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|Indoor meetings at
January - Saturday, 6th February - Sunday, 13th March
Saturday, 2nd April. 10.00am until 2.00pm
Sunday, 10th April.
10.00am until 4.00pm
For full details see Meetings and Events on
Continuing the Good Wishes theme, the
FAI haven't forgotten us.
Click the "thumb nail" for the full size version.
Saturday, 2nd January is the first meeting of the New Year for
PMFC, an indoor session at Bushfield.
For travel details and full information click the
Meetings/Events menu item on the left.
Mick has provided an excellent end of
year photograph for the front page, with good wishes to all.
Flying at Ferry on Sunday was hampered by rain. A dozen or so
members stood about chatting under umbrellas, whilst four members flew during
the "not so heavy" rain parts of the morning.
F-F-Ferry F-F-Frostbite tomorrow. About
the only thing we can be certain about the weather for Sunday is that you won't
get frost bitten. Forecast wind strength and possibility of rain has been
changing daily for the last week, we shall have to just wait and see....
John has had a tidy up of parts of the PMFC Free Flight rules.
Click for the latest
Click Bernies photo (thanks
to RCM&E) for a mixture of items.
Chris at Soo
Modellers in Canada has continued to find some good video clips in his Video of
the Week section. A bit late with this but I was particuarly taken with the one
on November 29 showing the Kalinin K-7. Click the Kalinin for the page and then
scroll down until 29th Nov.
entry for the Members Models section from John, click on "Playboy", Joe Elgin's
1939 design, for all the details.
I go along with Mike Woodhouse in the
BMFA News when he mentioned the possibility of 2015 being the windiest year in
the last 20. The web address he gave in the BMFA News was a long one, so in
case you didn't get round to typing it
click here for the article.
Brian L has passed on "Peterborough MFC
Control Line Action In 2016".
You can see this by clicking Meetings/Events
on the left. Scroll down for the whole Control Line Diary in one place or
browse the calendar for specific dates.
Don't for get the Christmas Party at Peakirk this Friday - see
10th December posting for more information.
Thanks to Mick for the new set of front
page photographs, this time of the 6th November "Bring a Model" evening at
the excellent, latest, PMFC magazine is available for members, the printed
versions have been posted and I have just sent the on-line details to those on
that mailing list. Let me know if you haven't received your e-mail.
Bryan spotted the "Fenland Swapmeet" which is on tomorrow. Click
the picture for more details.
One for your diary:-
Party on Friday 18th December 2015 at Peakirk Village Hall 19.00-21.00.
Mince Pies, Sausage rolls, Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks all FOC.
spot Paper Dart Competition. Paper supplied and fold to suit. Prizes including
Also discussion on 2016 programme including Auction and the
Frost bite fly-in on Sunday 27th December from 10am.
A recent purchase
from Micron Radio
Control made me wonder what had happened to Terry Tippett, who had set up
Micron in the first place.
It turns out that, together with David Caudrey,
they run the Norcim web site, an excellent mixture of all sorts of things, well
worth a browse. Click the "oscilloscope" for Norcim - then read Norcim
The latest Vulcan
e-mail newsletter contained a link to "Vulcan Highlights from 2015", a 5 minute
video with a mixture of in-cockpit shots as well as exterior ones. Click the
Vulcan for the video, when it finishes Youtube then offers you an amazing
quantity of other Vulcan videos.
Click the icon for the December and January edition of
"Slipstream", the bulletin of the Auckland Aero Club edited by Stan Mauger.
A bumper edition, including, amongst a lot else, two pieces on
Hanger Rats which should interest the Bushfield flyers and an excellent article
from Guy Clapshaw that Stan said "fits the Christmas theme of this issue well,
with his reflections on friendships and reminiscences going back to the early
Stan also included the message, "Please convey my best wishes to
all in the PMFC."
Click the icon to see some
more cigarette cards from the "Aeroplanes (Civil)" Series.
An enjoyable session at Bushfield on
Saturday, where we were pleased to see visitors from both Nottingham and
for some snaps taken at the meeting.
Thanks to Mick for the latest set of
front page photographs, these are from Ferry Meadows and the last club Free
Flight comp of the year.
On Sunday, Channel Four at 19:30, have a 90 minute program "Last
Flight of the Vulcan Bomber". Instead of using a commentator and relying on the
words of the engineers who are actually doing the flight preparation a "popular
presenter" is involved........
Don't forget Bushfield on
Saturday, last indoor flying session there this year.
More details in the
Meetings/Events calender on the left.
I mentioned "What3words.com" on 17th October, here is a possible
use for it for those who don't know the backdoor at Bushfield. Click the
What3Words icon and put in "teach.value.lifts". Make sure you use the Esri
Satellite as this is the most up to date of those on offer.
By chance I
came across A British Pathe clip, (click the icon to see it), which featured P
E Norman and I remembered the 1950's articles I used to read back then in
Aeromodeller about his pendulum control systems and then later ducted
A short burst of Googling brought up following two pieces, one from
scroll down to the bottom for the 1951 Aeromodeller article.
and another from the US,
"P.E." - Britain's Best Designer February 1962 American
The latest CIAM
Flyer gives a rundown on F1E, magnet steering slope soarers. Click the "magnet
vane" for the download.
In the Summer of 2014 I took some photographs of F1E being flown
near Burrough Hill. Click
There are some F1E meetings in 2016 scheduled for Burrough Hill,
click to see this
early version of the Free Flight Calendar for 2016.
with this one but if you
click here for the Soo Modellers Video of the week and scroll
down to October 12th there is a link to a test flight of Monique Lyons amazing
rubber powered Avro Shackleton. Monique is a regular flyer and previous prize
winner at PMFC Flying Aces.
This link then led me to a general video of
flying at Old Warden last September; best outdoor session of the year as far as
I was concerned. Click the thumbnail for that one.
Using "2016 CAL PUB V2.doc" I have been
putting free flight meetings into the meetings/events calendar for 2016. (See
link on left).
Please let me know if you have anything to add to the list. PMFC
members can have direct access to the calendar and update it themselves if they
"Mike's Racing Products now has a website, previously he was
only on Facebook.
He does a kit for the Polecat, Mini
Goodyear model at £30. This is also a free plan in the latest, December,
"What I really found interesting was a video of the 2014 F2C
World Champs final. Three very evenly matched teams - amazing pit work and
piloting. At the finish 4 seconds separated the 3 teams after 200 laps. Click
on Gallery and scroll down to see it."
Thanks to David for the latest set of
front page photographs, close-ups, mainly of indoor models.
Bryan and Ian continue to keep an eye on
things for us....
for results of the Gildings Aero Engines sale.
Gildings have a
"Toys, Models & Collectables" sale on November 17th. Not
aeromodelling but a few live steam models and a few marine models at
ridiculously low estimates. Some PMFC members might have an interest.
RC Library, vintage books, catalogues and magazines - This web
site is basically Outerzone for books.
(I was taken by the fact that some of the books I
own are in the library, Tony)
Click to read some
bad news about the use of Middle Wallop airfield and the future of SAM
Thanks to Bryan for passing this on.
There has been some
discussion recently on
the freeflight section of the BARCS forum about Radio DT, this
bought up mention of two articles in the July Edition of "New Clarion" the SAM
1066 Newsletter. Click the icon for a .pdf download. The articles start at page
Thanks to Bryan for pointing out that the
IWM Duxford will be commemorating Remembrance Sunday in a number of ways and to
encourage participation in the events are offering free admission to the
Click for full details.
Amazing weather last
weekend, we were lucky in this area with the fog/mist clearing quite quickly
giving a late morning and afternoon of bright sunshine and unseasonal warmth on
Denis in Yorkshire was out braving the mist.
Click to see his photographs taken
from "Dream Weaver.
Don't forget the Experimental Free Flight meeting organised by
Phil Ball at North Luffenham this coming Sunday. For further details click
Meetings/Events on the left.
Just heard that it has
been cancelled due to poor weather forecast.
I have not
mentioned SOO Modellers from Canada recently but I was taken by their quality
archive photograph from 1944 - click for the full size version.
When you get back to the SOO front page, scroll down for the
post hole auger photograph - we could make our mark on Ferry Meadows with one
Indoor flying at Impington
Village College on Sunday,
see their web site for full details.
Thanks to Stan we have the November edition "Slipstream
available, click the magazine logo for a .pdf download.
Thanks to Mick for the latest set of
front page photographs, these are from the BMFA Nationals, August, 2015.
Click for a complete list of front
page photographs since Spring 2010
Thanks to Brian Lever there is a new set
of rules for control line "Combat Racing"
Click for the whole list of Peterborough Control Line Rules in
or click here for the index of
all classes of PMFC Flying Rules.
The latest club
magazine titled "Above us, the Clouds" has been available to members for a
month. Non-members can now download the .pdf file by clicking on the
No further updates until after 24th
Ian has let me know the Gildings catalogue, see 13th October, is
now available. As in previous years it is not just aero engines on
I feel the following could be useful to PMFC but not
quite sure how.
Click the icon for
"what3words" and put in
"sands.silly.surely" or "daring.this.loses" and you should arrive at the bush
that PMFC members gather by during the Tuesday and Friday sessions at Ferry
Meadows. Zoom in using either satellite for the best result.
The whole world in 3m squares............
Interesting to compare the three maps and two satellite images
on offer, although the maps offer more once you are away from Ferry
Thanks to David for the new batch of
front page photographs, this time of full size aircraft, which were taken last
BMFA News usually has in it some web
links and I normally read the magazine whilst away from a computer and then
forget to try the links, so here is a list of those I found interesting in the
Aero Engine Sale, 7th November. (Catalogue not yet available)
Mike Woodhouse found this guide on eBay.
Mike also spotted Loctite 3090, a gap filling cyano, BUT at
Then there was
Airfields Greenfields" a petition to sign.
at Bushfield yesterday, thanks to Brian for getting those sorted out.
Two consecutive weekends at North Luffenham, Sunday 18th for the
8th BMFA Area meeting of the year, then Saturday, 24th for the Midland
If you want to stay indoors click the icon for details of the
MMEE from 15th to 18th October at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre.
Click the Vulcan
for details of the National Tour this Saturday and Sunday, not the weekend of
the Vulcans last flight but the last time many of us will get the chance to see
the aircraft flying.
Several "turning points" in this area should you be
As the Vulcans flying times comes to an end the quality and
number of the photos and videos of the aircraft increases.
One I have watched several times is shot mainly from the Vulcan
cockpit of its last flight with the Red Arrows and whilst I am wary of the
"emotional" background music the editing is excellent.
On a more mundane note, don't forget indoor flying at Bushfield
Thanks to David here are a
batch of photographs from this Summer, click the t/n for the
Have a look in the "Gallery" on the left for other examples.
A model that
appealed to me at Old Warden was an electric conversion of a Keil Kraft
Competitor. This was by Arthur Ott, a friend from Essex. Click the picture to
read what Arthur has to say about the conversion.
latest Slipstream from Auckland Model Aero Club is available - click the icon
for a .pdf download. - Thanks Stan.
Thanks to Mick for the new front page
photographs. Another set from Flying Aces.
You can find the Flying Aces results for this and past years via
the history link on the left.
After a really excellent weekend for
outdoor flying its is time to think about indoors again - although don't forget
the regular Tuesday and Friday sessions at Ferry Meadows as well as the comps
at North Luffenham on 18th and 24th October.
First a plug for Impington Village College on 1st November,
see their web site for full details. Then the events at
Bushfield, Peterborough. See panel above as well as Meetings/Events on the
Saturday at Old Warden
was amazing, sunshine, light drift up the main runway, busy without being
overcrowded, one I shall remember.
Time for the annual FAI Young Artist Contest, if you have
children/grand children/great grand children who might be interested click on
the icon for details.
Not only has
John been writing the club magazine he has been building as well. Click the
"Connecticut Yankee" for details.
Forecast for Shuttleworth tomorrow and Sunday still seems O.K.
The good news being that the event is on.
the Modelair Facebook page.
I shouldn't have commented on possible
good weather for Shuttleworth this coming weekend! Bryan has spotted the
the Modelair Facebook page.
At time of writing, one week before the
September Festival of Flight, part of the large car park at Old Warden is
semi-waterlogged due to the excessive rain of the last few days. If the rain
continues during the week leading up to the Model Flying event, it could mean
that the Shuttleworth Trust may be forced to cancel the event at short notice.
PLEASE CHECK BEFORE TRAVELLING on Friday or Saturday, that the event is
PLEASE ring the Museum shop, who will have the latest
information, on 01767 627 288."
The e-mail version of the latest club
magazine titled "Above us, the Clouds" has just been sent out. John said the
printed version should arrive by post today, for those who receive the mag in
Thanks John, another excellent read.
At present the weather is looking good for either Saturday or
Sunday at the last Old Warden modelling event this year......
"thumb nail" for a group of full size flying photographs from David.
Click on the photo for Jonathans Ember dlg.
For those of you not on his e-mail list
for the latest Newsletter from Mike Woodhouse.
Thanks to Mick for the latest batch of
front page photographs, this group from PMFC Flying Aces.
A reminder from John about tomorrows last of this seasons Ferry
Meadows Free Flight Competitions. -
Click for scores after 4
Early warning for the last of this
seasons Ferry Meadows Free Flight Competitions, which is next Tuesday, 15th
Also a BMFA Area Free Flight meeting on Sunday, 13th,
More details in the Meetings/Events on the left.
Click the DH 60 Moth for
some photograohs Bryan took at the electric Free Flight Scale at the BMFA
Excellent weather for todays Flying
Aces Click on the yellow above results and full details.
Also a new set of front page photographs, thanks to Mick for
this set from the BMFA Nats, August, 2015.
To add to an already busy month click to
see details of Oxford MFC
September Scale-Fest. A new event.
Flying Aces next Sunday, Bernie covers
it all for club members in yesterdays e-mail.
For a schedule of events and a
map of how to get to Ferry Meadows click above.
Lets hope we have better luck with the weather than we did in
the last 2 days of the Nats.....
Click the mini Goodyear
picture for some snaps taken on Saturday. Both Mick and John were there with
cameras so there should be some photographs to come.
Weather was OK, a little windy during the day but a comfortable
temperature and it did calm down for the evening free flight. This was a touch
gladatorial for my taste; it was never like this on Wanstead Flats in the
'50's, although many of the models and motors were much the same.
I called in on the indoor hanger before things really got going.
It was divided off, with netting, into three sections, so free flight was
possible without being minced by a shockie.
First day of the August BMFA Nationals,
weather seems reasonable, with wind forecast to drop off in time for the
evening freeflight session.
There is also a hanger for indoor flying (18:30
- mid-night) although I suspect that will be dominated by shockies and
helicopters, not much free-flight....
Ted Szklaruk and Steve Bennington
received a nice plug in the August 2015 RCM&E.
Nigel Hawes in his "Fly
Electric" column had the Bee as the heading photo as well as giving interesting
background information about the model. Steves web site, where a "Bumble Bee"
kit can be bought also got a mention. Click the Bee for the web site.
If you have missed the article let me know.
Brian W has been busy and booked the
indoor flying meetings at the Bushfield Leisure Center for the coming Winter. -
Click "Flying Site" on the left for maps and how to get there.
Saturday, October 10th - Saturday, 28th November
Saturday, 2nd January - Saturday, 6th February - Sunday, 13th March
above 10.00am to 1.00pm. No Quadcopters and Helis up to 9 inch rotor only.
Indoor Scale Meetings.
Saturday, 2nd April. 10.00am until
Sunday, 10th April. 10.00am until 4.00pm (organised and paid for by
the BMFA indoor scale FFTC as a trimming session for the Indoor scale FF Nats
which are on May 1st )
Thanks to Mick for the new set of front
page photographs, these are all from Ferry Meadows this Summer.
A busy two weeks coming up - BMFA Nationals next weekend and
then Flying Aces the one after.
Traplett going a touch over the top with:-
"Welcome to the brand new world of The Hobby Hub! This fantastic
new on-line portal has been designed as a one stop resource for everything you
want from the world of R/C. Based around the 4 elements, Fire, Air, Earth and
Carrying on from 15th August
Paul said "there are 80 kits mentioned, mostly rib sets, but some are full
short kits. everything from a KK Achilles, and a Slicker Mite, to a Chris Foss
Wot 4 rib set. Prices are not bad at all, full KK outlaw wing and T/P rib set,
40 pieces including ply wing joiners, is £13.
Btw, most, maybe even ALL the plans are on Outerzone! "
Click for their Keil Kraft selection, or on the Outerzone logo
for their front page.
Paul goes on to say "pop the files onto a memory stick, and try
these guys... I bet they will print the plans full size for you.
"Here is the spreadsheet
of club f/f results after the most recent event, yesterday (Friday 14th.) A
full account will appear in the club magazine which is due out after Flying
Competitors are reminded that, after the final event on Tuesday
15th September, the best three scores will be taken into account: perusal of
these figures will enable folk to see what has to be achieved on that day.
Perhaps there will be good weather for the first time??"
A link from Paul Lumsden via Bernie for
iGull Laser who supply laser cut parts. Paul said "the quality is absolutely
first class! " for the set he ordered. You can buy via your local Argos so the
p&p is free.
Click the logo for the link.
Thanks to Alex
Whittaker and RCM&E there was a good plug for PMFC and in particular John
for the magazine.
Click the photo for a larger version.
As Bernie has it "Friday Ferry fun-time Frolics" as tomorrow is
the August session of "the finest foursome of festival free flighting East of
See Meetings and Events on the left.
Picked up from
reports on FlyQuiet that Mongolian National Broadcast (their BBC) have a report
of the recent Free Flight World Champs. Rather more chat that model pictures
but worth a look to give an idea of the flying site....
Click the photograph for the video.
I was recomended a clear SWG to Metric wire
gauge chart at www.clag.org.uk/swg.html This lead to investigating CLAG
itself, worth a look so you know what Clag is. Not aeromodelling but some
useful small engineering items.
Thanks to Mick for the latest set of front
page photographs from the East Anglian Gala plus a new water bird species at
If you happen to be in Dubai in December
this year you can have "free entry to all event sites" at the
FAI World Air Games.
Aeromodelling is represented with four events, one of which is
F2D - Control line Combat Model Aircraft
Bryan let us know
that "The latest Cox engines newsletter includes articles on:-
shim is a shim isn't it? - By Paul Gibeault
· Castor Oil - By Bert
· Cleaning Model Engines - By Rod Boreham
Flying that first loop - With Rusty Knowlton
Click the logo for the .pdf download.
Click for the August edition of "Slipstream" - thanks
Talking of August, Bernies e-mail for club members on 30th July
covers events to come, they are also listed in Meetings/Events on the left. If
anyone has things to add please let me know.
The FAI Free Flight World Championships are
going on in Mongolia this week. Click the heading for the results section of
their web site.
Click for the reports coming direct from Ulaanbaatar to
I wouldn't normally suggest you watch car
advertising but Honda have come up with something exceptional, with a modelling
Click for the video. Thanks to Denis Ogelsby for the
I have always been intrigued by the Holbeach
Bombing Range having seen aircraft flying in the area whilst visiting the Wash
and also discovering there was an automatic weather reporting station at
Wainfleet that reported weather "actuals" when the range was in operation. (I
use mweather.exe from
www.nirsoft.net to collect a list of weather actuals.)
On 14th July Radio 4 Extra broadcast "Target Practice" a program
on the range and the people working there.
Click to listen
to it on your computer, which you can do for another 17 days. Or if you
contact me I have an .mp3 file of the program.
Thanks to Mick there is a new set of front
page photographs, this time some from the club competitions at Ferry Meadows as
well as more from the May BMFA Nationals.
of the XH558's Newsbytes had some excellent photographs and videos of the
Vulcan at the Royal International Air Tattoo. Click the take-off photo for the
Thanks to John you can
click here for the scores of the
club free flight comps so far this year.
The 2015 F3K World Championships take place
next week in Croatia. Click for reports from
the preliminary contest, there is a lot in common here to free flight
Don't forget Mondays Picnic in the Park. Bernie e-mailed full
details on Friday, so if there are any PMFC members who don't get Bernies
occasional club related messages please let him know.
I have been slow on
the uptake and missed the fact that the BMFA have a new style results
Click the results listing to get at the appropriate BMFA web
BT came up trumps with the line transfer and broadband
connection, so I have been able to update the web site.
It is now over a month since John published
the June Edition of the PMFC magazine "Spring into Action". Non members can now
download a copy.
Click here for the A5 version, appropriate for reading on a
Click here for the A4 version which can be printed and
The next web site update is due on Friday. Catherine and I are
moving that day and also changing broadband supplier, so either or both of
these events could well delay the posting....
News that Paul Winter is ceasing trading as
PS Aero Products soon makes sourcing control line specific items even more
difficult. Does this mean that Den's Models,
www.densmodelsupplies.co.uk becomes the only retailer left who
specialises control line items?
Brodak Control Line Flying from the US have a neat way of
listing their products, as if you add UK to their web address you get a list of
UK suppliers. http://brodak.com/UK
The next PMFC free
Flight comp is on Tuesday 14th July, and will run from 4pm to 7pm as usual.
Then beginning as soon after 7pm as possible, is the rubber precision contest.
Click for the rules of this
Tomorrow, Sunday 12th, there is a BMFA Area Free Flight meeting
at North Luffenham, then on the weekend of 1st and 2nd August is the Anglian
Summer Gala. Click the "thumb nail" for a .pdf download giving details of the
All these events are also listed in "Meetings and Events" - on
There is a new set of front page photographs,
these are of scale models from the May BMFA Nationals 2015 - Thanks
Ian passed on the
this excellent link for where you can get "Andy Crisp's World of Free Flight
Model Aircraft", which is available as a free .pdf download.
Click on the front cover for the web page.
erudite piece on "Thermal soaring flight of birds and UAVs" click the picture
to get the .pdf download.
With thanks to
Library from where the article came.
Soo Modellers in Canada
passed on this American link. A control line profile Catalina with two Saito
Also you don't normally get full size airshow footage mixed
in with control line, nor "3D" control line flying. Click the Catalina for the
to Stan there is the July edition of "Slipstream" available.
Click the heading for your .pdf download.
Link to previous "Latest Update"
Tony Beckett -