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.
I don't know
what happened at Ferry on Saturday, however, thanks to Bernie, who found this
video (click the picture to see it in action) and mentioned tentative plans for
In case the weather is keeping you
indoors here are two more "Slipstreams", the excellent bulletin of Auckland
Model Aero Club; thanks to Stan Mauger.
Click photo for May 2014
Click photo for June 2014
First, thanks to Mick for a new set of front page photographs,
these from the club outing to Cosford last June.
Frost Free Ferry Fly-In Saturday 27th 10am
Bushfield indoor flying Saturday 3rd January 10am until 1pm.
Usual arrangements with several competitions, check the Meetings/Events on the
left. One of the competitions is for the Hanger Rat; you can make it a Hanger
Rat weekend as Paul Briggs from NMAC has managed to organise a one off special
in the excellent Nottingham University gym on Sunday evening 4th January. Main
event is the Hanger Rat competition.
The cd that PlanesTV made of the visit of the Canadian Lancaster
to the UK last Summer is now available. Excellent photography of both
Lancasters as well as the Vulcan.
Click for details and the trailer.
For a varied read with quality photographs click for the latest
Radio Control Soaring Digest in .pdf form.
Not sure how many of you use a stand alone pc monitor now but
just in case
a .pdf download of a 2015 calendar to sit on the top of it.
No updates until December 28th but there is a Christmas card
from the FAI if you click on the small version.
What is this?
Click the photo to find out.
Click for and indoor ducted fan
canard plus a Rogello as well....
Here are two more "Slipstreams", the excellent bulletin of
Auckland Model Aero Club; thanks to Stan Mauger.
Click the Stearman for the March 2014 edition.
here for April 2014.
The rest of the videos that Ted
took at the Bushfield meeting are now on line - click to see them.
There will be a competition for the
Hanger Rat at the next indoor meeting at Bushfield on January 3rd.
Click for the rules,
plans, building instructions and tips.
The rules for Bostonian and
Gyminie Cricket will be added soon....
Christian Moes from Soo Modellers in
Canada continues to find an aeromodelling cartoon each week, he says he is
about to run out, so if you have any tucked away......
Click here for the cartoon web page, scroll down for the full
As Winter begins to get a grip here are a
new group of front page photographs from Mick to remind us of good weather at
Ferry Meadows earlier in the year. - Thanks Mick
Ted had a busy time at Bushfield last
Sunday and took a number of videos.
Click for the page, there will be
more added later.
installment from John on building an Eros - click the photograph for the
Don't forget the auction at Peakirk this evening.
Click the MIG for some snaps
taken at Bushfield on Sunday.
good session at Bushfield yesterday, photos and videos to come.
Thanks to Stan Mauger and the AMAI the December/January edition
of "Slipstream" is available. Click the cover for a .pdf download.
The magazine includes an excellent quiz, with several questions
I felt I should know the answer to but didn't!
original design Ray Malmström, now twin engined, r/c, camera carrying by
Click the moon for the article, plus pictures of PMFC
tomorrow at Peakirk, with indoor flying on Sunday at Bushfield.
in Meetings/Events on the left.
Click for the latest CIAM Bulletin, in .pdf form, two pages
devoted to control line electric speed......
Thanks to Russ Lister for these videos
from Impington of two models from Peter Adams. Click the SE5a or the Bostonian
for the appropriate Youtube page.
Here are two
more "Slipstreams", the excellent bulletin of Auckland Model Aero Club; thanks
to Stan Mauger.
Click the cover of the Ron Warring book which appears on the
front page of the December 2013/January Slipstream.
Click here for the February Slipstream.
winter raffle has some amazing prizes. You can request books of tickets or
enter online. Click the image for full details.
Thanks to Mick for the latest batch of
front page photographs,
this set from the 2014 BMFA Nationals.
An enjoyable session at Impington
yesterday, with several PMFC members attending.
Click for some
snapshots - mainly of models in the exhibition area.
Click for some
of the RTP models by Carl Beaumont flown at Impington.
Indoor flying at
Impington, tomorrow, Sunday 16th November.
Sunday 7th December
Freeflight at North Luffenham.
BARCS Soaring Market in Leicester; even if you are not interested in R/C
gliders this event brings several suppliers together in the same hall. There
will be a F3K/Mosquito dlg group displaying models. Also a bring and buy sale,
not always just r/c gliders.
More details on these events click Meetings/Events on the
There was some talk at the last Bushfield meeting about indoor
glider towing using a ground vehicle.
Christian and the Soo Modellers from Canada have extended on the
piece shown here on 26th October and are now using an Airbug, a hovercraft from
the kit by the British supplier Fatflyer.
for the article, or on the Airbug itself for Fatflyer.
merchandise, the sales from which will help get the Vulcan flying in 2015,
include some excellent photographs. Click the thumb-nail for a larger version
as well as the others from the selection.
Click for the page that
Ian has produced to help people choose an electric motor making use of the
FlyBrushless web site.
I heard from
Stan Mauger this morning, he said "Here is the November Slipstream. PMFC
features prominently this month! Best wishes to all."
Click the cover heading for a .pdf copy of the
The Gildings Engine Auction is on
Saturday, so a few engine links seem in order. Thanks to Bryan for spotting the
latest Cox Engines Quarterly is available.
Go to their web page and you
can subscribe in the bottom left hand corner.
Tethered Cars and Hydroplanes are not what we normally see at
Ferry Meadows but their
"On the Wire" web
site is worth a look.
link, Pit Box section in particular, considering the Gildings
Thanks to Mick for the new batch of front
page photographs, this group from Flying Aces 2014.
Harleyford Art, Historic
Aviation and Model Making in Art and Books.
The web site is not complete but have a look
at the shop
section where they have postcards and greetings cards produced from these
iconic book covers and illustrations.
This follows on from the "latest update" on 15th October about
Thanks to Bryan
for spotting the catalogue for the Gildings of Market Harborough auction of
Aero Engines on Saturday 8th November 2014 at 10:30 am is now available. Click
their logo for the listing of more than 1,500 motors......
If you have time to spend, it is worth browsing the listing as
it is not all engines. Lots 192 - 195 are timers, there is also some Jetex
material in there as well as well.
magazine "Much Ado" has been available to paid up club members for some time
Click if you would like
to read a copy as a non-member.
Click for a full list of available
The scheme was to
call in at Bushfield yesterday on the way home from Suffolk, do some flying and
take some photos. However, being stuck in the tailback as a result of an
accident on the A14 put paid to that and my visit to the hall was a very short
one. Luckily I have just heard from Christian in Canada where the Soo Modellers
indoor sessions started last week and included some glider towing.
Click for the
Click for general photographs (thanks to Peter Smith for those),
from the Soo Modellers indoor session.
Click for a couple of models from
Ian ready for indoor season which starts tomorrow at Bushfield.
Click for two more of the excellent
"Slipstream", the bulletin of the Aukland Model Aero Club.
October 2013 - - - - -
Thanks to Mick for the latest
batch of front page photographs,
this time the BMFA Nats.
Eaton Bray is a place
I remember reading about in Aeromodellers from the early 1950's, then in the
1980's I did fly in a r/c glider comp, on what we were told, was the original
a comprehensive history of both Eaton Bray and D. A. Russell, the Managing
Editor of the Aeromodeller at the time.
Even after a weekend of very light winds
I still have a gut feeling that the last couple of years have produced a
general increase in wind strength.
for a Met Office web page on the subject. If you download the Met Office
.pdf files it seems I am right about 2013 but wrong for the first part of this
www.flightradar24.com has had several mentions as a web site
for tracking commercial flights and in particular the Canadian Lancaster, when
the aircraft was visiting in the summer.
There is also a web site
it is possible to track full size gliders making use of the
What has happened now is that the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane,
Spitfire and Chipmunk aircraft have been fitted with the system and from next
season the Lancaster and Dakota will also be fitted.
Click for an article on the web site of the RAF BBMF
I had thought that
Profili dealt only with aerofoil sections, certainly that is where its
reputation began but things have moved on since 1998. Click the logo for the
current web site.
Thanks to Stan Mauger the October edition
of "Slipstream" the bulletin of the Aukland Model Aero Club. is now available.
Click to download the .pdf file.
Michael Woodhouse at Freeflight Supplies
"A new list has been added"
Click for the details.
has arranged with Stan Mauger that PMFC exchange magazines with "Slipstream"
the bulletin of the Aukland Model Aero Club.
Click for .pdf versions of
Slipstream, August 2013 and
Slipstream, September 2013.
There was a PMFC Elf Outing to Old Warden yesterday.
Click to see what they were up to.
PMFC lead the
Thanks to Mick for the new
set of front page photographs, the second set from this years Flying
With the indoor dates on the calendar
and if you are curious about micro r/c you might like to have a look at
Plantraco Microflight as
the well as Micromodeldrome.
The Autumn and Winters indoor dates are
now on the calendar, click Meetings/Events on the left to see the list. Please
let me know if you have dates and details to add or suggest errors to be
With Flying Aces nearly three weeks
gone it is worth thinking about the last of the local outdoor 'events' of the
season. There is the Old Warden Vintage Weekend on 27th and 28th September,
then two at North Luffenham in October. 8th Area Freeflight on 12th and BMFA
Midland Gala on Saturday 25th October.
The latest club
magazine from John, "Much Ado" is now out. All paid up members of PMFC should
have received either a printed version by post or an e-mail giving links so
they can download their own copies.
Those who download can choose the "a5"
version, best if you are viewing it directly on screen or the "paginated"
version if they wish to print their own copy.
Any problems with downloading
or the e-mail please let me know via
To contact John about editorial
content please use firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bryan who sent this
link for the Grosvenor House flying at Old Warden.
Keeping the full size theme the following are just four links,
which I particularly liked, from the many available, of the two Lancasters and
Vulcan and Lancasters in formation.
In flight video
taken from British Lancaster.
This time the
video was taken from the Vulcan.
A piece from Bill Ramsey on leading the Vulcan and Lancaster
formation, includes top quality stills photographs.
The lengthy spell of light winds
changes on Sunday to double figure wind speeds, this coincides with Area Free
Flight meeting at North Luffenham......
The web site gets the occasional
message offering a service or requesting a link from a commercial company. The
one from Expanded
Polystyrene Supplies was a little different as they had taken the trouble
to check the PMFC links page and spotted a couple that were broken, the broken
ones have now been removed, so as a 'thank you' have a look at
Thanks to Mick for
the excellent first batch of front page photographs of this years Flying
www.u-buildmodels.com at Old Warden and was taken by their
1950's feel and the term "impressionist scale".
There have been some changes and
additions to the Flying Aces results. Click for the updates.
Update from Ian regarding his home built
dlg fuz, (see 20th August). After an "incident" on Tuesday it is back to the
drawing board. Click for more
Thanks to Mick for the front page photographs from the Nats,
good to see PMFC members and friends in action.
Flying Aces was sunny and warm but with a
blustery wind - lots of flying done.
Click for the results. - - - - -
Flying Aces on Sunday, see above
for the schedule and travel details.
Forecast is for fine weather, slightly
less wind than so far this week but enough!
Click the cover to
download the July edition of Sticks and Tissue. The excellent magazine from
Saturday and Sunday will have been the best days at the Nats as it
is raining at the moment and there is more to follow today.
Click for "Nationals Notes".
Micks second set
of front page photographs advertising Flying Aces start tomorrow.
Meanwhile, thanks to Christian from Canada who has passed on
these links. For photographs of the Flying Aces Club NATS at Geneseo, NY July,
2014, click on the thumb nail picture. The whole of the Maxecuters web site is
well worth exploring. Christian also suggested
flickr site by Pat Daily, who is a Maxecuter.
With all this talk of Flying Aces we mustn't forget the
Nationals start tomorrow at Barkston and Cranwell.
Ian has come up with a neat
and low cost home built dlg fuz,
click the picture for details.
Thanks to RCSD for
these two battery links.
A 4v AA size lithium battery
Fast charging "dual carbon" battery from Japan.
I did look in on North Luffenham yesterday; bright and blustery
covers it. I watched Mick trimming his hlg for a time, although this was mainly
watching Mick collecting the model from downwind....
Bryan let me know that the Canadian Lancaster is not consistent
with its use of C-GVRA, as Bryan was able to follow its progress using
on Saturday afternoon as it headed north from Old Warden up to Market Deeping,
Bourne and Sleaford before heading into Coningsby.
Weather on Sunday kept both Lancasters on the ground, so
Peterborough missed its flypast.
Timperley comes to North Luffenham
tomorrow from 10am. As for last weeks freeflight another poor forecast. See the
classes to be flown by clicking on the item in the Meetings/Events
Canadian and British Lancaster. Their first couple of displays
together were well received, with lots of photographs on the web. A slight
disappointment is that it is no longer possible to follow the Canadian
Lancaster via www.flightradar24.com. So its complicated journey back from
Biggin Hill tomorrow can't be tracked by enthusiasts. The schedule for the
latter part of the journey is a display at Sywell at 16:15, then fly past Wyton
17:15, Ramsey 17:20 and Peterborough at 17:25, then landing at Coningsby at
17:40. The two Lancasters are scheduled to be accompanied by a Hurricane and a
Flying Aces is now just over two weeks away. Mick
has put together some front page "advertising" photographs from previous
A note from Denis Oglesby, "The Freeview
Quest channel is starting a series on British aircraft, this week (14th Aug)
Thursdays, 10pm. It is known that one episode will feature our "Buccaneer", I
am wondering if it will finally reveal tales previously not told about this
aircraft". I'm a touch curious about "tales previously not told"......
Continuing the full size aircraft theme, the Canadian Lancaster
was airborne last evening doing "flight training with the BBMF". This coming
Sunday both Lancasters are scheduled to fly at Eastbourne and Herne Bay
returning via Sywell, Wyton, Ramsey and Peterborough. The fact that you can
track the Canadian one using
and the call sign C-GVRA should make it easier to be in the right place at the
right time to see the fly past.
carbon re-inforcement patches, suggestions from Ian.
Click the photo for
There is an Area Free Flight Contest at
North Luffenham tomorrow, although judging from the forecast it is not going to
be ideal weather.....
Thanks to Mick for the new front page
photographs from last Saturdays Grant Mimloct 2014,
also features the new
The Canadian Lancaster is on
its way to the UK. Yesterday I was able to follow the latter part of its flight
to Iceland using www.flightradar24.com with the call sign C-GVRA.
picture to see commemorative envelopes that have flown in both the Canadian and
the British Lancaster.
5th August - late evening
Although rain threatened
several times it turned out to be an ideal flying session with a light drift
plus lift! Two sets of fly-offs were needed. Pete Adams, Tony Johnson and Bert
Whitehead in P20 with Mick Page and Jonathan Whitmore in E20.
Thanks to Pete
Gibbons for organizing and Ian Middlemiss for the scores.
Click for 5th August
results. - - - - Overall League
Forecast now not
quite so good for todays comp at Ferry, but looks flyable....
The recent BMFA News had an article about Don Coe which
included this link. When reading a magazine I am away from a
PC and often forget to follow up links of this sort. In case you forgot I have
included it here, don't miss the architectural illustrations.
Here are the rest of the
drawings from the notebook of Sam Bailey when he was under training as a fitter
in the Royal Naval Air Service during Autumn 1916.
Click the fuselage to see
For those who missed Bernies
"CLOUD TRAMP EVENT. 5.00pm SATURDAY, AUGUST 2nd.
We have received permission from the Nene Park Trust to use
the park, between the hours of 4.00pm and 6.00pm, on Saturday August 2nd to fly
the annual Cloud Tramp Memorial event."
Click the Cloud Tramp for their web site and the list of 133
participants from all over the World in 2013 event. Lots of other Cloud Tramp
things to see as well....
Bryan spotted this
article from "Light Aviation" and said "A replica of the Travelair Mystery
Ship, an American racer from the Golden Age has been built and is flying in the
UK. Now if only it would fly in formation with the Mew Gull and DH Comet racer
that would be something else!"
Click the picture for a .pdf download.
The new set of front page photographs were
taken by Mick at various competions he has attended. Thanks for those.
The models are a
touch large for Ferry Meadows but I was taken by the excellent flying
photographs by Peter Smith from Soo Modellers of the Zlin and 1/3 scale Fokker
Dr1 by Clarence Boyer and Steve Daly.
Click the Fokker for the
The June edition of
"Sticks and Tissue" can be downloaded as a .pdf
if you click the title
Keeping the scale theme, this time the "2014
FAI World Championships for Scale Model Aircraft", which is going on at Marmand
in France. Britain has a team in F4C as well as F4H.
Click for a list of
competitors with photographs of their models. F4C - - -
Jonathan has spotted a worthwhile exchange
going on in Hip Pocket Aeronautics regarding the scale newsletter recently sent
out by Andy Septon. Potential changes affect several PMFC members.
Click to see the postings.
grandfather week as quite by chance, Christian Moes, who looks after the Soo
Modellers web site, mentioned his grandfather on 13th July in his "From Across
the Pond" section.
Click on the 1921 Farman Goliath for more
Sam Bailey in the Royal Navel Air Service.
Click the wing for details.
Click for an interesting page of
electric powered models by
Ivan Pettigrew from the Canadian West Coast.
Thanks to Mick for the latest batch of front
page photographs, these from this years freeflight nats. Apologies to Mick as
well, his last flight in P20 last Tuesday, a max, was missed from the results.
Click for the updated versions.
BMFA News listed an F1E meeting scheduled on
6th July at Burrough Hill and as I have never seen examples of F1E - magnet
steered, free flight models, this was too good to miss. I fly R/C slope soarers
at Burrough and was curious to see how F1E would fit in to this, in places,
well wooded area. As it happened it didn't! After meeting in the Burrough car
park we set off to private land some distance away.
Click for photographs and
For a few days just the one front page
photograph from Mick, to celebrate some competition success. Mick says on the
photo "The club is proud of you both".
On a personal note I am
delighted to be a member of club who has such helpful members. Last Tuesday I
lost my Gnome glider at Ferry Meadows, at least five members spent some time
looking for it on that day, then some continued on the following days until the
model was finally found on Friday; so far into a small tree that we had all
previously missed seeing it. - Thanks everyone!
The FAI has released a new video featuring
all air sports activities under the umbrella of the Federation. 23 seconds into
the video there is 7 seconds on aeromodelling but no free flight.....
Click for the video, which is
interesting even so.
Started off the monthly Ferry Comp in ideal
conditions, but with a really big, threatening cloud in the distance, as this
got closer the wind increased until, with a big flash of lightning, the rain
came. This lasted an hour or so, then clear sky and flat calm but by the end of
the evening the wind was up to moderate. Plenty of flying was done in all
Click for the results. (Subject
Apologies, Jon was initially missed off the E20 listing,
which he won.
Link to previous "Latest Update"
Tony Beckett -