Some photos from recent club events / meetings
A few snaps from the first (unscheduled) 2022 meet at Colerne on Jan 16th
Jim gets his rubber model away.
Dave P's Double Dolphin glider
The peril of not using a winding tube!
Nick and Dave prepare the ex-Phil Darke Goldberg Shoestring stunter.
Mini-Goodyear at first Berkeley meet of 2022 (Jan 9th)
Dave R's MGYR model sets off
Tony P-F flies Dave R's model
Dave H's model tries to escape sideways
Tony gets it back under control.
Pete T flying high - but excused due to gusty weather?
Most of the models after flying. Yes - the second from front does have a damaged tailplane!
Most of the pilots and timekeepers line up for the group photo.
From Paul's tether car track on 30th December 2021
Pete T's roadster running nicely
My car with all 4 wheels off the track momentarily.
Most of the cars being run that day.
Colerne 24th October
Colin enjoying training on a cold and windy day
Full concentration from Paul and Brendan
It was cold, so Brendan was sporting some exotic headgear
Paul is primed and ready
Colerne 7th November
The last flight at dusk
All the gang having a cold but happy day out
Berkeley 21st November
The Mini-Goodyear Racers after a great day out
Flying at Colerne October 17th 2021
Dave's boot full of F/F models.Ready to break.
A good flightline for freeflight. Slight breeze only.No rain.
Kevin's selection of electric profile models.. single engine,twin,four or six ! One interloper - a rubber powered Dusty crophopper.
Kevin's free flight Peacemaker - utilising power unit from 'toy biplane'.
Jim testing out his E20 model
Jim piling on the turns to his rubber model.
There seemed to be a steady stream of members returning from retrieving their models.
Not forgetting the control-liners. Nick and David with a boot crammed with models
Sunday's fliers (from the left)
Dave , Martin , Phil , Kevin, Jim
Paul and Mervyn
Voetsak Tribute and Fun flying at Berkley October 10th
In the pits at the Voetsak Tribute
Preparation makes perfect as the pilots and pitmen get prepared
How many SBMAC members does it take to to prep a Voetsak?
A beautiful day at the field
The squadron is all set to go
Colin Bell and his beautiful Nobler
The sun and perfect weather showed off the models to perfection
Mick Lewis launches to perfection
All ready for the fight
The combat boys all ready for the off
Jim's model gets away.
A rapid climb away!
Jan's model gets going for the fastest time of the day.
Struggling to see in the bright sunshine.
Jim and Dave's models ready and waiting.
Just wondering how the opposition is doing?
Mini-goodyear training in the rain at Colerne on 3rd October 2021
Miserable weather - as per the forecast!
Running up the PAW149 s ready for the start of the first two-up flight.
Paul signals that he is ready for the pitman to launch.
"he's behind you !"
Happy chappies - just before the Heavens opened !
Tether cars at Paul's track Sept 23rd 2021
Jim Andrews Roadster15 - AM15 powered - as were all Roadsters
Dave Hanks' own design 'Sportster' - PAW 149 powered.
Dave H's Roadster15
Paul Harris' wheel driven Cooper/Bristol with RTYM 2.5 motor
Pete Tribes Roadster15
Dave Raynor's Roadster15
Dave H's own design car in action. Bit battered after crash. With 'hidden' OS10 for power.
John Mealing's own design Hesketh with Russian 2.5cc motor.
Dave Raynor's Roadster on its first outing.
ete Tribe's in action.
Dave H's Sportster in action.
Pete Tribe fettling John' s model.
Pete Tribe demonstrates how to stop a car - with a teatowel!
voetsak Tribute testing - Sept 19th at Colerne
Pete Morrisons Voetsak ( all these models are fitted with AM25 motors)
Jim Andrews Voetsak
Dave Raynors Voetsak
Dave R flying his second Voetsak?
Dave releases Jim's Voetsak Tribute.
Dave R flying Dave Hanks' Voetsak.
Meanwhile Dave Farmer and Alistair MacNair were kept busy testing out this new speed model
Taster Stunt at Berkeley September 2021
Taster Stunt line check and preparation area
One stunt entry
One electric stunter
Another stunt entry
- and another
- and yet another !
Nicks electric stunter about to go
One very relaxed flier - Tony P-F
and Mick also looks fairly relaxed!
John M giving it a little more concentration
Richard going into a loop
Colin Bell about to enter the circle flying his 40 powered Thunderbird.
Colin giving a nice clear signal prior to his manoeuvre.
Colin really concentrating - he went on to win the days event.
Judge MacNair checking the manoeuvres in the bright sunshine
- whilst some combat takes place at the other end!
Club 'Fun Day' - poor weather forecast - poor turnout - grim weather!
Phil Rogers gets in some practice between showers ready for the 5pm mass launch of Cloud Tramps..
Dave watches as his Voetsak takes off for its 60 lap 1 pitstop time trial.
Timekeepers and stalwarts look on.
Pete Tribe brings Dave's Voetsak back in for a soggy landing in the rain.
Preparing for the Cloud Tramp 'mass launch'
'mass launch' ! gets underway. Just 4 brave souls this time around!
SAM1066 Free Flight event held at Colerne on Sunday 25th July
Part view of flightline
Careful winding preparation.
Senator model awaiting it's turn for winding.
Rubber at full stretch!
Watching the competition.
Dave's hi-start glider gets away
John's rubber model also gets away.
Martin's model climbing rapidly.
John's glider passes by.
Dave's 'fuel gauge ' for 15 second engine run on Vintage power model
Getting the times recorded.
The Club's Lo & Behold event on 18th July at Berkeley
different view of site showing proximity to Severn Estuary
the 'Phantom Menace' collection of 16 Phantoms and Phantom Mites.
Phantoms being prepared for 'Speed' flying
Peter Fox releases a Phantom for a very quick getaway!
Chris Coote flying his Phantom
Pete Tribe 'fettling' his model
Pete Tribe flying Phantom with his horizontal handle action.
Winner of 'Best Phantom' Phil Rogers with his nicely finished Phantom Mite
One of three rows of 'lockdown' models on display in the hall
part of another row of models.
A table of models showing the diversity of styles
and another table !
not all necessarily finished !
including a lockdown project - airscrew driven tether cars.
Keeping out of the heat in the shade of the trees.
Icecream time - what could be nicer?
Brendan and his boys taking a break from flying to watch the action.
Brendan back in action!
Time to catch up on life during our 'annual' get together.
Dennis Finch with possibly the winning Voetsak Tribute model?
Getting the settings right?
Voetsak Tribute models at LO & Behold day.
Colerne Saturday June 19th 2021
Dave seems happy with his flight in Hi-Start as Martin prepares his rubber model.
and now Martin should also be happy with his rubber model way up there!
New member Paul - whose main interest is free flight having a very successful flight with a Linesman C/L trainer
Berkeley monthly meeting - June 2021 Taster Stunt competition
Sorry - not too sure whose model this is - waiting to be fired up!
Dave calling for Richard Evans with his Rothwell Oliver R150 powered Junior Ringmaster.
Our dedicated judge for all flights - Jim Andrews - enjoying the sunshine..
Could this possibly be the Firebird of Richard Long ?
Dave calling manoeuvres for Brendan - who seems to have wandered off a little!
Colin Bell signalling for his next move - flying his PAW powered Mercury Monarch
Spectators gathered to watch the proceedings.
Mick Lewis about to go into his next manoeuvre with his Oliver powered Talisman.
Richard Long concentrating hard on his flying with the Firebird.
Some free flight at Colerne on Saturday June 26th
Unusual wind direction ! Launching point from directly opposite crashgate 2 !
Jim gets his rubber model away.
Jim returns with his model whilst Paul awaits a calm moment to launch his.
With rubber wound Martin and Dave get ready for launching.
Either an intense technical discussion or a bit of palm reading?
The famed KeilKraft long grass and rubber models just waiting for their owners to set them free!
Berkeley monthly meeting on 9th May - Phantom Speed event & general c/l flying
Richard Evans with grandchildren Polly and Robert
Chris Ottewell launches for Roberts first taste of c/l flying with tuition from grandad !
Robert 's first try - note arm brace integral to handle to help reduce any excessive wrist movement.
Polly finds it all a little too much - time to relax!
A quick socially distanced natter before the action kicks off.
Does my elevator look level to you?
a gloved David R not taking any nonsense from his Rothwell Oliver Cub
Alistair taking the strain on pull test duty
Dave F releases Alistair's Phantom on the take-off strip.
Most of the participatiing Phantoms lined up in the line check area.
Dave Hanks PAW 149br powered Phantom in the 1.5cc class
Richard Long''s Phantom - Oliver Tiger Mk4 pwered.
Dave Farmer's Frog 249BB powered Phantom
Alistair's Phantom powered by a Mk3 Oliver Tiger.
John Mealing's Phantom - powered by CS Oliver 249
Pete Tribe's entry in 2.5cc class - Rothwell Oliver powered.
Dave Raynor's Rothwell Oliver Cub powered Phantom - in 1.5cc class
Dave Hanks's entry in 2.5cc class - powered by Oliver borrowed from John Mealing
Pete Tribe's entry in 1.5cc class - powered by PAW149 CT.
Actually some random photos taken since flying recommenced in April 2021 !
So pleased to be back flying at Berkeley on April 11th
four and five fifths of Voetsaks after first outing back at Berkeley
a Voetsak rekitted! Line caught on grass on takeoff meant eventual vertical arrival !
Unwrapping models ready to get into the air again.
IN the air at last !
Pete Tribe starting the 'regulation' AM25 in his Voetsak Tribute model.
Discussing the finer points
Nick B at Colerne on 2nd May - judging by his fuel bottle he was looking forward to lots of flying.
Alistair releasing Jan's new Weatherman speed model at Colerne.
Part of the freeflight flight line at Colerne on April 18th - a glorious day!
Air cars and their owners at the 'Bristol' track
A view of the tether car track
Photos of the Roadster15 tether cars - another 'Lockdown project' - Some unfinished at the time of photography but mostly complete by now
Jim Andrews Silver and black Roadster15 - just awaiting decals and fuel proofing.
Alistair MacNairs version of the '72 Lotus - will be powered by an Oliver Tiger clone motor.
Pete Tribe's Roadster15
- AM25 powered ( as they all are at present ).Awaiting tether bar and final finishing.
Dave Raynor's Roadster15 - also awaiting tether bar . Fitting of the tether bar and balancing the model are the two final steps.
Dave Hanks' completed Roadster15 . Note tether bar on the inside ( almost in line with the prop)
Dave H's second car. Also an aircar ( but engine pod not fitted ). Being painted.
Voetsak Tribute models awaiting the opportunity to get some flying done!!! More to follow once I get the photos - DH
Dave Raynors Voetsak tribute model - the first of two for him!
Taffy Bollen's Tribute in green & yellow with matching spinner.
Jim Andrews Tribute - yet to be flown as he has been locked down in Wales ever since the build!
Dave Raynor's second Tribute - he so enjoyed the first build he was tempted again!
Dave Hanks' Tribute and his matching Class 1 Weatherman ( another lockdown project)
Jan Huning's recently completed and very stylish Tribute.
Our first Tribute outing at Buckminster ( models from Pete Tribe,Pete Morrison ,Dave Raynor and Dave Hanks ,
Three more Tributes at Buckminster ( Sept 2020) -from other clubs
A Ron Moulton pilot ( as produced by Dave Banks ) .Ron was the designer of the original Voetsak racer. This pilot painted by Dave H.
Pete Tribes Voetsak Tribute
Nick Bridges Voetsak Tribute - Wing finish is black tissue.
Berkeley 11th October 2020 - Taster Stunt event.(South Bristol relaxed version!!)
Contestants Nick,Mick,Pete and John with CD/caller Dave , judge Jim and main scoring co-ordinator Alistair.
Jim and Alistair came prepared for a really cold day - turned out not too bad.
Nick's model flies past doing an inverted lap. Meanwhile caller Dave has to keep his head down!
Mick concentrating on a high level manoeuvre - Dave ready to call his next one.
John's 'Mustard' model in the 'level lap' portion of the flight.
Dave's OD 35cm model- note Halloween cobwebs on t/plane etc ( result of sliding down the window behind the curtains!)
Mervyn studying his models flight. Unfortunately broke later on.
John B gently releases his model for another flight -- timed by John M.
Nick Bridges model with Richard Evans model in background.
Brendan Perring's model.
Tony Parton-Frost's model.
Colin's Peacemaker and John M's Mustard with Brendan's model in background.
Mick launching Richard Evan's Talisman?
Richard going into a high manoeuvre.
Mick releases Tony's model for it's second flight.
Tony in the middle of an overhead manoeuvre
A spirited launch of John's Mustard by Brendan
Plenty of line tension for John before he turned into the sun!
Colin launching for Brendan.
Brendan looking fairly relaxed whilst flying his first flight.
A masked-up Dave Raynor launches for Nick.
Nick concentrating on his looping skills.
Dave R releases Colin's Peacemaker whilst Dave H stands ready to call out the required sequence..
Colin in true aerobatics style pose signalling for judge.
Judge Alistair and a few of the spectators.
Richard gets Mick's model away for another round.
Mick helping his model get up to speed.
Berkeley meeting on 20th September
Dave R lets loose one of Nick's aerobatic models
Dave H's Voetsak takes off from the new launch strip
Nick B in classic stance for speed/team race flying ( handle on chest).
Dave Raynor's son Hugh on his first C/L flight! No input required from dad!
Mick Lewis flying one of his aerobatic models.
A very varied selection of models assembled by 'circle one'.
In the hall Mervyn watches his rubber duration model make another steady circuit.
Dave times his Butterfly model shortly after launch.
A view from the balcony of John B's model under his watchful eye.
Thornbury indoor flying -Nov 23rd
Dave timing Tim's model whilst John and Martin prepare their models.
John watching his Hangar Rat rubber model pass overhead.
John , having retrieved his model, watches as Tim launches his catapult glider.
Martin prepares to launch his foam built rubber powered model.
Martin watches his glider come in to land after another good flight.
Mervyn with his foam built Farman racer ( destined for the Air Race in the 2020 Indoor Scale Nats.)
Mervyn's peanut scale Voisin Hydroplane canard model.
Dave's catapult glider heads for the lights - but pulled out just in time!
A little bit of free-flight at Colerne on 8th September
Jim's winder is finally recovered from its hiding place in the grass on the airfield - but by Jan's eyesight not Dave's metal detector.
Another recovery ! John finds the fuselage of Martin's rubber model in the grass. The model was lost 50' up a tree many months ago!
I guess the tailplane is a little too warped for flying!
Two of Dave's HLGs meet their end after playing up badly! One way to make sure no more time wasted on them. New models required for 2020.
Some free flight at Colerne on 6th September 2020
Dave's conversion of an A1 glider to Hi-start at the top of the line. Looked promising but was very unreliable!
Dave's Chilton DW1 scale model off on a short flight ( another Vintage Model Co. model).
Nigel prepares to launch his SE5 rubber powered model ( Vintage Model Co. kit). Perseverance paying off!
Nigel's Se5 climbing away nicely.
- and there it goes!
Dave's BMFA Dart ( capacitor powered version!) goes for a long wander. Too much charge!
A very basic rubber sport model by Dave H flies overhead in the calm air.
First time at Colerne in 2020 ! August 9th
Part of the ' flight line' on a perfect afternoon for flying.
John ( our F/F secretary ) (L) and Mervyn discussing their latest outing with Hi-start and Cloud Tramp models.
Phil Rogers having a quick test glide of his Hi-Start glider.
All stop for a group photo of a haapy bunch of free-flighters! All photos courtesy of Steve Kimsey.
Not free flight ! SkyGypsy (built by the late Duncan Pepper ) takes to the air again after rewire and retrim by Dave H.( piloted by Mick Lewis)
Photos from Berkeley on first day of flying after the Covid-19 lockdown - July 2020
A selection of models waiting their turn at 'circle one'
Brendan launching a Linesman for his 7 year old son.
- and here he is in perfect control ( and he painted the model himself!).
Dave H getting David Raynor's Goodyear/stunter ? ready to go.
Chris Coote came up for the day - well prepared for a full day's flying!
-and here is Chris with his c/l twin that featured in the Aeromodeller ( Oct 2017)
Mick Lewis getting in some flying with his combat models
D H about to launch Nick Bridges stunt model.
A nice selection of new ?models from Paul Edgecombe. Looks like he is going to have a busy year!
Paul with yet another model! Sorry - I forgot to rotate Paul before I loaded the photo!!!!!!!
Dave H running up the Mills 1.3 in his new Weatherman.
Brendan and the Long Bros. discussing the day.
Ian Perkins and son Eli with his combat launching device in 'circle two'.
Dave H's Voetsak Tribute waiting for an outing.
- and here it is about to take off .
This is David R's new Voetsak Tribute - awaiting a pilot !
Chris C piloting David R's Tribute on it's very first flight. Very successful!
More models waiting to take to the air in 'circle three'.
Some still readying models whilst other sit at a table having a pint and a natter!
Indoor flying at Thornbury Leisure Centre on February 15th
John Mealing concentrating on flying his Blade helicopter
John's other R/C model - a twin engined Mosquito
Martin's Avionette flies overhead very smoothly
Another Avionette - this time John Bond keeps a very close eye on his as it flies past.
Tim watches as his HLG slowly glides by - with Jane timing it.
Stephen Blades with his lightweight R/C model nicely under close control.
Alistair gets his BMFA Dart away for another smooth flight.
New member Kevin with his version of 'Dusty' - from the Disney 'Planes' movie.
Berkeley January 19th 2020
Participants in the Mini-Goodyear competition.
The Long brothers test running a glow motor
Guest visitors Bernard Aslett & Andrew Sanders reminiscing about 'the good old days'
Andrew Sanders 'barn find equivalent' of his old mini-Goodyear Sweet Pea model. Could it be resurrected?
Thornbury Indoor - January 2020
David Rayner , Mick Lewis and John Mealing at the 'RC end' of the hall
Dave Raynor's RC Butterfly
Dave launches his rubber powered scale Avia.
Mick's RC Cub goes by.
Another Cub type model ( this time rubber powered ) is launched by Kevin.
You can get hungry there! No -it's just Dave de-warping the wing on his profile racer.
John B launches his Giminiy Cricket rubber powered duration model.
Martin gets his Hangar Rat away for another good flight. With Chris Ottewell in the background.
Dave's electric Wittman Oshkosh racer commences it's takeoff run.
One of the two RC Night Vapours in action - either Mick Lewis or Chris Ottewell
Kevin's Peanut size Lacey being launched. Made some excellent flights.
John M's Parkzone RC Mosquito awaits a flight!
AGM prizegiving Dec 2019
Dave Hanks receives the 'John Mayes Free Flight Shield' from Chairman John Bond
Mervyn Harris collects the Indoor Champion shield from John
Mervyn also picks up the 'Cloud Tramp Cup' . Looks like he's wondering how to tell his wife he has to find room for them.
Peter Tribe and Dave Hanks share the honours with equal points in the control-line championship.
Berkeley on November 10th
Pete flying Dave's Phantom. Note clear blue sky - Where were all the other Phantom owners?
Pete's unique flying style - with horizontal handle - don't try this at home!
Brendan's full-bodied Peacemaker. His boys 'helped' build it so he can't fly it unless they're present.
Pete fettling his Phantom in the dappled sunlight.
Tree of the four Phantom awaiting flights.
Pete tweaking his motor for max revs.
The moment of release when you all hope it gets away before it runs out of board!
Pilot for all models Pete with pitman for all models Dave and their four models. With Brendan who kindly did timekeeping duties.
Berkeley October 20th 2019
Nick Bridges Oliver Rat model.
Pete Tribe's Oliver Rat model
Hopefully this is just after the off - otherwise there is definitely some high flying from Nick!
Dave Farmer pitting Pete Tribe's model
Nick and Pete battle it out.
Pilots Pete Tribe and Nick Bridges with pitmen Nick Stowe and David Farmer
Mervyn puts his back into the launch!
and , meanwhile , indoors it's glider day and the stopwatch is going!
Colerne on 15th September 2019
Don't always believe the weather forecast - between a few short showers the weather was rather nice
Jim Hammond's Class B team racer resting alongside it's carry case - required to safely get it from Taiwan to Colerne!
The 'Aeroic Outlaws' team prepare for the Power Nationals.( L - to- R ) Ian Russell ( battery man ) , Jim Hammond ( pitman & model builder - from Taiwan) and Dave Fry ( pilot).
Team name from the imagination and artwork of Jim Hammond.
Most of the models and most of the fliers present on the Sunday morning.
The motor in Tony's Weatherman - an OS 21 - but the car version - quite a big lump!
Tony & Mike prepare Tony's Waetherman for it's first outing.
Control-line at Colerne August 17/18th 2019
Just the right length of grass and a beautiful day for flying.
John Mealing launches his Senator rubber model
and her is the Senator on a nice gentle flypast!
Jim Andrews launches his glider on the hi-start line
Dave Hanks launches his 'Le Timide' vintage power model.
John Bond perfecting his Cloud Tramp flying.
richard and Graham Long sorting out their c/l stunt models.