Board Member, Nigel Wells is currently constructing a scale
replica of the R101. Nigel, an expert model maker, utilises
small scale remote controlled airships for surveillance roles.
latest role is producing 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.
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.