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 Old Warden Scale Weekend

Mike Chapman

A few of our club members made their way to Bedfordshire to fly at the Scale weekend.

The weather was not good on the Saturday - lots of downpours. I drove there on the Sunday as the weather forecast was so much better. There are always many car boot sellers there and the prices for engines are so much lower the eBay, I missed out on an engine because I hesitated

I flew my Mitsubishi A6M5c Zero powered by a Merco 49. The model is now 12 years old but still gives a thrilling flight.

The two days before I spent time checking the model over, just as well because the glow plug needed replacing, the tail wheel fell off as I handled the model, the undercarriage retracts required some adjustment and oh ! I had forgotten that I had previously removed the bellcrank !

Well worth the effort as I came away with first place in the C/L scale class (single engined/full bodied).





 Open Vintage Stunt Competition 

Ian Hewitt organised this competition in memory of his father Ted.

The trophy will be engraved as the 'Ted Hewitt Memorial Trophy'

At was all hands to the deck and with such help the whole event was run smoothly and without any complaints.

The weather was favourable with threatening skies to start with but clearing as the competition progressed. Three rounds were flown, a lunch break taking place after round two. The standard of flying was variable as you might expect but the Nottingham fliers accounted for themselves well.




Peter Arkley 2nd,  Mick Taylor 1st  and Ian Hewitt 3rd.


Some serious judging taking place there :)


Ian and Peter enjoy the day.


Very close scoring at the top.


Shields for the places and the Ted Hewitt Memorial Trophy.


Only two crashes during the day so almost everyone went home having had a good days flying.



 The Trainer Race 2017 

Report from Richard with photo's from John Churchill and Richard.


We must have been good or something, this is the third comp this year when the sun shone and there was hardly any wind. Mercifully, the sheep seem to have avoided the recently mown circle, so the brush and shovel weren't needed after all. A good turnout, five fliers and one very disgruntled Peter Warne whose fuel pipe pulled out of his Phantom's embedded tank before he even started his engine .

In spite of trying hard, I failed to get 90 laps (required) out of my Mills 1.3 powered Buster, but managed 75, leaving Mike going round in circles for an embarrassing length of time after I filled the tank up to the top at the pit-stop . Ian's Jasco Trojan flew so fast I couldn't get a decent picture of it, just a puff of smoke, and Mike's very fine yellow Phantom went like the proverbial clappers on its last flight . Ken's ancient Phantom was having engine hissy fits , but managed a very creditable score, and the comp was won by Tony Cookson with a lethally fast and oily Phantom .

You can see how exhausting the evening was from the number of scorers etc who needed chairs ..... !

Thank you to Mike, Ian and Tony for " volunteering " to do all the flying and to everyone that helped with lap counting and timing.

After a very enjoyable evenings flying, the results were (best of two flights) :-

1st Tony Cookson Phantom 5mins 13secs

2nd Ian Hewitt Jasco Trojan 5 mins 29secs

3rd Mike Chapman Phantom 6 mins 39secs

4th Richard Granger Buster 7mins 24secs

5th Ken Reeves Phantom 7mins 33 secs


Our freshly mown flying circle. Gladiators at the ready !


First to arrive ready their models in the Pits area.


That's a clear case of bullying! The little Trojan went well after that punch in the face


Mike's Phantom airborne after a successful pit-stop.



Ken's Phantom (PAW 1.49) and Richard's SIG Buster (Mills 1.3)



Mike's Phantom  (re-engined PAW 1.49) and Tony's winning Phantom (MVVS 1.5)


Tony waits for his next pit-stop.


Keen as mustard, but Steve's new Phantom wasn't ready for action.


The Trainer Race - probably our most popular event.



 Cloud Tramp  ~ mass launch .

Tony Brookes encourages you to build a Cloud Tramp (rubber F/F) to join a world mass launch.

The launch will take place on Saturday 5th August at our Gotham field.

The launch will be at 17:00 BST.

A plan can be downloaded from the Outerzone website.




 C/L Aerobatic Comp' ~ June 2017

Report from Mike Chapman.

A nicely mown circle was ready for our use and the wind was a steady 9 mph with gusts coming through. In preparation for the open vintage comp in July I put out a test length of red and white warning tape in order to warn off any carbooters that were likely to drive past. It gave a good indication of the wind speed too.
The competition. Five fliers arrived and Ken Reeves had kindly agreed to judge for us and Mike Edwards assisted.

I had a practice flight then Kevin went straight into the first competition flight (he was fresh from the home internationals where Wales won). He flew a very smooth flight with his electric powered special.
Peter Warne went next but the model (no-name profile) was not too keen to fly the schedule ! He had tried 3 motors in it and had settled on a Merco 35 but it wasn't providing enough thrust, so he had an unpleasant flight.
I flew next with my OS LA40 powered  Francher Twister and was pleased with the flight considering I had not used the model since last year.
Ian Hewitt brought out his Ringmaster but wasn't able to make it perform as it had last year (by now the wind speed was increasing).
Peter Arkley arrived during the break but decided not to fly in the competition.
Round two was much the same as round one except Peter decided not to fly as he wasn't happy with his model, Kevin performed faultlessly, my own flight was about as good as it gets with a profile model, Ian had a rough flight and suffered in the gusting wind and being dazzled by the sun.
We'd had the best of the weather and as we stood around chatting the clouds came over and the skies darkened.

The only problem on the day was that I forgot to take any  photos so those here are from my archive.

                                                                                                                                1st     Kevin Morgan 
                                                                                                                                2nd    Mike Chapman
                                                                                                                                3rd     Ian Hewitt
                                                                                                                                4th     Peter Warne


Kevin with one of his electric powered models.


Mike with his Francher Twister.


Ian with a pair of Ringmasters.



 Rubber Scale Comp' ~ May 2017.

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


It was another fine, sunny, and almost windless evening yet again for our Rubber Scale comp. A fine turnout and some very good flights, as can be seen from the scores at the end of the day. 

Conditions were as near perfect as we could imagine.  

I even managed to lay a few  smoke trails by the end of the day, very satisfying. And thank goodness Paul had brought his roach pole with him , which saved my Tiger Moth after it got stuck in a tree ( it subsequently got squashed by a loose gas cylinder in the back of my car!  )

So at the end of a very enjoyable session,.......Best three of five flights.

                                                                                1st      John Churchill         Veron  Aeronca  Champion      135 secs

                                                                                2nd     Ian Hewitt               Found  Centennial                    130 secs

                                                                                3rd      Richard Granger      Ryan                                         90 secs

                                                                                4th      Paul Briggs             Sopwith  Triplane                       52 secs

                                                                                5th      Steve Ellis               Cessna                                      51 secs

                                                                                6th      Peter Warne            KK Cessna                                49 secs


Steve at his 'busy' table.


A good turnout on a superb evening.


Paul launches his Sopwith Triplane.


Peter Warne with his KK Cessna .


Ian's 'Found  Centennial'  high in the sky.


John's Veron  Aeronca  Champion  had some fantastic flights.


Steve persevered and finally got some good duration.


Richard had a lapse and reverted to rocket power ~ Space and beyond ! 


Silent observers



Our first outdoor competition of the season...

 Hand Launched Glider

Report from Richard. Photo's from Richard and John Churchill.

Our first outdoor competition of the season, and the weather couldn't have been better. Gotham really is a fine site when the weather's like this.
Wall to wall sunshine, and very little wind.

Steve Ellis managed to fly into the field over the road to start with, but thankfully found his model, after which we had a very enjoyable session.
My 15gram lightweight flew well, Mike and Ian gave some brilliant demonstrations of really serious throwing, and the sheep with their new offspring seemed completely unbothered.

And then, believe it or not, we all retired to the Cuckoo Bush for a noisy and enjoyable session.

The results, based on the best five of nine flights, were..............................

1st        Mike Chapman            121.9 secs

2nd       Ian Hewitt                    108.2 secs

3rd        Richard Granger          105.3 secs

4th        Steve Ellis                       94.1 secs

5th        Ken Reeves                     57.2 secs


Fixing, timing, trimming and scoring as the evening draws to a close.


Steve launches his new model, he'd been practising and it showed.

When the wind direction changed the model was lost over the road but found with the help of walkie talkie radios


Ian launches. A good launch got the model up.


Mike launches. No thermals this evening.


Mike's glider circles overhead.


Richard launches his super light indoor glider - it didn't need any lift to stay up.


At the end of evening Richard flew his Co2 powered Tiger Moth.


They had turned the lights on in the Cuckoo Bush by the time we took this photo.




Kevin Morgan's report of his trip to Australia to fly in the World Control Line Aerobatics championships.

Click here to read the report.



 The Midland Free Flight Gala - Oct' 29th 2016  

Report and Photo's from Mike Chapman


 This particular Saturday at North Luffenham was an excellent choice as the wind speed was a low 4 mph, perfect for trimming flights. The grass was still uncut which provided a soft cushion for those first tentative launches.
Ian Hewitt and Mike Edwards were there, Ian brought his Dixielander, Mike had two proven gliders and I took along three models, two power models and a glider.
There was a fantastic turn out for this, the last meeting of the year, parked cars seemed to stretch endlessly along the curving peri-track. There were so many fliers there that it was difficult to look up at any time and not see at least four models or more in the air and they were all circling overhead.
The sky was overcast all day so lift was almost non existent but some buoyant air could be found, even so, retrievers had to walk no more the a couple of hundred yards to collect their models. One of Mike's glider flights landed a few yards upwind of the launch point !
Ian's first power launches were proving quite dramatic as after about 30 feet the Dixielander started chasing it's tail with the motor going full chat My Dixie' did the same thing first flight - I put that down to weak tailplane hold-down bands, replacing them cured the problem I then had some very good flights. My latest Y-Bar power model flew straight off the board showing an eagerness to climb climb climb   The other untried model I took along was a Lil' Dip glider (American kit), I had previously tested it on the hill at Gotham so knew the glide was OK.  Towing showed the need for some right trim, after corrections were made the tow and glide were fine, immediately drawing a question from a well known flyer to ask what the design was.
Great flying until the sun went down, though it seemed strange driving back home in the dark.

But oh! that grass - my thighs ache today !


Ian Hewitt with his OS 20 powered Dixielander.



 Open Power and Glider Comp' - Oct' 2016

Report and Photo's from Mike Chapman.


The foul rain cleared just before midday but the wind was very strong, Howard was away first and maxed. Ken sent his aged Climax power model up on a test flight which is climbing very well (after much fettling), enthused by these two flights I launched my glider but it was a near calamity and resulted in a 35 second flight. We set off to retrieve our models and to assist Howard as we knew via the walkie-talkies that he couldn't find his glider. Over an hour later we returned to the cars with all three models - time for lunch

Howard wasn't keen to go again and I had to play catch-up. My second flight was better but towing was scary and the time was only 1.11 so I still hadn't over taken Howard's 2 minutes.
In the meantime Ken had put in a very good official power flight and whilst retrieving it, saw my glider land and brought it back. The air seemed better so I brought out my Caprice to fly and promptly made a post hole with it , no serious damage,  I was able to try again, running like a madman towards it I made a fairly good launch which meant if Howard was retain his first place he would have to fly again He rose to the challenge and despite an almost disastrous tow, managed to record a time which was unassailable.
Now, time to enter my Dixielander into the power comp. This model has been so difficult to 'sort' that I almost decided to give up on it . Nevertheless here it was, re-engined, new engine bearers and a whole lot of negative incidence on the tailplane. I had also made a special leather re-enforced glove to start the AM 35 engine! It was going to have to go 'flight untested'. The engine was better behaved than previously, and on a modest setting I released it, and it climbed faultlessly (though stalling on the glide), it wasn't a long flight, but I was buzzing. A quick return and ready for a second flight. I ran the engine close to   this time and it climbed like a home sick angel (only a 6 second engine run !), still no decent air but it was great to watch and I had overtaken Ken's recorded time. The deep wet grass had made our legs pretty tired by now, Ken declined to fly again leaving just time for us to take a selfie and to look at a ridiculously blue sky.
While we were busy with our flying it was quite noticeable that the BMFA Area fliers were putting up very few flights.


Open Glider

1st  Howard Smith - Amethyst

2nd  Mike Chapman - Lil' Hinney and Caprice


Open Power

1st  Mike Chapman - Dixielander (AM 35)

2nd  Ken Reeves - Climax (MVVS 1.5)


The best we could do in the photo department - Group Selfie !


As the winds eased and the sky cleared - we went home !

C'est la Vie.



 An impromptu control line Scale meet at Gotham.

Brief report by Mike Chapman

The weather indications for the day of the rubber scale event were good so Ian Hewitt and myself took along our scale models to fly. Mike Edwards invited his friend as a guest flier, John had two unflown models, a Curtiss Hawk P6E fitted with a Veco 19 and a semi scale Spitfire fitted with a Merco 35. Ian Hewitt flew his Profile Mosquito (recently awarded 1st place at Old Warden Scale Day in the Flying Only category). I flew my Mustang (recently awarded a certificate at the Old Warden Scale Day for 'The most entertaining flight of the competition'). After we had flown we set-to to see if we could get John's models running/flying. A good engine setting could not be found on the Veco 19 so it had to stay on the ground. After much fettling we got the Spitfire flying and managed about a dozen good laps on the last flight.

John went home a very happy man.




 Ringmaster Flyathon at Gotham. Oct' 2016.

Report from Mike Chapman. Photo's from Mike and Ian Hewitt

There was a good response to Ian Hewitt's request for fliers to attend the Ringmaster Flyathon at Gotham. The weather was ideal and models other than Ringmasters were flown. Mike Edwards brought along a forty year old combat wing fitted with an Ed Racer also forty years old, the engine was reluctant to start probably because the fuel was also forty years old Switching to the fresh diesel fuel that Ian had with him, I soon had the engine humming - I agreed to test fly it

Ian had brought with him three Ringmasters - a normal size, a larger one and now a junior with a 1.5cc CS Oliver Cub which we all took turns to fly. The Peters, Warne and Arkley brought their Ringmasters too. The total number of Ringmaster flights was 37, not bad for one days work.
Dave Wright flew his rebuilt
Flite Streak and it showed no signs of the massive amount of damage incurred during our Stunt Race.

The winds were light and from the fabled NE/E direction so I was able to test glide four free flight gliders/power models that I had taken with me for that purpose. Launching them from halfway up the hill provided excellent indication of their trim. A couple of the test glides showing an alarming tendency to contact lift !

Six hours of non-stop flying - a pretty good day for aero modellers.



Models and fliers in readiness.


Peter Arkley - mid manoeuvre.


Peter whips into a landing.


All OK and ready for another flight.

Mike in background recovering a F/F model from the hill.


Halfway through the day and no broken models.



The 51" Glider competition. Sept' 2016

Report and Photos from Richard.

What a brilliant day we had on Sunday ! After the rain and gloom on Saturday, the forecasters got it right, and apart from an odd gust, the winds were ideal, and the sun shone all day. No wings folded, no towlines snapped, and the retrieves were all successful, including Howard's epic 3 min 42 sec flight, after the comp was over!  Ian's model attacked a parked car, unfortunately, the car won.

Lift was really erratic, one or two launches resulting in serious loss of height just after release and good lift hard to find.

After the comp was over, I managed a few good flights with my new R/C rudder controlled Marauder, which obligingly landed almost at its launch point, just the job for avoiding those long retrieves.

And the results, being the total in seconds of three flights, were...............

                                                                                     1st   Mike Chapman      Caprice                   299 seconds (2 maxes)
                                                                                     2nd   Peter Arkley         Caprice                   230 seconds
                                                                                     3rd   Howard Smith       Amethyst                 190 seconds
                                                                                     4th    Ian Hewitt            Lil' Hinney Mk1         66 seconds


Peter releases Ian's Lil' Hinney Mk1.


Ian with his Lil' Hinney Mk1 - had only one flight (sore foot).


Howard releases Mike's KK Caprice.


Howard and Mike return after an epic flight and retrieve - the D/T line hung-up !

Previous flight the model D/T'd prematurely, after only one minute (Polish spiral timer !)


The fliers - low entry due to holidays, but still, a hard fought competition.


Richard with Mercury Marauder - maiden flights over and it flew wonderfully.



 The Stunt Race 2016

Report and Photos from Richard.

What a fine summer’s day we chose for the Stunt Race ! Warm and sunny, in a wonderful countryside location.
Only one problem, the wind! I recorded a gust of 24mph at one point, and between some short lulls, the wind speed averaged around 15-18mph.
Arriving at Gotham I expected to find a disconsolate group of fliers about to go home, but there they were, laying out lines and running up engines instead !
I have nothing but admiration for anyone flying in that wind, and apart from the total destruction of Dave Wright’s entry in a spectacular crash, everyone else survived. But watching from the side lines was quite alarming, some manoeuvres looking remarkably clean in spite of the severe buffeting from the wind. Even our judges and timekeepers chairs got blown over ! At the end of the day, it was agreed that having survived the first round, a second round would have been suicidal, so we all went home or off to the Cuckoo Bush after a good natter and very enjoyable race.

1st Mike Chapman, with 401 seconds

2nd Peter Warne,     with  534 seconds
3rd Ian Hewitt,        with 708 seconds
4th Dave Wright,   model crashed ~ sympathies all round

And please don’t ask me how the scoring works, only our esteemed judge and secretary Ken understands it !

Our thanks to Ken for judging, to Richard for time keeping and to Mike Edwards for his lap counting.

Ed: See the rules here.


Preparing models in the freshly mown Pits area.

Models from top to bottom are, Mike's Akroblaster Special, Peter's ARF Flite Streak, Ian's Ace (AM plan) and Dave's Flite Streak.


Flite Streak close-up.


Mike's much modified Sig Akromaster with Irvine 20 ABC.


The spinner saved Dave's engine from damage this time, the model will be repaired..


Peter flies his Flite Streak fitted with an MDS 18, it coped well with the wind.



Group shot - nothing here to indicate 24 mph winds !




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