More from the BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals 9th May 1999
SE5a by Divs Masters
This was the winning model in Pistachio, and featured excellent detailing and a
first class finish. Rib spacing and structure are scale, though the flying
surfaces are covered on the top only. Model has done 50 seconds, but I think
the best flight on the day was around 35 seconds. Still, this was good enough,
when combined with top static marks, to win the class.
Arado 196 by Peter Smart
Peter's foam Arado floatplane was the winner of the peanut class, and flew very
well indeed - nice and slow, and stayed up for ages. During one flight the
model made an unscheduled landing in a basktball net, which had been folded up
into the ceiling, but it was later retrieved without damage using a helium
baloon on a string.
DH 9A by Mike Goldby
This impressive model entered in the C02 / electric class rivalled
Charlie Newman's SE5A for the amount of detail it carried. As can be seen from
the pictures, it carried a crew while flying, but these were removed to reveal
the cockpit detail for static judging. Power was supplied by a Gasparin GM
120, completely hidden within the front cowlings. Mike had some trimming
problems before lunch, and the model kept heading for the walls, but eventually
got a decent qualifying flight in the afternoon.
Saiman 200 by Barrie Hotham
Another beautifully finished model from the C02 /electric class,
this time a small (18" or so) Saiman 200, powered by a KP 00 electric motor.
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the builder, the model refused to do
more than lift one wheel off the ground when an ROG was attempted, so a
qualifying flight was not achieved.
Waco SRE by Peter Boys
Very nice peanut scale Waco SRE designed by the builder, which flew well, but
didn't make the top three placings. I had my old Walt Mooney peanut SRE with
me, so it was interesting to compare models. Although Walt's design is much
older, somewhat simpler and less detailed (also rather lighter!) , we were
impressed with how similar the models looked. Just a great looking plane!
My Curtiss P-6E Hawk
This is how the Hawk looked after I had spruced it up prior to the event -
compare with the photo in gallery 1. The incorrect red chevron and number on the
upper wing have been removed (fortunately just coloured tissue) and three
spanwise stripes airbrushed on. The white diamond marking behind the cockpit
was added, and the aircraft number on the fin changed. Final additions were a
gunsight and aerial masts and wires.
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