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Mowing the control line circle.


Mike gives Frisky Fox an outing - going round and round and round ......


and round and round and round..........

It took Richard and I two hours to complete the mowing of the circle and pits area.


Test gliding a new power model - 'Jaysbird' - 1.5cc PAW engine.



 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 remarkably well in the wind, and only busted a wing and wing strut, fortunately repairable.

2nd  Richard Granger     48 secs              ( narrow squeak ) 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, also dug a hole in the field and completely wrecked itself.

4th   Peter Arkley           40 secs      with his Lacey M10, which performed a spectacular 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 ! )



 BMFA Midland Area.

News has been passed to me by our secretary Ken Reeves.

The Midland Area have been dormant since the demise of the Festival of Flight but now wish to become more well known. There is a website where more information is available.

There is a Midland Area Open Day at the National Flying Centre, Buckminster, on Wednesday18th July 2018.

(Flying on the day, only R/C is mentioned)


Controlline fliers are encouraged to attend their 1st event at Buckminster - details on their website



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.




 Indoor Champs at Walsall.

Some of our club members attended..

Paul judged for most of the day then he and Richard organised the Mass launch and Air Race.

Andy and his son James seemed to have enjoyed themselves  too.




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).




 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.


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.


The Trainer Race - probably our most popular event.



 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.




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