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 Visit to Nottingham Hackspace.

Howard Smith organised a visit for club members to Hackspace.

Howard has been using their facilities for two years so was the ideal person to give us a guided tour.


Eleven club members attended, gathering here in the lounge area.


A 3D printer.


One of the large lathes available to Hackspace members.


The Laser cutter - tuition is required before use.



 The Ted Hewitt Vintage Stunt Comp'.

Report and judging by Mike Chapman.


It was a scorching hot day with little wind - the ideal conditions for flying aerobatics apart from the sun being directly into the fliers eyes.

There was a clash of dates for this event namely the World Cup Final !

Net result was a lack of entries. Practice session we saw two models crash into the rock hard ground and two fliers experiencing dizziness (the heat ?).

When it came to the competition only two fliers took to the air, it might have been one if Ian Hewitt hadn't made a desperate trip home to fetch another model.

Both fliers gave a good account of themselves and entertained the many spectators that came and also gave the judge something to do.


Chris Maggs's winning 'Jamison Special'.


Peter Warne releases Ian Hewitt's 'Ringmaster'.


Doug Hunt's Winnebago provided cover and drinks for the Judge - when the wind was in the right direction.


Chris Maggs starts his engine.


Models and fliers that attended (plus judge).




 The Trainer Race ~ July 2018.

Report and photo's from Richard.

I can't believe the luck we've had with the weather recently, we must have been good or something !


Another fine evening for the year's annual Trainer Race mayhem, full of some seriously fast flights, badly behaved engines and general enjoyment.

The prize for the evening's most frustrating entry must go to Peter Warne, whose Phantom, after some good static runs, had a panic attack and refuse to run, in spite of much tinkering and adjusting. Absolutely infuriating.

Steve Ellis was noticeable for his impeccable fashion sense, with colour matched shirt and Phantom, which flew well but disgraced itself in the second round when the engine came loose. My oversize Buster plodded round rather slowly behind its Mills 1.3 but did manage 74 laps before needing a refuel. Then things started hotting up. Doug Hunt's Veron Pinto put in a very good second flight after suffering  a stroppy engine in the first round. Mike's first round flight really set the pace, his Phantom just a yellow blur from the spectators point of view. And only fractionally faster, noisier and almost invisible, Ian's miniscule Jasco Trojan, a model barely bigger than its engine.

And what a happy bunch to be photographed at the end !


Two rounds flown - 90 laps per round.

A good evenings flying, and the results...

                                                                                1st     Ian Hewitt               Jasco Trojan        5mins  45secs   

                                                                                2nd   Mike Chapman         K K Phantom      5mins   57secs 

                                                                                3rd    Doug Hunt               Veron Pinto         6mins  15secs

                                                                                4th    Richard Granger       Sig Buster            7mins  31 secs

                                                                                5th    Steve Ellis                K K Phantom       9mins  58secs


[The model owner Pits his own model and nominates a pilot]
Pilots were Mike C, Dave Wright and Ian Hewitt.


Ian releases his Jasco Trojan (MVVS 1.5)


Mike releases his  KK Phantom (PAW 1.5)


Mr Co-ordinated starts his engine (PAW 1.5)



Doug's engine (PAW 1.5 Schnuerle ) gets 'tweaked' during the warm-up period.



Steve enters the circle - Ian pilots for him.



Another happy group shot.




  Aerobatics Competition ~ June 2018.

 Report and photo's from Mike Chapman.

Glorious weather, almost no wind that kept changing direction. The grass had grown 5 inches since we cut it recently, causing take-off and landing problems for everyone.

Ken allowed restarts without penalty. After everyone had a practice flight, an unseen draw   put me in the unenviable position of being the first to fly.

A rich run left me feeling I could do better. Kevin put on a smooth display flight. Ian seemed to cope well as did Peter with his little Peacemaker which needed a hand launch due to grass length.

No damage in the first round so we pressed on. Kevin had a slight problem on his second flight - having signalled the judge, the model did not start - problem?- battery not connected !

By the end of the second round we were all complaining about the heat - lots of drinks required.

Keen not to let the excellent weather go to waste we continued to fly for quite a while after the comp'.


1st Kevin Morgan

2nd Ian Hewitt.

3rd Mike Chapman.

4th Peter Arkley.



Kevin with his winning super stunt model.


Ian used his enlarged Ringmaster.


Overnight repairs and a different prop' enabled Mike to compete.

Modified Fancher 'Twister'.


 Peter flew his PAW powered Peacemaker - it's a world apart from Kevin's model.


Our judge Ken and Mike (timekeeper) - cooking nicely. We turned them regularly.


Dave brought along a couple of models to test fly.




 Rubber Scale Comp' ~ May 2018.

 Report and photo's from Richard  and John.

Unlike last year, when the weather smiled on us, this year was dull, grey, a bit cold, and windy.

But being a hardy lot not given to being put off by the odd gale, we flew.

The rate of destruction was fairly appalling, as can be seen from the notes below !


Based on the best of three flights out of five.................. 


1st    Steve Ellis   60 secs with his Cessna, which flew well in the wind, and only busted a wing and wing strut, fortunately repairable.

2nd  Richard Granger  48 secs  with an elderly Ryan, which staggered about at low level and bust its prop, facing retirement.

3rd   Ian Hewitt          47 secs with his Found Centennial, which after one brilliant flight dug a hole in the field and completely wrecked itself.

4th   Peter Arkley       40 secs with his Lacey M10, which performed a power dive on its last flight and shortened the nose considerably.


Did we enjoy ourselves? Of course ! And thanks to Mike, who timed the event and gave encouragement.

So off to the Sun   pub to celebrate.




Steve looks surprised as he releases his model.




Peter's model suffered in the cold windy conditions.




Richard looks to be away for a good flight but it was pushed down into the ground.




Ian's model suffered the worst damage of the evening.



The very cold competitors (and one interloper with Climax ! )





Our first outdoor competition of the season...

 The Hand Launched Glider comp' ~ May 2018 

Report from Richard. Photo's from John, Richard and Tony.

 I hope everyone's arms have shrunk back to normal after Wednesday night's efforts !

The weather looked decidedly gloomy when we arrived at the field, breezy with strong turbulence, but mercifully, the rain held off, and there was even a calm spot as it started to get dark.
After a slow start, things started hotting up, and there were some spectacular flights put in. So here is a brief resume' of the scores and comments attached .....!

1st Mike Chapman
, with a lethally fast and very successful model that tried to attack Ian, with great success. 129 seconds total.

2nd Ian Hewitt, having only just survived being attacked by you know who's model   made some great flights. 87 seconds total.

3rd Peter Arkley , with a fine and dignified demonstration of how to fly properly 81 seconds total.

4th Richard Granger, who restrained himself and didn't light any Rapiersat all during the comp. 68 seconds total.

5th Steve Ellis, whose brilliant long flight over the road wasn't timed ..Ouch ! 67 seconds total .

6th John Churchill, who put in ten frantic flights as the light was fading with his tailless glider. 63 seconds total.

7th Mike Edwards, who completely destroyed all three of his models trimming before the comp . 0.0 seconds total.
( But he is the treasurer, after all    .......! )

So off to the Sun Inn pub , our new 'local', losing Steve on the way, who fell into a chippie suffering from starvation.


Ian gets his glider away.


Spot the difference ?


Mike Edwards the destroyer !


Go baby Go !


Steve's launch has a delicate touch.


Richard's super light model with Rapier thrust flies HIGH!


The camera's flash lights up the group shot.



The third indoor flying session. Feb' 2018

Photos from Richard and Tony.

Some of the models that attended.......

Richard's table.


Andy's Bird Dog.


Co2 powered ?


Andy's Sopwith Triplane.


Westland Lysander.



Five videos


 'Spitfire and John's Bird Dog'

'The Spitfire'

'Andy's Laser cut Bird Dog'

PMR Walkie Talkies, what range,10 km?



This link will take you to a 1960s film of the Keil Kraft factory (15 minutes)



 The 51" and Open Glider  Comp's ~ Oct' 2017.  

Report and Photos from Richard.


Another fine, if a trifle windy, Sunday at North Luffenham for our postponed glider comps. What a contrast to Monday's gale and orange gloom !

The wind direction couldn't have been better and we flew from our usual spot at the south west corner of the field. This time, there was no chance of landing on the golf course..... !

There were thermals about , but some really dead air too , especially just after launches at our end, further down the airfield the air seemed much livelier.

A lot of good flights, Mike Chapman set a new record with three maxes in Open Glider with his Flashback , hotly pursued by Mike Edwards with two. Even my ancient Soarer Major managed a half decent flight.

The 51" comp was full of excitement, as Steve Ellis's Amethyst decided to demolish the runway, with amazingly little damage to itself, unlike Mike Edwards' model which decided to turn right on tow and disintegrated on impact with the peri track . I was of course there with my camera to record the event! Ken's model put up some very steady flights, but managed to find some serious downdrafts to keep his scores down, Howard got some very impressive launches in too. I managed a couple of good flights with my Mercury Swan, so thank you Steve and Howard for the retrieves


    So the results at the end of the day were as follows :-   

                                                                                 Open Glider......

                                                   1st   Mike Chapman      Flashback      360 secs (maxed out)

                                                   2nd   Mike Edwards      F1Havana       322 secs

                                                   3rd   Richard Granger   Soarer Major   54secs

                                                   51" Glider.......

                                                                                 1st   Mike Chapman    Caprice      333 secs 

                                                                                 2nd   Mike Edwards    Amethyst   310 secs 

                                                                                 3rd   Howard Smith     Amethyst    227 secs

                                                                                 4th   Steve Ellis            Amethyst     212 secs

                                                                                 5th   Ken Reeves         Ffoxy (sic)   209 secs

                                                                                 6th  Richard Granger  Swan          118 secs


Anticipating a good day's flying.


Mike Edwards looks happy with his Amethyst.

Uhh Oh !


Ken fettles his Ffoxy (A/1) glider, a well thought-out design.


Howard awaits Mike's signal to launch his KK Caprice - No rush


Ok, GO !  - Howard releases the KK Caprice - demonstrating a good launch angle.


Richard's Mercury Swan - it had a really good day out.


Flashback A/2 glider - designed by Andy Crisp.


Group shot - the fliers now looking very weary after a day of long retrievals.




 The Open Glider and Power Comp' ~ Sept' 2017.

Report and photo's from Richard.

Well, I suppose our luck with the weather had to run out at some point !

After weeks of glorious sunshine, Sunday dawned overcast and windy, but being a hardy lot, we all arrived at North Luffenham to fly.

After a few hairy launches, it became apparent that to try and fly the glider comp in that wind would have been mad, so we decided to fly just the Open Power instead. The Open Glider comp' will now be flown with the 51" Glider comp on the 15th October .

Open Power ~ Ken put in three spectacular flights, the climb-out on a well trimmed model being very impressive. In fact at one point I was left alone at the launch point while everyone else vanished into the distance looking for Ken's Climax , found after a long search. The walkie talkies
came in very useful, as the wind and long grass made the job of finding a model very difficult! Mike made three great flights with his Y-Bar, the last one in a short calm period which saved his model from arriving in Rutland water, or worse, the golf club! Peter had a rocket like takeoff but came to grief, leaving his model broken in half, most unfortunate . And yours truly managed a couple of flights with his antique KK Gipsy, still going strong after forty years.

Altogether, a really enjoyable day in good company as usual in spite of the weather.

                                                                        And the results were :-        

                                                                  1st    Mike Chapman     Y-Bar         235 secs

                                                                  2nd   Ken Reeves          Climax       197 secs

                                                                  3rd    Richard Granger   KK Gipsy    95  secs

                                                                  4th    Peter Arkley          Climax          5 secs (about)


Mike's master class with Y-Bar


The wind snatches the Y-Bar on launch!  but away safely.


Ken gets Climax away again ~ great launch and climb.


Richard launches his KK Gipsy, the only rubber entry.


Peter prepares his Climax.


The group photo - Peter is still smiling.



 The Nationals ~ Aug' 2017.

 Richard reports, photos from Richard and Ian.

I can scarcely remember when we had weather like that at the Nats. Wasn't it great ?!
Congratulations, Mike, on winning the C/L Scale comp. Kevin Morgan was placed ninth in the aerobatics final, but he got into it, no mean achievement.
And Ian Hewitt got sixth in Vintage C/L aerobatics and said he thoroughly enjoyed himself.
I just wandered around and also enjoyed myself.

Ian, going out for a flight.


Engine running, ready to go !


Fuelling the Mustang (don't forget the remove the vent pipe screws!!! )


Dirty fly-past (everything hanging out).



Kevin ready to commence his flight.


Kevin in action.


Control line Combat

Tony Cookson took 3rd place in the Oliver Combat class (28 entries) and 5th in Vintage combat (33 entries).

Richard informed me that that Tony is going to be the next chairman of the Combat Flyers Association.

Well done Tony.

Tony on the right with his models (third place).







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