Nigel Hawes

Nigel Hawes  |  May 28, 2014  |  0 comments
Visit any flying site and you’ll notice that, whether i. c. or electric powered, the majority of models being flown are single-engine. That’s not to say that twins aren’t seen, but for many the journey into multi-engine installations is a trip into the unknown and, therefore, often avoided like the plague! One reason for this is probably the cost, as models with multiple power units are, by nature, more expensive to build and operate.
Nigel Hawes  |  Jul 25, 2012  |  0 comments
In Pt. 1 I described the preparation behind our attempt to fly an electric model across the English Channel. I could have no better comrade on board than electric flight supremo Brian Collins, and we'd managed to convince ourselves that it was possible. The organisation was in place, and indeed a TV crew was also in tow! Outdoor model flying enthusiasts are always at the mercy of the weather, and when controlling a model from the confines of a 6.
Nigel Hawes  |  Jul 17, 2012  |  0 comments
This article was first published in 2006. When it comes to doing something out of the ordinary, people are inspired by many things. For some it only takes a glance at an interesting or unusual feat and they want to either have a go or do even better, whilst others admire the efforts of famous people and strive to follow in their footsteps. The only inspiration I need is when somebody tells me I can’t do something; that’s like a red rag to a bull, as I like nothing more than a good challenge! When I first pondered flying an electric model across the English Channel it was, at the time, a little beyond the realms of possibility due to the available hardware not being up to the job.
Nigel Hawes  |  Nov 15, 2010  |  0 comments
In reviewing E-Flite's DHC-2 Beaver I was also asked to review the optional float set. Specifically E-flite's 25-size float set for which the Beaver is designed to accept thanks to hard-points built in to the fuselage structure. Opening the box containing the floats, the first surprise is the sheer weight of them; they are extremely sturdy and by no means lightweight. Made from premium fibreglass and painted silver the entire assembly adds around 30oz (850g) to the weight of the model.
Nigel Hawes  |  Nov 11, 2010  |  0 comments
It’s difficult to believe that the DHC-2 Beaver was built and produced just a couple of years after World War II and of the 1600-odd examples built, there are still several hundred still flying, from mostly-original classics to much-modified up-to-date aircraft. The type is steeped in history, having provided the US Army Air Corps with a long-term and very versatile operational platform, whilst others have served businesses and individuals as an all-terrain, STOL machine unrivalled in its capabilities for many years; an RNZAF example famously supported Sir Edmund Hillary’s expedition to the South Pole. E-FLITE ARF DHC-2 BEAVER 2e Whilst i. c.
Nigel Hawes  |  Oct 26, 2010  |  0 comments
Although this review was first published in 2004, the GWS Formosa is still available. Mention is made of the brushed power system and NiCD cells although readers are advised to adopt a modern brushless power system and Li-Po battery, check with other users via the form links below. If you’ve been reading my RCM&E Fly Electric columnfor some time then you’re probably aware that I’m very much an ‘old school’ balsa basher. Whilst ARTFs and foamies certainly have their place in aeromodelling, from my own point of view one of the greatest pleasures of the hobby has to be an enjoyable build.
Nigel Hawes  |  Jul 13, 2009  |  0 comments
The Eze-Fan plan can be purchased at MyHobbyStore. com along with the canopy moulding. Back issues (July 2007) containing the plan and this build article are also still available. Click here for extra build pics.
Nigel Hawes  |  May 21, 2009  |  0 comments
The Tornado plan and mouldingscan be purchased atMyHobbyStore. com Please note that the article below is published to assist those building the Tornado. Nigel wrote the article in 2004 since when cheap brushless motors, ESCs and Li-Po batteries have become commonplaceeffectlively replacingNiCD and NiMH cells along with brushed motors and gearboxes in most applications. A 400-600 watt brushless power system is suggested for this model.
Nigel Hawes  |  May 08, 2009  |  0 comments
The Whizzza plan can be purchased at My Hobby Store. com Whizzza isa42" span, direct descendent of my 32" spanFizza featured in the May 2005 issue of RCM&E. Whizzza offers greater aerobatic capability coupled with the increased smoothness that only comes with a larger model, all assisted by a greater C of G-to-elevator moment. After a development journey involving several prototypes the design before you was born - easy to build and rugged, but with flight characteristics probably suited to the everyday club flier.
Nigel Hawes  |  Apr 20, 2009  |  0 comments
The Fizza plan can be purchased at www. myhobbystore. com As electric motors get more powerful and efficient, and battery capacities go up and their weight comes down, its very easy to get carried along by the mania for the latest and greatest gear. Before you know it, you find that you've lashed out far more money than you intended on some specialised piece of equipment for a complex model - last years twin-400BL Tornado being a case in point! The idea behind this column, though, is to promote low-cost, entry-level electric flight.


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