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17th Peterborough Flying Aces Nationals,
Sunday 2nd Sept 2012 at Ferry Meadows.
Click for the schedule - - - - -
Click for an easy to print .pdf
A note from Brian Waterland in response to
me saying I thought it too windy for any flying yesterday afternoon:-
"Amazingly 8 flew in Hi start Glider at the "Picnic" and, even more amazingly,
I won!". - Congratulations to all......
From now on the club magazine, edited and produced by John
Ashmole, will be available on the web site.
First is the Spring 2012
Thanks to Mick Page for the group of front
page photographs that started today. An excellent batch from the BMFA
Don't forget tomorrows PMFC Picnic in the Park at Ferry Meadows
Bungee Towline Glider event starts at 2:00pm. - Forecast wind
strength from the Met Office 23mph with 43mph gusts, 20% possibility of rain -
the visibility will be very good though....
The first thing I read when I got back home
was the club magazine, excellent job John. I liked the note "Produced in
conjunction with our website" and to further this click for a slightly
different version of "Rocket
Powered Duration Models" by Roger Simmonds.
As there will not be any web site updates
until after Monday, 25th June here is an early reminder of :-
29th - PMFC Picnic in the Park at Ferry Meadows 1:30pm
Glider event starts at 2:00pm
Another set of front page pictures of the
Bowden Contest, thanks to Ted.
MSP Plans the excellent service run by
Martyn Pressnell has changed its address:-
Number 66, the May edition of the excellent
"Sticks and Tissue" is available from the RPMFC web site.
John O'Donnell retires.
Click for his words and some comments in FlyQuiet.
that SAM35 Yearbook 15 is now available.
The Bowden Contest got most attention on the
web site as I was able to watch the event and Ted took photographs. There were
PMFC members who flew in other events, particularly Mark Benns who won the HLG,
so congratulations there.
For the next two weeks or so the "front page" pictures are a
group of nine taken from the excellent selection that Ted provided.
Delighted the PMFC had
such a good showing in the Bowden. Topped off by the fact that Ian Middlemiss
was the well regarded CD, ably helped by Dave Bent, who was doing the timing. -
A big "thanks" to Ian and Dave.
The forecast was right!
Have a look at the
photos that Ted took, which capture the good humour and wetness of the
event. A credit to all those who took part.
About to set off for Barkston - with the Met
Office giving an 80% probability of rain all day, 12-13mph wind with gusts to
A busy weekend coming up - the Nationals at
Barkston Heath, good luck to all the PMFC members who are taking part, both in
the flying and in other ways.
FMK Models - "The
Largest Small Model Manufacturer In The World". A variety of items,
including laser cut kits.
In case you have missed this up to now:-
Model Engine News from
Australia Top quality regular monthly, with an archive back to 2002.
Ranging far wider than just model engines.
Amongst the usual excellent photographs and other articles in the
June RCSDigest there is a piece on an "High-Speed Robotic Albatross:
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle powered by dynamic soaring"......
Another page from "Civil Aeroplanes"
Just noticed that
Atomic Workshop is
not included in the Links list and as AW are used by PMFC members I have added
I had heard of Miniatur Wunderland,
Hamburg,the world's largest model railway exhibition. Thanks to the West
Australian Model Railway Club
I now know there is a Knuffingen Airport......
Thanks to Mick Page for the new set of front
page photographs taken at Ferry Meadows during the Good Friday get
Bungee launched free flight
gliders, Ian flew the enlarged Gnome at Old Warden on Saturday, see the
bottom of the article.
Try www.flyingaces.co.uk, a very flash site
for full size aviation.......
Thanks to Bernie for this list of
plans that are suitable for the HI- Start Glider up to 36" span.
A bit late with this model from Ted, a
"Bart Biplane". In his message Ted said
"Hope the wind stays light and it keeps dry on Saturday", this was for GDMAC
and the weather did neither of those things....
the April edition of the excellent
"Sticks and Tissue" is available from the RPMFC web site. I
see from the piece, about half way down, that Rick Farrer is working on an
electric Stomper. Ian Middlemiss
has reported on his electric version - which is a rather more sensible size
than the one in the thumbnail picture shown here.
A complete change of subject but I was taken by the report by Barry Masefield (AEO Leader), of the first flight in 2012 of
Jonathan Whitmore was taken by this
video of an indoor rubber model getting the best of a r/c "Champ"
- watch the left hand end of the hall.
Information about a 36" Gnome has been added
to HI- Start Glider up to 36"
Another four photographs have magically appeared in the PMFC
"Dropbox" , so I have
added them to Sundays "Gallery".
GDMAC event yesterday was cancelled, high wind speed, rain. However some
photographs appeared in the PMFC "Dropbox" earlier this morning and it looks as
if some flying was done.
see this anonymous collection.
Thanks to Mick Page for the new set of
front page photographs taken at Ferry Meadows during the Good Friday get
21st April - - No web page updates until after 28th
The May edition of Radio Controlled Soaring Digest is available.
The usual quality photographs together with a very erudite article on the "Wave
Theory of Lift".
Click for a .pdf download.
Again nothing to do with model aircraft but
click if you are curious about the "Link Farm" piece I
had on 12th April
We don't hear much about the "CIAM Flyer"
(I had to check what CIAM actually stood for, "Commission Internationale
Aeromodelling"). It turns out there have been two editions so far in 2012.
and then choose 2012 from the page that appears.
Another page from "Civil Aeroplanes"
Thanks to Mick Page for the set of front
page photographs that started today - all from the Good Friday get together at
This has nothing to do with model aircraft
but click if you are curious about the "Link Farm"
piece I had here yesterday.
A quality article from Ian:- "An electronic
controller installation for brushless motors and Free Flight".
Thanks to Ted for providing photographs for
entry from yesterdays session at Ferry Meadows.
Looks like it is going to be a touch breezy
as well as cold for todays "Ferry Season Opener".
A good day to announce
the schedule for the 2012 Flying Aces, where there is a new event for
2012. HI- Start Glider up to 36"
Thanks to Ted for the header of those who were at Ferry this
morning. The current nine front page pictures come from both Ted and Tony.
Those from Mick will be next week.
Don't forget the Good Friday Ferry Season
Opener, 10am start. - Forecast at present is "acceptable"!
What we need is a pico version
of this wind chart to really
sort out what goes on at Ferry Meadows.
Click for some additions to the "Civil
Aeroplanes" cigarette cards.
and Tissue No 64 March 2012, from James Parry is out on the Raynes Park
Pertinent to the PMFC 36" span glider club event is
"HI-STARTS FOR FF GLIDERS from Dave Platt". This is towards the bottom of the
"Sticks and Tissue page.
An excellent piece from Ian about a
bungee launched 36" span glider club event devised by Dave Rumball and Paul
This ties in nicely with the latest batch of front page
photographs from Mick Page, which feature some of the models in action at Ferry
Thanks to Mick and Ian.
Ians piece on the indoor rubber model Meadowlark has been updated
to show how the electric conversion flew.
Click for the
The April Radio Control Soaring Digest download is available,
top quality photographs as usual, together with some general interest items. On
page 36 an excellent description then mathmatical analysis of 450mph plus
dynamic slope soaring. There is also a link to
particularly cerebral web page on flight.
In January 2011 the Super Scorpion from John Ashmole was featured
in Members Models. It is still going strong and in the recent sunny weather was
Click for a
The last batch of front page photographs
from Mick Page weren't there long, so they are back on view. Their place was
taken by some snaps from the indoor meeting at Impington.
There is now a
"Gallery" group of snaps from this meeting.
On 29th February (below) the DH 88 Comet
got a mention.
an interesting Wikipedia page on the aircraft. Included in the page is a
cigarette card from "An Album of Aeroplanes (Civil)" from John Player and Sons.
I recently bought a rather battered copy of this album
and decided to put it onto the "Gallery List".
The "Events" and
"Meetings" page have had a tidy up ready for the
Spring and Summer.
Click to read about "Meadowlark" an
indoor rubber model from America that Ian flew at Impington last Sunday.
Another outing due this Friday, this time electric power.....
The usual big variety of models at
Impington. The latest batch of front page snaps intended to give a "feel" of
Indoor at Impington College, Cambridge
tomorrow - always a good day out.
Click for details
Another excellent read, with quality
illustrations of model engines -
Sticks and Tissue No 63, February 2012, from James
An Electric Stomper
apologies to George Fuller, from Ian Middlemiss
Thanks to Mick Page for the new set of front
page photographs, all these from Flying Aces 2011.
Click for a reminder of the front page photographs used
since Spring 2010, when Mick suggested the idea.
2nd March - After the postman came...
The PMFC Mag
arrived today, I particularly enjoyed the Bucket List Survey.
Click to read the article "A Smoky
Bucket List" from Roger Simmonds & Andy Blackwell. Ted also had a piece
about diesel to brushless electric conversion.
Click for the full
Is there a prize if you can identify all the quotations
mentioned on page 15?
Those of you who live to the NE of
Peterborough might be interested in the 4th KLAMC Annual Swapmeet this coming
Sunday. - Click for
Thanks to Bryan Lea who e-mailed that the
Lancaster shown in the airshow compilation mentioned on 25th February was the
Canadian one and included a picture of himself by it at Oshkosh.
included information about the autogiro shown at 2:58 in the video. I got
my timing wrong! It was the de Havilland DH.88 showing at 3:00 I was curious
about as I thought it was based at Old Warden. Bryan came back with the
"There are 2 DH 88 Comets painted as Grosvenor House G-ACSS.
The Shuttleworth/Old Warden one being the original and a replica in America.
The airworthy full-scale replica of the DH.88 Comet was built in 1993 by Thomas
W.Wathen of Santa Barbara, California. N88XD flies wearing the full colours and
registration of G-ACSS 'Grosvenor House'. Another example, started in the
United States, is under steady construction by the Croydon Aircraft Company at
Old Mandeville Airfield, near Gore, New Zealand." Source Wikipedia. Bryan also
said:- "See this link for
info on G-ACSP Black Magic currently being restored at Derby
Whilst chatting at Bushfield about
indoor electric models the conversation came round to small connectors.
Click for instructions on
mass production of these items, (perhaps not "mass" but 32 at a
a very slick, wide ranging full size airshow compilation, which I assumed was
American. Was that the Canadian Lancaster at 2:31 and where is the aircraft at
The Impington meeting on 11th March will
have a number of Bostonian class models.
Click for a build thread about a Bostonian Bede BD5 by Jonathan
Ted was busy with his camera at
Bushfield on Saturday.
his entry in the "gallery".
There was a very closely fought Gyminnie
Cricket competition at Bushfield yesterday with a top time of 70 secs from Russ
Lister, two on 69 secs, Brian Lever and Dave Shipton, followed by David Leach
with 68 secs, then junior Joe Rabicano on 65 seconds, with Jamie Lumsdon,
another junior and Tony Johnson.
A bottle of wine for the winner and excellent practice for a
similar competition at
Impington Village College on Sunday 11th March.
An enjoyable session today at Bushfield,
especially as there were strong winds and rain outside.
The new set of front page pictures were taken at Bushfield by
Ted and Tony.
Thanks to Brian Waterland for making the arrangements and to
the Mike Lucas Memorial Fund which paid some of the costs.
There are some
further "snaps" in the Gallery section.
Lots of information at
Windy Sock, newsletter of the
Alamo Escadrille, Alamo Flying Aces.
Ideal for a cold winters
Don't forget Indoor Flying at Bushfield
this Saturday, 10am until 1pm
A reminder of:-
Mike Stuarts flying
scale model pages - a wealth of information and quality
We continue to have problems with the
original web hosting company - we are now back to using
www.peterboroughmfc.co.uk, with the .org suffix no longer working
The .org suffix is now working again (13th Feb) - the
Chris Williams, who writes a regular
article on R/C scale gliding in Q&EFI, had a good one this month
with links to video clips of his
models flying with cameras. Lots of sunshine and Summer views, so worth a look
on a cold and snowy February day.
The Vulcan again but I was impressed by
the interview which Robert Pleming gave to globalaviationresource.com; there
are some good photographs as well.
Click on the banner
for the interview
Glad to say the club web site can now be
got at via the original peterboroughmfc.org as well as the new .co.uk suffix.
The site is being hosted by a different company. The only entertaining part
about the whole frustrating business was the renewal date "December 30th 1899"
- see 30th January below.
There is the Old Warden Swapmeet next Sunday,
12th February, click for their
See the January "Sticks & Tissue"
from James Parry at
Raynes Park MAC for another excellent mixture of words and
This web site is using
www.peterboroughmfc.co.uk, not the normal .org
The problems from 30th January continue.....
In the hassle caused by the hosting
problem I forgot to thank Mick for the latest set of front page photographs. An
excellent selection from the BMFA Power Nationals 2011
Ian has finished the second
installment of his build log for a Steve Bage EDF MIG17
Click here for a link to the plans.
The web site has not been available since
last Saturday. It was renewal time with the company that does the "hosting".
Unfortunately something went seriously wrong with their date system and it is
taking some time to resolve the problem.
At one stage I wondered if
they were going to invoice us from 1899 until the present, a cost of about
For those of you who don't get the
regular Vulcan to the Sky e-mails here are some links
to clips of the Vulcan flying. Also a short piece about the Victor which had
its first flight 60 years ago on 24th December 2011.
No further updates until
Another set of front page photographs from Mick Page, this set
from last September and Flying Aces but with an
extra at number
Topco Kits - also
includes a laser cutting service from your own drawings rather than a computer
Ian Middlemiss has done a build log for
a Steve Bage EDF MIG17 enlarged to 143% - Click to read...
of the plan, it is a big download.
For just a quick look at the plan pages click the
Page one --
Paul and Ralph Bradley's Model Airplane Page from Jackson,
Mississippi and Independence, Kentucky
Teds front page photographs of the post
Christmas flying session have been on show for two weeks. It is now back to
Micks selection of Ferry Meadows photgraphs from last Summer, which only had a
weeks show. Thanks to both of them for the photographs.
We don't get much of a chance to see
"Power Scale Soaring" on this side of the country, you need a big hill to
support this type of model.
PSSA Online web site have a particularly good report of the The
Lleyn MAC PSSA Fly-In - 13th/14th August 2011, with an interesting video as
Thanks to John Stennard who writes
the excellent "Watts under the Roof" and "Small Thrust" pages in Q&EFI for
supplying the Airbus video link, which has a lot more to do with Teds fish link
than you would initially think.....
Old School Model Aeroplane Factory, doesn't seem to have a web
page of its own but works through Ebay. Several Vic Smeed models as well as
George Fullers Zoot Suit.
The January edition of RC SOaring Digest is available. Excellent
photographs plus some general information for those not particularly interested
in the RC side.
The last of Ted's photographs from Ferry
Meadows after Christmas - Thanks.
These ones are in the
reminder of the December 2011 Edition, No 61, of "Sticks and Tissue", another
packed and quality read.
For the electronics enthusiasts there is a description of a
timer from Alan Bond, about half way down, just above the "FROG 100 Mk II
engine analysis by R H Warring Aero Modeller October 1958"....
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