British F4B Scale Nationals 2006

August - RAF Barkston Heath

Well it didn't stay in retirement - slow progress on my latest model (P-51D) meant that my FW190a had to 'beat-up' the tarmac once more at Barkston Heath.

Eight entries this year gives us hope for the future of F4B in the UK.

Bernard Seale flew his Siskin very well in the light winds that prevailed on Saturday.

Bill Brown (standing) entered an Ansaldo but brought this Caudron G3 along to fly - engines problems were causing delayed take-off - when it did get airborne it was short lived as it flew into the ground after only 2 1/2 laps. Bill said he was having to fly on full up elevator.

Matthew Cordwell entered his BA Swallow, last year poor engine runs  were a problem, this year good engine settings allowed him to fly well and move into 3rd place.

Mike Welch entered this Grumman G21A. Mike is normally found organising the Carrier Deck competition but took time out to enter scale. The model is electric powered - it did get airborne but it needs more thrust to be able to maintain steady flight.

Yvette Phillips (also a carrier deck flier) took the plunge and entered scale with a Polikarpov I-1 (IL-400). I was busy preparing my model as she flew so wasn't able to take a photo of her model but a search on Google came up with a photo.

It wasn't a very large model, it bounced rather a lot on the runway so couldn't gain enough speed to get airborne - next year though ?

F4B Nationals Result

Name............................Model...................Static..............Best flight ......Total

1st Mike Chapman.......FW 190 A-3 .........1802 ..................1680.............3482

2nd Bernard Seale.......AW Siskin............1707.5.................1642..........3349.5

3rd Matthew Cordwell...BA Swallow........1351.5................1108...........2459.5

General scene at the Nats.

In the background can be seen about one fifth of the caravans and tents that were there this year.

I used my P-47 Thunderbolt to warm up with.

We were able to complete our flights before the showers started.

2006 was a good year for control line scale at the Nats.

 

 

 

 

 

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