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Member postings for Mark Kettle 1

Here is a list of all the postings Mark Kettle 1 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Piper Pawnee
13/02/2019 02:24:28

I'm glad the editor twisted your arm Rich, it's a nice plan you have drawn.

Thread: Ideas for articles in RCM&E
27/01/2019 22:35:06

Nasa's Al Bowers and his work on the Prandtl

-D- Wing, Where big science and aeromodelling meet.

The D wing with proverse jaw controls on the wing tips !

Al is resurrecting Lidwig Prandtl 1920 then his 1933 paper on stuff like 'ribbon vortex', ' minimum induced drag for a given span' and ' elliptical span load'.

Also to add interest in this, did you know before the Spitfire left the drawing board R J Mitchell and the Supermarine designer Joseph Smith had a evening dinner with Prof Lidwig Prandtl at his house, what info was shared I save for any article that may be written.

I think a article on these things I've mentioned would be very interesting. For a taster watch these video's.


The - D - wing project :




This is the - M - wing project :








Edited By Mark Kettle 1 on 27/01/2019 22:54:45

Thread: Le Glider Jet
21/01/2019 07:26:22
Morning Onetenor, the main material I may use will be a depron white foam, supported on the inside by 1.5mm ply in the fuselage and a couple of carbon rods in the wing.
21/01/2019 01:06:15



A video of a

lightly loaded and great looking glider.


An estimated drawing I've done.

Edited By Mark Kettle 1 on 21/01/2019 01:07:49

Thread: Jet Provost Info (3-views, schemes etc)
16/01/2019 14:02:26



The model pilot is Bob Blackmore.



A nice display put in by the Jet Provost.

Edited By Mark Kettle 1 on 16/01/2019 14:03:05

Thread: Can Doo it
12/01/2019 23:58:01

Can Do C of G

Hi Wayne, I believe its 50 mm / 2" in front of the LE of the main wing where it come out of the fuselage , also it needs a up reflex setting on the main wing ailerons of about 0.12" / 3mm and the front elevators need to be set at 4mm down elevator - ( which is like up trim on this model ) .

Here's a link to some features and some flying pictures.


It was featured in the magazine in December 2013.

Thread: show us your scale glider
19/11/2018 09:58:08


Wolf ll


Link to magazine preview:


The video mentions the scale as 1:5,  however the scale of 1:7 stated in the magazine preview. 



Edited By Mark Kettle 1 on 19/11/2018 10:10:24

19/11/2018 09:56:00

Ouch Frank.

Thread: epp eagle clone
15/11/2018 09:11:17

This one is not a clone its from DW Hobby - the mini eagle powered glider.

Keep watching the video from time 7:35 onwards because you'll see and hear wonderful set of shots and piece of music and video put together from the 'RC Model Geeks' of Hayling Island UK.


Very enjoyable and relaxing to watch.


The Build of the above model.


Edited By Mark Kettle 1 on 15/11/2018 09:11:55

Thread: Pop bottle canopies and cowls
03/11/2018 11:05:31


I've made a mould for a Hurricane canopy.

First I made the outside canopy box with 3mm balsa using the fuselage as reference, then filled it with plaster. Once dry I sanded it to shape, the canopy frame work is with 1.5mm ply from paper patterns layed over the mould. Can you see the adjustment I had to make on the front of the mould to improve the canopy and fit to fuselage? This was filled with plaster and sanded back. I glued a base of ply on the bottom of the mould to firm and support the mould edges.




Vitrex foam board used for model aeroplane fuselage,  "a la" David Mellor intro / fame. 

Edited By Mark Kettle 1 on 03/11/2018 11:11:54

03/11/2018 10:27:03
Here you go Pete. I like the backdrop behind you Pete, it makes it look like your on stage at Vegas !!!




Edited By Mark Kettle 1 on 03/11/2018 10:43:00

Thread: show us your scale glider
25/10/2018 23:37:07

Like a child would say only 30 sleeps.

24/10/2018 06:32:27


Show us your Scale glider, - all I can do is show everyone is a video of a similar gift coming to myself prior to Christmas this year, as some would say "a early Christmas present", in fact I think a lot of subscribers and magazine purchasers will get the plan before the end of the year, that's all I'm saying.

It's a : Goppingen GOl 1/7th scale 2000mm span 38 oz AUW using HG35 / 12 wing section with no washout.

- ' my prospective build ' -


RIDING WITH THE WOLF - filmed on a gusty day


Music intro :-                           'Outro' and 'More than I Should'
Composed and recorded by :-                           Chris Williams
The evocative 1930's style Glider designer :-   Chris Williams




Edited By Mark Kettle 1 on 24/10/2018 06:35:30

Thread: Tornado GR4 (150%)
04/10/2018 21:33:42

Hi Dave, Tornado cockpit mould, I've done one at 100% size - model size that is -, if you have a go there easy to make, I made it from 15mm MDF board stuck together, frame work from thick card

tornado cockpit mould.jpg

By chance a local school, a couple of hundred yards away from the house, has one hiding behind a shed, its full size though !!!


Thread: fouga magister 1/4.5 moulded from scratch
22/09/2018 09:06:24
Sorry I could't make it, did you save me a piece of cake Dirk?
21/09/2018 23:25:17


21/09/2018 23:06:19

Its looking good Dirk, I've signed up not to miss this build. Dirk is the wing section like a - NACA 64-215 ?


Thread: Lidl XL glider conversions - Having fun with a 7.99 Lidl Glider converted to Radio Control
19/09/2018 09:13:16

Yes I thought that Trebor.

19/09/2018 07:45:21
A brilliant conversion, well executed, by Erwin.


Some great views while Erwin is flying his Lidl glider, then to round off a great day out a walk and cycle ride back home.




Edited By Mark Kettle 1 on 19/09/2018 08:01:03

Thread: PSSA Gliding Events 2019
16/09/2018 17:43:49

In A past life working in insurance, that involved a plan that gave coverage of one off 'fete insurance' that included aerial displays if needed, I'd love the see the schedule and premium coverage it seems high at 10 pounds for a person, when it costs few pence per hour per person.

A lot of BMFA member glider flyers have Country Cover. **LINK**

I wish things could be kept simple with real cost benefits to access to land and its use.

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