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 The 2017 Annual Dinner and Prize giving.

At the Victoria Hotel, Beeston, Nott'm.

Report from Richard with Photo's taken by John Churchill.

The Club Dinner. I thought it was a great success, and we'll certainly use the same venue next year. If the noise level was anything to go by, I think we enjoyed ourselves. What with Doug buying all the wine ( much appreciated ) and many of us keeping the bar going, I was not surprised when the boss asked me if we would like to come every month !

I haven't included ALL the photos, as too much exposure to all Mike's trophies might go to his head ! But I do like the one of Ulla looking at the Dumelow trophy bowl as if she was going to make off with it, which she assures she wasn't.


The gathering.


Ken warms up the audience before the prize giving and raffle.


Kevin receives the Stunt trophy from Ulla Granger.


Mike receives the Ken Oliver trophy.


Paul received the Indoor Duration trophy (Hanger Rat).


Ulla eyes-up the Dumelow trophy.


Ian received the Trainer Race trophy.


Pete enjoys his 3rd place Grain trophy presentation.


Mike received the Grain trophy ~ Ulla brought some laundry !


Richard encouraged me to take this photo of my 'haul'.



Paul Briggs' latest model, a very lovely, colourful Keil Kraft Panther originally a design for Jetex power ~

it will have a Rapier 'rocket' thrusting it skywards  - Flame On !!






 The Graham Dumelow Trophy evening.  

Richard's report and photo's.

 Another good Dumelow Trophy evening.
Congratulations to Mike, on winning with his fabulous Mustang. What's next ?!
A fine collection of models, lots of new ones, and altogether a great variety of free flight and C/L models.
On top of all this, excellent nosh provided by Gill, Janice, and Ulla, plus an assortment of goodies brought by everyone.
I think the pic's speak for themselves.
A very Happy Xmas !

                                                                                    1st    Mike Chapman    P-51D Mustang Mk IV (C/L scale)
                                                                                    2nd   Paul Briggs          BE2c (rubber scale)
                                                                                    3rd    Richard Granger  Marauder (glider)
                                                                                    4th    John Churchill     Aeronca (rubber scale)


At the commencement of proceedings.


Paul Brigg's BE2c 'Zebra' gets scrutinised.


Dave Wright's C/L Tucano - OK for the Stunt Race ?


The ladies provided most of the food for the buffet.


Group shot - large models to the front please.

The weather and previous commitments kept our numbers down this year.



    Richard's latest model !!!!


Test assembly of the Granger Archaeopteryx wing.


A fitting for the inspectors to examine.


Lookin' good.



Launching a F/F glider

During the 51" glider competition Howard and I began a conversation about the correct way to launch a FF glider. We then demonstrated to each other what we determined was an ideal launch without problems.

Basically, the glider should be held at arms length with the nose pointing up at a good angle (up to 35 degrees). At the signal from the tower, the launcher should feel the tension on the line, take a pace or two forward and release the model with an upward movement of the arm/hand.  The glider should immediately start to climb on the line without the tower having to take more than a few paces (calm conditions excepted).

At launch ~ Do not hold the model level. Do not push or throw the model forward. Do not hold the model at chin height.


A good launch position (Aeromodeller photo).


See the angle the model is held at the moment before release -35 degrees ?



'Yours truly' judging at the Free Flight Scale Nat's

Photo was 'found' on the PMFC newsletter.



We've been wondering what Kevin has been up to !

Now we know



F/F Nat's 2016 ~ Scale

No members entered Glider competitions this year but Andrew Hewitt and Paul Briggs entered the hastily arranged Scale competitions.

It was windy on the Saturday evening but windier still on Sunday evening. Most fliers got their best flights in on Saturday evening, the exception was Andy who managed an impressive flight from a hand launch on Sunday evening which gained him third place in the power comp'.

Pictures from Richard.

Paul attends to his rubber powered SE5A - third place - well done.


Andy explains the subtleties of F/F Scale ~ third place in the 'hard fought' Power comp'.



2015 Nationals  round-up from Richard.

Photo's from Richard and Ian Hewitt

A short report on this year’s Scale Nats at Barkston Heath.
A very fine Saturday, but a damp Sunday ( the rain cleared for the Scale Free Flight comp at 6 o’clock on Sunday, and started again just as the comp finished ! ) a classical British bank Holiday !
The club was well represented, covering a good selection of the classes as usual.

Andrew Hewitt was contest director for the Free Flight Scale events this year, and made a very fine job of it. Andrew has written some excellent articles for Aeromodeller on the subject of rubber powered scale models, and to prove the point, won the Rubber Scale event again with his unbeatable Morane, (and which might meet a hideous and mysterious fate at some point in the future....! )
Ian Hewitt came second in Class 2 Aerobatics, and third in Vintage, a fine double achievement at a large national event.
Mike Chapman came third in Control Line Scale, the judges having failed to appreciate the remarkable complexity of his big Mustang and Mike not taking a third flight. It is a magnificent beast, and deserved a better place.
Kevin Morgan came sixth in F2B Aerobatics, but the rain on Sunday prevented any further flying, very frustrating.
To round it off, yours truly managed sixth in Rubber Scale with his ancient Lacey M10, which put in six very satisfying flights. It is really ugly, but flies a treat.
The trade stands are now completely dominated by vast foam R/C models, but still time to stock up on various goodies that we didn’t really need, but proved irresistible. I wonder who that refers to...?
And needless to say, there was probably a lot more nattering than flying, but what better opportunity to catch up with old friends ?

Tony Cookson has let us know that he also competed at the Nat's - he flew in both Vintage Combat and Oliver Combat, achieving fourth place in the latter, being 'removed' by that wizard of the handle Mick Lewis ~ good effort Tony.


Andy Hewitt (on the right) was CD of free flight scale this year.



 Ian with models - large and small.


Mike disassembles his P-51.


P-51 in flight - wheel well doors about to close.


 Kevin with his electric powered stunter.


Richard's Lacey M10 (inc' Rat)  - a fine flier.




The Granger Archaeopteryx.

 Richard Granger is restoring this full size aircraft to flying condition with the assistance of Rob Millinship.

Until recently this aircraft, which was built and flown by Richard's father and uncle, was on display at the Shuttleworth Museum (Old Warden).

Photo's by Richard


February 2010

Richard has gone to great lengths to get the Bristol Cherub engine back to working condition. There were many issues to resolve, not least the cracked cylinder heads (new cylinder heads were cast).

Five years work and now look at Richard's amazing Vintech Bristol Cherub - it has to be the best of its kind in the world.

The engine is 80 years old.


A superb 8ft radio model of the Archaeopteryx has been built  by Dick van Mourik in Holland. From original drawings and photos that Richard sent him. It has made several flights without mishap including loops and stall turns.





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