Here is a list of all the postings alex nicol has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Foam Wing Cutter|
I'm hopeing somebody can give me a steer on a suitable foam wing cutter set up.
I have a variable 9 - 24vdc/3a/72w PSU and was wondering if this would be adequate and what cutting wire would be recommended
Cut length will be in the 0.75m to 1m range.
|Thread: Cheap Chinese Laser Cutter|
I hope you can help. I'm considering the purchase of the eleksmaker a3 2.5mw laser (USB version) and am interested in how you expanded the cut area.
Was it a kit of parts, or did you just purchase longer rails?
would I be correct in assuming a longer servo belt would be required?
are there any Settings/parameters which need changed to reflect the longer cutting area?
Thanks in Advance
|Thread: Maricardo build|
I'd agree with above re 1/32 ply doubler. The thing is, if you are unlucky enough to have the ground come up kind of quickly it will break either side of the wing just like the pictures above regardless of how thick the doubler is
Here's my 2, the one on the left is the modified one & the other is the original built from the pre decimal plan (5/- I think). The modified one is about 20 Years old & the other (inherited) must be about 40 years old. Both were modified to replace banded on wings with dowel & bolt
|Thread: How to remove glue from ARTF before recovering....|
It might be worth trying some Acetone, it's pretty good for removing most adhesives
|Thread: Trimming Question after Crash :-(|
I had the same issue with mine, I bought the kit after reading the RCM&E review, right down to the ST 90.
First couple of times it flicked it really scared me, but as above reduced the elevator throws and it behaved not too badly.
Edited By Steve Hargreaves - Moderator on 12/11/2019 20:41:37
|Thread: Maricardo build|
I've built both versions off the original plan and I'm pleased to say they are both still in existence. While both are great flying planes the modified version with no dihedral and larger control surfaces in my humble opinion is the better of the two.
That said both are completely viceless and fun to fly, I'm sure you'll enjoy whichever version you choose.
|Thread: How many on-going projects and unstarted kits do you have?|
I guess the answer is far too many, thing is if you put a slight spin on the question to read 'how many unfinished projects is SWMBO aware of ? I bet the number would be significantly less ;o)
My to do list
1. Precedent fun fly to renovate/refurb
2. Phoenix 1/5 scale Pilatus PC21 to finish off gear instal
3. Pilot 1/3.5 Bucker Jungman half covered
4. Chilli Wind scaled up to 80" to get on the building board.
5. Flair Christen Eagle light U/c damage to repair and sell
6. Falcon Aviation Eurobat to re maiden after fuselage rebuild.
7. Numerous ideas I'm fighting to keep locked away until the previous items are dealt with
|Thread: Irvine 53 issues|
In support of Conrads post I've experienced the same, twice over.
The Irivine 53 has been my favoured weapon of choice for several years. I've currently got 3 of them, 2 with the black carb and one with the silver OS carb. Of the 2 black carbs one has had a lot of use ( several years) and the other has only been in use for a couple of seasons and the OS carb one has only recently been taken out of the box.
The high mileage one exhibited the loose idle needle fault after a couple of years, to resolve I lightly nicked the bottom couple of threads on the needle which gave enough resistance to cure the fault. When I took the 2nd engine out of the box, the idle needle felt very loose, so it was subjected to the thread nick solution and I'm pleased to say both engines remain trouble free to this day.
|Thread: CAA model registration number details|
The answer to this may already be out there in the various posts and if so please accept my apologies in advance.
Once we are given our CAA number, is there any regulations on font size and where on the model it can be located. By location I'm just looking for a simple inside the model ( perhaps under a hatch) or does it need to be prominently displayed on the outside.
Thanks in Advance
|Thread: Repairing a 3D Angel "Jigsaw"|
Watching with interest.
Ive had the misfortune of 'rekitting' a couple of artf's, the method I've used is to build a jig to hold/support the structure and cyano all the original parts in place ( no matter how small) once this is done it should be strong enough to handle unsupported.
Next step it to apply lightweight glass cloth on the outside of the fus over the glued parts. Warm the epoxy in the microwave before mixing to reduce the viscosity apply cloth and epoxy then cover with acetate sheet and squeegee any excess epoxy off and leave for 24 hrs to dry. once dry remove the acetate sheet. Done properly it'll leave you a very strong lightweight repair with a smooth glass like finish.
Good luck with your repair
|Thread: Ribs - 'C' Grain, But What Density? (for Chilli Wind)|
Forgot to add, I also opted for a built up sectioned tail
Unfortunately no pics, I made it up as I went along.
I used a full depth main spar from hard 1/4" slotted to half its depth and the ribs were also slotted to half depth and the spar was then capped top and bottom with 1/8" x 3/8" strip to form a girder type section. The ribs supporting the u/c plates were made out of 2mm lite ply. I never used any t/e stock but cut the ailerons from the wing and faced the openings with soft 1/4" .
The wing was joined with an epoxied in feathered 1/4" birch ply brace and a 2" bandage was pva'd over the join.
Hope this helps
I've recently completed a Chilli Wind. I did the same and used a built up wing, Either Soft or Medium 3/32 will be fine
(I used medium). I also fitted a set of electric retracts and shoved an Irvine 53 up front. Its a brilliant plane, hats off to Mike D for creating it
|Thread: Where to get wood from|
Theres also www.balsacabin.co.uk.
Ive used this and SLECuk both have been good for me
Happy balsa bashing
|Thread: New tail wheel required|
If you decide to make your own 14 or 16 swg piano wire will be ideal. You could leave out the coiled part if it helps as it won't make any appreciable difference to performance.
Good Luck with whatever you decide
|Thread: Re: Looking Back 43 Years|
your posts made me laugh, very similar to mine
72 -76 control line combat
76 - 85 life got in the way
85 - 88 ventured into rc
88 - 2006 family
2006 - 2009 dusted off the old models and ventured back into RC
2009 - 2016life and work
2017 - present - ventiured back ....... still flying ic artf and plan built sports ............what the heck has happened to the hobby ..........shops & kits disappearing ........ lots of leccy wiggly amp things ........... foamies. IC engine manufacturers disappearing like snow of a dyke .......... not to mention those drone things
|Thread: Shortage of 35% (100cc) aerobatic kits in the U.K.|
Try IAD model designs, He manufactures and imports
|Thread: Scaling up|
Thanks kc. I think I'll work off the std Chilli Wind sizes as a base
Thanks for the info. I have a vague recollection about a modified Chilli Wind. I have a notion the wing remained unchanged. That said I've put an Irvine 53 up front and am really pleased with the performance. in all likely hood I'll be looking to scale this up by about 1.4
If you have a copy of the magazine article I wouldn't mind a read
Welcome back from the dark side, I'm afraid those wiggly amp motors just don't do it for me.
I've got retracts and in the std size and they're very much part of the scale up plan. ( like to see a sports model with wheels up) That said I was wondering whether to add flaps to the upscale version. also under consideration is foam wing vs built up
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