Link to previous "Latest Update"
Intended as a reminder of what the web page has
been showing over a period longer than a month. This means that links to
ephemeral items might be broken.
Click for some
Ray Malmström models in
Thanks to Mick for a new set of front
page photographs, these from a rain free Flying Aces 2012.
I was on the A1 passing Peterborough at 8:30am on the Ferry Fly
In day - in torrential rain....
Click for a Canadian Gyminnie
Cricket from Christian Moes.
A mixed set of forecasts for todays Ferry Fly In, looks possible
A reminder from Bernie:- "Ferry Frost
Free Fly in on Thursday morning, 10 a.m. till whenever. Soup, turkey sarnies, 4
day old mince pies and bring yer wellies.
November (No 72) edition of "Sticks and Tissue" is available at the RPMAC web
The usual excellent read, with a topical model, about 1/3 the
way through the .pdf file.
I have added a Weather Link, (bottom of
menu on the left), to the web site. Click the link to find out why I chose
News of the RTP last Friday put me into
nostalgia mode and I searched for "Harry Butler" the main, possibly only,
supplier of RTP equipment in the mid to late 1970's. What I did find was a
"history" of the Keil Kraft Handbooks, which mentioned Harry
Butler. The link came from
Lloyd-Jones web pages.
The Harry Butler equipment was sold by
Ballards RTP, who are
still in business, as are Proops Brothers, who had a good line in Mabuchi motors at 25p
each, which were ideal for the lighter models. Proops are no longer in
Tottenham Court Road but in rural Leicestershire, nor are they selling 25p
Click for an excellent piece from Ian
on:- Propeller Matching A
Ted was busy with his video camera at
the club meeting last evening.
2.4Ghz RTP - - -
Auction of M'amselle kit - - -
Not sure what is going on here...
Thanks to Mick there are a new set of front
page photographs featuring PMFC members.
Click to see the latest "members
model", this one from John Asmole.
Chris from Canada heard about our indoor
meeting and wondered if anyone was flying "no-cal" in the UK and passed on this
link for plans:-
www.parmodels.com/Plans/nocals.htm. The link describes the
models as "profile models, hence the name No-Cal or No Calories." Brian W
disputes the name derivation saying "I am old enough to remember when the class
was started by clubs in NOrthern CALifornia hence "NO-CAL".
There was one
example from PMFC, the very neat WW1 bi-plane that Peter Adams was flying.
It appears in several
of the photos in this gallery. As well as in two of the current front page
The membership page
has been updated with the fees for 2013, which are
now payable. Also the next Flying Aces will be on Sunday September 1st
A new group of front page picures, from
Ted of the Bushfield meeting.
Click for more photos
from Bushfield taken by Ted
A quality "Winter's Tale" arrived in the post yesterday, the
latest of the PMFC magazines produced by John Ashmole, an excellent
I was browsing the BMFA site and came
across this obituary of Tom
Smith, aeronautical engineer, which I found interesting.
ever the Vulcan is short of funds.
You could help a little by buying this
Click for full details.
for the main Vulcan web page.
A big bring and
buy sale at Oadby Sports Centre, Leicester, together with trade stands, which
include Inwood Models, Punctillo, and West London Models. Click on the logo for
full information and travel details.
Obviously aimed at R/C Soaring but the main stream traders have
a full range of products which could well suit PMFC members. The closest
modelling fair to Peterborough?
Mention of the new Aeromodeller on 24th
November, with its digital copy of the 1935 edition reminded me that Zoe
Quilter has been publishing scanned copies of vintage Model Aircraft Magazines.
Click for the whole list, which is being looked after by Colin
Or click for Zoes own web site at
Thanks to Ted for his "gallery" of the
Bushfield meeting, which captures very well
the enjoyable "feel" of the session.
Those who braved the high winds and
floods yesterday had an excellent indoor session at Bushfield. The good news is
that Brian was able to book two more sessions, both 10am until 1pm. The first
on Sunday, January 27th the other on Saturday, 6th April.
The Gyminie Cricket competition was popular, with 8 entries in
9gm and 4 in 3gm
Ted was busy with his camera so I hope to have some photographs
from him in a day or so. Meanwhile I was taken by an r/c electric powered,
Gyminie Cricket, also a simple template for small rubber models.
Click for more
The first issue of the
new Aeromodeller is due on
Bi-monthly at £30 for six printed editions or
£17.99 for the digital version. They have an "app" for those with
tablets, that gets you a free digital copy of the 1935 edition.
is American and will edit from America. Click to read
"An introduction to Aeromodellers new Editor", plus further
down the page comments on the article.
From Bernie:- "A reminder that our AGM
is this Friday @ Peakirk, 7.30 start. We'll do our very best to keep it crisp
Thanks to Mick Page there is a new batch of front page
photographs, these were taken at the Power Nationals 2012
Next Sunday. Indoor flying at Bushfield
10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. (This is the first of the proposed Bushfield dates.
Featuring 2 Gyminie
Cricket comps, standard and unlimited.)
The Mike Lucas Memorial Fund
helped with the hall hire.
Our friends in Canada have moved indoors for the Winter and have
been experimenting with carrier
I have bought one or two DVD's from
Planestv.com and am now on
their e-mailing list. This brings sales messages but usually accompanied by
links to short excerpts from their latest DVD. This is enjoyable, 2 or 3
minutes of full size aircraft flying I wasn't expecting. Very much taken by the
latest, not so much of the aircraft but of the pilots features as he works hard
to complete the show.
Click to see the video.
October (No 71) edition of "Sticks and Tissue" is available at the RPMAC web
site. Yet another excellent read.
Two front page pictures in this group,
one from David Parker, the other from Ted Szklaruk, thanks to them
I was impressed by the "Plane Makers"
article in the October BMFA News featuring Dave Platt.
Click for a
link to his web site.
Click for the
Cricket - a repeat of Bernies mailing from the beginning of October. As
the indoor season moves on there might be some items to add to the
Thanks to Andy Sephton for his very well
received talk on "Competative Indoor Free Flight Scale Modelling" the other
also to Ted, who took some snaps.
Thanks to Ted for this "gallery" of
snaps from the
Impington indoor meeting on 28th October.
Some links that might be of
www.youtube.com/user/PhotoPaperDirect contacted us about their
products and sent a sample pack, which we can add to the items to be auctioned
on 30th November.
Two examples of quality "by return" service:-
for nylon as well as metal fixings.
www.phoenixmp.com for R/C type products, good for small,
I have seen a couple of Cox .049s being "looked at" recently,
indoor flying at IVCMAC on Sunday - click for full
Sorry to say I shall miss that, also there will be no updates
to the web site until after Saturday 3rd November.
The reason that Christian Moes from
Canada contacted PMFC in the first place was
the page on indoor control
line that came as a result of the experiments with the Mercurian Mite.
Christian was also working with indoor control line models,
a Phantom Mite in his
In the current set of front page photographs is Ted Szklaruks
Duo Monoplane. Another coincidence was that both Christian and Ted should do
their own take on such an unusual model.
Click for information about
both models, as well as the American on-line publication RC Micro
The front page photographs have changed
again. Thanks to Mick Page for this set taken at Flying Aces 2012.
Thanks to Christian, here are two more
videos from Canada, this
time he and his friends have been doing some small size glider towing. - -
- Also some bomb
Browse down below the video to read Christians notes about the
For those of you who don't subscribe to
the newsletter Mike Woodhouse produces.....
Mike has a surplus of
Tan II rubber and is asking for "offers". Click for details.
http://www.freeflightsupplies.co.uk/ for all the latest
It is a month since John Ashmole posted
the September, printed edition, of the club magazine.
It is now time to have it
available on-line, click to see the .pdf file.
September (No 70) edition of "Sticks and Tissue" is available at the RPMAC web
site. Another excellent read, with top quality illustrations.
Micks photograph from the front page
taken at the Grantham Gala can be seen at "Picture
Details", whilst we are back to the set of photographs of Flying Aces
provided by Dave Bent, which initially, were only in place for 4 days.
An entry to the "Gallery" from Christian
Moes in Canada.
The Veron mini
Robot, electric as well as Cox .049, this time as a small glider
Two videos from Canada,
indoor control line with
the "Micro Phantom Mite" featured in Q&EFI plus another "micro",
this time a "Veron mini
Robot" with a Cox .049. Photos and videos of electric versions to follow.
Thanks to Christian Moes for these.
Turned out that running videos direct from the computers that
"host" this web site was too slow. Using Youtube makes it much faster, even if
you do get all the extras.....
Last Sunday at the Grantham GP gala Mark
Benns D/T failed on his super light discus glider (see home page photo). What
followed was one of those truly amazing flights as it stayed aloft for 30
minutes and 10 seconds and still landed in the field! Mark never found out what
caused the D/T failure as it went off a few feet off the ground. That's really
a flight of 30 minutes and 12 seconds then. I know this is true as I was there
and thanks to the drift changing direction 180 degrees half way through the
flight and zero wind strength I even managed to see it for about 26 minutes and
that's without binoculars!
Thanks to Mick Page for the
report and photograph.
I have just heard from Christian Moes
and have put some
photographs in the Gallery, which he sent last December but as that was
before his piece about the "Micro Phantom Mite" was published in Q&EFI we
kept them back until now.
details of the plan. - Which is free in the current Q&EFI. Christian
makes a speciality of "reducing" well known models
see his plan
for the Micro Super 60, which is also featured in the
See 30th September, below.
Thanks to Dave Bent for the current set of home
page photographs taken at this years Flying Aces.
Mick kindly pointed out that the events
page had missed next weekends "Grantham GP. Comb R, Comb G, Comb P (no
electric), mini vintage, combined HLG/CAT. Usual free buffet, weather
permitting. Contact Phil Ball 01332 665361, firstname.lastname@example.org"
Later today I heard from Bryan Lea that:- "The Selby Trophy will
be flown for F/F Scale at the Grantham GP on Sunday 7 Oct. Documentation
Contact Bill Dennis 01623 882620
Thanks to Bernies message I have updated
both the Events page as well as the
one for Meetings.
Back home to find the latest Q&EFI,
which included "Micro Phantom Mite" from Christian Moes in Canada. He gives
PMFC a good plug in the article.
for a reminder as to what Christian had to say last December on the PMFC web
No web site updates until after 29th
Thanks to Dave Bent for another batch of
photographs, which are on show in the "Gallery".
Paid up members of PMFC should now have
received the September edition of the club magazine. John Ashmole has done an
excellent job, both interesting and entertaining.
Front page pictures from today are from Mark Benns, taken at
Flying Aces. - Thanks for those.
Thanks to Brian W for the
On Sunday 23rd September The International Plastic Model Society
and Spalding Model Club are putting on a show called "Wings and Things" in aid
of Lincs Notts Air Ambulance at the Spalding Girls High School, Cley Lake, PE11
It includes Club and Special Interest group displays,Trade stands
and Refreshments 10.00am to 4.00pm ; Admission - Adults £2; OAP £1;
Children under 16 £1
Go and "Make a model at the Airfix stand"
(If it is like the Peterborough Show there are often good
aircraft reference books available)
There is another of the ever popular
Impington Village College indoor meetings on Sunday 28th October 2012, 9.00am
Click for full details.
www.perfect-pilots.co.uk e-mailed saying:- "I got your email
address from your Club website, and wondered if you would please consider
adding me to your list on the Links page. I am a small home based business in
Kent, supplying handmade scale pilots.
If you need "full body pilots in ¼ and 1/3 scale" the web
site is well worth a look.
August (No 69) edition of "Sticks and Tissue" is available at the RPMAC web
site. Another excellent read, with top quality illustrations.
Amazing weather for Old Warden
yesterday, likely to be as good today but with more wind. The good news is that
the word was that three aeromodelling meetings have been booked for 2013.
Thanks again to Dave as I have been able to add
more photographs to
his Flying Aces Gallery.
Thanks to Dave Bent for his
photographs, some of which are on show in the "Gallery".
Ted was flying his
Bill Dean 1952 Duo Monoplane
in the evening at the Nats when Nigel Hawes from RCM&E magazine took a
couple of photographs. I have added these at the bottom of the original
Apologies but two results were initially
missed from the Flying Aces listing. The winner of Young Flying Ace
was James Day of Cleemac, whilst the Concours winner was
There is a new set of Flying Aces front page photographs, thanks
to Mick Page for those.
Two days at Old Warden gives us another
Vic Smeed Tribute Week 2012
As announced in the December 2011
SAM 35 Speaks, we propose that the week Sept 2nd - 9th should be dedicated to
celebrating Vic Smeed's designs on a world-wide basis. Please send your photos
and anecdotes of/about flights made during this period to Power Struggle
columnist Mike Parker (email@example.com).
In addition there will be special events at the Vic Smeed
Memorial Day during the OW ModelAir Festival of Flight weekend (Sept8th/9th).
Please bring along your Vic Smeed models for display on the Sunday, when a
Concours award will be presented.
The front page pictures are some snaps
from Flying Aces, to give a "feel" of the event. Quality photographs due
Flying Aces:- Lucky with the
weather today, light winds with just two short drizzle sessions - lift about as
the owners of several lost models will confirm.....
A most enjoyable day
The links section on the web site is
something of a mish-mash but I have just let a "link-checker" loose on the
page, so the links should all work......
Please let me know if there any I
Thanks to Rob Smith who sent me some snaps
of the Nats control line and I have added some of my own from the Free Flight
produce a page for the Gallery.
I called in at Barkston Heath on the way
back from flying F3K at Wetlands, Retford, which is where this years Silent
Flight Nationals took place. Arrived to find a "proper" Summer evening, with
light winds and sunshine, and an appreciative audience who clapped the flights.
The front page snaps are intended to give a "feel" of the Free Flight Scale
Control Liner Plans Service - USA. "This Site dedicated to the preservation
and dispensation of over 300 Model Airplane Combat and Stunt Plans from the
experimental years of the 1950s and early 1960s."
Those of you who remember the mid 1950's
might also remember the singer Carol Carr,
you might not know about her interest in model
I ordered some things from from Sams
Models last week, which arrived promptly on Saturday and included an
advertising sheet for the 17th Peterborough Flying Aces Nationals, so it looks
like they are including the sheets in current orders.
Gives me a chance to remind you of the two busy weekends coming
up, with the BMFA Nats at Barkston next weekend and Flying Aces on Sunday 2nd
Thanks to Mick for the latest batch of
front page photographs. This time of models competing in the bungee launched,
less than 36" span series at Ferry Meadows, organised by Pete Gibbons. Full
results and a report in the next club magazine.
Click for full
results of European Free Flight Champs.
Click for full results of F1D World Championship.
Thanks to Bernie and Martin Judge for the
following:- "Just seen results sheet. Mark Benns was 5th and British team 2nd
at F1D World Champs."
A touch different to F1D - I caught a glimpse of the Vulcan on
Saturday as it was on its way to display at Eastbourne.
Click for an interesting video shot
from Beachy Head.
Ted spotted these on E-Bay and
thought some PMFC members might be interested.
Click for details.
Another page from
"An Album of Aeroplanes (Civil)".
There is now a search facility specific to
the PMFC web pages. See the link at the bottom of the left hand menu - give it
David Lloyd-Jones has a web site devoted to
and collectable aeromodelling magazines and books for sale".
Those of you with youngsters at home or in
contact with teachers wanting an art project might like to look at the
FAI 2013 Young Artists
For the next couple of weeks the front page
features photographs taken at the club control-line field on 23rd May 2012.
Thanks to Mick Page for those.
An enjoyable session at Ferry Meadows yesterday afternoon and
evening. Mixed conditions with variable wind and showers. Thanks to Pete
Gibbons who was able to run three low key comps. Full results and details in
the next printed magazine.
More on line reading for you, this time
Sticks and Tissue No 68 July 2012 from James Parry via
the Raynes Park Club
A little late with this reminder but I have just spoken to Peter
and the Ferry Meadows Friday evening P20 Rubber and catapult glider is on in
the afternoon as well, from about 2pm through until the evening - rain
The PMFC Magazine, Summer 2012
edition is now available as a .pdf file.
It is about a month since the
print edition was mailed.
Check out the
On the front page for a few days some snaps from
the interclub contest at Barkston yesterday, just to give the "feel" of the
A summery day but a little blustery.
It was John Ashmole who
got the Bowden this time.
From John Ashmole, news of his
There has been some
information recently about the Raspberry Pi, a low cost computer designed for
developers and to hopefully enthuse youngsters in the way the Sinclair Spectrum
did 30 years ago. One development that is going ahead is by the
Click for a "Raspberry Pi IN THE SKY" news report.
A good day out at Sculthorpe yesterday, particularly for Bernie.
Click for Ians report on the
There were just four of us at Ferry last
evening from 6pm onwards, a touch cold and a little blustery but quite flyable.
General talk at one point turned to aerodynamic theory - as it does.....
This reminded me that Radio Controlled Soaring Digest for May this
year had a very erudite piece on the "Wave Theory of Lift". Click for a large
.pdf download, you get some good R/C Soaring pictures and information as
Further news about Teds
Bill Dean Duo
This Friday evening at
Ferry Meadows, P20 rubber and catapult glider.
Bernie sent a message on
Saturday encouraging people to come to the two 2 Bowden comps. The Stan Horne
Memorial event at Sculthorpe, next Sunday and the Tony Dunsterville Memorial at
Barkston the following Saturday.
A Bill Dean Duo
Monoplane from Ted.
Thanks to Mick Page for the latest set of
front page photographs, these from the "Picnic in the Park" on 29th June.
"Model Engine News: July
Just in case you
haven't seen the current Aeromodeller adverts -
click for more information
and Tissue, No 67 June 2012 is available from the Raynes Park Club web
James Parry has gathered together another excellent
across this YouTube link of a 3D printed plane.
Interesting in itself
but it turned into a great time waster as I was offered all sorts of "extras"
from drilling square holes to perpetual motion machines......
Just seen the
picture on the right of the Bowden CD......
The History and
Competition results page has changed to suit this years Bowden
Mike Woodhouse at
Freeflight Supplies has a news letter to which you can subscribe;
click here for a .pdf version if
you have missed issue 68 the June edition.
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
Link to previous "Latest Update"
Tony Beckett -