the high alpha stuff.
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Old 04-17-2006, 05:44 PM   #3
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You wouldn't happen to know what the mods were do ya?
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Old 04-17-2006, 05:45 PM   #4
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take it man...it's a great plane if you will build it light......you will probably have to find as many possible ways to make it lighter, but still have the same structural integritiy. It is made for f3a..or imac.....it can be 3d capable if you do some mods to it........but all in all i gotta say linear builds some of the toughest planes, but they weight to much.......so just do your homework on it and it'll be a nice plane
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Old 04-17-2006, 07:36 PM   #5
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yeah...keeping it light is key. Their was one built locally about 7 or 8 years ago. It was very heavy and it had a 4.2 magneto style Sachs...didn't have enough power to hover and it wouldn't even hold knife edge. But, if you kept it light and threw a hot 80cc single or a hot 100cc twin in it, you'd have a nice bird.
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Old 04-17-2006, 09:08 PM   #6
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Default Re: Lanier 1/3 extra 300 kit

For the mods:

1. Like everyone else said, keep it light.

2. Enlarge all of the control surfaces

3. Double bevel the control surfaces.


The one I flew was a pretty good flying airplane, but it didn't have alot of control authority. That made hovering almost impossible, but it was rock solid in a TR once you got it in there.
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Old 04-17-2006, 09:28 PM   #7
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Cool thanks guys. Now I have to decide whether to jump from my h9 27% 260 straight to 33%. I was flying the a guys 33% h9 sukhoi today and it was sweet. I was going to build a 83" 50cc su 26 but another Friend told me I would be better off going straight to 33%. I want to get into the 33-35% planes so maybe he is right as I don't have any gas motors at the moment.
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Old 04-17-2006, 09:42 PM   #8
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the bigger the better.........i would go ahead and jump from the 27%- 33%. I've seen people jump from 60 size to 40% man. Believe me the bigger the better. the fly so smooth and take on wind like it never existed
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Dido.... The bigger the better. There are alot of 33% airplanes out there that will take a 100CC engine just fine. But, if you're going to go ahead and put a 100CC engine on a 33%, you might as well go ahead and get a 35%.
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Old 04-17-2006, 10:10 PM   #10
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The price is right on the kit. What size of engine would be good for this plane.I would love the bme 110 but if this is a heavy plane I guess a motor that light would make it a bitch to balance the plane
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Old 04-18-2006, 12:08 AM   #11
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Default Re: Lanier 1/3 extra 300 kit

I've got a good buddy that built one last year for 3D. He lightened it, enlarged all the control surfaces, and moved the hinge lines. It's got a BME 110 on it JR 8611's all around and it's an animal !!!! Lanier built 'em strong but u've got to lighten it up. I've flown it a couple of times and loved it !!! It will fly any 3D mission you send it on and still fly flawless pattern on low rates !!!

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I was looking at the plans and could not believe how small the control surfaces are on the tail

I guess I'll be making some new stabs
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Old 05-09-2006, 10:31 AM   #13
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Default Re: Lanier 1/3 extra 300 kit

If the elevators are not cut off yet, just move the hinge line forward and put some counter-ballances on them. Thats what is meant by "enlarging the controle surfaces". You can do the same on the rudder and ailerons.
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Old 05-09-2006, 01:08 PM   #14
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I think Godfrey used to sell a foam turtledeck to replace the plastic one that comes with the kit. If the fuse sides are made of doorskins, pitch those. I cut nealy a pound out of my Lanier Laser by going with light ply and cutting some holes in it.

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Default Re: Lanier 1/3 extra 300 kit

I will use the existing stabs and cut move the hinge line then. I wasn't sure if that would work. The kit has the foam turtle deck and fiberglass cowl. It also has the accessories. It looks like I will be putting a lot of holes in it.
Now I just gotta figure out how to pay for the motor and electronics
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