Link to previous "Latest Update"
Indoor Flying, Bushfield -
directions and details see Meetings/Events on left.
Saturday, 10th February - Sunday, 11th March
Saturday, 10th March
BMFA booking 10am-5pm
Earlier in the week I received an e-mail
from a modeller in India with a query about the Peterborough FET timer. I like
this international aspect and as an end of the year round up I made use of the
stats offered by Maploco.com (see bottom of this page).
Click for a listing of
places from which visitors have viewed the PMFC web site.
1934 - although is it?
Some interesting comments about this video.
I had hoped to go the the 'Frostbite Fly
In' at Ferry this morning but with a Met Office yellow warning of rain/snow for
Peterborough until 11:00 plus winds of 15mph gusting to 30mph....
Click for an interesting piece about Supermarine from the Vulcan
to the Sky web site.
Then there is the a rather flash trailer from PlanesTV for their
video of RIAT 2017.
Micks latest batch of front page
photographs are all of winners in the 2017 series of club free flight
Don't forget 'Frostbite Fly In' at Ferry 10 - 1 on Wed 27th
Indoor at Bushfield on Saturday 6th January.
Then at Buckminster on
January 7th there is Retro Control Line Combat.
Keep up to date with the club evenings at Peakirk via the
Meetins/Events on the left.
this video of scale freeflight from 2017 Nats, some faces you will recognise in
Click the picture to start the video.
The January edition of RCSD is available with the usual
quality photos and articles about r/c gliding together with general interest of
a further article on thermals.
Thanks to Mick for an excellent photograph on
the front page, with seasons greetings to all.
Chris at Soo Modellers continues to find a wide variety of
Click for the latest selection.
My favourite was from the late 1940's at Conningsby. Click the
picture for that one.
Free Flight Gala at Buckminster. Click the "sun rise" for some snaps.
Manny Williamson and Mark Benns were there bright and early to
welcome people and get things going.
Manny told me that snow had affected last weekends Swapmeet but
enough people braved the conditions to make it worthwhile. Good quality goods
were on offer, with everyone feeling positive about the event. The next one
will be in April.
forecast for the Free Flight Gala at Buckminster on Sunday seems "possible".
Weather unlikely to affect the Club Christmas Party this evening. - Details for
both in "Meetings and Events" on the left.
Might be travel problems for us getting to the Scale Day though,
as this is in New Zealand....
I continue to get caught out with the
different miniature connectors available and have come across the American
based www.rc-connectors.com who have a very
comprensive list. (Make sure you click in the categories listing on the left.)
Their address is now on the page of miniature
connectors I put together in October this year.
Thanks to Mick for his front page
photographs taken at this years club agm.
Thanks also to John who has finished "Autumn Leaves" the
December edition of the club magazine. That was printed by Brian W and posted
I have just e-mailed details of the .pdf download for those
members who get their magazine via this low cost method.
Non club members
will have access to the magazine in the New Year.
Snow stopped me going to the Swapmeet at Buckminster, not sure
yet what actually happened at Buckminster.
Buckminster tomorrow from 10am onwards. See Meetings/Events on the left for
From the Buckminster web site:- "Please note that all indoor
space has now been reserved (over 60 tables) however we have a large space
outdoors for an aero-modellers car boot sale. No need to book for this, just
turn up, bring your own tables though."
Click the Lysander for a comprehensive piece by Dave Hadfield,
with excellent photographs from "Vintage Wings of Canada".
Another enjoyable session at
Bushfield on Saturday.
PMFC have an account with Vimeo. Click their logo to see what is
Should anyone have suitable videos that could be included let me
know and I can pass on access details.
No "Latest Updates" until Saturday, 9th December
Off in a few minutes for indoor flying at Bushfield.
Click on the thumbnail for details of the event at North
Luffenham on Sunday 3rd.
Then two dates for BMFA Buckminster, Sunday December 10th the
Swapmeet and Sunday 17th December the BMFA Freeflight Gala.
"Meetings/Events" on the left for further details.
Saturday, 10:00 until 13:00 - see Meetings/Events for further details.
Last February I put in this "Magnus" link that I picked up from
Chris at the Soo Modellers web site. Lots of in information about the effect on
If you want to make and bring your "Blue Peter" version to
try this link.
Click the "Slipstream" logo
for the December/January edition.
Thanks to Stan for that.
Thanks to Mick and Bryan for the latest
batch of front page photographs, these from this years August BMFA
There will be a prompt, 7:30pm, start to
this evenings club AGM and Prizegiving at Peakirk.
Meetings/Events on the left.
I give RCSD a mention
occasionally as one of the best on-line aeromodelling magazines. Although RC
Soaring based its articles often offer a wider range. Click their logo for the
November edition, with amongst other things, an article on thermals, which
starts at page 41.
Received my December edition of
Aeromodeller this morning which contains a two page spread from Andrew
Boddington of the PMFC Flying Aces event on 3rd September.
Andrew mentions the results can be seen on the web site, they
are tucked away in the "History" link on the left together with those from
previous years but for instant access
click here. Mick put together several front page sets of photographs from
Flying Aces, click for the list.
Brian W passed on this
Demo from friend Phil saying "Even if shockies are not your thing, this is
clever flying and I was staggered by the speed of response on the variable
Picked up "The
Szentes Spider" from
SEN an email/online newsletter about FAI Free Flight.
Click the spider for more information.
Is there room in a P30 for an iCare GPS?
Click the thumbnail to see a larger
version of "A free flight Indoor Ugami electric inspired by Bill Brown's rubber
version", this photograph is in the Indoor part of Flying Classes from the menu
on the left.
An aeromodeller from Houston in Texas has spotted this and
enquired about the original rubber powered version. I have done some searching
and although I think I have found the correct Bill Brown I haven't found a
mention of Ugami. Can anyone help?
Just in case you haven't seen the message from John:-
Scale evening at Peakirk, 7.30 pm to 10.00 this Friday. This is becoming a
regular annual event, and it will be led on this occasion by David Clark who
says he will be putting on a short presentation. (He underlined "short" so you
need not bring sandwiches, although tea and coffee will be provided, thanks to
BML.) Please also bring a scale model for the tables...Dave even mentioned any
balsa solids that we may have stored in the loft."
Thanks to Mick for the latest set of
front page photographs, also to Bryan who contributed.
Excellent session at Bushfield yesterday.
Continuing from the engine theme of 2nd
and 9th of November have a look at
"Model Engine News" from
Ron Chernich in Australia, produced from 2002 until 2013, an amazing amount
of quality information.
Or go direct to the
Bushfield on Sunday.
The Inaugural BMFA Free Flight Gala at
Buckminster, also planned for Sunday has been postponed until 17th December
because of the poor weather forecast.
More details on either in
"Meetings/Events" on the left.
Thanks to Bryan who spotted that sale
details of the
"Annual Aeromodel Engine Auction, Gildings Auctioneers" are
available. They can be read in lot order but for those who are just curious can
be displayed most expensive first, or lowest first......
Thanks to Stan you can click on the magazine header for the
November edition of Slipstream.
No "Latest Updates" until 9th November.
Something to get you into the mood for
Brian Lever talking about his engine collection on Friday evening at Peakirk
and also the Engine Auction in Market Harborough the next day.
Roger Ramjet from
Soo Modellers in Canada
said:- ""Wen-Mac" was a competitor with "Cox" back in the 60s and both offered
similar "pre-built" models. Cox models were much more popular, perhaps because
their engines were easier to handle and much better in every respect."
this link to a 1966 TV advert.
Great fortitude shown by
PMFC members at North Luffenham on Saturday when the wind was too strong for
comfort. I believe a 1, 2 and 3 were scored in P30, with other results as well.
Full details in the next magazine.
Click the club flag for general snaps to give a flavour of the
We had a much more comfortable time indoors at Bushfield the
following day. A good mixture of models, with everyone enjoying
Thanks to Mick for the new set of front
page photographs, these from the BMFA Radio Control and Control Line Nationals,
A busy weekend with Indoor
at Bushfield on Sunday and outdoor freeflight, the Midland Gala, at North
Luffenham on Saturday.
A new date for BMFA Buckminster - click the thumb nail for
Click the "Field of Dreams" header for the latest edition of the
PMFC club magazine, which is now available to non-members.
Indoor flying on Sunday and as a help for
those using electric power click
for a link to some
information about the various commercial connectors available.
MicronWings from Australia, who get a mention in the above,
have a very useful set of tutorials showing skills and techniques for micro RC
Just put the above on the web when I received the latest FAI
bulletin and discovered there is an
"Indoor Skydiving Championship". Can we adapt this for
Thanks to Bryan
for a reminder of the Gildings sale. Click the logo for the catalogue and
details of over 500 motors....
(There are some non motor
items mixed in, starting at page 5.)
The latest Aeromodeller mentions the sale and adds:- "including
around 200 lots from the collection of the late Arni Ohlsson of Sweden plus a
similar quantity from UK collector David Price and some from Dick Roberts, the
curator of recent sales."
The club meeting at Peakirk on the previous evening (November
3rd) has Brian Lever talking about his engine collection, with many stories and
Indoor flying dates at Bushfield are now
at the top of this page. For further information and location try
Meetings/Events on the left.
John reminded us yesterday that:-
"This Friday is the first
Peakirk clubnight of the year (Peakirk Village Hall, 7.30pm.) And it will get
us off to a good start with the Stan Spencer auction. I understand that there
will be a lot of models and materials to auction and, knowing our late friend
Stan, they will be of very good quality. (These evenings are roughly
fortnightly, remember, so that each one should be well worth
Still plenty going on
outdoors this Autumn.
Mon 23rd. October Final C/L meet of the year.
28th. October Midland Gala, Luffenham.
Sun 12th. November, Buckminster Free
Sun 3rd. December, Coupe De Birmingham.
Click above for details of BFFG
More details in Meetings/Events on the left, with indoor news to
come on Thursday.
Thanks to Mick for the latest set of
front page photographs, this is the third from Flying Aces 2017. Mick has made
sure that every 2017 Flying Aces 1st place winner appears in these 27
photographs, either accepting his prize or flying his model.
Click for the full list of front page
A windy forecast but there is freeflight at North Luffenham
See Meetings/Events on the left.
updates" until 15th October.
I was quite taken with and amused by these diy "tips"
Click the Red Arrows for 2 minutes of their last display in the
UK of the year.
During the Winter Peakirk Club Nights will
be from 7:30 until 9:30 and will be fortnightly in most cases. There are some
"specials" that are listed in Meetings/Events on the left.
Click the logo
for some snaps to give an idea of what was happening at the rather windy
Thanks to Mick and Bryan for the new set
of front page photographs.
Click the icon for the October issue of "Slipstream".
Thanks to Stan for another quality read.
Don't forget that
on Sunday it is the SAM35 Octoberfest.
Single Channel & Retro
fly-in at BMFA Buckminster today.
Click the "Wind Bag" model for a variety of snaps.
sunshine at Old Warden yesterday, rather windy, although this didn't discourage
the 28 entries in the "Rubber Bowden".
From the other side of the world "Oily Hands Diesel Day 2017,
certainly the same sounds, with similar models to some of those at the
"Festival of Flight". Click the picture for the video and thanks to
Chris at Soo Modellers
for the link.
Click the logo for a .pdf download
of the September
edition of New Clarion.
A last reminder for 23rd and 24th at Old Warden, a "Festival
of Flight", which includes a "rubber Bowden" on the Sunday.
Then a mid-week meeting at BMFA Buckminster on Wednesday 27th
when there is a
"Single Channel & Retro fly-in", and the following
Sunday 1st October is the SAM35 Octoberfest.
October 28th, Midland Gala, North Luffenham.
Rather later is Coupe de Birmingham on December 3rd at North
Luffenham, click the logo for full details.
Another American supplier with
interesting models is "Stevens Aeromodel" - click their logo for more
Watch out though if buying from outside the UK. A couple of club
members have have recently had substantial extra fees applied when importing
model kits or equipment.
Dave R has just let me know that the
kits are available direct from Micron, so saving on import duty. "Bit
expensive so think they have added duty, nice looking models
Thanks to Mick for the latest set of
front page photographs taken at Peterborough Flying Aces 2017.
Meetings and Events on the left list
further details for the BMFA 7th Area Comp at North Luffenham on Sunday, where
SAM 35 have events as well.
Following weekend, 23rd and 24th at Old Warden, a "Festival of
Flight", which includes a "rubber Bowden" on the Sunday.
Thanks to John, "Field of Dreams", the latest edition of the
club magazine is now available. The printed version was posted yesterday whilst
the e-mail link should have just arrived. The magazine will be available to non
PMFC members in a month or so.
Click for the final results from the
Ferry Meadows Free Flight Competions for 2017,
which John has just sent.
"A smaller turnout than usual, but it was not as
windy as expected, a very busy three hours. Some surprises, sadly two P20's
left in lake.
Thanks to all who have made the 2017 series a most enjoyable
Brian W has passed on the dates for
this Winters Bushfield meetings.
They are :-
Sunday 29th October - - Sunday 12th November - -
Saturday 2nd December
Saturday 6th January 2018 - - Saturday 10th February
2018 - - Sunday 11th March 2018.
A mix of Saturdays and Sundays. All sessions 10.00 to 13.00 hrs
Usual restrictions- no Shockies, Helis, Drones.
The dates, plus full details are in Meetings/Events on the
The last of the PMFC Ferry Meadows free flight competitions is
See 7th September for more details.
Gordon Bennett gets the occasional
mention, for one reason or another, on these web pages......
The 61st Coup
Aeronautique has started. - - -
"Tracking Race Viewer"
To more mundane matters.
page has had a sort out with some items removed which were no longer
working. Let me know if there are any links you would like added.
The last of the PMFC Ferry Meadows free
flight competitions for 2017 is next Tuesday, the time is from 15:00 until
18:00 to take account of the darker evenings.
Click to view the
Championship Table rounds one to four.
Click the icon for the September issue of "Slipstream".
Thanks to Stan for another excellent read.
Thanks to Mick for the new set of front
which he has produced in memory of Ian Middlemiss.
Click the photo for a
build review by Ian Middlemiss of "MADRES" a 2m glider that fits the "F3-RES"
Ian was a prolific writer of top quality technical articles and
reviews that have appeared on the PMFC web site.
This is his last article.
Excellent article in
August RCM&E by David Ashby on his visit to
with a section on the balsa that
supply. Article heading "Sand and Deliver".
I was taken by the caption and didn't think RCM&E would mind
me using just the one photograph from the article.
Power Nationals off to a good start,
sensible wind speed and temperature.
A good gathering of free flight scale
from 6pm onwards plus a large crowd at the slightly anarchic sports freeflight
Ted has just sent a follow on
from "The Bee Goes
Down Under", August 2016.
Click for the
I give Radio Control Soaring Digest a plug
occasionally, usually for specific articles, this time for where Microsoft gets
into the act and
"Science mimics nature; researchers test AI-controlled soaring
machine", on page 103 of the September edition.
The latest Aeromodeller arrived yesterday with an excellent full
page plug for Flying Aces and the KK Elf Precision competition, also an article
from John on the "Cloud Tramp Challenge".
Thanks to Mick for the latest batch of
front page photographs which act as an advert for PMFC Flying Aces on Sunday
3rd September - schedule available from top of this page.
The photos also
include a mention of Mike
Stuarts excellent flying scale model pages.
Next weekend is the R/C Nationals, back at Barkston; traders
stands together with control line, as well as the main r/c disciplines plus
free flight in the evenings.
For the first time the BMFA Silent Flight Nationals will be held
at Buckminster Lodge, an easy journey either from Barkstone or Peterborough if
you are curious to see what the competitive flat field glider flyers are up
No "Latest Updates" until Sunday.
Meteoblue.com at the end of July and have now added
a link to them on the PMFC Weather Page. A large
quantity of options with
this wind chart particularly useful.
No "Latest Updates" until Sunday.
Just received a note from John:-
"Plans are now well advanced
for the forthcoming Flying Aces event at Ferry Meadows, on September 3rd. This
is our big day, and once again we can expect a large entry...especially since
the "K.K.Elf" contest, with its large cash prizes from the Vintage Model
Company will be taking place.
On the subject of K.K.Elves, Brian Lever and I have just a few
of the remaining Special Edition Flying Aces Elf kits (with specially selected
balsa) still available at £20 each. A quick reply secures yours."
I have given
several mentions but worth another one for their latest item.
Not that many PMFC members have tattoos but click on the engine
cutaway for the article. Lots of text, worth a read if you have the time,
otherwise scroll down to the examples.
Click the t/n for some
photos of Wendy and Ray putting in their flights for the 2017 Grant
Scores from the
FF World Champs continue to be reported on the BARCS forum
with a full list from the
Championship web site.
After being encouraged to go to the Monday
free flight sessions at BMFA Buckminster I decided to give it a go this week.
Forecast was for the wind to drop in the afternoon so I was there at 4pm, a
touch windy but OK, with the direction straight down the main runway.
An enjoyable 90 minutes flying, with recovery very easy as the
models were landing on or close to the runway. What I failed to spot was a
direction change on what became my last flight when the model landed in the
Tramp lily pond". This is a very small pond in a large field.......
Not sure if anyone else turned up to fly later but I had the
place to myself until 5:30pm when I had a chat to Manny Williamson then went
home to dry my socks.
Just heard from Ray Millard:-
"Work got in the way, so
we couldn't make it to Ferry. But bang on the dot of 5, in a meadow near
Blakeney, Wendy and I put in our CT flights. Mission accomplished!!
Another late entry....
There are reports on the BARCS Forum of the current World Free
Thanks to Mick for the latest set of front
page photographs, from this years Brum Fly 2017 at North Luffenham.
At 5pm today is the
"CHARLES HAMPSON GRANT MIMLOCT" at Ferry Meadows.
find this time inconvenient don't forget our friends in New Zealand will be
flying it at 4am.
Click the pond for
some snaps taken at the SAM35 event.
Click here for snaps
taken on day two of the event, when it was even windier but it was sunshine
and showers as opposed to the grey drizzle of Wednesday.
I did hear that Tuesday evening was idylic, no wind and a
Something to read whilst waiting for the wind to drop at the SAM
35 event, BMFA Buckminster.
Thanks to Stan for the August "Slipstream"
I have the feeling
we are suffering from higher winds speeds this year than previously and have
just come across
Meteoblue.com, another forecast web site but with some extras
you can try.
Click on the wind rose for Peterborough to investigate.
Another busy week
John has covered the SAM35 event at BMFA Buckminster on Wednesday
2nd and Thursday 3rd in his e-mail message, with news of competitions on the
Click the thumbnail for the SAM35 information sheet.
Then on Monday there is control line flying at Ferry Meadows,
whilst Saturday is the "Grant Mimloct", also at Ferry Meadows.
See Meetings and Events on the left for further information.
Click for Grant Mimloct home page.
Thanks to Mick there is further set of
photographs from the BMFA Free Flight Nationals on the front page.
F3K World Championships now
underway; as I said on Sunday the British team is reporting
posts in the BARCS Forum. The actual official web page needs updating but
there is plenty going on in the
Further to the free flight connection, click for the
photograph, on the left is Mike Fantham, the team manager, well known a few
years ago as an F1A flyer.
This coming week there is the
Championship in Lviv, Ukraine. F3K is the discus launch, 1.5m r/c glider
class, which I believe is the closest r/c glider class to the free flight F
classes in that lift spotting and using is paramount and there is a physical
element in the launch.
Over 30 national teams have entered and last Friday and Saturday
was "Vladimirs Model Cup", the pre-World Champs event. The British team
have been reporting
posts in the BARCS Forum, I couldn't resist passing on the following one
from Michael Stern. In the Poker round you have to predict the length of flight
you will make in a 10 minute slot. You have to achieve your prediction to get
the points but you can have as many flights as will fit the 10 minutes, hence a
single flight prediction of 9:58 being the ultimate.
Cool breeze blowing
running up to the start, so was planning a 1:30. One of the guys in the test
flying did show something off the NW corner and in the seconds before the start
I saw a flag in the NW direction give a good indication so I decided, 9:58?? I
then started my launch slightly early and was worried I'd release before the
buzzer which would mean it was over before it began. So I did an awkward double
spin and didn't get a good launch. I headed over to my read, somewhat lower
than I wanted to be and struggled to hook up. Others had the same read so there
were others judge against, but it was not looking great. I decided it was a bit
further away to the N and after a few seconds began to rise. Soon after I was
booming up and went to about 1500ft, I'd guess. Boom, 1000pts!"
A busy weekend to come with the BMFA East
Anglian Gala at Sculthorpe and the scale weekend at Shuttleworth. - Further
details in Meetings/Events on the left.
Latest aeromodeller arrived yesterday, encouraging to see a
number of photos of PMFC members as well as a report.
reminder for the KK Elf kit you will need to build before Flying Aces on
Should you want to use cyno for the construction then Pound
Shops have a bargain of ten small "tubes" of cyno on a single card for a
£1. Big advantage here is that for ten pence you can have a brand new
un-clogged tube that hasn't gone off since you last used it.
Whilst taking of bargains, Vulcan to the Sky have cut the prices
in their Summer Sale on a number of items including books.
Heard from Mick via John that the BMFA F/F
Nationals results are available at:-
Or a direct download, with thanks to the BMFA.
Free Flight Nationals - - - - - -
2017 Free Flight Nationals Champions
2017 Scale Free Flight Nationals
It is the July Area Free Flight Meeting at
North Luffenham, tomorrow, Sunday, 16th. See Meetings and Events on the left.
SAM 35 will be there as well, with a reminder from John that "if any member
wishes to take part in the SAM 35 Vintage/Classic glider event at Luffenham on
Sunday, 16th July please be sure to contact me in advance."
Click for the June
edition "Sky Larks" of the PMFC magazine, which is now available to non-club
You will then be able to find out where the Cloud Tramp
photograph came from. (Click it for a larger version).
Thanks to Mick for the latest batch of front
page photographs. More from the BMFA freeflight Nationals
Following on from the 7th July:-
fun I thought I'd try introducing the idea of the Overall Winner of our club
event. My method is simply to give flyers one point for every competitor they
beat. A glance at the recent club results from last week (Round Four) will show
that this is an easy calculation. To qualify, flyers must compete in more than
If my figures are right, it goes like this:
1) Bert Whitehead 13
2) John Ashmole 8
3) = Terry
Page, Brian Lever 6
5) = Dave Clark Peter Adams 5
Knowing Bert's liking for the ocasional Latin tag, he can now
style himself Victor Ludorum at least until the next
most eventful and busy club f/f comp that I can remember, I have now extracted
the points so far. Please remember that the best four events count out of five:
the final round will take place on the 12th September at 3pm, running until
6pm. When eventually that date arrives, it should be a close fought contest, as
almost all classes remain undecided.
I also have the results of the Bernie Nichols Trophy for this
year. Peter Adams won the third round (second one was washed out, as per last
year,) but as you will see, the award goes to Brian Lever. There's a story
behind that victory which you will all find in the September issue of our
magazine...sufficient to say you won't believe what model he used to win with!
(I should mention that there were ties for second and 4th in the second round
which explains apparent anomalies in the points: none of which affects the
final outcome. Well done, Brian, Bernie would have been proud!
Oh, and, if any member wishes to take part in the SAM 35
Vintage/Classic glider event at Luffenham on Sunday, 16th July please be sure
to contact me in advance."
Christian from Soo Modellers in
Canada mentioned they have been experimenting with foamboard models in r/c
combat. - Click for a video. Next step is to try the same material for
control line combat models. Has anyone here links to similar experiments in the
Click the thumb nail for a view of the Soo Modellers Flying
The Australian firm
Micron Wings have a page where they do a Depron vs Modelling Foam
Tuesday 4th is the July round of the 2017
Ferry Meadows Free Flight Competion, see Meetings/Events on the left. Monday
there is an "aerobatic workshop" for the control line flyers at the newly cut
A bit late for this but yesterday and today there were control
line competitions at BMFA Buckminster.
Link to previous "Latest Update"
Tony Beckett -