BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals, 29th April 2001 - Part 2
Bowers Fly Baby by Dave Hanks
Dave was a very happy man after he finally got a qualifying flight
with this electric powered model - he had been trying to get it to
take off most of the previous evening, and the effort paid off on
the Sunday. As you can see, a nicely detailed model.
Stearman by Peter Boys
An extremely delicate pistachio scale model, with very impressive
engine detail. Unlike many pistachios, wings were double-covered,
which makes them look much better, at the expense of extra weight.
The model got the highest Pistachio static score, but unfortunately,
problems with the trim resulted in disappointing flight times,
otherwise the model would have featured higher in the results.
Avro Triplane by Philip Davis
A nice light foam C02 powered model which performed well, despite
almost no dihedral. Flight speed was leisurely - almost scale,
though the turn was perhaps a bit tight. An attempt to open out
the pattern on the final flight resulted in a major collision with
the wall - just one of the risks of indoor flying. Happily,
damage did not look too serious.
Bernard 191 by Bryan Stichbury
This nicely finished model was flying well in the peanut scale class.
Isaacs Fury by Mike Hadland
Mike had a very successful day winning both the Peanut and Pistacho
classes. His successful model in the Pistachio class was a Tiger
Moth, but this Isaacs Fury is a new model, which was being given
some test flights at the meeting. The finish was immaculate, as
always from Mike, and it will be another potential winner when sorted.
The peanut winning Bucker Jungmann was the same model entered last
year, and it is as near to a perfect compromise between scale detail
and flying performance as I have seen. Static marks were the second
best in class, beaten only by Divs Masters’ new SE5a, and the model
flew for just under a minute, giving the second best flying marks.
Cessna Caravan by Mike Stuart
This photo shows the Caravan as it appeared at the Nats, with a scale
prop and pitot tubes fitted to try and get a few more marks from the
scale judges! Static marks were only average, but it flew very well
, and kept away from the walls all day.
Lots of Jets!
Four of us brought some of our Rapier powered fleets to the Nationals to compare notes, and see what we had been up to over the winter - here is the resulting collection.
The models are (not in any particular order):
Focke Wulf Flitzer, Messerschmitt P.1106, Bell X-1 (orange), Bell X-1A, Bell X-1E, Me 262, D.H.Comet, Miles M.52, Bacham Natter - Richard Crossley
Airbus A300, Folland Gnat - Peter Smart
Focke Wulf Flitzer, Messerschmitt P.1106, Bacham Natter, D.H.108, Arado 381 - Chris Strachan
Saab J29, Bell X-1 (white), Yak 40, Boeing 727, Douglas Skyray - myself
8 entries, 6 flew
19 entries, 17 flew
12 entries, 11 flew
|Messerschmitt Me 209
CO2 / Electric
16 entries, 14 flew
|English Electric Wren