International Indoor Fly In, Nijmegen, The Netherlands 4th - 5th November 2023

I was really looking forward to the annual trip over to Nijmegen for the 11th International Indoor Fly In, but as the date drew nearer, concern grew about the approach of storm "Ciarán" and probable gale force winds in the North Sea. The ferries were still running, so Pete Smart and I set off with some slight trepidation and supplies of sea sickness tablets! As it turned out, we needn't have worried, as the ferry sailing was delayed, meaning we only caught the tail end of the storm, and the crossing was uneventful. Nijmegen is just a two hour drive from Hook of Holland, so by mid morning we were enjoying a cup of coffee at the Rozenhof hotel with some more of the British contingent, passing the time until the trimming session started at 3pm.

The IIFI is a truly international event with participants this year from the UK, Czechia, France, Germany, Sweden, Greece and of course, The Netherlands. This year there were plenty of new models to admire and the standard of flying was as high as ever. It is REALLY hard to get a top three placing! Most people take advantage of the five hour Friday trimming session - it's a great chance to sort your models out before the competition proper starts. The scale competition classes are flown over the next two days which leads to a more relaxed feel to things compared to our BMFA Nats – all classes are flown both days so you have more time to retrim and repair models.

The organisers still run the competition to our old 2019 BMFA rules, so the main difference is in the peanut and pistachio classes, where the rankings in static and flying are added together with the lowest score being the winner. Also there is no maximum flight time. Open classes are virtually unchanged, though CO2 is run as a separate class in F4E.




Here are the three boxes of models I took along this time – the new Morane Saulnier AI parasol was just for trimming and the Vought Kingfisher was my backup peanut in case my new Heinkel He 45 didn’t fly well.

The F4D (open rubber) class had a familiar look to it, with the same four models as last year appearing at the top of the results table, although this time in a different order.



Richard Crossley won the class with his Nakajima B5N "Kate", which was flying as well as I've seen it. See video below:



Jiri Dolezel placed second with his lovely, fine-flying Avia BH-9 (video below).





Antonin Alfery's marvellous Vought V-173 wasn't quite getting the flying scores it got in 2022, I think due to not quite so clean landings and it came fourth in class this time.



Mats Johansson brought along a new F4D model - this very well finished and detailed Max Holste MH.1521 Broussard. Untrimmed before the event, Mats had it flying pretty well by the end of the weekend and placed 5th in class.



Note all the small details in this close-up view, plus the excellent pilot and passenger.

The flight below was the best my Curtiss SOC Seagull managed over the weekend and I finished 6th in class (Vladimir Alfery video).





Peter Fardell's Bleriot XI was flying as well as I've seen it - I loved the slow flying speed as it trundled around the hall.





Graham Banham's Botali PAMA was flying very nicely - the simple boxy shape means a light model and corresponding slow flying speed.




In F4E (Eectric Open) were nine entries this year - much better than the five we had last time - of these, eight managed a qualifying flight, including my D.H.5 for the first time. I had replaced the Voodoo 15 I used at the Indoor Nats with a more powerful Voodoo 25, which happily weighs exactly the same. I also used the same 90 mAH cell so there was no change in the balance point. On Friday the model refused to take-off and just ground-looped, but a bit less rudder did the trick combined with a some up-elevator, a touch more nose weight and a bit of tip-weight on the right hand wing. A slight power stall after take-off spoiled things a bit (I added more downthrust when I got home) and the landings were uniformly terrible, but at least I got the required 15 seconds from a take-off! Thanks to Vladimir Alfery for the video below.





Probably the most anticipated model of the whole event was Richard Crossley's amazing new 53" span Short Shetland flying boat, powered by four Voodoo 25 electric motors. The finish is well up his usual standard, with the heavy staining visible on the paintwork of the full size aircraft faithfully reproduced. The model only weighs about 190 grams, so is very docile in flight and proved relatively simple to trim. As with Richard's smaller Coronado flying boat, the model takes-off from a trolley, with the model canted slightly over to the left so it settles quickly into its left hand circuit. Video below - needless to say, the model won the class.





Richard had of course built a suitable box in which to carefully pack the monster model - note how the outer wing panels detach next to the outer nacelles and also that the fin has its own special pocket.



Another impressive new electric multi was this Armstrong Whitworth Ensign by Graham Banham, powered by four Voodoo 10 electric motors. This is another lightweight model at approx. 75 grams and flies very realistically. The model initially suffered from slight power stalling, so as a temporary fix, graham cut all four cowlings off and put them back on angled downwards with a shim on each one. This cured the problem for the competition flights, with a proper fix waiting until the model got home. The Ensign finished a well-deserved third in class. Interestingly, both the Ensign and Shetland got identical flight scores.






Antonin Alfery finished second with his ducted fan North American F1J Fury.





George Kandylakis brought his brand new and absolutely stunning electric powered Avro 504N and over the course of the weekend managed to get it trimmed well enough to get a decent qualifying flight and a fourth place in F4E. Looking at the detail on the model it is no surprise that this model got the highest static score of the whole event. When he gets the trim completely sorted it will be a very difficult model to beat!



As on his D.H.9, George has fitted RC gear to the model to help him find the correct trim, but also so he can intervene if the model looks like it is heading for the wall. His competition flights were flown "hands off" on the understanding if George used the transmitter to save the model, the flight would be invalidated.





Yet another new model which had to be trimmed over the weekend was Martin Lambert's RFB Fantrainer 600 which managed a couple of qualifying flights, one of which ended up with the model attached to the netting in the hall roof. The model was successfully retrieved without damage.



Video below by Vladimir Alfery.





Gerard Brinks brought along his beautifully finished Fairchild F.71 which had flown so well at the BMFA Nats back in April. Unfortunately this time the model didn't manage a qualifying flight.



The F4E (CO2) class had five entries this time, two more than in 2022 and all five models made qualifying flights.



As last year, the class was won by Antonin Alfery's Pfalz D.XII, which got the highest flight score - see video below.






When I first saw Jiri Dolezel's new Fokker E.III in British markings I got very confused about the aircraft type - was it a Morane or something? Eventually the penny dropped! It was built to Jiri's usual very high standard and got the highest static mark in the class, finishing second overall. Behind you can see Martin Pike's Auster J.4 entered in the F4D class.



George Kandylakis's smart PZL P.24 wasn't flying as well as it had done the previous year, not gaining as much height, but still finished third in class.





Henk de Jong placed fourth with this Curtiss Robin.



Kit scale was the most popular class with 16 entries, five more than in 2022 and every single entry managed at least one 10 second qualifying flight.



A table full of kit scale models waiting to be static judged. On the left behind Martin Pike's Dumas Mr. Mulligan you can see the winning model, Jiri Dolezel's red Rearwin Speedster, as kitted by Flyline Models. This model is beautifully trimmed as you can see below in Valdimir Alfery's video.



The only kit scale model that got a higher flying score than the Rearwin was Gerard Brinks's Bowers Fly Baby, built from the Hummingbird Models kit. Gerard finished just three points behind Jiri overall in second place. See video below, again by Vladimir Alfery.





Jonathan Markovitz placed third with his Lees Hobbies Bristol Scout, powered by a Voodoo 15 electric motor. the model flies extremely well, especially considering its small size.



George Kandylakis entered this Blackburn Monoplane from the Aerographics kit, converted to CO2 power and came fourth in class.

My Airco D.H.5 from the DPC Models kit had its first competition outing and flew well enough to place fifth, which I was pleased with.





I really liked John Bowerman's Guillows Fiesler Storch - a coloured tissue finish is the way to go to maximise your static marks in kit scale, and John has done a particulary neat job on this model.



Pete Fardell had built another new Guillows Fairchild F.24, this time in USAF markings and he refined the trim over the weekend. It's one of the best flying Guillows scale kits - I have one in my stash and intend to build it one day.



Here is Vincent Merlijn winding his Herr Engineering Pitts Special - flight shown below:





Doug Hunt had built a Hansa Brandenburg W.12 from the Micro Aces kit and converted it to free-flight. Pre-printed kits like these do take a bit of a hit on static marks but are accepted in the class, in the same way that Keil Kraft EzeeBilt printed balsa kits are. Doug had built a take-off dolly for the model, but sadly couldn't get it to take off. It flew nicely from a hand launch though.



Martin Lambert worked hard at getting his Guillows Messerschmitt Bf.109 trimmed and was rewarded with two qualifying flights.



On the left here is Peter Smart's kit scale entry - a Champion Citabria built from the Dumas kit, sitting next to his pistachio scale Pitts Special.


There were 13 Peanut scale entries this year - two down on last year, but there were plenty of new models to admire.



In the foreground here is Jonathan Markovitz's D.H.81A Puss Moth, then back row left to right, my Heinkel He 45, Antonin Alfery's North American P.51 Mustang and the Bristol Scout of Mats Johansson.



A closer view of Antonin Alfery's class-winning P.51D Mustang with its immaculate silver finish. It's made from foam and so extremely lightweight, making two flights over 90 seconds. Vladimir Alfery took the video below, which shows the benefit of competing in a hall with a smooth ceiling. The Mustang had a couple of roof strikes during the flight which caused very little upset. With the more usual open truss structure the outcome could have been very different.





Second in class was another foam WW2 fighter - this beautifully finished Bell P-39L Airacobra by Jiri Dolezel. It got top static marks and came third in flying, placing second overall. Video by Vladimir Alfery below.





Four more peanuts waiting to be static judged. At the front is Lars Tolkstam's Gerner G.1 which placed third - another model which put in two flights over a minute. At the back is Christian Fritzsche's Aeronca Defender, on the left is Martin Pike's Luton Minor (the Andrew Moorhouse design I think) and on the right Johan Wallin's ASJA L.1 Viking, a type I had never heard of before - this was a really nice, well-detailed model which placed fourth in class.



Another new type to me was this Morin No.1 by Peter Smart.



There were just eight entries in pistachio scale this year, down from 11 in 2022, but three of them were new.



Class winner was this stunning new Nieuport Goshawk by Jiri Dolezel, who must have the patience of a saint to reproduce the complex chequered colour scheme. The engine detail was amazing too - remember this model only has a wingspan of 8".



Richard Crossley had a new foam pistachio, this Focke-Wulf FW.190, finishing second in static and third in Flying to give second place overall. Interestingly, the top four models ended up with the same combined scores, so final positions were decided by the order of the static scores.



Antonin Alfery entered this traditionally constructed model of the Avia BH-21R - a special clipped wing version of the BH-21. It achieved the highest two-flight score of 123 seconds and finished fourth overall.



A bit small I know, but here on the left you can see Luis Bautista's Farman F.380 and on the right Lars Tolkstam's third placed Udet U.12b Flamingo.


Two other scale classes were flown - profile scale (4 entries) was won by Lars Tolkstam with a Spitfire Mk.XIX and scale glider (also 4 entries) won by Mats Johansson with his SG-38 Schulgleiter.

Despite all the travelling, I would highly recommend the trip, but note that next year might be your last chance. This is because the Hall is due to be demolished in 2025 so a new swimming pool can be built. I understand a second floor will be put in, but whether this will be suitable for model flying, nobody knows yet. So, put the date in your diary and let’s get a bumper turnout for next year. The dates have been confirmed as November 8th - 10th 2024.

OPEN RUBBER (F4D) RESULTS

Name Country Model Type Static Score Best Flying Score Total Position
Richard Crossley UK Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" 1816 1800 3616 1
Jiri Dolezel CZ Avia BH-9 1768 1800 3568 2
Lars Tolkstam SWE Rumpler C.1 1633 1900 3533 3
Antonin Alfery CZ Chance Vought V-173 1787 1522 3309 4
Mats Johansson SWE MH 1521 Broussard 1783 1351 3134 5
Mike Stuart UK Curtiss SOC Seagull 1553 1497 3050 6
Peter Smart UK Pitts Special 1385 1520 2905 7
Peter Fardell UK Bleriot XI 1423 1447 2870 8
Graham Banham UK Botali P.A.M.A. 1250 1463 2713 9
Henk de Jong NL Piper J-3 Cub 1076 1634 2710 10
Jean-Claude Bourdeaudhui FR MH 1521 Broussard 1123 1296 2419 11
Martin Pike UK Auster J.4 1291 802 2093 12
George Kandylakis GR Avro Type "F" 1808 - - -

OPEN ELECTRIC (F4E) RESULTS

Name Country Model Type Static Score Best Flying Score Total Position
Richard Crossley UK Short Shetland 1658 1980 3638 1
Antonin Alfery CZ North American F.1J Fury 1752 1673 3425 2
Graham Banham UK Armstrong Whitworth A.W.27 Ensign 1419 1980 3399 3
George Kandylakis GR Avro 504N 1877 1442 3319 4
Peter Smart UK Fokker F.XXXVI 1378 1748 3126 5
Jonathan Markovitz UK Bristol Scout 1186 1634 2820 6
Mike Stuart UK Aico D.H.5 1482 1176 2658 7
Martin Lambert DE RFB Fantrainer 600 1180 1241 2421 8
Gerard Brinks NL Fairchild F.71 1615 - - -

OPEN CO2 (F4E) RESULTS

Name Country Model Type Static Score Best Flying Score Total Position
Antonin Alfery CZ Pfalz D.XII 1749 1627 3376 1
Jiri Dolezel CZ Fokker E.III 1757 1527 3284 2
George Kandylakis GR PZL P.24G 1551 1359 2910 3
Henk de Jong NL Curtiss Robin 1186 1361 2547 4
Vincent Merlijn NL Macchi M.67 - 1159 -

KIT SCALE RESULTS

Name Country Model Type Static Score Best two flight scores Total Position
Jiri Dolezel CZ Rearwin Speedster (Flyline Models) 90 191 281 1
Gerard Brinks NL Bowers Fly Baby (Hummingbird) 85 193 278 2
Jonathan Markovitz UK Bristol Scout (Lee's Hobbies) 80 191 271 3
George Kandylakis GR 1912 Blackburn Monoplane (Aerographics) 83 173 256 4
Mike Stuart UK Airco D.H.5 72.5 180 252.5 5
John Bowerman UK Fiesler Storch (Guillows) 82.5 170 252.5 6
Henk de Jong NL Taylorcraft (Comet) 72.5 170 252.5 7
Graham Banham UK Heinkel He 100 V8 (Flyline Models) 62.5 179 241.5 8
Peter Smart UK Champion Citabria (Dumas) 68.5 170 238.5 9
Edward Griffiths UK Cessna 140 (VMC) 70 163 233 10
Doug Hunt UK Hansa Brandenburg W12 (Micro Aces) 67.5 156 223.5 11
Martin Pike UK Howard DGA-6 Mr Mulligan (Dumas) 58 165 223 12
Vincent Merlijn NL Pitts Special (Herr Engineering) 60 162 222 13
Peter Fardell UK Fairchild 24 (Guillows) 45 168 213 14
Martin Lambert DE Messerschmitt Bf 109 (Guillows) 57.5 144 201.5 15
Christian Fritzsche DE Jodel D.18 (VMC) 43 150 193 16

PEANUT SCALE (F4F) RESULTS

Name Country Model Type Static score Static place Best two flights (sec) Flying place Total Overall place
Antonin Alfery CZ North American P.51 Mustang 111 2 183 1 3 1
Jiri Dolezel CZ Bell P-39L Airacobra 120 1 123 3 4 2
Lars Tolkstam SWE Gerner G1 106 4 131 2 6 3
Johan Wallin SWE ASJA L.1 Viking 98 5 103 4 9 4
Mike Stuart UK Heinkel He 45 98 5 98 6 11 5
Mats Johansson SWE Bristol Scout 109 3 69 9 12 6
Jean-Claude Bourdheaud'hui FRA Jodel D.9 Bebe 80 8 74 7 15 7
David Prior UK Airmark Cassutt IIIM 83 7 55 10 17 8
Jonathan Markovitz UK D.H.81A Puss Moth 57.5 13 120 5 18 9
Peter Smart UK Morin No.1 64 11 73 8 19 10
Eric Gouvreux FRA M.S.893E Rallye 79 10 39 11 21 11
Chtistian Fritzsche DE Aeronca Defender 79.5 9 12 13 22 12
Martin Pike UK Luton Minor 63 12 22 12 26 24

PISTACHIO SCALE RESULTS

Name Country Model Type Static score Static place Best two flights (sec) Flying place Total Overall place
Jiri Dolezel CZ Nieuport Goshawk 80 1 68 4 5 1
Richard Crossley UK Focke Wulf FW 190 A5 65 2 91 3 5 2
Lars Tolkstam SWE Udet U.10 Flamingo 63 3 95 2 5 3
Antonin Alfery CZ Avia BH-21R 59 4 123 1 5 4
Luis Bautista NL Farman F.380 39 6 53 5 11 5
Roel Lucassen NL Rogozarski Brucos 51 5 36 8 13 6
Jean-Claude Bourdheaud'hui FRA Pottier 100 TS 28 7 50 6 13 7
Peter Smart UK Pitts Special - - 45 7

SCALE GLIDER RESULTS

Name Country Model Type Target Duration/Static Total Position
Mats Johansson SWE SG-38 Schulgleiter 1 7 8 1
Peter Smart UK Slingsby Falcon 3 5 8 2
Peter Fardell UK Lilienthal 4 8 12 3
Vincent Merlijn NL ? 2 10 12 4






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