Jeremy recently discovered a recording of a 1982 video which illustrates the problems our members had using early glow and diesel motors and a very bumpy Dairy Meadow for a take off
strip. A few screen shots from the video follow:
Dave Girling with his
Ray Slack and Mal Brewer
quarter scale Pup
on the launch pad
Chris helps Phil launch Phil, in control of his Flyboy Job
Ray and Robin about to launch
Phil with his
Chris about to go gliding
Dave Girling's Storch
Ray about to launch his underpowered
jet along the carpet strip
with the inevitable result
Gerry Tucker with his Skyvan
Always a difficult take off
worrying the onlookers
A period model
End of reel
Joe Brian Buffham, supervision by Eric Davies
Paul Connabeer helped by Dad Biffo with Graham Lee
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Ray Slack with Chris Hill
Some other snaps of Chris Hill, Chris Gooderham and Ray
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4 pilots from Alpha Models preparing for a Woodvale display,
2 Senior Telemasters carrying 2 MFA Hummingbirds for high altitude launch. Each Hummingbird was powered by 6xAA NiCds Rubbish duration, but just the spark of a new idea!
Biffo carries Eric Evan's 'Wimpy' to the strip, it was powered by two OS Wankel engines. Unfortunately they had a tendency to overheat
leading to the early demise of this beautiful scale model.
Biffo here is 'pitting' for Hubert Like Slackie, a well known Master's Class aerobatic competitor.
The Pits are busy, but nobody's posing Biffo,Mo,Gerry,Jim Evans and Ken Gould examining Jim's Unique Models 'Chipperhawk.' (Unique Models later became Skyway Models)
Concentration in Robin's face!
Dave Girling receives his award
Ken Sessford seems pleased!
Bob Fletcher is the Cup Winner
Chairman Eric Evans scores the P47
in the Scale Competition
In '78 the club travelled by coach to a memorable Shuttleworth display.
Paul Wiliams helps Biffo to launch his Miles Magister, built to a Dennis Bryant plan.
This was the first attempt by a club member, not very successfully, to use a 4 stroke glow, the Kalt 45.
The farmer ( landlord) believed in rotating his crops
so The Club Hut ( Shed) had to be moved to the next field and 2 years later moved back again. Snaps of the cheerful working party!
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Let it Snow, not ideal weather for taking snaps, but we wont let that stop the flying.
Conditions were so grotty on occasion, that Bob compared it to Control Line flying without the line!
Slackie launching Dave Girling's Club 20
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Mal Brewer and his 'Snark'.
Mike Thomas won the Club Concours with his 'Gangster 63'
And then there was the Club Barbeque,
Skies might be grey, but we are focussed on food and drink today, so who cares!
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Dave Bower, concentrating and again with a Waterhouse and Eley 'Super Fli'
Alan Lewis, Mo, Mike Thomas, Robin and Eric- on the 'Other field'
Bob Fletcher's Pit area, scattered around you will see:-
a Mercury Galahad, a Sharkface fuse from Aviette Senator
and a low winger from Roland Scott's Shop.
This looks rather like 'Little Toni' imported in the '80s from Joe Bridi in the USA
( and still available from Great Planes) Little Toni was modelled on the RV4, the real article can be seen on Page 3 of our Gallery.
Just a word about our friend, the late Ray Slack
Remembering our friend and well known model engineer,
The Ray Slack Memorial Shield is to be an Annual presentation. to the member who has made the most significant contribution to the running of the club.
Above you can see his Grumann F8F Bearcat retract
and his 5 cylinder glow radial .
Our own Ozzie Ray is well known in the UK Warbirding circuit and his fifth scale Spit Mark IX
caught the eye of Alex Whittaker at December's Barkston Heath meet. As described in the March edition 2010 of RCM&;E soft landings are to be expected
as the model sports a pair of Ray Slack retracts.
We echo Alex's kind words, remembering his friendship and
the contribution Ray Slack made to our sport and to our club in particular.