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by Nick Allen
Wed Mar 24, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Which Aircraft for a first time builder?
Replies: 5
Views: 187

Re: Which Aircraft for a first time builder?

TLAC is The Light Aircraft Company, who make the Sherwood Ranger. There used to be a list on the LAA website showing aircraft that had been submitted for approval, what stage this process had got to, etc., but I can't find it now! Maybe ask LAA Engineering if the Fisher R-80 is on the list. Getting ...
by Nick Allen
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:54 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Which Aircraft for a first time builder?
Replies: 5
Views: 187

Re: Which Aircraft for a first time builder?

The Fisher R-80 Tiger Moth isn't an LAA-approved design, as far as I know, so you should probably cross that off your list. List of approved designs here (though I'm not sure it's completely up to date): http://www.lightaircraftassociation.co.uk/pdf/Engineering/Website%20Accepted%20Aircraft%20List.p...
by Nick Allen
Tue Mar 16, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Malcolm McBride's Safety Spot -- thanks
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Malcolm McBride's Safety Spot -- thanks

I've just read Malcolm's last ever Safety Spot in the magazine, and wanted to say "thanks" to him for his work over the years in putting this feature together and making it so readable. I've always found it fascinating and informative (and occasionally alarming!) -- it's often the first thing I turn...
by Nick Allen
Sat Feb 13, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Has anyone got a Big-Sert kit?
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Re: Has anyone got a Big-Sert kit?

Thanks -- but yes, too late: we've just finished machining a custom insert -- seemed to work OK on the ground run this morning!
by Nick Allen
Tue Feb 09, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Cadmium plated bolts and aircraft fittings.
Replies: 4
Views: 299

Re: Cadmium plated bolts and aircraft fittings.

As a (very) general rule, a solid metal isn't going to poison you unless you work with them a lot/try very hard. Powders are bad -- you inhale them (so be careful sawing/filing). Vapours are bad -- you inhale them too (so welding is a hazard). Solutions are bad because the metals are in an ionic and...
by Nick Allen
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Has anyone got a Big-Sert kit?
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Has anyone got a Big-Sert kit?

We need to re-repair a spark plug hole in a VW head -- the hole was apparently Helicoiled in the past, but the insert has come loose and the threads cut for it are damaged. So we are looking at putting a larger 18mm diameter insert in. Has anyone got the Big-Sert kit for this that they could lend us?
by Nick Allen
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Source of Stainless Steel Piano wire
Replies: 16
Views: 963

Re: Source of Stainless Steel Piano wire

Like this:

https://www.nexusmodels.co.uk/k-s-3-32- ... n-506.html

If not suitable, maybe the manufacturers mentioned, K&S Engineering, can help.
by Nick Allen
Sun Oct 25, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: New types progress chart
Replies: 1
Views: 291

New types progress chart

The new types progress chart on the website (http://www.lightaircraftassociation.co. ... Chart.html) says "Updated 5th March 2015". Any chance this might get updated one of these days...?
by Nick Allen
Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: VW Engine Head - drilling
Replies: 4
Views: 521

Re: VW Engine Head - drilling

You could try Engine Machining Services, near Aylesbury: 01296 655885. (They refurbished our VW heads recently -- good job/fair price -- and I would think that there's not much they couldn't do headwise.)
by Nick Allen
Mon May 11, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: LAA COVID ADVICE. 11th May 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 1275

Re: LAA COVID ADVICE. 11th May 2020

With respect, Steve, I think you should at the very least have waited until the government releases details of the next phase at 2pm today. This morning the situation is indeed (officially) unchanged; this afternoon, who knows? If this afternoon it is announced that solo/household outdoor activities...
by Nick Allen
Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Open cockpit flying during winter
Replies: 17
Views: 2143

Re: Open cockpit flying during winter

^^^ Thank you, ChampChump! (I would be lying mightily if I said they were all like that :D )
by Nick Allen
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Open cockpit flying during winter
Replies: 17
Views: 2143

Re: Open cockpit flying during winter

I used to fly a D9, and did venture out on cold winter days... Thermal long-johns and vest essential for me. Followed by a T-shirt, a shirt a jumper and a good fleece. Jeans are OK, but some thermal-lined Craghopper trousers better. My hands are prone to chilling, but I didn't like flying in thick g...
by Nick Allen
Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: CS Prop Systems - Airmaster versus Woodcomp
Replies: 8
Views: 1325

Re: CS Prop Systems - Airmaster versus Woodcomp

It might be worth looking at the Idro variable as fitted to the Pioneer 300. It is a self contained hydraulic system and can work with a variety of prop controllers. Brian Thanks Brian, I tried googling it but didn't get any hits of substance. James The manufacturer's website is: http://www.alispor...
by Nick Allen
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: 4 stroke 3 axis microlight
Replies: 11
Views: 3141

Re: 4 stroke 3 axis microlight

SD-1 Minisport
Sherwood Scout
Kitfox with a Jabiru
by Nick Allen
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: First Aid kit
Replies: 5
Views: 1592

Re: First Aid kit

Paul Catanach wrote:Signal mirror
Ah, come on -- we know that's really for your make-up.

(But that's a good list -- the Israeli bandage was new to me, so thanks for that.)