British F4B Scale Nationals 2007
August - RAF Barkston Heath
I didn't enter this year as extra duties at my job meant that very little progress was made with the construction of my P-51 Mustang. I decided after last years win that the Focke Wulf 190 A3 would finally stay in retirement (until I complete the new fuselage !).
I took my A6M5c Zero to fly, the reason I didn't enter the Zero is that there is no photograph of the prototype aircraft available. I did make a couple of very good flights while the competing fliers were preparing their models.
My A6M5c Zero eagerly awaits a flight.
Bill Brown brought along his Dornier 17 (he didn't enter the competition either)
Mr A Morgan flew his own designed 'HP Heyford', an unusual subject for any class of scale but it flew well, but a little too fast.
Took first place.
A new model from Wal Cardwell - electric powered - it was flying well up to the point where it turned into the circle and crashed at his feet !
Wal decided it wasn't worth repairing !
This is Wal preparing his electric powered Jodel - he came prepared.
Wal's grandson Matthew Cordwell, entered his DH Swallow. Took third place.
Dr Mike Welch brought his massive Lancaster to liven the party and gained second place in the process.
I've seen this model fly before but on this occasion it flew very well - all engines continued to run through the flight and he also dropped his 'Dam Busters' bomb in the process.
It takes five laps for the undercarriage to retract !
All engines running - take-off imminent - I got so excited I forgot to take a flying shot of it.
We had Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight visit us - it came very low down the runway on the first pass.
The BBMF DC4 Dakota gave us a fly by too.
Just a small section of the trade stands that have all the modelling goods you could ever need.