Welcome to Mike's flying scale model pages



The purpose of this site is to show examples of free-flight flying scale models mainly from the UK, together with useful information, hints and tips for fellow builders. If newcomers to this fine hobby find encouragement here, then so much the better!

My main interest is in traditionally constructed scale models, built using a balsa framework covered in tissue. Motive power is usually electric, CO2 or the traditional rubber strip motor. It is years since I built a model with an internal combustion motor in it - nowadays there seems to be a move towards quieter, more "enviromentally friendly" power units, so CO2 and Electric are becoming more popular, and there are even compressed air power units available. The appearance a few years ago of Rapier solid fuel propulsion units has also lead to an entertaining detour into the wonderful world of small free-flight scale jets.





31.08.14
  • 2014 FAC Nationals report added
  • Photo gallery 11 updated

    21.05.14
  • 2014 BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals report added
  • On the workbench updated

    23.01.14
  • 2014 events calendar added


  • Contents

    Why free-flight?

    Photos and notes on some of my models

    Photo gallery 1
    Photo gallery 2
    Photo gallery 3
    Photo gallery 4
    Photo gallery 5
    Photo gallery 6
    Photo gallery 7
    Photo gallery 8
    Photo gallery 9
    Photo gallery 10
    Photo gallery 11 *Updated 31.08.2014*
    On the workbench

    Guest model pages

    Chris Parent
    Rapier model gallery 1
    Rapier model gallery 2
    Rapier model gallery 3
    Rapier model gallery 4
    Rapier model gallery 5
    Rapier model gallery 6
    John Ernst
    Chris Starleaf

    Reports from flying scale model events

    BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals 2004
    BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals 2004 - Part 2
    Eddie Riding Trophy 2004
    Interscale 2004
    Interscale 2004 - part 2
    Indoor scale at Swindon, November 2004

    Indoor scale at Birmingham, February 2005
    BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals 2005
    Eddie Riding Trophy 2005
    Indoor scale at Birmingham, October 2005

    Indoor scale at Birmingham, February 2006
    BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals 2006
    2006 Flying Aces Nationals part 1
    2006 Flying Aces Nationals part 2
    2006 Eddie Riding Trophy

    BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals 2007

    BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals 2008
    2008 Flying Aces Nationals part 1
    2008 Flying Aces Nationals part 2

    BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals 2009

    BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals 2010
    2010 Flying Aces Nationals part 1
    2010 Flying Aces Nationals part 2

    BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals 2011

    BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals 2012
    2012 Flying Aces Nationals part 1
    2012 Flying Aces Nationals part 2

    BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals 2013

    BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals 2014
    2014 Flying Aces Nationals part 1 *NEW 31.08.2014*
    2014 Flying Aces Nationals part 2*NEW 31.08.2014*

    Click here for older reports (1999 - 2003), with lots more pictures

    Techniques

    Hints and Tips
    Step by step guide to masking and spraying markings and insignia
    Attaching wings to biplanes
    Simulating corrugated metal surfaces
    Jetex/Rapier powered models
    Printing German WW1 Lozenge Camouflage onto Tissue
    Moulding your own cockpit canopies
    Canopy forming using a sealant gun
    Build your first flying scale model
    Build your first flying scale jet
    Masking and spraying camouflage patterns using a cheap airbrush

    Plan downloads

    Rubber powered scale models
    Rapier powered scale jets
    Veron Combi-kit plans
    Skyleada scale glider plans

    Other stuff

    Kit reviews
    Nostalgia corner
    Useful addresses
    2014 Events calendar
    Links
    Who is this Mike bloke anyway?



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    Site last updated 31st August 2014

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