Member, Nigel Wells constructed a scale replica of the R101.
Nigel, an expert model maker, utilises small scale remote controlled
airships for surveillance roles.
produced a 45ft long, flying scale model of the R101 for AHT advertsing
and promotions. Seen here are a selection of photos showing the
ship under construction in its shed. To keep the theme
consistent, Nigel has also constructed a replica of the Cardington
mast. The ship is a 120:1 scale of the 777ft.
Details of the completed ship
will be posted here soon long with a flying schedule and details
of where the ship can be seen on.
Two flights were made on 5th February 2000, both of about 20 minutes
in duration. On these flights the ship only flew with just two
of the four electric motors working, and was slightly over equalibrium.
With all batteries on board she is 4lb heavy.
Control in pitch and yaw is excellent and the passenger gangway
in the bow opens to drop a 30ft line which makes landing very
Windspeed flown in so far : 10 -12 knots.
Work now continues on the mooring mast to wire up the electric
winch and lights for night landings.