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Member postings for Richard Mallam.

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Thread: S1581 Hawker Nimrod MkI
27/11/2019 18:35:42

Danny, thanks for the info regarding the blending stick.


27/11/2019 14:46:21

Hi Danny, apologies for silence, notwithstanding, I have been following your Metalcoat application closely and it is wonderful to see it done properly.. I used the same on my Fury, but alas, I did not glass beforehand, which has resulted in a somewhat substandard finish as the underlying balsa was too soft. A learning experience!

I do recall trying to source the rubbing stick that you are using, but could not get one - where did you get yours from?


Thread: RAF's Finest Biplane? Hawker Fury MkI
31/08/2019 15:26:48

Mine is finished, but yet to fly. Having just moved house with much to do, regret that it might not make it this season.


Thread: 4 stroke tuning
29/05/2019 08:29:53

Thanks very much Jon. I'll try the plug route first and see how it goes.

Regards, Richard

29/05/2019 08:14:50

I am using Laser 5 fuel with a Super cat 4 plug and a 16 x 8 prop - not sure about the latter number tho. The mid point of the tank is in line with the carb. Not sure about valve clearances, how do you check that?

28/05/2019 07:54:05

Hi Jon,

I hope that this thread is still visible - I found your clip very helpful in tuning my 155. However, I seem to be able to only get the top end to circa 7900 and the bottom to 2200. At both points, it flickers, so at the top it ranges from 6900 to 7900 and at the bottom, say, 2100 to 2400. Do you have any thoughts as to why.

FYI, the engine is in the plane - not on the bench, if that matters.

Regards, Richard

Thread: RAF's Finest Biplane? Hawker Fury MkI
07/05/2019 16:57:26

Hi chaps, my Fury is just about finished. The CoG is more or less as per the plan. It weighs about 9 lbs with an OS 95 up front - any comments on this? I know that the tailplane should be chequered, but I've had enough - maybe do it later! Richarddsc_0336.jpg

16/04/2019 11:37:11

Hi Ernie, luckily for me I am retired and my SWIMBO is very understanding!

Regarding metal for the fuselage, I used Metalcoat from Mick Reeves. Frankly, I am not happy with the result, I should have used some sort of balsa hardener beforehand as any pressure applied in the process results in dents in the balsa.


16/04/2019 09:43:54

Chris, Danny, many thanks for your comments. Richard

15/04/2019 16:36:57

Shame it's gone so quiet here - I am nearly there. Excuse the blue solartex, it was all I could source. Soon to spray.


05/03/2019 15:59:58

Stuart, Danny,

For the record, I used the same approach for securing the ailerons and used some epoxy to tack the carbon rods (about 1.2mm - hope not too thin?) to S2 using a V grove. They seem OK. Am glad that I am not alone!


Thread: S1581 Hawker Nimrod MkI
12/02/2019 15:19:16
Thanks again Danny. Lots to mull over!Richard
12/02/2019 12:17:39
Thanks very much Danny.

12/02/2019 11:42:01

Hi Danny,

It's good to have you back.

Changing the subject from the above somewhat, I have been trying to decide how to proceed with making the fairing for the oleo legs and have bought foam from Bluefoam. Having not worked with the material before, can you suggest how best to shape it and whether you would agree with Bluefoam (when i spoke with them) that it can be covered with glass?

Alternatively, I would guess at shaping with block balsa - what would be your preference?

Regards, Richard

Thread: Hawker Fury Mk1 Replica, K1930 (OO-HFU)
21/01/2019 18:30:20

Many thanks Andy.


18/01/2019 15:53:11

Hi Andy, regarding the mark (and servo positioning) you have made for the servo / throttle linkage through the firewall, am I right in assuming that you will be fitting a Laser engine and if so will that mark line up with the throttle connection on the engine itself? Are you planning on a Laser 80?

Thanks, Richard

Thread: RAF's Finest Biplane? Hawker Fury MkI
14/01/2019 14:07:08
Well I actually started the fuselage over a year ago, so it's been pretty slow. However it's kept me occupied and off the streets!
14/01/2019 10:33:01
Thanks Colin. Should have looked at threads before posting
09/01/2019 16:51:50

As very much a follower of all you chaps, here is my effort so far. I have just realised that the tops of the cabane struts are bent backwards, as well as vertical - that will test my wire bending skills somewhat.

Regarding the U/C, does anyone have thoughts on the merits or otherwise of installing sprung oleo legs and if so, where can suitable ones be sourced?

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11/12/2018 08:46:00


I was interested in your last post as it related to the single carbon rod you used for the aileron hinges. Question - how did you insert the rod through the shaped front edge of the aileron. Did you somehow insert into the balsa or cut a strip/channel? A photo would be great.


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