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Member postings for Nigel Dell

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Thread: BMFA numbers. Is this true, or a gross exaggeration?
13/11/2019 09:28:39
Posted by eflightray on 12/11/2019 19:37:40:

I will be honest and say this is probably my last year of building and flying. A combination of various, probably minor things, has led to my decision, the CAA/registration is probably one more of the minor nails in the coffin.

After 60+ years of modeling, with a few minor breaks, I realise the hobby was tending to control my spare time.

But the weather is now tending to control my flying more than ever before. I think I flew twice his year. Remember long calm summer evenings ?, trouble is they are just memories. The problems of good weather and no spare time, or spare time and poor weather conditions just add to the decision and frustrations.

I will probably renew my BMFA membership, ( I remember joining the SMAE), but sometime next year, will sell everything, (and I do mean everything), a total break.


That’s a shame Ray, I know what you mean about the weather, I have not had much of a chance to fly this year due to my elderly parents and giving them the help they need, least I can do, I must admit to considering giving it all up but have so far resisted.

I have enjoyed your projects.

good luck in what you decide.

Thread: The Gov't, CAA, BMFA & UAV legislation thread
11/11/2019 10:27:32
Posted by Steve J on 11/11/2019 10:09:14:
Posted by Michael Adams 3 on 11/11/2019 09:54:07:

Why does not every one wait & see what the end out come is

Says the man who has registered directly with the CAA and done the CAA test.


Thread: F3-RES
07/11/2019 11:51:54

The Slite is an excellent kit, I was hoping to be well into the build of mine but haven’t had a chance so far but you will enjoy the quality and engineering of this kit.

Thread: Laser Engines - Technical questions
06/11/2019 18:17:54
Posted by Phil B on 06/11/2019 17:09:36:

Hi Jon,

I need some advice on reassembling my Laser 75 please.

I got a new replacement front end with crank and bearings which spin nicely. (thanks to Graham who found one in his spares box).

I need to know the timing settings. Do the cam timing dots point to each other at tdc, or point at the cam followers at tdc, or what?

Secondly the o rings on the ends of the push rod tubes are hard, so probably need replacing. Are they 7mm diameter or what?

Thirdly, the spray bar in the Carb. Does the fuel venturi slot point downwards, upwards, front or back?

I know I should have seen these points during dismantling, but hopefully you can put me right please.

Thanks Phil

I am sure Jon will be along shortly to give you the answers but when I stripped my 90 years ago I asked Neil the same question about the cam timing and he told me the marks did not correspond with anything the timing had to be achieved with a protractor and inlet and exhaust opening in degrees before TDC as with most engines, easy to do if you have the figures, they escape me at the moment but are written down somewhere here!

Thread: Fairey Gannet
29/10/2019 11:29:41

Hi KC if you do get to scan could I have a copy please?

I had the mag but a clear out a few years ago seems to have cleared that one too 😳🥴

25/10/2019 23:41:50

Hi Colin

Thanks for that, I have used a few AEO motors and they have been very reliable, the ones I am using for the Gannet and Bear are the NTM motors as they were available at the time from HK although the larger two for the Gannet are no longer available but are of the chunkie variety! As the model could do with some weight up front these are not a problem.

I did get a set from HK when they did them as I remember at around 375w which I should really use just to get my inspiration kick started.



25/10/2019 20:33:40

Nice one Colin 👍🏻 Do you have details please? Nice to see work in this area.

25/10/2019 20:31:20

Why pointless?

I enjoy sorting out problems and anyway those systems work for that particular discipline not what I want at all, I know I have a set up, I am also making an adjustable variable pitch prop system to fine tune the set up which can be worked with servo or just used manually.

the idea if it works out is to have it run scale 4 blade system if possible, why? Because I can, modelling, for me, is not buying it all off the shelf, I have done that and am bored of it.

Edited By Nigel Dell on 25/10/2019 20:40:47

25/10/2019 19:20:34
Posted by Martin Fraser on 25/10/2019 14:48:02:

Nigel - I like the sound of your contra-rotating power plant, any details published? thumbs up

Cheers, Marty

Hi Marty

I am back home either Sunday or Monday and I will dig out the motors to give you some details, I think I was working on around 3000 - 3600w of power over the two motors if I remember correctly, I know I was working on turning 18” props but the gearing escapes me at the moment, I know originally I was going to have the motors back to back with the front motor having a hollow shaft but bearings and shafts were not really as reliable I as I liked so was in the process of mounting motors and converting to tooth belt drive but the challenge is getting it to fit but I will publish details on the project if there is interest once I get back on with it.

by the way there are wing fold details on the plan.

I am also developing a smaller motor contra- rotating motors for a large Tu 95 bear which is easier to develop with the hollow shaft one behind the other but the Gannet is the first one on the board.



25/10/2019 09:15:37


I got this plan sometime ago and it is a good basis for a really nice model, I was going down the electric route and was in the process of developing the power unit which consists of two motors and was building the gearbox to make it contra-rotating, then life got in the way but once I have my elderly parents moved I will get back to it, it is a cracking aircraft.

Thread: Moon landing
20/07/2019 03:18:20

You are not alone Jim, I find it a little sad that actually it is taken for granted and somehow it is not of interest but I guess that is an age thing🥴 I well remember my Mum waking me up at 4.30am to watch the BBC and James Burke the presenter then catching it live from the states as a 10 year old I ate, drank and slept the space program and still have 10 year old’s buzz about it now, don’t get me started on the Apollo 13 mission, the stress! 😳🤒

Thread: Who says flying thermal soarers is boring?
20/07/2019 03:06:48


where is the hotliner in the video?😳

that is an Xplorer 3 F5j thermal soarer I guess a 3.8 m model, a hotliner is a completely different animal, I have an Xplorer 2 and at 1.9kg flying weight is just as spritely but the 3 is sub 1.5kgs.

Thread: Turning detective, can you help?
19/07/2019 08:29:28

Do you think you maybe mistaking Ulrich for Lanny Lanowski Percy? I had the great pleasure of meeting Lanny on several occasions in the 80’s he used to frequent the Fighter Meet at North Weald and as I recall he did attend a few of the early wings and wheel’s shows, he had with him a rc model of a P47 that had been built for him depicting his aircraft when he flew in the USAAF, a fascinating story he was a great teller of his exploits and he did survive a jet crash/ heavy arrival in the states.

Witold (Lanny) Lanowski

Thread: Ebay sellers...
30/06/2019 13:57:57

I would too embarrassed to even put it in the bin!🤣🤪

Thread: F3-RES
15/06/2019 13:40:12

Slite V2

Dart RES

I have just got the Slite but have had the Dart to build for a while as I have a thing about flying wings should make an interesting back up model, thanks Andy for re- igniting my enthusiasm!! 👍🏻

15/06/2019 13:34:11

Well I have got and made up the F3 RES legal bungee, just got to build the models now!🥴👍🏻


Thread: Kings Lynn Model Shop
12/06/2019 23:38:38

Nicely put Jon 👍🏻

12/06/2019 22:20:34

I have to admit I was a little surprised by this thread, sorry you are having problems but my experience is they are excellent, I have mainly dealt with Jack and he is most definitely on the ball and very helpful, they are one of my go to retailers.

Thread: Ripmax ARTF stocks
12/06/2019 22:12:14
Posted by paul coleman 1 on 10/06/2019 16:38:45:

I was thinking the same myself david,i am wanting a sig model,in which pegasus models have hardly any in stock,i wonder if the market is on a downhill spiral!!

In the case of Sig kits, they did have a fire in the saw mill on site which maybe the cause of slow manufacture although I thought it was settling down now.

Thread: Slite V2 build thread
11/06/2019 00:27:50

Hi Andy

Seems a real pain getting the battery in there, looking at the plan it is designed around one kind of battery,

This Battery

I ordered one when I got the kit, I will either use Multiplex or Jeti RX’s in the model as they are ok on 3.2 - 3.5v and keep a good eye on the voltage when flying, I am sure it will be fine, the other way would to make up a pack 2 sticks of 2

This configuration

using possibly AAA Eneloop cells.

Or do what you did of course! 👍🏻

Edited By Nigel Dell on 11/06/2019 00:29:39

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