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.
2016 Club Free
Thanks to Stan the July edition
of "Slipstream" is available.
Click the heading for a .pdf download.
Anyone in the club with a 3D-Printer yet?
If so have they seen
this? - Click picture for the web site.
Mick for the new batch of front page photographs taken at the BMFA
No "Latest Updates" until Tuesday.
Jon has been busy
developing his 1m size r/c dlg models.
Click the photo for his latest, the
"Frenzy", a posting on the BARCS Bulletin Board.
An interesting cross over from free flight is that Jon said "the
airfoil is Brian Eggleston's BE5017VN, a free flight catapult airfoil which
feature his 'vortex nose' turbulator."
Tricks" 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.
If anyone was expecting a paper copy and doesn't receive one or has
received one and is happy with just the online version, would they please
contact John within the next week.
The magazine will be available to
non-members in just over a month's time.
If you entered the Nationals you will have received a results
list by now. If there is anyone without the 7 page document and would like a
.pdf copy let me know.
Flying Aces is getting closer - 4th
Two classes have been added:-
NEW! Ducted Fan Authentic Scale Judged against model
plan/3 view and judged flight profile . Max fan 32mm dia
NEW! Ducted Fan Profile Scale Judged against model plan/3
view and judged flight profile . Max fan 32mm dia
See the yellow box above for the full scedule and other
When I read the BMFA News I am away from a
computer and often forget to try any interesting links, so here are some from
the last edition plus a couple of odd ones I have picked up from
www.indoorduration-gbr.co.uk - The site for UK Indoor Duration
www.faifreeflight.org/ - International FAI free flight
- Forum Garry Pollard, Grantham
controlline.org.uk/phpBB2/portal.php - Barton Model Flying
Club Control Line Forum
msp-plans.blogspot.co.uk - recreated and drawn by Martyn
http://www.rclibrary.co.uk/ - Vintage books, catalogues and
reeflight.org/library/technical-library/ - The National Free
Flight Society, technical library
www.co-op-plans.com/ - A list of available plans is free for
Recently received an interesting note from
Denis Ogelsby, author of
"Understanding Aerofoil Data for R/C Soarers."
Denis said "Remember young Michael Selig? He designed and tested
new aerofoils suitable for R/C gliders in the 80s and 90s. They were successful
and widely adopted."
Click for the Selig
Made good use this morning of the the
Metcheck UK 5 Minute Rain Radar which gives a track of showers during the
previous 3 hours. The general forecast had showers later in the day but it was
raining hard when I got up. A look at
www.metcheck.com/UK/radar.asp showed a small but dense shower
area moving through, with nothing following. This worked well as by the time I
got out the rain had stopped, very little wind together with very little lift
At the Nationals I was parked close to the
Space Modelling launch area and whilst I heard several launches I never
actually saw a model....
Click for the 3rd CIAM Flyer of 2016 for some photos and
Thanks to Ian for his piece on
"Another electronic DT timer"
Click the photo to read the article.
Mick for the latest set of front page photographs of PMFC at the BMFA Nationals
plus one from the 1930's
passed on the link to the latest Cox Engine Quarterly.
download your .pdf version.
Curious to see if any results from the free
flight Nationals were available, I did find scale results from both indoor and
last weekends outdoor. Click each for a .pdf download.
Scale FF Nationals Barkston 29 May 16 - - - - - -
Scale Indoor FF Nationals 1 May 16
Good to see Gareth top
of the list in CO2/Electric.
the Nationals at the weekend to the other side of the world with the latest
Slipstream from Stan Mauger......
Thanks, Stan. Click the magazine heading for a .pdf
Weather yesterday better than
expected at the Nats.
Click the club banner for some snap shots.
Up until now 2016 "Flying Aces" details were
available in Meetings/Events on the left but with the Nationals pending it
seemed a good idea to have the information on this page. Full details in the
yellow box above.
At present XCWeather lists Saturday as the best bet for the
coming weekend. Seems to be double figures for wind strength the whole time
BMFA Free Flight Nationals at Barkstone this
Don't forget that the free flight scale events, normally
flown at the "Power Nationals" are this year being flown in May, not
Bryan spotted this
by Mike Stuart, where PMFC members get a mention", of the BMFA Indoor Scale
Top quality photography plus videos as well......
Thanks to Mick there is a new set of front
page photographs celebrating the Free Flight Nationals at Barkstone
Click here for a .pdf version of the letter from Alan Jack
about the "Midlands Free Flight Club" at North Luffenham.
No web site updates until after Wednesday
This Saturday and Sunday is the first of the three Modelair
Weekends at the Shuttleworth Museum. Sunday is the 4th Area Meeting of the year
at North Luffenham, whilst on Friday, 20th is the club competition
afternoon/evening. Full details in Meetings/Events on the left.
Continuing with the PMFC Magazine
theme from Monday. The latest edition, "Great Expectations" is now available to
non-PMFC members. Click the title heading for a .pdf download.
I have only just seen the March edition of RCM&E where the
PMFC magazine gets a mention. Click the graphic for more info.
Better weather these last few days - however
what do you make of weatherpermitting.org.
I have a lot of time for Stan Yeo and Phoenix
Model Products and whilst his Spring Newsletter is more R/C than most of PMFC
members interests it does give an idea of what is going on in the commercial
side of model flying. Click
to read the newsletter.
the heading for the latest Slipstream from Stan Mauger in New Zealand. - Thanks
Thanks to Mick for the new set of front page
photographs, these showing what PMFC was up to in April.
John asked me to tell you that:-
"No flying took place at the
first club f/f comp, so it now reverts to best four scores out of five events,
the next of which will be on Friday 20th May at 4pm, and will include the first
of the three Bernie Nichols Trophy precision events for rubber power, which
will follow at 7pm."
No further web site updates until after
Three competition days over the weekend and on Tuesday, check
out Meetings/Events on the left for more information on the London Gala,
although this one is on Salisbury Plain.
Much closer to home it is the
first of the PMFC Ferry Meadows Free Flight Competitions on Tuesday 26th. Again
Meetins/Events for more details.
There is also the
Spalding Model Engineering
& Hobby Show at the weelend.
The May Aeromodeller has been
out for a couple of days now and contains a good article from John on "The
Click the "thumb-nail" for Aeromodeller.
Click for a .pdf results list of the recent F1D World Championship
- British team 3rd.
Google has an interesting page of F1D photographs -
click for those.
Click the t/n for Bernie's
Micks set of front page photographs,
showing what PMFC members were up to in March, were only available for two
days, so here they are again.
They include one of Pete Adams collecting his
1st place prize for winning P30 at the Northern Gala.
Click the t/n for a
Check out the Meeting/Events link of the left for details of
control line flying on 18th and free flight on 26th.
The Gildings catalogue for the 2nd May sale is now on
recent "video of the week" from
Soo Modellers in Canada
was a complilation of 1930's modelling newsreel items from several countries.
Click the photo for the Youtube video.
For a change of pace
click here for a 4 minute
PlanesTV video of a Typhoon displaying at last years Eastbourne International
A bit of a treck but at least one PMFC
member is going to the BMFA London Gala is on 23/24 April on Salisbury
For more details see Meetings/Events on the left.
Closer to home; today is the last of the Bushfield Indoor
Meetings of the year, this one is organised by the BMFA indoor scale FFTC as a
trimming session for the Indoor scale FF Nats which are on May 1st.
Also today is the 3rd Area Free Flight Meeting of the year.
A bit of a treck but at least one PMFC member is
going to the BMFA London Gala is on 23/24 April on Salisbury Plain.
details in Meetings/Events on the left.
Bryan passed on the information about the
latest Gildings Auction at Market Harborough of "Aeromodel Engines, Kits and
This auction will include the effects of the late
Ron Smith a PMFC and Grantham club member.
The "Date Online Catalogue Available: Friday 8th April
Actual sale on Monday 2nd May 2016, with viewing on the previous
the heading for the latest Slipstream from Stan Mauger in New Zealand.
A busy Sunday in that as well as the Indoor session at Bushfield
there is the 3rd area free flight meeting of the year.
on the left for more details of either event.
Radio Control Micro
World, a US based on-line subscription magazine, is selling digital copies
of Aeromodeller, so far 240 copies from 1950's and 1960's for $75. Click the
picture for a "Letter" sized, not A4 .pdf with more information.
Seeing a group of Aeromodeller covers reminded me that the
current Aeromodeller is selling "Vintage Aeromodeller A3 Cover Art Work."
Click for a page of available covers.
Here are some web
sites that I have only just come across that fit in with PMFC
Rara Avis, the Golden Age of Model Aviation - click the
Ronnie Tribe on
Control Line Flying.
Don't forget todays indoor session at Bushfield - see yellow
Expectations" 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.
If anyone was expecting a paper copy and doesn't receive one or has received
one and is happy with just the online version, would they please contact John
within the next week.
The magazine will be available to non-members in just over a
month's time. However this edition contains an obituary of Bernie Nicholls,
should you wish to read the piece please click the photograph.
The front page photographs for the next two weeks will be of
Bernie from the collection that Mick Page has made over the years.
Thanks to Mick there is a new group
of front page photographs, showing what PMFC members were up to in March,
including one of Pete Adams collecting his 1st place prize for winning P30 at
the Northern Gala.
Click the t/n for a preview.
The PMFC Competition Free
Flighters were well established at the Northern Gala on Good Friday.
Click the club banner for snap shots.
weather takes a turn for the worse after today, so here is something to read
later in the weekend.
An extended piece, with photographs about Lancaster JB280 and
the mission on 1st January 1944. Click the "Blast from the Past" t/n for the
It is a Canadian web site
that provided the article. The site has a wealth of full size aircraft
Don't forget the Good Friday Fly In at
Ferry Meadows. 10:00 until 13:00
There is also the Northern Gala at North
See Meetings/Events on the left.
Talking of comps, I received the following this morning from Ken
"For those of you who have yet to complete your FF Nats entry, you
can use the attached fillable pdf NEF. It is very easy to complete on your
computer using Adobe Reader. When you have filled all of the relevant boxes
print the completed form. Alternatively, you may simply print it and complete
by hand. The instructions for submission are contained on the form. "
Click for a
link to the .pdf of the FF Nationals entry form.
Click for a link to the .pdf of the FF Nationals
Not heard much from PlanesTV during the
Winter but a couple of recent e-mails mentioned their "rental" system with
Vimeo. Click for trailer
of "IWM Duxford VE Day Anniversary Air Show May 2015", which further down
the page explains the Vimeo connection.
There is also a Duxford VE Day Anniversary,
Gladiator & Fury
excerpt, a particularly good five minutes or so.
A little late with this reminder but there
is an indoor session at Impington tomorrow, Sunday.
See Meetings/Events on
The club have a new web site, click
particularly pleased to see that the book "Ray Malmström 60 years of
IVCMAC" is now online, which I don't remember from the previous web site,
whilst carrying on from before is a catalogue of Ray Malmström Plans. -
Click for a .pdf download.
All this plus some excellent, wide ranging photographs and
copies of the club newsletter.
Click the 1910
Farman for some snap shots at the indoor session last Sunday - just to give an
idea of what was happening.
An enjoyable indoor
session at Bushfield on Sunday and in the general chat that accompanies the
flying I discovered that the low wing rubber model Marc Ashby is holding on one
of the current batch of front page photographs is not a Ladybird but a Red
Thanks to the information at
Outerzone, the plan and Aeromodeller article can be download
via "aeromeddeler" at
Plan - - - - - - - - - -
For those of you not on the FFTC e-mailing
for the latest Committee News. Issue 78 contains free flight Nats entry
forms as well as information about the "Future of Free Flight" conference held
Paul Naton of Radio
Carbon Art Productions continues to expand on his series of videos for the R/C
Soaring Pilot. Click his logo for a list of trailers and samples. Browse down
to the bottom of the page as Paul is using Vimeo as well as YouTube and you
might have a preference.
A regular at the
Bushfield Indoor meetings is Mike Bowthorpe who has told Brian about the
"FlightChip 3 -Programmable, Multipurpose, Low weight , Low cost, Flight
Control System for Electric Model Aircraft (Developed with the assistance of
Click the photo for full details or come and see one on Sunday.
Bushfield details on the left under Meetings/Events.
Tom Thompson from
Canada have been doing interesting things at indoor sessions, click the t/n for
Not spotted any annular wings at Bushfield so far but there is
another meeting this coming Sunday, 13th March, 10am until 1pm. See
Meetings/Events on the left.
Ian was asked how
to get "More Power from the GWS 12mm motor for E20" Click the test rig for the
As a reminder, click for the original article Ian did in January
2014, "An E20 model, the Ferry 500 for
the 2014 monthly Ferry competitions"
Thanks to Mick there is a new group of
front page photographs, these are of various club members over the years. Click
on my favourite of the group to get a preview.....
The second area free flight meeting of the year is on Sunday at
North Luffenham. Click Meetings/Events on the left for more details.
to Stan, the March Slipstream is available. Click the logo for a .pdf
promised a plan for his CANDy 30 - see 19th February; click the "Pod Details"
heading for the .pdf download.
The build thread on R/C Groups has produced a lot of postings
with some interesting background regarding equipment to use in this size of
Click for the thread.
classes for free flight scale model flying competitions around the world." Is
the title of the first CIAM Flyer of 2016, it was written by Stan Mauger who
provides the excellent monthly "Slipstream" from Aukland New Zealand, featured
in the Flyer is a picture of Ricky Bould flying at Ferry Meadows.
Click the logo for a .pdf download.
At a recent club meeting
Ian chatted about his Radio DT system and was asked to write it up for the
"Technical Articles" section of the web site. Click the "schematic" for the
Apologies to Jonathan but I have only just spotted
that the photographs of the CANDy 30 from 19th February article were not
displaying correctly, this is now fixed.
Jonathans CANDy 30; click the drawing for a description of "Pull - Spring
Jonathan has produced the CANDy 30, click the model picture for
more details and an explanation of the name. (The name doesn't do the model
There is a build thread on R/C Groups to which there is a link
on the CANDy 30 page.
Picked up an
interesting full size link from the Vulcan Newsletter.
Click the early Vulcan photo for the Vintage Wings of Canada
with their piece on "Avro what?"
Glad to say moving was not too traumatic and BT came up trumps
with transferring the broadband connection, so it is business as usual.
Thanks to Mick for a new group of front
page photographs, these from both BMFA Nats events in 2015.
Not sure when the next update will be, I am moving today and
tomorrow and it will depend on how quickly things get unpacked and whether BT
makes the change correctly.
The Small Flying Aeroplanes web site is well worth a visit but
first have a look at these drawings of First World War aircraft.
Click the Felixstowe F3 for the drawings.
Don't forget the 1st Area Free Flight Meeting of the year, this
See Meetings/Events on the left
I had an
enjoyable few minutes browsing "All our yesterdays - our old pics" a thread on
modelflying.co.uk. Whilst it is mainly r/c I particularly liked the Debutante
and school uniform snap. Click that picture for the whole list.
Another enjoyable session at
Bushfield on Saturday.
Mike Fantham has started a thread on the BARCS forum about the
seven from GBR flying at Lost Hills in an FAI event. Click on Ken Faux to get
up to date.
Hobby King were making a big thing of
"Turnigy Graphene" LiPos in their latest e-mail and I wondered if this was just
marketing or if there was something new involved. Still not sure but it was
discussed in RCGroups -
click for the thread
Don't forget indoor flying at Bushfield
this Saturday, full details in the Meetings/Events calendar on the left.
Click for a substantial article from MailOnline that Bryan spotted
about the Lancaster. Bryan also passed on the link to the
International Bomber Command Center web site.
Thanks to Mick for the latest set of
front page photographs, this set from the the "Bring a Model Night" at Peakirk
Another flying wing model has been added to those from 31st
Click the Mayzee photograph
for details of that model as well as others to fit the new "Tailless Rubber
Duration" class at Flying Aces on 4th September.
The schedule and date for this years
Flying Aces meeting has now been fixed.
Meadows, Peterborough (click for a location map) on Sunday 4th
September from 9am until 5pm.
the 2016 schedule as an easy to print .pdf file- an addition has been made
and there is now a "Tailless Rubber Duration" class. Watch out on 31st January
for more information and Mayzee.
Please Note: this is a Free Flight event: strictly no Radio
Control. Proof of Insurance required for all flyers. Revel in the special
atmosphere created at this unique event. Discounted parking. Toilets,
café, and Park Visitors Centre.
For those of you not on the FFTC
e-mailing list click for a reminder of the
"Future of Free Flight" conference
at Husbands Bosworth airfield, on January 31st.
Thanks to Stan here is the latest "Slipstream", click the logo
for a .pdf download.
An international edition this one. Those flying at
Bushfield on 2nd January were pleased to meet Ricky from New Zealand and he has
written an article, with photographs about the session. Ricky also has a report
on one of the Totton events near Southampton, sponsored by Flitehook. Then on
page 15 there is some news from Chris in Canada, with pictures and a good tip
for storing LiPos when flying in frosty weather.
All this is backed with scale and indoor news from their own
Aukland Model Aero Club.
Two full size rescources that have
cropped up in the past couple of days. The first via
Chris at Soo Modellers in
Canada is:- The Aircorps
Library, watch the video towards the bottom for a full explanation. An
expensive option though.
From the February edition of Radio Control Soaring Digest
comes:- Aviation Week & Space Technology Aviation Week & Space
Technology launched its 100-year digital archive on 6th January in
collaboration with Boeing, the sponsor of the archive. Both companies trace
their roots to 1916. The archive includes 4,500 issues and nearly 500,000 pages
of articles, photos, and advertising. It can be seen at
Thanks to John the dates the dates for
the six f/f club events at Ferry are now available, listed here and in the
Meetings/Events on the left.
Tuesday 26th April - Friday 20th May* - Tuesday 28th June* -
Friday 29th July*
Tuesday 23rd August - Friday 16th Sept
* These dates will include the Bernie Nichols Trophy for "Rubber
Further information will be in the next magazine.
There is a thread on the BARCS Forum about Aeromodeller
Magazines, with various contacts as well as the information that there are
complete sets of the magazine held at the "British Library and at the RAeS
library at Farnborough" as well as "a complete set (including a number of
duplicates) in the BFMA library in the Leicester Office."
Thanks to Mick for the latest set of
front page photographs, this set from the Free Flight Nationals in
Well worth a browse - click the
thumb-nail for the web page.
Bryan spotted this important piece of
information about the 2016 Free Flight and Power Nationals from Dave Phipps CEO
and Nationals Co-ordinator -
click for the details.
The latest Freeflight Tech Committee News - No 77, was issued
It includes a reminder of the conference at the end of January as
well as a piece that starts:-
"There has been considerable discussion over
recent days regarding the effect on model flying of recent EASA proposals for
the regulation of 'drones'." -
download the .pdf.
December edition of the PMFC magazine is now available on the web
Click the heading for an A5 copy.
A reminder that any PMFC members who have not yet paid their
2016 subs can find the details on page two of the magazine.
John Picton passed on this link to the
BBC about the
recent flight from UK to Australia in a 1942 Boeing Stearman.
Click the dlg pilot for a set
of mixed photographs from David.
The photographs are stored in "the gallery" - see menu on the
To browse or even purchase
stunning photographs of the Vulcan click the thumb-nail.
The Spalding Model Engineer
and Hobby Show will be worth a visit on 23rd or 24th April. Click the MIG for
their web site.
Lots of links to explore as well as photographs of previous
I received a gentle reminder that at least
two PMFC members have a distance to travel to reach Bushfield as they come from
Milton Keynes and Blakeney.
Enjoyable indoor session at Bushfield
yesterday. Pleased to welcome Ricky Bould from Auckland New Zealand, a member
of AMAC. We see Slipstream, their bulletin, on a regular basis as it is passed
on by Stan Mauger, the editor. Less far travelled were Garry Flack and Gordon
Hannah from Impington.
Thanks to Mick for the latest set of front page photographs,
"PMFC Members Flying in 2015 "
It needed the latest Vulcan newsletter (scroll down to page
two) to get me up to date on what has happened to Jetex.org.
See both http://jetex.org/ as well as
http://archivesite.jetex.org/ for an explanation. I have
altered to PMFC links accordingly.
Link to previous "Latest Update"
Tony Beckett -