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.
Flying Aces Schedule for 2013 - Sunday 1st September at
Today is the second day of the BMFA East
Anglian Gala at Sculthorpe. Sunshine and a touch breezy for the first day, with
a similar forecast for the second day.
Closer to home is Tuesday July 2nd, with "Picnic in the Park" at
Ferry Meadows plus two rounds of the Club free flight competitions. From 2pm
A new set of front page pictures, this time
they are photographs taken by Mick at the Free Flight Nationals Scale
A new set of front page pictures, this time
they are photographs taken by Mick at the Free Flight Nationals Scale
Teds Pizza Neezer has reached
The latest club magazine arrived by post
yesterday, a quality production, thanks to John.
I am much taken by the
front page note "Produced in conjunction with our website". Really it ought to
be "in spite of our website", as it is very easy for me to put up photographs
within hours of them being taken and not leave any for the magazine.
Non club members will be able to read the magazine on-line in a
month or so.
Click for previous
Some doubtful weather pending,
so if you are stuck indoors here is an unusual piece about Spitfires used by
Americans in the war for you to watch.
Thanks to Richard Arnold for the
The Wessex Aeromodellers League is designed to provide LOW-COST
local competition for club modellers and to dovetail with normal club sport
flying at club flying fields.
Worth a look, there are also newsletters
to down load.
Thanks to Ted for the new batch of front
Ted was intrigued with this video from CNN of a flying
3rd attempt at the June P20 and Hi-start
glider comp this evening at Ferry, providing the weather is O.K......
further web site updates until Sunday, 16th June.
Click for a video of a
particularly fierce thermal in action as it takes the plastic covering off
a strawberry field in Pupping, which I think is in Austria.
"Outerzone ...because we love it when a plan comes together" -
worth a look for the comprehensive plans listing.
The "sunny" part of the Tuesday forecast was
right but it turned out to be too breezy....
The comp is now due tomorrow,
with the forecast much the same as it was for Tuesday, lets hope it does calm
off by 7pm this time.
Looks like it will be sunny but a touch
breezy for the second of the competitions at Ferry Meadows today. Flying from
1pm. Contest flights from 5pm until 7:30pm.
Ted also took some photographs on the
Saturday during the Nationals weekend. I have added his to those on the
"Scale Models at the 2013 Free
Flight Nationals" page.
Click for an
excellent batch of photographs from Ted of the Bowden Trophy at last weekends
BMFA Free Flight Nationals.
Front page pictures
from Mick Page, videos of the
Bowden from Ted Szklaruk and additions to the scale page from
Lots to look at today - thanks to all the photographers, Bernie
should get a mention as he took over Micks camera and at great personal risk
took this one. Click on the picture for the full size version.
Picked the following up from
Radio Control Soaring
Digest, they said it had been circulating for some time, I had missed it
"Crinkle, crinkle, little spar,
strained beyond the
Up above the world so high,
bits and pieces in the
By Darrol Stinton, author of The Design of the Aeroplane, The
Anatomy of the Aeroplane, and Flying Qualities and Flight Testing of the
Aeroplane. Turns out Darrol Stinton is an interesting person and I found this
article on the web.
Click for a
Sunday was an amazing day at the Nats,
sunshine and light winds. The max required to start with was 2 1/2 minutes and
was increased to 3 minutes by mid-day, that says it all! There was a busy
flight line and appreciative crowd at the Bowden, which was enjoyable.
Another date for the free flight diary is the Brumfly at Barkston on July
7th, when, according to the poster, Elvis is due....
Mick was busy with his camera on Saturday as was Ted on Sunday,
so some photographs to come. Meanwhile on Saturday David Parker, a PMFC member
said " there was a scale contest on Saturday and the Club was well represented"
and went on to say "Must admit being a member of Peterborough MFC does make on
feel a bit elite!! Must get a T shirt."
Click for the photos he
Later on Monday Andy Sephton sent some photographs of the scale
event, I have added these to the ones from David.
Nats off to a good start with sunshine; touch
windy at the beginning but strength decreasing during the day. Some front page
snaps from Tony Beckett to give a "feel" of things.
A plus was a fly past of
the BBMF Lancaster with Spitfire and Hurricane.
Free Flight Nats this weekend, weather likely
to be "mixed", with the various forecast sites differing on the
Thinking of Barkston, I have just added the Sam35 Octoberfest on
Saturday, 12th October to the Events page.
On 10th May I passed on the news that Micron
R/C was closing down however I have just read the following:- "I have been
overwhelmed by the number of emails and telephone calls expressing sadness that
Micron was closing. So much that it has caused me to rethink the closure"
Click for further information.
When the r/c change over from 27Mhz to 35Mhz happened I put
together the Micron transmitter kit and several of their receivers, these are
rather too clunky now, especially as people have moved on to 2.4GHz. They are
close to being junked but if anyone has a use for them I would be happy to pass
Let me know if you are interested.
Click for the ultimate
FAI Young Artists Contest, click for the 2013
After a brief glimpse of the paintings you could go to the
bottom of the page, click the "Aeromodelling" link and catch up on what is
happening at FAI level.
The usual excellent
"Sticks and Tissue" from the Raynes Park Club, number 77, April
Of especial interest to those who fly scale control line
Despite the blustery winds and showers Ted was at Old Warden
Click for the whole
photograph but put your sun glasses on first......
If you are curious about Ebenezers try these links.
Colin Hutchinson - - - -
Ebenezers in Australia
Thanks to Pete Gibbons and Dave Rumball
organised who the contests on Tuesday and to Dave who has just sent the
results. Click for
the .pdf file.
Good to see that overall there were 20 competition entries. Next
one is on Tuesday 4th June.
Sad to say that "due to a combination of
circumstances, Micron R/C is closing down. All products will continue to be
available while stocks last and are available at discounted prices on the Sale
pages - www.micronradiocontrol.co.uk/sales.html. The product web pages
will remain on-line for reference, but the 'buy' buttons have been disabled;
purchases should be made from the 'sale' page where the stock level plus
original and discounted prices are shown.
All of the great Flight Line Plans, Stevens Aero, Mountain
Models and Parkscale Models micro kits are still available and currently have a
15% discount. Take a look at them
via the model browser or
model sale web pages."
The kits and plans are worth a browse for the non R/C
Good turn out yesterday for the first Ferry
club comp of the season, helped by sunshine and light winds.
Thanks to Mick for the new batch of front page photographs.
These from the Ferry Meadows Easter Fly-In, 2012.
Two reminders from Bernie.
First Ferry club
comp this season tomorrow, Tuesday 7th.
Flying from 1pm. Contest flights
from 5pm until 7:30pm.
Also two more videos to add to those we have for the BMFA Indoor
Nats in April.
Just come across this piece on battery
technology that I found interesting.
Click to see the page
"Engineering at Illinois"
The latest front page photographs are "From
jets to hi-start gliders". Mick provided these at the end of March. They were
only used for a couple of days as pictures from Good Friday at Ferry and then
those from the Bushfield indoors session took their place.
Model Flying Machines from New Zealand:-
site is for those interested in making flying models of the early
aircraft." There is also an interesting links section.
Continuing with the scale theme, PMFC was
well represented at the Indoor Scale Nationals last weekend with 5 entries in
the kit scale competition. Click on
www.scalebmfa.co.uk for full results.
Thanks to Pete
Fardell for letting us embed two of his videos. - Click to see
Thanks to Bryan Lea for:-
"Over on Hip Pocket Aeronautics Builder's Forum there is an
interesting discussion going on re. scale documentation. This is applicable to
indoors, outdoors, F/F, R/C and C/L in fact all scale classes where there is
static judging against the full-size aircraft photos."
Just seen the
"The FAI has released a new publication, the 2012 FAI Annual
Report, designed to present the most notable achievements, developments, facts
and challenges of the past year. It is meant to be a reference book for all
those who are interested in air sports events and the FAI. "
Click to download the .pdf document (6.5MB).
is on page 5. - I'm still browsing the whole document, which I found extremely
interesting, very wide ranging but concise for each of the varied disciplines.
Also it is produced using modern web technology, which worked well on my
I can never remember why the aeromodelling part of FAI is called
CIAM, it is "Comité International d'Aéromodelisme"
Thanks to Ted for the latest set of front
page photographs, taken at Bushfield at the beginning of the month.
I had not realised that there were quite
this many servos available.
the chart, which was last updated in June 2012.
DJ Aerotech, an interesting
American web site - now in the PMFC Links
During the Christmas period I watched, with
mixed feelings, "James May's Toy Stories: Flight Club". The magazine "Quiet and
Electric Flight International" got involved and their April edition has an
article on the subject. -
for brief background.
Click to watch
the whole television program which is available on YouTube.
I also heard from Denis Oglesby, the author of
"Understanding Aerofoil Data for R/C Soarers" who has
commented in the Aerospace Insight Blog hosted by the Royal Aeonautical Society
where there is a lengthy article about the " aerodynamics behind the scenes" of
Go right to the end of the article for the comment from
I have had a tidy up on
the Events and
please let me know if I have missed anything.
News of the
Morley May Day Gala, (including a Bowden style event), made me
realise that the
Northern Model Flyer web site was not on the PMFC links list -
it is now.
I forgot to mention earlier in the week
that thanks to the editor, John Ashmole, the Spring
2013 edition of the club magazine is now available as a .pdf download.
Those of you who have mislaid their printed copy can now browse
Thanks to Ted who took some good photographs
at Bushfield on Saturday. - Click for the
Ted also videoed
this interesting blimp from Richard Granger.
Thanks to Mick for the new selection of
front page photographs taken at the Easter Fly-In.
It was a lot warmer and
far more comfortable at Bushfield yesterday where there was an excellent
turnout for the indoor session. Again we were pleased to see visitors from
Click for some snaps
that give an idea of the session.
Don't forget indoor flying tomorrow - see
3rd April entry.
The March edition, no 76, of the excellent "Sticks and Tissue"
can be found at the Raynes Park Club web site.
Don't forgot indoor flying next SATURDAY at
Bushfield Leisure Centre, 10am until 1pm.
There will be
trimming sessions for those competing in the BMFA indoor nats.
Following on from the Felixstowe F3 mentioned in Sundays note. I
happened across a Japanese animated adventure film called Porco Rosso involving
a bounty hunter chasing "air pirates" in the Adriatic Sea after World War 1.
The aircraft involved are all sea planes, encompassing Felixstowe F3 style up
to Schneider Trophy look alikes.
If you are
curious there is a Japanese trailer on YouTube.
information in Wikipedia.
Which includes a section on "History and
politics" as well as "Homage to early aviation."
An R/C model of
the Porco Rosso sea plane.
I have enjoyed "the
Plane Makers" series in BMFA News. The most recent was on Petr Kanopasek from
the Czech Republic, who together with two friends run
"Small Flying Aeroplanes"
specialising in plans and some parts for scale models from the early days up
until the 1930's. Even if you think it unlikely you will build a model of
this sort the web site is well worth a browse for the quality of the colour
illustrations of the aircraft.
To encourage you there are several free downloads,
including an excellent calendar, illustrated by Radek Gregovsky,
from which the Felixstowe F3 (above) was taken.
Thanks to Ted for the current front page
pictures and this
batch in the gallery.
A very hardy group of PMFC members!
Good Friday Session at Ferry Meadows 10am
until 1pm - forecast is better than it was at the beginning of the
For those who stay at home and would like something to browse
the "Winters Tale" edition
of the club magazine is now available as a .pdf download. - Thanks to John
Dazzle camouflage scheme on a Keil
Kraft flying scale SE5......
Ian has written an update to "A Small Field Duration Model
for Electric Sport Free Flight".
He says "Build time about a mornings
worth." - Perhaps have one ready for the Good Friday session at Ferry Meadows,
10am until 1pm? Although from what Metcheck have to say about the weather,
there is unlikely to be too much flying done.....
Thanks to Mick Page for the latest batch of
front page photographs. From hi-start gliders to jets....
Research Paves Way For Larger, Safer Lithium Ion
with luck there will be some smaller ones as well.
No web page updates until after Saturday, 23rd March.
"Bumble Bee" is about again - click for more info.
Don't forget indoor
flying tomorrow at IVCMAC.
Indoor flying at IVCMAC this Sunday, 17th March - click for full
details and intructions on how to get there.
Icarus Cup 2013, Friday, 19th July at Sywell - This is the
very first time that this sport has featured in the FAI Events Calendar. The
actual event is taking place over a period of 9 days between 19th and 28th
Not too far from home, might be worth a visit to see how much model
technology is used in Human Powered Flight or the other way round come to
until a couple of years ago I had made use of Ashtek for supplies of
servo/battery lead plugs and sockets, having intially bought their "crimper".
They were also good for half sized receiver crystals. They stopped trading and
I have only just come across an alternative for bulk buying of these items. (No
crystals but they do have some
electric motors, a couple of which that might be worth a
Technobots Electronic and Mechanical Components
and Tissue, No 75, Feb 2013 is available from the Raynes Park Model Aircraft
Club web site. The usual excellent read....
Danny Fenton, who writes the scale column in
RCM&E, mentioned www.rutlands.co.uk as a tool supplier. They have a wide range
of top quality hand tools, I was particularly taken with this
very expensive ruler.
I had forgotten that it was as long ago as
2011 that Mercurian Mites started appearing. There are a pair of new ones, a
third of the way down the page at "Mercurian Mites seen so
I was taken by this
video of the Ruppert Archaeopteryx, there is a bungee launch about half way
Click for the Archaeopteryx link on Wikipedia.
Thanks to Denis Oglesby for the information.
There is a new set of front page
photographs, thanks to Mick Page for those.
You can review all previous
front page photographs from the "Picture Details"
link at the bottom of that page.
Thanks to Brian W this years Flying Aces
schedule is now available. - See top of the page.
Click if you are curious as to why there
is an aeromodelling statue....
I spotted some people with Cox engines
last year and there has been a link to
the Canadian Cox International web
page for some time. Christian has just pointed out to me they have a
Click for a
The web site has a link that says:- "Click to read the
Aeromodeller Magazine report about us". which
brings up an interesting report from the the "new" Aeromodeller.
'Meteorology For Glider Pilots' - the
pilots in this case are for the F3J r/c class.
for the BARCS web page where the article appears.
'The Model Aviation Digital Library
(formally known as the archives) is one of many benefits to members of the
Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). Over 400 issues of Model Aviation have been
converted digitally into searchable articles and features. Each issue appears
just as it did at its original time of publication, complete with period
advertisements. It's a great resource that provides you with access to every
"how-to" article, plans build, product review, AMA news, feature and event
coverage relating to aeromodeling.'
archive will eventually be for AMA members only but at present appears to be
open to all. Click for access to this amazing rescource.
website will examine the role of the model aeroplane in aviation
An Australian web site, interesting browsing.....
The "Eagle Book of Balsa Models" - 1959
with ducted fans and flying indoors......
Click for the latest news, with
videos and pictures from Christian Moes in Canada.
Some additions and changes have been
made to the "Meetings" page. Thanks to Brian for
Thanks also to Mick for the latest set of front page
photographs, freeflight from 2011 and 2012.
There is a professionally produced video
about F1D due to be released later this year.
Click for the web page containg the details. - - - -
Click for the video trailer.
and Tissue, No 74, Jan 2013 is available from the Raynes Park Model Aircraft
Club web site. The usual excellent read....
In the Autumn I mentioned the web sites
of Free Flight
Supplies - Mike Woodhouse and
Line Aeromodelling Site. Zoe continues to scan old model aircraft
magazines, see the icon at top left of the screen. Both these sites gather a
great deal of international interest and make use of "cluster maps" to show
their international "hits".
As I knew there was at least some interest in PMFC from abroad I
couldn't resist this and added a cluster map of our own. You can see the map by
scrolling down below the text on this page, then double clicking on the small
map and once the large map shows scroll even further down for written
A Small Field Duration Model for
Electric Sport Free Flight
I have just heard from Christian in Canada -
click for his latest
Only a slight connection with model aircraft but
worth a look?
Click for "Cool Components".
Thanks to Ted for the group photo at the
top plus some excellent videos including several of the visiting scale models,
with the builders talking a little about what they have done.
Click for the videos.
An excellent session at Bushfield today.
A good turnout of the usual flyers and we were pleased to welcome several new
club members, a visiting group from Nottingham with their splendid scale models
plus Andy Sephton who was bungee launching a Slingsby Prefect Mk1 scale glider
based on a Veron kit from the 1950's.
Click for some snaps
to give a "feel" of the meeting.
mentioned Radio Control
Soaring Digest several times as an extremely well produced web magazine.
The current edition I found particularly interesting with details of a
re-written flight simulator for iOS and Android tablets as well as Windows.
There is also an extensive article on the Alula Evo, a foam slope or side arm
launch flat field, easily transportable model.
Click for the .pdf download.
The events and meetings pages have been
updated. Please let me know if I have missed any events or there are links that
I could put in to others lists.
A more immediate date is next Sunday 27th when the club has
hired Bushfield Sports Hall at Orton Centre, Peterborough from 10.00am to
1.00pm Cost £5 to fly in an uninterrupted span EIGHT badminton court
The latest batch of front page
photographs were taken at the control line themed evening on January 11th
January at Peakirk. Thanks to Mick for those.
Thanks to Jonathan who has provided
a report and a video of last
evenings indoor flying session at Whittlesey
The only connection with what we do are
the thermals but I was taken by this representation of
Task 7 - 23 Top Pilots 228km Head-To-Head".
Click for the web site of
the 19th FAI World Hang
Gliding Class 1 Championship.
Click for a very erudite article on the
2012 F1D World Championships Scoring.
The meeting at Peakirk where members talked about their control
line models was a success.
Click to see
the talks that Ted videoed.
Some more added 15th January
Back in August Mick provided a set of front
page photographs based on the bungee launched glider series organised by Pete
Gibbons. I am using them again as this group was only used for a couple of days
as it was overtaken by photographs of the Nationals.
Click for a listing of all the front
page photographs that have been used.
For a web site with links to lots of
calculators have a look at www.factorywriggs.co.uk - not just
calculators but all sorts of other things including links to
Videos and the
Pathe Newsreels that include model aircraft.
Canadian Coincidences - Pee Wee
Pal and Sopwith Tabloid from Christian Moes.
I was late with the reminder of the
November edition, catching up now as
December (No 73) edition of "Sticks and Tissue" is available at the RPMAC web
The usual excellent read, the quality of the close ups of
engines is particularly good.
A burst of nostalgia induced by the
photograph of the ED Bee.
There was an article in QEFI about
laminated structures by Bill Bowne, it included a links to:-
Working with Balsawood by Paul Daniels, worth a look at this
comprehensive American web site.
As Richard Arnold
said, who pointed this out to me,
"you can ride
up front in a De Havilland Mosquito, fantastic on full screen and HD if you
have it. Not modelling but I thought it was brilliant.