International Indoor Fly In, Nijmegen, The Netherlands 12th - 13th November 2022

It had been three years since the last International Indoor Fly-In at Nijmegen, due to Covid and the associated travel restrictions, so it was great to be finally back. There is quite a lot of driving involved as well as two overnight ferries, but definitely worth it I think. Having Pete Smart as a travel companion and assistant navigator was a bonus - it is not so much fun on your own!

The Jan Massinkhal is a brilliant indoor flying venue, unusual in that it is not only large but square - ideal for what we do. This means that unlike at Walsall the competitors tables are arranged around against the walls, rather than having a dedicated pits area at one end. The event features both scale and duration indoor classes and the scale classes this time were flown to the 2019 BMFA rules. Understandably, the organisers had taken the decision to see how our new rules worked out in practise before deciding whether to adopt them. Duration classes are flown in dedicated slots, giving the rest of us the chance to do repairs and generally socialise while they are flying.

I know the organisers were a little concerned as to how many entrants they would get, but in fact I counted 26 scale competitors with many European countries represented, including 7 from the UK. Our usual procedure after docking on Friday morning is to drive to our favourite hotel (The Rozenhof) just outside Nijmegen and pass the time there until the trimming session at the sports hall starts in the early afternoon. This year, however, due to some sort of mix up at the venue, the session had to be delayed until 6pm. So, a somewhat lazy day ensued, followed by an excellent evening meal at 5pm and a dash to the Sports Hall to start flying. We still had the promised 5 hours in there, which meant it was possible to fly until 11pm - definitely the latest I have ever been model flying. Despite a certain amount of fatigue setting in, nobody was willing to return to the hotel early and miss out on valuable trimming time.

As well as my competition models I also brought along my Auster B.4 Ambulance and newly completed West Wings Hawker Hart to see if I could trim them for indoor flying. The Ambulance was soon flying very steadily, but after a few tentative hops with the Hart, I got worried by the rather hefty collisions with the floor and decided to wait and try it outdoors on a softer surface when the weather allows. I concentrated of tweaking the trim on my kit scale Veron Nieuport 27 - a process which continued all the way to Sunday. I didn't risk the SOC Seagull on Friday - the last flight it had made was at Walsall, which had been a qualifying flight, so I thought I'd just try and get one flight in the bag on Saturday before I fiddled with anything.

Every scale class has flight rounds on both Saturday and Sunday, which helps give a more relaxed feel to proceedings compared to Walsall. If it all goes wrong on Saturday, you still have a chance to sort things out in time for Sunday. Plus you get a banquet on the Saturday night, which is a great chance to mix with fellow enthusiasts from other countries.

The Open Rubber class (F4D) had 14 entries, all of which made a successful a qualifying flight of 15 seconds.

Here are some the open class models awaiting static judging. Nearest the camera, left to right, are Antonin Alfery's electric Spitfire Mk.IXc, Pete Fardell's rubber powered Bleriot and Graham Banham's rubber powered Botali P.A.M.A.

Here are the top two models in the open rubber class. Antonin Alfery's brilliant Chance Vought V-173, in yellow at the back, won again as it had in 2019. Jiri Dolozel ran him close though with his gorgeous Avia BH-9, seen at the front of the picture. The Avia would have won were it not for the 10% twin bonus added to the flight score of the V-173.

Below are videos I took of both models on Sunday.

Third place went to Richard Crossley's Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" which flew beautifully, as it had at the BMFA Indoor Nats,

Lars Tolkstam's Rumpler C.1 finished fourth in class. Light weight makes this model a superb slow flyer.

I managed 5th place with the Curtiss SOC Seagull. What was most pleasing was that my fourth and final flight was the best one. Flight three did not get very high and the model flew left with quite a steep bank. The only change I made before flight 4 was to add an extra 1/64" ply shim to give more right thrust, and the effect was dramatic. See video above by Vladimir Alfery.

Pete Smart brought his Pitts Special out of retirement and had it flying as well as I've seen it. The landing on the video below couldn't have been any smoother. Pete finished 6th in class.

Pete Fardell's Bleriot has made the transition from outdoor to indoor competition seamlessly - the slow flying speed makes it a very realistic performer, as you can see here.

This is Tim Horne's pretty new Caudron C-635 Simoun which proved rather a handful to trim. Tim worked hard on it over the weekend and was rewarded with a couple of hand-launched qualifying flights.

Open electric (F4E) had just 5 entries, which was a bit disappointing. I'm hoping I'll be able to add one more to that number next year.

Antonin Alfery won the class with this beautiful Spitfire Mk.IXc, looking more like a very well built plastic kit than a free flight model. Construction is from foam and the model uses a brushless electric motor.

Richard Crossley finished second with his Consolidated PB2Y Coronado. The video above was taken by Vladimir Alfery from the upper level, which gives a different perspective.

In third place was Graham Banham's new Porterfield Collegiate which got the joint highest flight score in the class.

Peter Smart's Fokker F.XXXVI is now flying better than ever and finished fourth in class.

Although he didn't enter the model in the competition, Antonin Alfery was test flying this new electric ducted fan North American FJ 1 Fury. The fuselage is carved foam, hollowed out before adding the fan ducting. The fuselage was tissue-covered to get a smooth surface for painting. Note the flaps are modelled extended to increase wing area and provide more lift. I believe an altimeter is incorporated, calibrated so that the motor shuts down once the model has touched down.

The model flies beautifully as you can see in Vladimir Alfery's video below.

Only three people entered the CO2 class this time so unless some more CO2 flyers turn up, I suspect it is only a matter of time before it is combined with the electric class.

Antonin Alfery won the class with this lovely Pfalz D.XII. I think the fuselage is moulded foam, with all flying surfaces in balsa and tissue. The lozenge fabric was beautifully done.

George Kandylakis came second with this 1/20th scale PZL P.24. The model is enlarged from my 1/24th scale design, the plan for which is available here, so I was thrilled to see it flying so well.

There were 11 entries in Kit Scale, a bit down on previous years. Last time we were here, Richard Crossley won with his Comet 54" Aeronca Chief and he did it again this year. It just shows how well a large, lightly built model can fly indoors.

Jiri Dolozel came second in class with this Earl Stahl designed Rearwin Speedster, as kitted by Flyline.

I was very pleased to get third place with my Veron Nieuport 27. I'd been tweaking the trim slightly all weekend, adding more down and side thrust, more nose weight and finally a bit of tip weight on the right hand wing. It's always nice when your best flight is the last one. You may notice some damage to the right wing - this was a result of a collision with another model. Thankfully, after making repairs and patching up the tissue, the trim remained unaffected.

George Kandylakis finished fourth in class with this CO2 powered Blackburn Monoplane, built from the Aerographics kit.

This is Peter Fardell's new Fokker D.VII from the Herr Engineering kit. The model was trimmed during the event and got better and better - the last two flights on Sunday were the best of the weekend.

Jiri Pavlicek built a Veron Comper Swift using the plan elsewhere on this site (Build your first flying scale model) and got it flying very well, finishing fifth in class.

Martin Lambert worked hard on the trim of his Guillows DHC-1 Chipmunk and he ended up with the third highest flying score in the class.

Peanut scale was the most popular class again with 15 entries.

On the judging table here we have, at the back on the left, Antonin Alfery's winning Albatros W.4, next to Jiri Pavlicek's Clutton FRED which finished fourth. In the middle are my Vought OS2U Kingfisher (left) and Jiri Dolozel's gorgeous Avro 539 floatplane. I managed to push my best flight time with the Kingfisher up from 34 seconds from an ROG to 43, giving 53 seconds including the ROG bonus. Still 7 seconds away from a max under the new BMFA rules though. However, in view of the stiff competition I was pleased with 5th place.

At the front of the photo you can see Lars Tolkstam's second placed Gerner G.1 which got the highest flight score of anybody - best flight was an impressive 72 seconds.

Here is a closer look at Antonin Alfery's winning Albatros W.4.

Mats Johansson entered this nicely finished and well-detailed Bristol Scout which got the fourth best static score.

This unusual Bleriot 25 canard was built by Georg Tornkvist. Georg's models have been proxy flown at Nijmegen for several years as he was unable to attend in person due to his age (in the high 90's). Sadly Georg passed away during the Covid pandemic so his Swedish friends wanted to enter this model in his loving memory.

The Legrand-Simon LS 60 makes an attractive peanut scale subject - this example was entered by Jean-Claude Bourdeaud'hui.

Pistachio remains a popular class in Europe and there were 11 entries this time. Watching them all flying so well was almost enough to persuade me to have one last go at building a successful one. Almost, but not quite!

Winner was Antonin Alfery (who, you may have noticed, had a very successful weekend) with this Curtiss-Cox Cactus Kitten. I'd never heard of this aircraft before, but it has an interesting history, being a monoplane racer before the triplane wings were fitted. The model posted an impressive two flight total of 108 seconds.

Here is Jiri Dolozel's second-placed Fairey N.10 racer - another absolute gem. It scored top in static and third in flying - best flight was 45 seconds.

Lars Tolkstam finished third in class with this Udet U.12 Flamingo.

Andrea Hartstein entered this neat Peyret Avionette, which qualifies for pistachio under the 6" fuselage rule.

Here are a couple of foam pistachios - on the left a Farman F.380 by Luis Bautista and on the right Richard Crossley's Martin Baker M.B.5. Richard's documentation booklets are always very impressive!

After some pressure from former competitors, the scale glider class made a comeback - I think the last time was back in 2017. I wish I had paid more attention to the rules, but I think there was a static judging component, with the models simply ranked in order. Then four rounds launched from the upper viewing area where the aim was to get as close as possible to a mark on the floor, plus two mass launches to see who stayed up the longest (or got the furthest?)

One of the mass-launches is shown below. Winner was Vincent Merlijn with an Akaflieg D.30 and Peter Smart came second with the Slingsby T.31 shown above (Peter flew this actual aircraft)

In conclusion, the numbers may have been a little down, but the 10th IIFI was as enjoyable as ever. As I say every time I go, it's a privilege to fly in such a marvellous hall, and thanks are due to Bernard, Roel and the rest of the organising team for all their hard work, making this such a well run and friendly event. A visit is highly recommended if you have any interest at all in indoor scale models.


Name Country Model Type Static Score Best Flying Score Total Position
Antonin Alfery CZ Chance Vought V-173 1785 1636 3421 1
Jiri Dolozel CZ Avia BH-9 1673 1729 3402 2
Richard Crossley UK Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" 1660 1696 3356 3
Lars Tolkstam SWE Rumpler C.1 1714 1597 3311 4
Mike Stuart UK Curtiss SOC Seagull 1628 1541 3169 5
Peter Smart UK Pitts Special 1401 1613 3014 6
George Kandylakis GR Avro Type "F" 1808 1177 2985 7
Graham Banham UK Botali P.A.M.A. 1222 1666 2888 8
Henk de Jong NL Velie Monocoupe 1226 1393 2819 9
Peter Fardell UK Bleriot XI 1328 1490 2818 10
David Prior UK Reggiane 2000 1312 1322 2634 11
Martin Lambert DE DHC-1 Chipmunk 962 1617 2579 12
Tim Horne UK Caudron C.635 Simoun 1272 878 2150 13
Jean-Claude Bourdeaudhui FR Stampe SV.4 1141 936 2077 14


Name Country Model Type Static Score Best Flying Score Total Position
Antonin Alfery CZ Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc 1732 1872 3559 1
Richard Crossley UK Consolidated PB2Y Coronado 1423 1937 3360 2
Graham Banham UK Porterfield Collegiate 1493 1827 3320 3
Peter Smart UK Fokker F.XXXVI 1108 1870 2978 4
George Kandylakis GR De Havilland D.H.9 1797 - 1797 5


Name Country Model Type Static Score Best Flying Score Total Position
Antonin Alfery CZ Pfalz D.XII 1779 1668 3447 1
George Kandylakis GR PZL P.24G 1550 1692 3242 2
Peter Fardell UK Santos-Dumont Demoiselle 740 - 740 3


Name Country Model Type Static Score Best two flight scores Total Position
Richard Crossley UK Aeronca Chief (Comet) 88.5 193 281.5 1
Jiri Dolozel CZ Rearwin Speedster (Flyline Models) 87.5 191 278.5 2
Mike Stuart UK Nieuport 27 (Veron) 87.5 182 269.5 3
George Kandylakis GR 1912 Blackburn Monoplane (Aerographics) 82.5 186 268.5 4
Jiri Pavlicek CZ Comper Swift (Veron) 72.5 184 256.5 5
Martin Lambert DE DHC-1 Chipmunk (Guillows) 65 187 252 6
Peter Fardell UK Fokker D.VII (Herr Engineering) 67.5 181 248.5 7
Graham Banham UK Heinkel He 100 V8 (Flyline Models) 60 182 242 8
Christian Fritzsche DE Cessna 180 70 168 238 9
Henk de Jong NL Aeronca 57.5 158 215.5 10
Vincent Merlijn NL Kawasaki Ki 61 Hien (Golden Age Reproductions) 75 103 178 11


Name Country Model Type Static score Static place Best two flights (sec) Flying place Total Overall place
Tonda Alfery CZ Albatros W.4 153.5 1 135 3 4 1
Lars Tolkstam SWE Gerner G1 122 3 139 1 4 2
Jiri Dolozel CZ Avro 539 134.5 2 115 6 8 3
Jiri Pavlicek CZ Clutton Fred 99.5 7 136 2 9 4
Mike Stuart UK Vought OS2U Kingfisher 109 5 104 7 12 5
George Kandylakis GR Vendome monoplane 94 8 119 5 13 6
David Prior UK Zlin 50M 105 6 93 8 14 7
Mats Johansson SWE Bristol Scout 112.5 4 71 12 16 8
Peter Smart UK Gossamer Albatross 56 13 65 4 17 9
Andrea Hartstein SWE Boishardy Moto-Aviette 91 9 78 10 19 10
Georg Tornkvist SWE Bleriot XXV 66.5 11 76 11 22 11
Jean-Claude Bourdheaud'hui FRA Legrand-Simon LS.60 52.5 15 90 9 24 12
Eric Gouvreux FRA Rallye 89 10 39 15 25 13
Tom Callant BE Lacey M-10 59.75 12 53 14 26 14
Martin Lambert DE Huntington H-12 53.5 14 63 13 27 15


Name Country Model Type Static score Static place Best two flights (sec) Flying place Total Overall place
Antonin Alfery CZ Curtiss-Cox Cactus Kitten 72 2 108 1 3 1
Jiri Dolozel CZ Fairey N.10 76 1 89 3 4 2
Lars Tolkstam SWE Udet U.10 Flamingo 46 5 101 2 7 3
Richard Crossley UK Martin Baker M.B.5 67 3 74 5 8 4
Roel Lucassen NL Rogozarski Brucos 52 4 56 9 13 5
Martin Huk CZ Waterman Gosling 30 9 82 4 13 6
Andrea Hartstein SWE Peyret Avionette 38 8 71 6 14 7
Luis Bautista NL Farman F.380 41 7 57 8 15 8
Johan Wallin SWE Jodel D.9 Bebe 30 9 64 7 16 9
Tim Horne UK Waco SRE 42 6 41 11 17 10
Jean-Claude Bourdheaud'hui FRA Pottier 100 TS 19 11 56 9 20 11


Name Country Model Type Target Duration/Static Total Position
Vincent Merlijn NL Akaflieg D.30 8 6 14 1
Peter Smart UK Slingsby T.31 8 7 15 2
Tim Horne UK Kirby Cadet 10 11 21 3
Peter Fardell UK Chardon 17 10 27 4
Erik Gouvreux FR ? 17 11 28 5

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