Eddie Riding Trophy

RAF Woodale, Saturday August 5th 2006

Woodvale 2006 was blessed with very good weather, with the wind falling away nicely before the competition started at 6.00 pm. It was good to have Dave, my eldest son, with me for a change, who as well as providing good company, made an excellent stooge and video operator!

The models and trophies were checked in about 11.00 am, which then gave 7 hours to sample the rest of the attractions on show, including motorbike stunt shows, classic cars, model railways and boats, plus of course the R/C boys doing their stuff all day. My favorite R/C model was probably the turbine powered Concorde finished in Virgin Atlantic livery, which made some very low passes along the runway.

As usual, a good crowd of people stayed behind to watch the free flight models in action, and they were generous in their appreciation of a good flight.

Regular readers can skip the next two paragraphs.

The competion is split into four classes - rubber, CO2/electric, Jetex/Rapier and I/C power. There is a trophy for each class, with the overall winner taking home the Eddie Riding Trophy.

Points are split between static and flying marks, and flights are judged on realism, not duration. To achieve a qualifying flight, a time of 30 seconds has to be achieved for I/C power, 20 seconds for rubber and CO2/electric, and 15 seconds for Jetex/Rapier. An ROG gets you extra marks and you have four sets of judges to try to register a qualifying flight with. The marks from the only the best flight count.

There were just three entries in the scale jet class, a Mig 15, Mike Smiths's big Miles Student, and my 24 inch span Saab J.29A (aka the Big Fat Tunnan)

I am happy to report the BFT put in three textbook flights in front of the assembled throng, probably amongst the most realistic scale Rapier flights I have ever had. All the flights were about 40 seconds, and with a long floaty glide phase. Dave got the first two on video, which you can view here:

First flight (3.8 MB)

Second flight (4.1 MB)

I came a cropper on the fourth and final flight though. As I launched, I noticed that the climb out looked much brisker than the previous three, and about half way through the flight it started to stall, then did a flick loop, lost a lot of height, then another loop and a nose dive at full power into the taxiway. I might have escaped serious damage on grass, but not onto tarmac, and the bottom of the nose was well and truly smashed. Not too difficult to fix though, and the wings were completely undamaged.

So it would seem that some L3s with the same rating on the box (300mN) are more powerful than others, and the issue of having to retrim a model to suit different power motors has raised its head again. I think a downthrust tab could have stopped this happening, but I now have only 10 L3s left to experiment with. I think I will add some sort of deflector vane in the trough after the model is repaired.

This is what happens when you argue with a taxiway! This photo was taken after I had cut out the sqashed bits of balsa, and glued the lower sheet with the gun fairings back into roughly the correct position.

Mike Smith might have given me a run for my money in the Rapier class, but his very pretty Miles Student (above with James Campbell's Mig 15) which has a fully enclosed motor, was just underpowered with the L3s he was using and would not climb much above head height. So, I retained the Rapier trophy again. It would be nice to have more competition next year though (how about more of the usual Old Warden crowd making the trip next time?)

I entered the Mr. Mulligan again in the rubber class, and it flew pretty well, netting third place. About time for something new now though I think.

With the Mulligan above is Lindsey Smith's rubber powered Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, which flew extremely well, and finished in second place in class.

Lindsey's wife Jane entered her CT-4 Airtrainer in the rubber class, built from the Airsail kit.

Here are a pair of entries from James Campbell, in front a rubber powered Piper J-3 Cub and behind this his electric Breda 15.

Tony Pritchard was flying his electric powered ABC Robin again, a model based on the original design by Eddie Riding. The model flies very well as you can see from the video here (3.2 MB). He even managed a proper landing back on the taxiway!

The winner of the I/C class and Eddie Riding Trophy this year was Michael Smith's Sopwith Dove.

As well as the Trophy, Michael also received a marvellous painting by John D. Jones.

It was extremely close for first place, with Alistair Duff only 9 points behind Michael with his CO2 powered BE2c, which got the best flying score of the whole competition. You can see one of the flights by clicking here (3.0 MB)

Andrew Hewitt had a pair of large WW 1 monoplanes with him, including this impressive diesel powered Morane L1 which finished third in class. This model flies extremely slowly with all that wing, I suspect very close to scale speed.

As well as his Morane, Andrew had also brought along his enormous rubber-powered Fokker E.III again. Last year this model finished second in the rubber class, but this time he did one better and won it.

Another nice Eindecker was entered in the CO2 class by Paul Bingham. I think it was built from the Aerographics kit.

Tim Milner entered this diesel powered Bristol Scout type D, which finished 5th in class.

Bill Dennis was runner up in the I/C power class with his civilian Avro 504K. The model scored well in static, and also flew very nicely. Click here to see one of the flights (4.6 MB)

Here are the full results:


Position Name Model Type Static Score Flying Score Total
1 Mike Smith Sopwith Dove 859.0 842.5 1701.5
2 Bill Dennis Avro 504K 784.5 887.5 1672.0
3 Andrew Hewitt Morane L1 762.0 885.0 1647.0
4 Ray Hall D.H.82 Tiger Moth 765.0 817.5 1582.5
5 Tim Milner Bristol Scout "D" 691.5 665.0 1356.5
6 A.Wood D.H.82 Tiger Moth 636.0 687.5 1323.5
7 Geoffrey Truman SE5A 66.0 - 66.0


Position Name Model Type Static Score Flying Score Total
1 Andrew Hewitt Fokker E.III 739.5 622.5 1362.0
2 Lindsey Smith P-47 Thunderbolt 594.0 762.5 1356.5
3 Mike Stuart Mr.Mulligan 669.0 645.0 1314
4 James Campbell Piper J3 Cub 538.0 632.5 1170.5
5 Jane Smith CT-4 Airtrainer 540.5 532.5 1073


Position Name Model Type Static Score Flying Score Total
1 Mike Stuart Saab J.29A Tunnan 505 772.5 1277.5
2 Mike Smith Miles Student 417 502.5 919.5
3 James Campbell Mig 15 332 - 332


Position Name Model Type Static Score Flying Score Total
1 Alistair Duff BE2C 752.5 940.0 1692.5
2 Roy Pritchard Piper J3 Cub 661.0 767.5 1428.5
3 Peter Iliffe DFW B1 696.0 675.0 1371.0
4 Paul Bingham Fokker E.III 561.5 790.0 1351.5
5 Tony Pritchard ABC Robin 547.5 722.5 1270.0
6 James Campbell Breda 15 388.5 697.5 1086.0

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