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.
Wikipedia has a quantity of entries about
model aircraft; click here for the random
selection that is on the PMFC web site links page.
The Vulcan has an
important weekend as the plane is scheduled to fly a "Salute to the V Force
Tour" on both Saturday and Sunday. Click the logo for details.
With latest updates here.
We were lucky just South of Melton last weekend. The route that
the Vulcan planned to use on the way to its display was published in advance
and appeared to come our way. I kept in touch using the "Twitter" feed so knew
when the plane had taken off and went into the garden and we were delighted to
have a horizon to horizon view as the Vulcan flew over.
The front page photographs change today. Thanks to David, who
only had two days of his set of "In the Hanger" showing when I swapped them for
Nationals photographs from Mick. I believe there are still some Nationals
photos from Mick to come and I will use those next.
Bryan has spotted
that the "well known ff scale modeller Mike Smith's website is now back and up
and running again after a prolonged absence. I was particularly interested in
his latest project a Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer. If you click on 'project'
button he describes how he has made the tail surfaces of this stressed skin
Click the tail surfaces for the web page.
site back again is that of FliteHook.
Click for the results of last
Fridays Ferry Meadows Free Flight Competitions.
Part of a recent
message from Bernie:-
"Well, all you control liners, just when you thought
we'd forgotten you, up pops the next club meeting. Next Tuesday, 23rd June,
there will be a Control Line aerobatic workshop at the Thorpe Meadow flying
site. Everything from basic manoeuvre and stunts, to the full vintage schedule.
The frivolities will start from 2p.m. (you can arrive and set up anytime after
1 o'clock). Learn how to fly like a pro, and for those of you that wish to have
a go and don't yet have the equipment, the club trainer model will be on hand,
as will stunt capable models for those who want to try their hand at the
I have not mentioned "Sticks and Tissue" recently. Click the
picture for the latest edition.
As there will be no updates until after 20th
June here is an early reminder of the second group of Ferry Meadow Free Flight
Competitions on Friday, 19th June - see "Meetings/Events" on the left.
Thanks to John the June edition of the club magazine titled
"Spring into Action" is out. If you are a paid up club member and have not
received the mailing please contact:-
Thanks to Mick there is now a new set of front page photographs,
all these from the Bowden Trophy at the BMFA May Nationals.
Last Sunday I went to North
Luffenham for the Area Free Flight meeting. Bright and rather breezy. Arrived
to find Ian trimming his hlg but not much else going on, left about 11am and
returned home via Whissendine where they had a "steam meeting".
It is much easier to take snaps of model steam engines than it
is of free flight models. Hence the bias in the gallery you can see by clicking
Thanks to Bryan who spotted this
excellent report and photos of the BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals by Mike
Click Ian Levers West Wings Puss Moth for the report.
The Throckmorton Airshow provided the first
public display flight of the year for the last flying season of the Vulcan.
PlanesTV.com provided live coverage of the whole airshow. Click
the Vulcan for a short video from that section of the show.
"What do Thermals
Look Like?" - Click for a short text piece that is a worth a read.
BMFA 5th Area Free Flight Meeting this
Sunday, 7th. I presume at North Luffenham
Skin Rejuvenator, not the normal product I would mention here but if you click
the photo you can download the June edition of Radio Control Soaring Digest as
a .pdf file. On page 21 there is a description of using the Rejuvenator as a
Lots of other interesting items, not all concerned with top
level r/c soaring. In particular a review of the Dream-Flight Libelle, a model
which is a possible introduction to r/c dlg. It also has some comments from
Michael Richter, the Libelle designer.
Mick has just come up with a set of front
page photographs from last weekends BMFA May Nationals. We will go back to
Davids group "In the Hanger" later in the year.
Micks photographs are worth seeing as soon as possible as they
include several examples of PMFC success, particularly so Mick himself, who won
the HLG. Congratulations to all.
Thanks to David for the new set of front page
photographs, these are "In the Hanger".
PMFC success at the
Nationals, which you will be able to read about soon.
Meanwhile, from the other side of the world, click "Slipstream"
for the June edition. Thanks Stan.
Saturday was a good
day at the Nationals, warm, lots of cloud, a fair bit of lift and the wind,
which was OK to start with dropped off from about 3pm onwards. Max flights were
being recorded by PMFC members in the early part of the day - not sure what
happened at the end.
Click the SE5A by Russ Lister for some snapshots of the event.
Mick was busy taking photos at the kit scale where I spotted the SE5A but I
couldn't resist just the one. The rest of the snapshots are in the area of the
PMFC encampment plus some from the control line section.
BMFA Freeflight Nationals this weekend.
Saturdays forecast looks reasonable, then back to double figure winds speeds
for the other two days.....
Two links from yesterdays BMFA News:-
Flying Club Control Line forum and
The BMFA might have found a site for a
national centre - see 10th May,
a link to more information about Eaton Bray, which was mentioned here some
I had hoped to fly freeflight at
Shuttleworth over the weekend but the strong wind kept me away.
They don't have a Short Syrinx in the hangers at the air field
but if you click the cigarette card there are a couple more pages available
from "An Album of Aeroplanes (Civil)" where you will find several examples of
"Balsa Builder, the
model builders publication" is a new American magazine. Click the mag for their
In April they were offering the first edition as foc download.
If PMFC members have missed the offer e-mail as below and I can
pass on a copy.
Thanks to Chris from Soo Modellers for the original
Just heard from John regarding Tuesday.
"incidentally, the first club comp at Ferry did go ahead, unflyable at the 4pm
start time, but almost calm by the end. Good fun for those who turned
Just received the following from
Gildings have a sale on Monday 25th May at Market Harborough
starting at 1.00pm.
Gildings call the sale 'Aero Engines' but it is much more of a
mixed bag than the usual November sale. There are more kits, books and tools
included this time. If the wind is blowing and the rain pelting down at
Barkston for the F/F Nats it might make a more comfortable afternoon!
Click the kit boxes for full details.
Last Summer I put in
several links to videos of the Canadian and British Lancasters flying together.
Click the Lancaster to see a trailer for a Canadian take on the activities.
Thanks to Chris at Soo Modellers for the link. Also for the following
link to a descriptive page about the "Reunion of the
The UK company PlanesTV have a 30% off pre-season sale at present.
Click for details of their air show videos.
Bryan sent me a message on Saturday:-
not sure if PMFC members are aware but the BMFA have found a site for the
national centre at Laws Lawn Farm, Kingscliffe, Northamptonshire and have put
in an offer which has been accepted.
Click to read about it.
here for the information on Right Move - 104 acres of land.
£1,250,000 asking price
On Tuesday is the first of this years Ferry Meadows free flight
Click Meetings/Events on the left for more information, also
for the May Fly at Old Warden next weekend.
Thanks to Mick we have a new set of front page
photographs, this set from the BMFA Nationals, August 2014.
I recently heard from Chris at
Soo Modellers in Canada, he has been taking balsa buying to its origin.
Click the balsa stacks for more information.
to Stan you can click on the bulletin header for the May edition of Slipstream,
another excellent read.
Bernie spotted this style of
wind chart a couple of years ago now, since then it has been combined with a
forecast application. Richard Swindells mentioned it on FlyQuiet and wondered
if you could state specific parameters in their style of forecasting above
which you would cancel a competition.
Click the chart to see it working.
Thanks to David there is a new set of front
Click the battery for an update on their latest technology, from
It is now over a
month since PMFC members received their "New Age" edition of the club
If any non-members would like to read a copy click the magazine
Ian has produced
a a lightweight voltage regulator to drop battery voltage from 7.4-22v down to
5.9-6.1v. Particularly useful if you want to use a 2 cell Lipo pack whilst what
it drives would prefer something less than 7.4v.
Click the picture for details.
from "the Gallery, thanks to David.
Click the coach party for the whole set.
PMFC Control Line at Thorpe Meadows (see
map at "Flying Site" on the left).
Monday 20th April "Testing" - Tuesday
23rd June "Aerobatic Workshop"
Monday 20th July "CL Picnic + Trojan Racing"
Monday 17th August location PEAKIRK "Goodyear Nats Testing"
Sept "Combat racing" new event, details later.
The "Taster Stunt Rules" have been updated, see "Flying Rules"
The April edition of R/C
Soaring Digest is the usual excellent world wide collection of articles and
photographs. The front page this time is from the UK.
Of general interest,
again from the UK, on page 15 is a piece on "An easy method for copying
fuselage contours to make templates". Whilst page 5 has information on
"Guidance and Control for an Autonomous Soaring UAV".
Click the "Celestial
Horseman" for download details.
Thanks to Mick for the new set of front page
piece in FlyQuiet about the densities of the materials we use for ballast and
Mike Fantham worked out the following:- Lead 10 gm/cc,
Tungsten putty 2.75 gm/cc, Blu Tack 2 gm/cc, Plasticine 1.7 gm/cc.
Click the "fluid lead" for the whole thread.
After several hours yesterday in the drizzle
watching PMFC and others suffering with the weather at North Luffenham I
thought the following might help;
"Gentle Humming can give aircraft a lift", a subject for the 1st
of April rather than 4th but seemingly genuine from 2005.
to Stan you can click on the bulletin header for the April edition of
Slipstream, another excellent read.
There is Good Friday flying at Ferry Meadows as well as the
Northern Gala at North Luffenham tomorrow.
Engineering & Hobby Show - Sat 25 & Sun 26 April 2015
Click the Mig for more details.
There are several r/c DLG models in the
club now. With these, getting the aileron/spoiler set up is not the easiest job
in the world. Ian has spotted a web site that helps with the problem.
- Its all in Deutsch but intuitive enough to get results in 5 mins or so.
Full Flying Aces details now available -
Also, thanks to Brian we have had a tidy up of the PMFC Flying
On the left, just below "Flying Classes" there is now and extra menu
item, "Flying Rules".
You might check this out and let us know of omissions
new batch of front page photographs are from David.
The menu on the left
spoils some of them so click the thumb nail for the full set.
An enjoyable session at Bushfield on
Mike Bowthorpe was there with a variety of electronic items, see
Most useful as far as I was concerned
were some 3.7v 48000rpm motors and props for £1.20.
download Mikes latest price list.
I have added Mikes web site to the links section and talking of
links, a couple of weeks ago Chris Philpot of
Expanded Polystyrene Supplies contacted me to say some of the
PMFC links were broken. A neat way of getting his web site mentioned by PMFC. I
have since gone through the links and had a tidy up. Please let me know if
there any sites I should add.
Click for the January
edition of "Sticks and Tissue", as a .pdf file.
On page 15 there is a
piece about DMFG 36 glider event, with photos of the Dorset models and a
mention of Peterborough MFC.
Bushfield today, the last of the clubs meetings there this
Winter. Don't forget the all day session next Saturday, organised by Andy
Sephton as a preliminary to the indoor scale Nationals.
The Vulcans winter
service is on schedule for what could well be its last display season in
The Winter Raffle closes for on-line entries at midnight, Sunday
29th March but there is still time to get some ordinary tickets and try for the
amazing prizes offered.
Click the Lancaster for full details.
Bernies "Whats on Notes" have been added to the diary in
"Meetings and Events" on the left.
Stan Yeo from
Phoenix Model Products in Devon distrbutes an interesting newsletter. His web
site is also worth a browse, mainly for r/c but some useful ideas and tips for
Click the Toledo Mk2 for the Spring 2015 edition.
Thanks to David
Clark - here is another "Gallery" of his photographs. This group "Winter
Flying" - click on the photograph to see the whole group.
Lever let us know that the 3 day Easter meeting at Little Wallop will be
running. Mick came up with an excellent front page photograph to remind
Click Mick as he used to be for more details.
Don't forget Impington on the 15th, then Bushfield on Saturday
21st (last of the PMFC Bushfield sessions this Winter.) Then there is Andy
Sephtons scale indoor session the next weekend on 28th.
Easter is busy with PMFC at Ferry Meadows on Good Friday plus
the "Northern Gala" at North Luffenham the same day. Followed by Little Wallop
the rest of the weekend.....
I have been updating the calendar (Meetings and Events) on the
left. Please let me know anything I have left out. Also where is our closest
BMFA "Area Centralised" event?
Click the model to read the
piece from Ian on Sharkface pylon racing.
Thanks to Mick for the new batch of front
page photographs - what the PMFC members have been doing in February.
Yesterday there was a mailing to paid up PMFC members giving a
link to the latest club magazine, also those who receive printed versions
should have received theirs by now.
John has called the March 2015 edition
If you haven't received the mailing and think you should have one
please let me know.
Bryan has spotted a
good candidate for your next scale model.
Click the cockerel for a larger picture. Bryan said "fin and
rudder look to be from an Aeronca C3. Would be a big challenge to make a scale
model though unless you were a dab hand with the airbrush!"
David spent some time in
various full size aircraft hangers last year.
Click the cockpit for the
gallery of some of the photographs he took.
Christian Moes from the Soo Modellers in Canada keeps his weekly
modelling cartoon updated - click for the latest.
Chris has the free
plans feature in the March 2015 Q&EFI with "Gyro Gina" and "Rogallo Rick",
both light weight indoor r/c models. Worth getting the magazine for those plans
and building instructions.
Planes TV have just released their
"British Airshows 2014" DVD. Click the Vulcan for 90 seconds of highlights.
Thanks to Stan Mauger we have the March Slipstream from New
Click the title page for a .pdf download.
A selection of
photographs from Sundays Bushfield meeting. Thanks to David Clark - click the
"thumb nail" for the whole set.
A good session
at Bushfield yesterday, with photographs to come.
Some quality scale being
flown plus good times from the duration people.
I had another look at Jons
"Pseudo-Frog" Tucano and he told me that there was
a thread on Hip Pocket Aeronautics about the "Pseudo-Frog scale
Jon has also done a build thread on "Small Flying Arts";
click the Tucano for that.
The aircraft in Davids current front
page photographs reminded me that I have not updated the cigarette cards
lately. Click the Players logo for the cards.
Thanks to David Clark for the new batch
of front page photographs taken at Old Warden during their "Air Race" day last
I have just added Bernies reminder of Sundays indoor flying
session at Bushfield to the calendar (see Meetings/Events on the left.) There
is also a link to a map in the calendar as well.
Click for the excellent
"Freeflight Supplies" web site,
version of his newsletter and then for
Anglian Activities, mainly Sculthorpe.
David Clark has made
available a quantity of model and full size aircraft photographs he has taken.
Some of these will be used to provide the "full screen" front page photographs,
the rest as different groups under the "Gallery".
The first group comes under a general heading of "closeups".
Click the photograph for the whole group.
Radio Carbon Art (Paul Naton) are well
known for producing training videos for r/c soaring pilots. Particularly so
when r/c dlg was getting going, it was good to see model production methods as
well as people launching in this new style.
Click for Paul Naton giving an interesting background to his
enthusiasm for gliding.
He has offered, via Vimeo:-
"This beautiful new 25 minute
program takes you through a typical day at a Full-Scale national soaring
championships event featuring gorgeous shots of a wide variety of sexy racing
gliders launching, gliding, and returning after the days flying
edition of Radio Control
Soaring Digest had an article on an epic free flight recovery of an F1C in
Argentina. Click the photograph to download the .pdf file.
Tool Catalogues - By chance I came across
www.proopsbrothers.com. A real blast from the past, I used
them a lot back in the 1980's, in particular for Mabuchi motors, ideal for RTP
flying and at 25p each a bargain. Proops were based then in Tottenhamcourt Road
but later moved to Leicestershire. I was taken by their very clear web
catalogue. Not that much of direct interest to aeromodellers but worth a look.
The next day the latest Q&EFI arrived, included in the envelope was the
printed catalogue from Expo Drills and Tools, a 130 page A4 publication, with
even more items than Proops can manage. Worth buying the magazine for the
turns out that yesterdays BMFA News has a piece on wing bags. Dave and Ian have
had theirs organised for a couple of weeks.
Click for the PMFC
The Film 4 tv channel on Saturday at 15:25 is showing "The Wind
Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki directs this fictionalised biopic of
Japanese aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi, who created the iconic Mitsubishi
Zero WWII fighter plane.
Click the catapult glider graphic for a 2:21 trailer on
Whilst I was typing the above I received an e-mail from John
Picton with a link to a video of
a stealth jet (X-47B) taking off & landing on USS George H.W.
BUSH, aircraft carrier, thanks for that.
Thanks to Mick for the latest batch of
front page photographs - these all based on what PMFC members have been doing
Part Three of
"Eros .......an all time classic, from John.
Click the photograph for the article.
Excellent session at Bushfield
yesterday. Click on the results board for a report and photos.
Thanks to Jon
At Andy Sephtons suggestion I have added the
"Aeromodellers Forum" to the Links (on the left at the bottom), list of
fora. Andy has several build projects on the go in the forum, so it should be
worth a look.
This makes the 6th forum listed and I would welcome
suggestions of others that fit in with the wide ranging interests of
Click to go straight to the list of
A talk on Friday at
Peakirk plus Indoor Flying on Saturday. Details and map for the indoor flying
in the calendar - see Meetings/Events on the left.
Click the Tucano for the information Bernie e-mailed about
Fridays talk and the competitions he is running on Saturday. Also a first look
at a Frog Junior concept of an all sheet wood Tucano from Jon.
Plenty to read this week as by chance this morning I received
the latest Slipstream from Stan Mauger, having mentioned the PMFC magazine on
Click the bulletin heading for a .pdf download - a quality
production, see what goes on in New Zealand.
The December club magazine has been
available to paid up club members for some time now. Click the magazine heading
if you would like to read a copy as a non-member.
Click for a full list of available club
Three years ago the company who had been hosting the club web
site "took it down". There was a confusion over renewal dates not helped by
their message, note the 1899......
Since then we have been using www.peterboroughmfc.co.uk but I am
now glad to say the correct address for the web site is again
www.peterboroughmfc.org, although anyone who uses the .co.uk suffix will
be re-directed to .org
It has taken three years to make the change as I didn't want the
original company to benefit by their error and it has taken this long to work
off the credit we had with them.
Thanks to Mick for the new batch of front
page photographs, these from the BMFA Power Nationals 2014
I have been updating the calendar in
"Meetings and Events" on the left.
Main changes are in April, the BMFA
Indoor Scale Nationals and then May, the Modelair 2015 Mayfly at Old
Any events you know about that should be on the calendar please let
Electric powered Indoor Flying - click the charger for details.
pointed out this 9 channel r/c scale model. Click the Mustang for the video. I
didn't read the information properly and got a big surprise 1min 10secs after
Andy Sephton spotted that the club web
site didn't have a link to
the BMFA Scale Technical Committee, the link is now in place. Andy also
said "the BMFA Scale Judges' Guide (essential reading if you want to get into
BMFA Scale competition) is linked on the first page of the site."
We are now up to date with "Slipstreams",
the excellent bulletin of Auckland Model Aero Club; thanks to Stan
July and August/September 2014 have just been added.
Click for the whole list.
Thanks to Jonathan
Whitmore for an excellent article on indoor, free flight, scale
Click on the full size Tutor for the text, plans, pictures and
Thanks to Mick for the latest batch of
front page photographs, this group from 2014 Friday evening meetings at
Peakirk. - See "Meetings and Events" on the left for details this years
Part Two of "Eros
.......an all time classic, from John.
Click the photograph for the article.
An enjoyable session at
Bushfield today, thanks to Brian for setting that up.
Click for some
general snaps of the meeting.
Jonathan had enough scale models to merit some snaps of just
those, which include flying an indoor scale glider.
Click the Chipmunk
fuselage to see the pictures.
1st January 2015
Thanks to Mick for the last of the
old year photograph. I will keep that single one in place for a few days.
Members will have received an e-mail from Bernie as a reminder
for the indoor session at Busfield this Saturday, 10am until 1pm. Maps and
further details in the Meetings/Events link on the left.
Should you be
interested there are three competitions planned, Hanger Rat, Gyminie Cricket
and Bostonian. Click for
To get you into the swing of things click to have a look at the
Clayton Indoor Flyers website from near Chorley in Lancashire - indoor free
Don't forget you can continue with Hanger Rats (and other free
flight models) in Nottingham on Sunday. (See entry for 23rd December)Click for
Link to previous "Latest Update"
Tony Beckett -