International Indoor Fly In, Nijmegen, Holland - 11th - 12th November 2017 - Part 2

Before moving on to the kit scale, Peanut and Pistachio classes, I've really got to mention the catering arrangements for the weekend, which greatly contributed to the enjoyment of the event. Lunches, including hot food, were provided on both days, and we were treated to a great banquet on Saturday night. The food, all delicious, was prepared by the organisers and their families - in fact the whole event has a unique informal, friendly family feel to it. Oh, and the sports hall even has a bar so you can enjoy a beer with your lunch if you like.



Kit scale had a healthy entry of 25 models, many of which can be seen on the table here, waiting their turn to be judged. To the right of my Shark you can see the pink Spitfire and Sopwith Camel by Jonathan Markovitz, both built from Vintage Model Company kits.

I learned a lesson about the importance of having a tightly fitting nose plug with the big Blackburn Shark, as the first two flights were very left wing down which killed the climb and lead to one-wheel landings with plenty of turns left in the motor. For flight three I tried a bit of tip weight on the right wing, but this just made the model fly straight after take off and I was grateful for a catcher who saved it from damage. The tip weight was then removed! It was then that Richard Crossley noticed how loose my nose plug was, so much so that under motor tension, the side thrust disappeared. Before the final flight I glued notepaper round the plug to give a tight fit, and added a small amount of extra noseweight, and the model was transformed. Having the right thrust obviously has a big influence in keeping the nose up in the turn, resisting the left bank. The video below from Firenpoyx1 shows the last flight, which was easily the Shark's best of the weekend.






Brave choice of subject by Robert Pajas was this Stinson Trimotor, which is an old Scientific design. Neat finishing using coloured tissue, as encouraged by the kit scale rules.






Graham Banham had his Heinkel He 100, built from the old Flyline design, going well, achieving the third highest flying score, also finishing third overall. Behind you can see Peter Fardell's new Fairchild 24 built from the Guillows design. Peter got the second highest kit scale flying score.






Top in kit scale static was Jiri Dolezel with this Earl Stahl designed Rearwin Speedster, again kitted by Flyline. Jiri was fourth placed in static and finished overall second in class.

KIT SCALE COMPLETE RESULTS

Name Country Model Type Static Score Best two flight scores Total Position
Vlastimil Simek CZ Aerosport 80 176 256 1
Jiri Dolezel CZ Rearwin Speedster 80 169 249 2
Graham Banham UK Heinkel He 100 57.5 170 227.5 3
Derek Knight UK Piper Family Cruiser 65 160 225 4
Peter Fardell UK Fairchild 24 52.5 170 222.5 5
Mike Stuart UK Blackburn Shark 72.5 147 219.5 6
Peter Fardell UK SE5A 62.5 153 215.5 7
Chris Strachan UK Piper J-3 Cub 75 137 212 8
Jan-Willem Roest NL Sperry Messenger 57.5 154 211.5 9
Georg Tornkvist SWE Ganagobie 50 160 210 10
Andy Blackburn UK Cessna 140 62.5 145 207.5 11
Andy Blackburn UK Supermarine Spitfire 65 140 205 12
Robert Pajas CZ Stinson Trimotor 77.5 126 203.5 13
Chris Blanch UK Waco Coastguard 55 146 201 14
Doug Hunt UK Fiesler Storch 52.5 135 187.5 15
Vincent Merlijn NL D.H.Puss Moth 32.5 152 184.5 16
Martin Lambert DE Curtiss P-40 Warhawk 37.5 139 176.5 17
Jonathan Markovitz UK Supermarine Spitfire 42.5 131 173.5 18
Vincent Merlijn NL Mig 3 30 114 144 19
Jonathan Markovitz UK Sopwith Camel 77.5 58 135.5 20
Roman Groener CH Travel Air Mystery Ship 72.5 61 133.5 21
Winfried Huguenin NL Cessna Bird Dog 27.5 106 133.5 21
Bill Dennis UK Fairchild 24 57.5 65 122.5 23
Doug Hunt UK Fokker D.VII 60 61 121 24
Jan-Willem Roest NL Cosmic Wind - 150 150 -


Peanut scale (F4F) was extremely competitive with 35 entries, including some absolutely stunning models. With such a large field I was very happy to finish 6th in the overal rankings (and top non-Czech), which became 4th place once the second models had been removed from the rankings. I opened up the turn of the Ripon a bit, which meant adding a touch more noseweight, but the larger circuits seemed to help the duration. Best time I managed was 44 seconds plus the 10 second bonus for a take-off. I think that's about the limit for the model with the weight it is - I was winding right near the maximum to get 1600 turns and blew the motor on Sunday afternoon, fortunately without serious damage.



Just have a look at this amazing Albatros W.4 by Tonda Alfery which topped the static scores by a huge margin. It also flew for 59 seconds, and despite this only finished third overall. Tonda didn't even get to take a trophy home for it either because he won the class with the model below, and only the highest scoring model counts for the placings.



This beautiful Spitfire LF.Mk. XIe was the winning model, which came second in static and third in flying (best flight was 69 seconds). It's a foamie of course.




Separating Tonda's two models was Ondrej Krucky with this Jodel D.9 Bebe. This model came third in static and second in flying - best time was an impressive 77 seconds.




Ondrej's second model was this immaculate Howard DGA-15.




Jiri Dolezel had two models in the top five, the highest placed of which was this gorgeous Latecoere 28.3 floatplane.




George Kandylakis entered this charming Vendome Monoplane - love those enormous spoked wheels!




Martin Huk was flying this nicely weathered Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar which finished 5th overall.




This attractive Fokker F.II by Wout Moerman was winner of the Dutch championship - a competition within the competition.




Michal Krepelka had two models entered, fiirstly this fine flying Dewoitine D.7 (best time 68 seconds).



His second entry was a Miles Sparrowhawk - I don't think I've ever seen one finished in RAF camouflage before.




I loved the finish and subtle weathering on Martin Huk's Republic P-47.




Fourth in static was this Gerner & Koch G.1 by Lars Tolkstam (no, I hadn't heard of it either!)

PEANUT SCALE (F4F) COMPLETE RESULTS

Name Country Model Type Static score Static place Best two flights (sec) Flying place Total Overall place
Tonda Alfery CZ Supermarine Spitfire LF.Mk.XIe 115 2 136 3 5 1
Ondrej Krucky CZ Jodel D.9 Bebe 106 3 153 2 5 2
Tonda Alfery CZ Albatros W.4 152 1 117 7 8 3
Jiri Dolezel CZ Latecoere 28.3 93 8 115 8 16 4
Jiri Dolezel CZ Bell P-39 Airacobra 94 7 110 11 19 5
Mike Stuart UK Blackburn Ripon 101 5 103 14 19 6
Martin Huk CZ Nakajima Ki 43 92 10 113 9 19 7
Jacques Cartigny FRA Morane-Saulnier 1500 88 13 122 6 19 8
Wout Moerman NL Fokker F.II 81 21 124 5 26 9
Jacques Cartigny FRA Loire Nieuport LN.411 90 11 94 16 27 10
Robert Pajas CZ Aero A-35 87 14 107 13 27 11
Lars Tolkstam SWE Gerner & Koch G1 105 4 71 24 28 12
Michal Krepelka CZ Dewoitine D.7 73 24 132 4 28 13
Michal Krepelka CZ Miles M7 Sparrowhawk 89 12 91 17 29 14
Ondrej Krucky CZ Howard DGA-15 83 18 108 12 30 15
Chris Strachan UK Beardmore Wee Bee 56 32 166 1 33 16
George Kandylakis GR Vendome Monoplane 85 17 82 19 36 17
Chris Blanch UK Bowers Fly Baby 1A 100 6 30 32 38 18
Tapio Linkosalo FIN Pik-18 60 30 111 10 40 19
Jonathan Markovitz UK Andreasson BA-4B 71 26 97 15 41 20
Vincent Merlijn NL Macchi M.67 87 14 48 29 43 21
Roman Groener CH Bowers Fly Baby 1A 74 23 79 21 44 22
J.C.Bourdeaudhui FRA Jodel D.9 Bebe 80 22 77 23 45 23
Martin Huk CZ Republic P-47N 87 14 4 33 47 24
Tim Horne UK Wingwax 66 28 82 19 47 25
Luis Bautista NL Tipsy S.2 83 18 35 31 49 26
Andy Blackburn UK Andreasson BA-4B 66 28 79 21 49 27
J.C.Bourdeaudhui FRA Farman 451 55 34 88 18 52 28
Andrea Hartstein SWE Sommer Type F Monoplane 73 24 39 30 54 29
Bryan Stichbury UK Andreasson BA-4B 66.5 27 60 27 54 30
Martin Lambert DE Druine Turbulent 56 32 71 24 56 31
Doug Hunt UK Thomas Morse Scout 59 31 63 26 57 32
Vincent Merlijn NL Chambermaid 38 35 54 28 63 33
Tom Callant BE Sopwith Triplane 93 8 - - - -
Andrea Hartstein SWE Lacey M-10 82 20 - - - -



With 17 entries, Pistachio Scale clearly remains popular in Europe, despite the challenge of getting such tiny models to fly properly. My newly completed Mr Mulligan was the expected disaster, and I couldn't get it to fly at all. In the end I didn't even submit it for scale judging. That really is it now - never again will I attempt a Pistacahio - if anybody spots me trying again, please stop me!



The class was won by Tonda Alfery with a Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe, and he also came third with a Chance-Vought Corsair. Sadly I managed to not take a photo of either of those, but here is Lars Tolkstam's second placed Udet Flamingo. It's best fight was an impressive 57 seconds.




Lovely airbrush work evident in this Aviatik D.II by Martin Huk. Model finished top in static and fourth overall.

Behind you can see Martin's second entry, an extremely modified racing Bell P-63 Kingcobra.




Wout Moerman placed fifth with this Koolhoven FK.46.




Highest place Brit was Chris Blanch with this colourful Bowers Fly Baby 1A.




Best flight score was achieved by Georg Tornkvist with this lightweight Ganagobie.

PISTACHIO SCALE COMPLETE RESULTS

Name Country Model Type Static score Static place Best two flights (sec) Flying place Total Overall place
Tonda Alfery CZ Supermarine Spitfire LF.Mk.XIVe 62 2 91 5 7 1
Lars Tolkstam SWE Udet Flamingo 59 3 112 4 7 2
Tonda Alfery CZ Chance Vought Kingfisher 57 4 121 3 7 3
Martin Huk CZ Aviatik D.II 67 1 45 11 12 4
Wout Moerman NL Koolhoven F.K.46 52 5 80 7 12 5
Chris Blanch UK Bowers Fly Baby 1A 49 8 87 6 14 6
Georg Tornkvist SWE Ganagobie 33 13 137 1 14 7
Ondrej Krucky CZ Fike Model E 32 14 127 2 16 8
Tim Horne UK Waco SRE 46 9 57 8 17 9
Martin Huk CZ Bell P-63 Racer 50 6 28 13 19 10
David Prior UK Bede BD 4 38 11 55 9 20 11
Bryan Stichbury UK Andreasson BA-4B 46 9 44 12 21 12
Chris Strachan UK Wittman Buster 38 11 28 13 24 13
Jacques Cartigny FRA Chance Vought Corsair 32 14 54 10 24 14
Jacques Cartigny FRA Supermarine Spitfire XIV 50 6 - - - -
J.C.Bourdeaudhui FRA Pottier 100 31 16 - - - -
J.C.Bourdeaudhui FRA Caudron Type N 21 17 - - - -




A low key scale glider event was held on Sunday with no static judging, just the flights being scored. Winner was Vincent Merlijn with a Nimbus 3 - the white glider at the front of this group. It must have been extremely light as it floated around very realistically and stayed up significantly longer than its rivals. Peter Fardell was second with his Lilienthal (at back of group) and Peter Smart came third with his Slingsby Falke (the white and brown glider)


A few final comments to round things off. All credit to Bernard Bruins and his team for organising such an excellent event which ran extremely smoothly. If there were any glitches or behind the scenes issues, I didn't notice any - in fact it was amazing how relaxed Bernard looked over the weekend! I enjoyed having the chance to fly in such an excellent hall for three days and it was a great chance to meet and chat with fellow modellers from all over Europe. The excellent food and refreshments provided were the icing on the cake.

I did feel rather sorry for the judges though, especially those judging the open classes - with the amount of entries this year they were working flat out for the whole of both days. One possible solution for next year to ease the burden would be to maybe stop allowing second entries in the most popular classes?

I strongly suspect this will not be my last visit to this event, but next time I'm going to make sure I have somebody to take with me to share the not inconsiderable cost of the Harwich to Hook of Holland car ferry!




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