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.
Bernies mention of a club calendar got
me investigating one for the web site. Obvious choice was the Google calendar
but this involves a lot of other Google type things and could be intrusive, so
I went for 'Localendar', which provides a calendar and nothing else.
Using a calendar of this sort meant that the links, Meetings and
Events, on the left of the screen, could be combined, so give the calendar a
try from there. Scroll down below the calendar as there is other information on
If you wish you can put
www.localendar.com/public/PMFC directly into your browser and
see just the calendar.
Just basic details are shown by the month but if you click on
any event then further information 'pops up'. You might have to adjust your
browser settings if you have chosen to stop 'pop ups'.
Forecast for todays Ferry Fly In has
remained the same at bright but windy....
Thanks to Mick, the front page photographs have changed from
Christmas wishes to remembering good weather at Ferry Meadows in 2013.
forget the Ferry Fly In on Saturday. Forecast at present is bright, frost free
Click for the
photograph that Bryan sent of the 2006 Ebenezer day at Old Warden.
Thanks to Mick for the holiday season
front page photographs.
Click for a
some videos and things to do in the next few days.
Click for the last indoor flying
update of the year from Soo Modellers in Canada.
It is the PMFC Christmas Party and Quiz
tonight at Peakirk.....
I am on an FAI e-mail list which gives news of contest results
but also produced a Christmas card this year.
Click to see the card plus an 'oddity' from
It was in
www.hippocketaeronautics.com that Jonathan spotted a link to
the video '180 is Max' by William Pettigrew, 1972, a film of the 23rd world
free-flight championship in Göteborg, Sweden. This is from the National
Film Board of Canada, click on their logo for the 16 minute production.
the January 2014 edition of Radio Control Models and Electronics Nigel Hawes
"Leaves his transmitter at home and proves that model aeroplanes can be just as
much fun without a guidance system". This leads in to a five page colour spread
in the magazine with news of Pboro Fet Timers, PMFC as well as Ted himself.
Click for more
A recent Gibbs Guide had an interesting
indoor model as a download.
Click for the web page.
The popular hi-start glider competitions
that started last Summer have a connection in Canada.
Click to see what Christian
I have mentioned 'PlanesTV.com' in the
past and I occasionally get sent a link to the 'trailer' for their latest
production, here is another one I enjoyed.
Click for the last RAF Leuchars Airshow. (Scroll down a little for
the actual video.)
Added 12th December
Duxford Spring Show 2013 - - - Duxford Autumn 2013.
scroll down a little for the actual videos).
Click for a quality article from
Jonathan on "Equivalent Dihedral Angle".
Thanks to Mick for the latest set of
front page photographs, this time from the R/C Nats 2013.
A further update from Christian Moes
This time indoor flying, with a Peterborough
November - Photograph of the Month.
Geoff Stringer from Norfolk
or Mick Page from
Peterborough, also Jonathan has
recommended this one from
Something for the next meeting at Bushfield (5th January)?
Click for the news item that Geoff spotted.
John, editor of
our PMFC magazine, has been swapping information with his counterpart in the
Aukland Model Aero Club, where Stan Mauger produces 'Slipstream'.
Thanks to the Aukland club who have given us the OK to make
'Slipstream' available on our web site.
Click for a .pdf
download to see that on the other side of the world there is a club with
similar interests to our own.
Ken Wallis MBE, who died in September this year.
Click to see
some photographs from Geoff.
Click for the latest update from
Christian Moes in Canada.
Excellent turnout at Bushfield
yesterday, a big variety of models.
Click for some snaps
of the event.
Bryan spotted one
of these at Impington, might we see it today at Bushfield?
Click for the discussion on Hip Pocket Aeronautics
Click for a Youtube video
Some dates pending:-
This coming Friday:-
A talk by Dave Shipton, following up to
his club magazine articles on his experiences of building full size aircraft,
(the Garden Minicab and Jodel), with examples of his work.
Hall, Time 7.00pm
This coming Saturday:-
Indoor flying at Bushfield Sports
Centre, Orton Centre Peterborough PE2 5RQ from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Cost
£5 for an adult flier. Mainly FF models however you can fly lightweight
RC BUT NO Helis over 12" rotor or Shockies allowed.
Sunday 1st December:-
The morning before the BARCS agm in
Leicester there is a Soaring Market. Obviously aimed mainly at r/c soaring but
amongst the glider suppliers are Belair Kits, Inwood and Multiplex-RC UK.
From 9am until 1pm. Click for the descriptive bulletins.
ONE - - - -
Wednesday the 4th of December:-
PBMFC agm at Peakirk Village
Thanks to Mick for the new set of front
page photographs from this years Free Flight Nationals.
Inspired by the Mew Gull
information from 3rd and 7th November Ian has been busy.
Click the small picture.
The Mew Gull information last week
caused me to get out my cigarette cards again, so I have added another batch to
the web site. Click for the page.
The October edition of "Sticks and
Tissue" number 83 is available.
Click for the link to the Raynes Park Club.
Richard has just received a message from
Martin Turner who is a keen modeller from Bristol. He said he has developed a
searchable RC database which will feature every RC product in the world.
An ambitious project where Matin hopes
modellers will get involved by, suggesting brands and products that
RCReference.com has missed, adding photos/videos for the products they own,
adding field reports for the products they have used and filling in missing
product data. RCReference.com has been built as a labour of love. It is
currently unfunded and is independent from any particular manufacturer or
Whilst most of the items listed are not those used by PMFC
members it could be worth a browse - I found the list of servos useful, with
the facility to order the display in different ways was particularly
More news about Shuttleworth and the Mew
Gull. Since 3rd November I have heard from Jonathan and then a little later
today from Bryan and have added their information to the page.
Click to see the update.
Top end control line accessories from the Ukraine
Thanks to Mick for the new set of front
page photographs, these from Flying Aces 2013.
Would a "photograph of the month" be a good
Here are three for October, click the name to see the photograph.
Ted Szklaruk - - - - -
Mick Page - - - - -
Thanks to Bryan we have early warning of
the Old Warden ModelAir dates for 2014 which are:-
May Fly 3-4 May
Weekend 19-20 July (including WW1 commemorative activities)
Click for up to date chatter on their Facebook page.
The annual auction of "Aero Engines" by
Gildings of Market Harborough takes place on Saturday 9th November 2013, 10:30
for their on-line catalogue where there are nearly 500 lots, not all engines
either, kits and so on.
The photograph of the month brought about
a reaction and a vote for Moley who was "doing something, not sitting about
The web page can always find a place for your photographs,
ideally taken by yourself but if you come across anything that particularly
catches your attention then that is welcome as well. I have added one of the
latter with the NMAC
Not all PMFC members were indoors away
from the gusts and showers last Sunday. Three were out on an airfield winning
Thanks to Mick for the appropriate front page
Excellent session at Bushfield today, the
front page pictures are to give you a "feel" of the meeting.
The high spot
was Jonathan Whitmores scale rubber powered glider towing.....
A follow up on Bernies reminder
Indoor flying at Bushfield Leisure Centre, Peterborough, tomorrow, Sunday. 10am
Mainly free-flight but with small r/c and small helis but no
£5 a person with £1 for juniors.
The September edition of "Sticks and
Tissue" number 82 is available.
Click for the link to the Raynes Park Club.
Micron, in their latest incarnation, are doing a
Click to see the October edition.
Another excellent magazine from John.
Click the cover for the .pdf version.
Thanks to Ted for the videos he took at
Barkston of the September Bowden contest.
Click to choose from the
spotted the latest of the quarterly newsletters from Cox Engines.
photo for a largish .pdf download.
Click the photograph to see club members
enjoying the Bowden contest at Barkston in September. Thanks to Ted for
Thanks to Mick for the new set of front
page photographs, an excellent group from the Power Nats at the end of
Ferry Meadows 25th Anniversary has surfaced again, this time spotted by Jon and
featuring Dave and Pete.
Click the picture on the right for Chris Porsz street
photographer, who has done a Nene Park Project. The PMFC members feature on row
39, where, if you click that picture you get a larger version.
Thanks to Tony Brookes who
has sent some photographs of Flying Aces, which include capuring a mid-air
during the "Swarm" at the end of the day. Click the photograph to see the whole
Updates from Ian:-
1. Just found out
that E36 has been adopted as an official BMFA discipline using the US rules. So
we should have E36 at the Nats 2014.
2. Its the Grantham Gala at Barkston Sunday 13th Oct. Events are
combined rubber, glider, power, mini vintage and CLG/HLG. Entry is £5 and
I think its Phil Ball organised, so there should be a decent buffet. I will be
there with CLG and I hope to see Mick (with biscuits) and Jonathan.
Update from Bryan
The following info
is from Bill Dennis.
"Aeromodeller has a new editor in Matthew (I think)
Boddington, who is in the UK. He sounds committed to re-booting AM and so there
will be a scale column again. If you have a new project and can supply a photo
or two, please let me know."
Further from Bill Dennis. A correction re Aeromodeller editor's
name. "Sorry, it's Andrew Boddington not Matthew Boddington." Andrew Boddington
is the son of the late great David Boddington. Matthew Boddington's father
Charles built the BE2 replica with David Boddington. David Boddington was the
brother of Charles. Click the picture for a link to Matthew Boddington and a
BE2 replica which he rebuilt, currently based at Sywell. - With thanks to the
Daily Mail June 2011
Excellent news about the increased
number of indoor sessions at Bushfield this Winter. The Mike Lucas Memorial
Fund will make a contribution to the hire fees for one of those meetings.
Click for a listing of the dates on the Events page.
Click for the dates of the Peakirk club
evenings on the Meetings Page
Scale Dates from Bill Dennis via Bryan Lea
Sun Oct 6th Selby Trophy - North Luffenham, 10.30am.
The BMFA 6th Area Centralised will be held at the
If the weather is bad the fall back date is
Sun 13th Oct at Barkston Heath.
Thanks to Ian who spotted the bunch of
photo boards erected along the Roman Point footpath at Ferry Meadows as part of
their 25 year anniversary. Dave is immortalised.....
Click the picture to see a larger version.
Thanks to Mick for the new selection of
front page photographs taken at this years Flying Aces.
There will be no web site updates until after Saturday 28th
Click the picture to see
a combined RC car and a quadcopter.
An extra treat at Flying
Aces was the BBMF Lancaster which passed by during the afternoon. We had
already watched P Smarts excellent model. Click the photograph for a larger
P Smart was 1st in open rubber scale with his Beriev Flying
Boat, whilst the Lancaster was 3rd in Open CO2/Electric Scale.
Lucky with the last of the Ferry Meadows
comps yesterday evening, a touch blustery but quite flyable, with sunshine and
warm enough to take off sweaters.
www.metcheck.com Re-vamped their web site Thursday, just in
time to offer this today:- "the first significant storm system of the Autumn is
expected to hit Britain and Ireland during the course of Sunday and Monday as
an area of low pressure tracking close to northern Scotland deepens
There is lots to explore in the "buttons" at the top of the page -
I had hoped the new interface would be less cluttered but that was not to
Another excellent edition of "Sticks
and Tissue" is available. No 81 - August.
Click for the link to the Raynes Park Club.
There is information about a free flight timer for those
interested. On page 53 of the .pdf reader.
My exchange of modelling magazines with
a neighbour has only just brought the September edition of RCM&E to my
Alex Whittaker has produced an excellent article on the Scale
comps at the Freeflight Nats, included in the piece are several PMFC members.
For those who have not seen the article, let me know at
and I will see what I can do.
Incidentally, after the e-mail scam a PMFC member recently
suffered, I thought it worth mentioning that if an e-mail address is shown on
the club web site it is in the form of a graphic, rather than text, so that it
can't be "harvested" and used for nefarious purposes.
Nothing to do with the sort of models usually flown by PMFC
members but I was taken by another article in RCM&E where a full size and
large r/c scale aerobatic Extra were compared.
Click here for a video
of the full size Extra, flown by Chris Burkett
for a Facebook video of a Bumble Bee in the Nats hanger.
The video was
by Steve Bennington of Kings Lynn MFC and the model flown by Zoe.
"Power is a Voodoo 25 with 5x3" prop, single 200mA cell and Pboro 1gram Fet
timer which he made himself from my drawings. So nice when people do your
stuff, it was lighter and flew even better than mine!"
The Bumble Bee has two pages in the "Members Models" section of
the Club web site.
2010 - - - - - July 2010
Thanks to Mick Page there are nine new
front page photographs.
Bryan Lea has spotted
a possibility for printing plans. I have put more details on the page where
TilePrint was mentioned. Click
for the whole page.
Some snaps from
Flying Aces Results
Warm and sunny but rather blustery. An
excellent turnout with lots of flying done.
Click above for the results. The
"swarm" picture on the front page is from Mick Page.
Flying Aces flights tomorrow count Internationally.....
Just recieved the following from Jim Moseley in Canada. "I was
looking at your schedule for the contest on September 1st and it occurred to me
that so many models would also be suitable for classes in Caley Hand's
Worldwide Poatal. 20", 25" rubber, Cloud Tramp, Catapult glider, Bungee glider
... and more.
I'm sending a copy of her contest flyer in the hope you might
be able to publicise this Postal - likely too late for the 1st but .. it runs
through to next mid-summer so there are many opportunities for flights to be
Click for the form that Jim sent.
You might not have time before
Sundays Flying Aces to get a
Motor Run Electronic Controller
with DT and auto surface functions for Free Flight Competition and Sport
Models fitted but it is well worth reading Ians article and planning
Good news from Bernie who said:-
did well at the weekend
Bryan Lea was 2nd in power FF scale (DH Beaver)
Andy Sephton was 2nd in Rubber FF Scale ABC Robin
Mick Taylor was 2nd
in Vintage Stunt
and last but not least Waterland/Lever came 3rd in Mini
Front page photograph from Mick Page as a taster for next
Although a touch too windy Sunday at the
Nats was OK, warm enough to take off sweaters. It was good to be back at
Cranwell for "Silent Flight". Four comps going on, with full size gliding from
the North airfield. At times the sky seemed full of gliders, plenty of room for
us all though.
Barkston at 18:30 was the busiest I have seen it, must have
been really heaving earlier.
Click to see some
snaps to give a feel for what was going on.
Not a good start to the Nationals, damp
yesterday and I was woken this morning by the sound of wind in the trees and
rain on the house window. Good chance the rain will be gone by the time flying
starts but it is going to be windy.
Will anyone from the club be using a Cox
engine at the Nationals this coming weekend?
one from America, Cox
International, the other I have only just come across from Martin Hepperle
just part of an interesting set of pages.
Front page picture from Timperley/North
Luffenham - suspect Micks camera but who was holding it? - Turned out to be
Graham from Grantham.
Hot off the FAI e-mail listing. Mark Benns
6th overall, leads the British Team into 2nd place at the 2013 FAI European
Championships - F1D.
Click for the results web page.
On a more mundane note I was taken with the idea of the
Timperley Gala taking place in North Luffenham and called in to find Mick Page
hard at work with his HLG models. I missed Jonathan Whitmore with his catapult
glider but heard from him this morning that Mick had won the HLG
Jonathan also asked me to pass on a message from Pete Gibbons
that there is a 5th session of the Ferry Meadows competitions for P20, catapult
and hi-start gliders. This is on Tuesday 10th September, with Friday, 13th as a
Still further to "TilePrint", there
has been another comment and you can now
click for the page on the PMFC
Jonathan has now found an English supplier
for the rotary dampers he uses for light weight DT timers.
However I was taken by the
web site of the American supplier, (which was off-line Friday morning).
available was the riveting video of the damper in action.....
Thanks to Mick for the latest set of front
page photographs, mainly the Brumfly gala plus a couple from the
is a tool for resizing, tiling and printing images." that I mentioned on
4th August. Ian Middlemiss was enthusiastic about the basic version that I used
and which is available from
John Reaps web site. Whilst Bryan Lea pointed out that it is
not necessary to buy a tile printing programme if the plan you require is in
Adobe .pdf format as the ones on Outerzone are.
Click for the link that Bryan provided where Adobe explains how
tiling can be done.
Incidentally Outerzone, which is in the links section, is well
worth a browse as a listing of
free vintage and old-timer flying model aircraft plans, click to go to their
Bowden again but this
time the man himself from 1932.
Click for the video
Thanks to "Sticks and Tissue" from the Raynes Park Club for the
July edition of "Sticks and Tissue" is now available.
The correct date and venue for the
Timperley Gala is Sunday 18th August at North Luffenham. Thanks to Jon for
spotting the error in the PMFC Events listing. This reminded me of the
Northern Model Flyer, which is in the links section.
Over the years PMFC has been responsible for creating /modifying
the rules to a number of events. These rules have been published in various
places but never brought together before.
the August 2013 version
The rules are stored at the top of the
Technical Articles area, should you want
to refer to them later.
Ideal weather yesterday for the comp, food
and drink as well! Thanks for setting it all up.
Weather looking good for
the Mini Goodyear today as well.
A personal interest in the Gnome of which there were 4
competing, they have no trouble with the Hi-start but then have a mind of their
own. One ended in a tree up-wind, whilst another in the lake down wind.
Click for this post from India where a conversion for R/C and
electric power is going on. Perhaps this is the answer.....
A busy two days coming up......
Tuesday, afternoon and evening is the last of the four freeflight contests at
Ferry Meadows for Catapult Glider, Hi-Start Glider and P20 - the forecast is
Wednesday is Mini Goodyear, this time at Thorpe Meadow, where
Bernie says the grass has been cut and that he will bring along a practise
model if anyone wants to have a bash at flying and or pitting.
a tool for resizing, tiling and printing images." - Put on to this by Danny
Fenton in the RCM&E "Make it Scale" column. He went on to describe putting
10,000 rivets onto his Hurricane.......
"TilePrint" can be used at
the other end of the modelling scale and I was able to produce Mercurian Mite
plans in a variety of sizes. The TilePrint version I used came from
John Reaps web site, where he has a selection of useful PC
tools. This version is a pre-commercial one with the minimum of facilities. I
would like to hear from anyone who has used the Black Flight Models commercial
version at $15.95, there is an evaluation option, to hear how they have got
Click on the
pictures to see videos of the Nationals 2013.
Top one is Bowden and Control line and the other is general free
flight and the Bowden.
You will see one or two faces and models you recognise......
Thanks to Ian for spotting these and of
course to the people who took the videos. Their names are listed on the YouTube
page, together with a selection of their other work.
Thanks to John
"Summer Lightning" - The
latest PMFC magazine is now available on line.
For a complete list click on
the Magazine link at the top left
The August Edition of
Radio Controlled Soaring
Digest put me on to some interesting information on ever smaller
"A research team based at Harvard University and the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has demonstrated, for the first time, the ability
to 3D print a battery."Information is below the video.
"Lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4, or LFP) is one of the newer
materials being used in lithium-ion batteries."
Information is below
Thanks to Mick for the new batch of front
Pleased to see that Mike Woodhouse gave the
PBMFC web site a plug in BMFA News for the freeflight Nationals Pictures we
Click for some photos
from Ted of the combat session last Tuesday, includes a video.
Both Ted and Mick have been busy whilst I
was away, Ted first as his photographs and video deal with the combat session
last Tuesday. His are the new front page pictures.
No web site updates
until after 20th July.
A thread on RCGroups produced
a quantity of veteran decals. (The display shows just the decals,
go to the top left and click on "Post your vintage insignia and decals here" to
get the whole thread.)
I found the Mercury one useful.
"A reminder that we are holding a 1/2A
Combat meeting at our Thorpe Meadow flying site on Wednesday the 17th of July
from (say) 2pm onwards. for those who are still in paying employ, we'll be
there till the bitter end (late evening)."
I have only just spotted that Replikit is
now owned by Vintage
Well worth a browse.
Ian has produced another E20, this time
using a Parkzone power unit.
Flight testing this evening, weather
Friday evening at Ferry Meadows was a
delight, light winds and sunshine.
In case the weather continues like this don't forget that there
are regular free flight sessions at Ferry on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 1pm
Control line sessions on Mondays and
The next batch of club free flight competitions are on August
Wind strength on Tuesday was such that the
July comp for Hi Start gliders was postponed until today - forecast looks
I occasionally have a look at TED, which brings together people
from technology, entertainment and design and
was much taken with what Raffaello D'Andrea and his team have done
The "Picnic in the Park" suffered from the
weather, very little sunshine and gusty winds that were too strong for comfort.
However there was plenty of food and drink and when I called in at about 3pm
the numbers were building up, competition flights had been made and everybody
was remarkably cheerful. Thanks to those who did the work for the session.
The Vulcan is at Waddington this coming weekend and on their web
site they have released
a "cockpit tour", a very neat piece of web programming. Use your
cursor keys to pan round the cockpit.
Mention of the BMFA East Anglian Gala made me
realise there is not a link to
"BMFA East Anglia" on
the PMFC web site.
Link to previous "Latest Update"
Tony Beckett -