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Member postings for Ken Lighten

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Thread: Idea for Control hinges for small scale electric
30/07/2019 17:32:59

I thought I’d share my idea (no doubt not new!) for hinging control surfaces on small scale electric models. This is the rudder on my Peter Rake Nieuport IV Swallow tail, I’ve done the elevators using the same method, the rudder is small and delicate and I wanted it to look ‘right’, I used short sections of fishing trace, the same stuff I used for the closed loop controls, and used a pin to make a hole in the rudder and stern post, inserted the short lengths of fishing trace and fixed in position with cyano, works a treat and is strong and no binding. Should be able to be used on all controls on small models where the surfaces are too thin for other conventional hinges.



Thread: S1581 Hawker Nimrod MkI
31/05/2019 19:47:20

Your a braver man than me doing that to your wife!

Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.
03/05/2019 22:03:26


Chill Breeze almost finished, foam wing and Irvine.39 for power

Thread: Laser Engines - Technical questions
02/03/2019 16:29:02

Hi Paul, if you are making some and you are willing then put me down for one for the 150 please

01/03/2019 21:08:34

Hi Jon, is it possible to get the type of sleeved nut supplied with the 180 (M10 thread) for the 150 which I think is a M8 thread?

Thread: EBay Ads by Forum Members
09/01/2019 10:32:24

Hi all,

I’ve decided to sell my Laser 200 V twin as it isn’t going to be used anytime soon link below




Edited By Ken Lighten on 09/01/2019 10:33:01

Thread: Recommended First Balsa Kit
27/12/2018 10:27:08

I would also suggest a Funfly from SLEC, they do them in I.C. and electric versions, the kits have virtually everything needed apart from covering and adhesives. I would also suggest a Super Stik from Sarik as a plan build, laser cut parts are available and it’s a straight forward build


Thread: RAF's Finest Biplane? Hawker Fury MkI
11/12/2018 09:57:13

Dick Van Mourik placed his servo’s within the lower wing opening, so behind the balance point, that’s quite a lot of weight in the wrong place according to the plan which has them all positioned just behind the firewall thereby creating useful nose weight, he also added scale panels in the aft fuselage sides, even so, it does seem to be a lot of ballast - it’ll be interesting to see the variations in requirements across the various models being built.


Thread: Kenís Fury
10/12/2018 14:51:07

I found another problem with the Sarik parts, the gun trough cut-outs are about 3/16” too deep in F2 - F4, require filling and re-shaping, a tad annoying



03/12/2018 21:31:39


Virtually completed the fuselage servo installation, decided on pushrods but using snake inner and outer pieces to support the rods through the frames, rudder bellcrank is bushed with an aluminium bearing on a plain shank bolt adjusted to provide free movement with no slop, closed loop to the rudder (cables installed but awaiting the rudder t one fitted for final connection and adjustment). Pushrod to the elevators will be the straightest route possible and in two parts, the rod from the servo, and another rod from the elevators which will be permanently connected on final assembly with joint within the lower wing mount area

I thought it would be a good idea to get this sorted now before the fuselage was too ‘damageable’ and was too much of a hangar rash magnet!


30/11/2018 12:13:03

Servo installationServo’s installed, I had to recess the engine bearers to give enough clearance for the servo arms, I’m thinking of using snakes as per the prototype, but maybe only to a couple of bellcranks, one each for the elevator and rudder, and then a pushrod to the elevators and closed loop for the rudder - we’ll see!


Edited By Ken Lighten on 30/11/2018 12:13:48

Edited By Ken Lighten on 30/11/2018 13:14:25

16/11/2018 15:56:52

Hi Danny, dimensions are bang on what you have given

16/11/2018 15:28:26

I’ll check the measurements Danny, so far though all the other components match the plan pretty well exact, not that that is proving to be a good thing!

16/11/2018 11:31:44

Forgot to say that I had to add a 1/16” shim between the side panel upper and lower parts in order to match the plan view

Shim added to side panels

15/11/2018 10:48:33

Hi Danny, yeah, just discovering the delights of the upper formers for myself!

14/11/2018 22:37:31

Equally strangely is that that is the sketch from the plan, goes to show the errors that had to be contended with in years gone by


14/11/2018 18:42:43

Hi all, this will only be a sporadic posting place for when I find or do something that may be of mild interest to others building the Fury, there are far more skilled people already doing admirable builds on here.


I’m going to fit a Laser 80 so marked it’s position on the plan, then modified the firewall to suit using 1/4 ply to maintain its rigidity, I’ve also added another layer of 1/8 ply at F2 where the undercarriage fits as I’ve enlarged the hole for the tank to accept a SLEC 14 ounce tank

Recessed firewall


One thing I’ve noticed on the plan is the grain direction for the upper forward ‘longeron’ and I think some may have it going the wrong way


I think some confusion has been caused by the upper and lower views on the plan

It makes more sense to me to have the grain fore and aft so that’s the way it’s going on mine

More later as it comes


Thread: Hawker Fury Mk1 Replica, K1930 (OO-HFU)
09/11/2018 19:21:48

To be fair Richard that review is almost 8 years old, lots of things will - or rather should - have changed since then, maybe find a more recent review if one exists?


Thread: Ever wondered why the engine wonít start?
01/11/2018 20:34:17

Just found a later set of instructions that do have a clearer set up photo etc, so, even more my fault!

01/11/2018 14:14:56

Jon, the picture of the rear of the engine with the carb and exhaust fitted is quite small, at least it is on the data sheet I have, quite easily skipped over - I’m trying to make it not my fault!☺️,  any chance for it to be bigger or referred to in a better way?

by the way, it WAS my fault!


Edited By Ken Lighten on 01/11/2018 14:15:31

Edited By Ken Lighten on 01/11/2018 14:15:55

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