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


Colin's Nobler


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)

DRs model away

Dave R's MGYR model sets off

Tony PF and DRs

Tony P-F flies Dave R's model

DH model escaping

Dave H's model tries to escape sideways

TP my 1.5

Tony gets it back under control.

PT flying high

Pete T flying high - but excused due to gusty weather?

most models

Most of the models after flying. Yes - the second from front does have a damaged tailplane!

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Most of the pilots and timekeepers line up for the group photo.

From Paul's tether car track on 30th December 2021

Petes car

Pete T's roadster running nicely

my car all wheels off

My car with all 4 wheels off the track momentarily.

the cars

Most of the cars being run that day.

Colerne 24th October

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Colin enjoying training on a cold and windy day

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Full concentration from Paul and Brendan

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It was cold, so Brendan was sporting some exotic headgear

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Paul is primed and ready

Colerne 7th November

last flight at dusk

The last flight at dusk


All the gang having a cold but happy day out

Berkeley 21st November

MGR people

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'.

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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

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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

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Jim's model gets away.

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A rapid climb away!

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Jan's model gets going for the fastest time of the day.

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Struggling to see in the bright sunshine.

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Jim and Dave's models ready and waiting.

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Just wondering how the opposition is doing?

Mini-goodyear training in the rain at Colerne on 3rd October 2021

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Miserable weather - as per the forecast!

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Running up the PAW149 s ready for the start of the first two-up flight.

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Paul signals that he is ready for the pitman to launch.

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"he's behind you !"

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Circulating nicely.

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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

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Dave H's own design car in action. Bit battered after crash. With 'hidden' OS10 for power.

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John Mealing's own design Hesketh with Russian 2.5cc motor.

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Dave Raynor's Roadster on its first outing.

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ete Tribe's in action.

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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

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Pete Morrisons Voetsak ( all these models are fitted with AM25 motors)

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Jim Andrews Voetsak

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Dave Raynors Voetsak

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Dave R flying his second Voetsak?

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Dave releases Jim's Voetsak Tribute.

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Dave R flying Dave Hanks' Voetsak.

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Meanwhile Dave Farmer and Alistair MacNair were kept busy testing out this new speed model

Taster Stunt at Berkeley September 2021

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Taster Stunt line check and preparation area

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One stunt entry

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One electric stunter

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Another stunt entry

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- and another

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- and yet another !

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Nicks electric stunter about to go

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One very relaxed flier - Tony P-F

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and Mick also looks fairly relaxed!

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John M giving it a little more concentration

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Richard going into a loop

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Colin Bell about to enter the circle flying his 40 powered Thunderbird.

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Colin giving a nice clear signal prior to his manoeuvre.

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Colin really concentrating - he went on to win the days event.

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Judge MacNair checking the manoeuvres in the bright sunshine

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- whilst some combat takes place at the other end!

Club 'Fun Day'  - poor weather forecast - poor turnout - grim weather!

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Phil Rogers gets in some practice between showers ready for the 5pm mass launch of Cloud Tramps..

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Dave watches as his Voetsak takes off for its 60 lap 1 pitstop time trial.

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Timekeepers and stalwarts look on.

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Pete Tribe brings Dave's Voetsak back in for a soggy landing in the rain.

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Preparing for the Cloud Tramp 'mass launch'

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'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

Getting ready

Careful winding preparation.

Senator awaiting winding

Senator model awaiting it's turn for winding.

rubber at full stretch!

Rubber at full stretch!

Watching the competition!

Watching the competition.

Hi-start away.

Dave's hi-start glider gets away

John's model gets away.

John's rubber model also gets away.

Martin's model climbing well.

Martin's model climbing rapidly.

John's hi-start model passes by.

John's glider passes by.

Le Timide fuel guage

Dave's 'fuel gauge ' for 15 second engine run on Vintage power model

Getting times recorded

Getting the times recorded.

The Club's Lo & Behold event on 18th July at Berkeley

by the Severn

different view of site showing proximity to Severn Estuary

the Phantom Menace

the 'Phantom Menace' collection of 16 Phantoms and Phantom Mites.

Phantom preparation time

Phantoms being prepared for 'Speed' flying

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Peter Fox releases a Phantom for a very quick getaway!

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Chris Coote flying his Phantom

Pete tribe adjusting For E mail

Pete Tribe 'fettling' his model

Pete T style

Pete Tribe flying Phantom with his horizontal handle action.

Best Phantom

Winner of 'Best Phantom' Phil Rogers with his nicely finished Phantom Mite

one row of models

One of three rows of 'lockdown' models on display in the hall

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part of another row of models.

one of many tables

A table of models showing the diversity of styles

one table of models

and another table !

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not all necessarily finished !


including a lockdown project - airscrew driven tether cars.

Catching up in the shade

Keeping out of the heat in the shade of the trees.

icecream time

Icecream time - what could be nicer?

enjoying the action

Brendan and his boys taking a break from flying to watch the action.

Brendon flying high for E mail

Brendan back in action!

Taking it easy

Time to catch up on life during our 'annual' get together.

Dennis Finch

Dennis Finch with possibly the winning Voetsak Tribute model?

Dave gets the settings for E mail

Getting the settings right?

Voetsak Tribute models at LO & Behold day.

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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

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Sorry - not too sure whose model this is - waiting to be fired up!

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Dave calling for Richard Evans with his Rothwell Oliver R150 powered Junior Ringmaster.

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Our dedicated judge for all flights - Jim Andrews - enjoying the sunshine..

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Could this possibly be the Firebird of Richard Long ?

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Dave calling manoeuvres for Brendan - who seems to have wandered off a little!

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Colin Bell signalling for his next move - flying his PAW powered Mercury Monarch

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Spectators gathered to watch the proceedings.

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Mick Lewis about to go into his next manoeuvre with his Oliver powered Talisman.

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Richard Long concentrating hard on his flying with the Firebird.

Some free flight at Colerne on Saturday June 26th

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Unusual wind direction ! Launching point from directly opposite crashgate 2 !

Jim's away

Jim gets his rubber model away.

Jim returning Paul waiting to go

Jim returns with his model whilst Paul awaits a calm moment to launch his.

Martin and Dave posing

With rubber wound Martin and Dave get ready for launching.

technical discussion

Either an intense technical discussion or a bit of palm reading?

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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.

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a gloved David R not taking any nonsense from his Rothwell Oliver Cub

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Alistair taking the strain on pull test duty

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Dave F releases Alistair's Phantom on the take-off strip.

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Most of the participatiing Phantoms lined up in the line check area.

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Dave Hanks PAW 149br powered Phantom in the 1.5cc class

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Richard Long''s Phantom - Oliver Tiger Mk4 pwered.

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Dave Farmer's Frog 249BB powered Phantom

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Alistair's Phantom powered by a Mk3 Oliver Tiger.

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John Mealing's Phantom - powered by CS Oliver 249

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Pete Tribe's entry in 2.5cc class - Rothwell Oliver powered.

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Dave Raynor's Rothwell Oliver Cub powered Phantom - in 1.5cc class

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Dave Hanks's entry in 2.5cc class - powered by Oliver borrowed from John Mealing

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Pete Tribe's entry in 1.5cc class - powered by PAW149 CT.

Actually some random photos taken since flying recommenced in April 2021 !

Happy to be back

So pleased to be back flying at Berkeley on April 11th

4 & five fifths Voetsaks

four and five fifths of Voetsaks after first outing back at Berkeley

back to kit form

a Voetsak rekitted! Line caught on grass on takeoff meant eventual vertical arrival !

out of storage

Unwrapping models ready to get into the air again.

back flying at last

IN the air at last !

Pete t flicking away

Pete Tribe starting the 'regulation' AM25 in his Voetsak Tribute model.

discussing finer points

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.

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Part of the freeflight flight line at Colerne on April 18th - a glorious day!

todays trackstars

Air cars and their owners at the 'Bristol' track

Looking good

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

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Jim Andrews Silver and black Roadster15 - just awaiting decals and fuel proofing.

Alistair's  Lotus

Alistair MacNairs version of the '72 Lotus - will be powered by an Oliver Tiger clone motor.

Pete T's almost finished

Pete Tribe's Roadster15 - AM25 powered ( as they all are at present ).Awaiting tether bar and final finishing.

Dave R's on 13th feb 2021

Dave Raynor's Roadster15 - also awaiting tether bar . Fitting of the tether bar and balancing the model are the two final steps.

Dave H's finished

Dave Hanks' completed Roadster15 . Note tether bar on the inside ( almost in line with the prop)

being painted

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

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Dave Raynors Voetsak tribute model - the first of two for him!

Taffy Bollen's Tribute

Taffy Bollen's Tribute in green & yellow with matching spinner.

Jim Andrews Tribute

Jim Andrews Tribute - yet to be flown as he has been locked down in Wales ever since the build!

Dave r's no 2

Dave Raynor's second Tribute - he so enjoyed the first build he was tempted again!

DH's Vt & friend

Dave Hanks' Tribute and his matching Class 1 Weatherman ( another lockdown project)

Jan H's voetsak

Jan Huning's recently completed and very stylish Tribute.

SBMAC at Buckminster

Our first Tribute outing at Buckminster ( models from Pete Tribe,Pete Morrison ,Dave Raynor and Dave Hanks ,

Buckminster other models

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 T's Tribute

Pete Tribes Voetsak Tribute

Nick Bridges 1

Nick Bridges Voetsak Tribute - Wing finish is black tissue.

Berkeley  11th October 2020  - Taster Stunt event.(South Bristol relaxed version!!)

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Contestants Nick,Mick,Pete and John with CD/caller Dave , judge Jim and main scoring co-ordinator Alistair.

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Jim and Alistair came prepared for a really cold day - turned out not too bad.

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Nick's model flies past doing an inverted lap. Meanwhile caller Dave has to keep his head down!

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Mick concentrating on a high level manoeuvre - Dave ready to call his next one.

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John's 'Mustard' model in the 'level lap' portion of the flight.

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Dave's OD 35cm model- note Halloween cobwebs on t/plane etc ( result of sliding down the window behind the curtains!)

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Mervyn studying his models flight. Unfortunately broke later on.

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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.

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Colin's Peacemaker and John M's Mustard with Brendan's model in background.

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Mick launching Richard Evan's Talisman?

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Richard going into a high manoeuvre.

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Mick releases Tony's model for it's second flight.

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Tony in the middle of an overhead manoeuvre

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A spirited launch of John's Mustard by Brendan

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Plenty of line tension for John before he turned into the sun!

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Colin launching for Brendan.

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Brendan looking fairly relaxed whilst flying his first flight.

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A masked-up Dave Raynor launches for Nick.

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Nick concentrating on his looping skills.

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Dave R releases Colin's Peacemaker whilst Dave H stands ready to call out the required sequence..

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Colin in true aerobatics style pose signalling for judge.

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Judge Alistair and a few of the spectators.

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Richard gets Mick's model away for another round.

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Mick helping his model get up to speed.

Berkeley meeting on 20th September

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Dave R lets loose one of Nick's aerobatic models

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Dave H's Voetsak takes off from the new launch strip

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Nick B in classic stance for speed/team race flying ( handle on chest).

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Dave Raynor's son Hugh on his first C/L flight! No input required from dad!

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Mick Lewis flying one of his aerobatic models.

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A very varied selection of models assembled by 'circle one'.

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In the hall Mervyn watches his rubber duration model make another steady circuit.

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Dave times his Butterfly model shortly after launch.

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A view from the balcony of John B's model under his watchful eye.

Thornbury indoor flying -Nov 23rd

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Dave timing Tim's model whilst John and Martin prepare their models.

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John watching his Hangar Rat rubber model pass overhead.

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John , having retrieved his model, watches as Tim launches his catapult glider.

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Martin prepares to launch his foam built rubber powered model.

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Martin watches his glider come in to land after another good flight.

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Mervyn with his foam built Farman racer ( destined for the Air Race in the 2020 Indoor Scale Nats.)

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Mervyn's peanut scale Voisin Hydroplane canard model.

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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.

JB and MH

John ( our F/F secretary ) (L) and Mervyn discussing their latest outing with Hi-start and Cloud Tramp models.

phil R test gliding his Hi-Start

Phil Rogers having a quick test glide of his Hi-Start glider.

group photo

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

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A selection of models waiting their turn at 'circle one'

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Brendan launching a Linesman for his 7 year old son.

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- and here he is in perfect control ( and he painted the model himself!).

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Dave H getting David Raynor's Goodyear/stunter ? ready to go.

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Chris Coote came up for the day - well prepared for a full day's flying!

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-and here is Chris with his c/l twin that featured in the Aeromodeller ( Oct 2017)

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Mick Lewis getting in some flying with his combat models

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D H about to launch Nick Bridges stunt model.

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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!!!!!!!

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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

Dave H's Voetsak Tribute waiting for an outing.

dave H's Voetsak about to go

- and here it is about to take off .

David R's Voetsak

This is David R's new Voetsak Tribute - awaiting a pilot !

David R's voetsak in flight

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

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John Mealing concentrating on flying his Blade helicopter

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John's other R/C model - a twin engined Mosquito

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Martin's Avionette flies overhead very smoothly

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Another Avionette - this time John Bond keeps a very close eye on his as it flies past.

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Tim watches as his HLG slowly glides by - with Jane timing it.

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Stephen Blades with his lightweight R/C model nicely under close control.

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Alistair gets his BMFA Dart away for another smooth flight.

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New member Kevin with his version of 'Dusty' - from the Disney 'Planes' movie.

Berkeley January 19th 2020

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Participants in the Mini-Goodyear competition.

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The Long brothers test running a glow motor

Andrew Sanders &  Bernard Aslett reminis

Guest visitors Bernard Aslett & Andrew Sanders reminiscing about 'the good old days'

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Andrew Sanders 'barn find equivalent' of his old mini-Goodyear Sweet Pea model. Could it be resurrected?

Thornbury Indoor - January 2020

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David Rayner , Mick Lewis and John Mealing at the 'RC end' of the hall

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Dave Raynor's RC Butterfly

Dave launches his rubber scale Avia

Dave launches his rubber powered scale Avia.

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Mick's RC Cub goes by.

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Another Cub type model ( this time rubber powered ) is launched by Kevin.

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You can get hungry there! No -it's just Dave de-warping the wing on his profile racer.

JB's Giminy Cricket

John B launches his Giminiy Cricket rubber powered duration model.

martin's hangar rat

Martin gets his Hangar Rat away for another good flight. With Chris Ottewell in the background.

DH's Wittman Oshkosh racer

Dave's electric Wittman Oshkosh racer commences it's takeoff run.

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One of the two RC Night Vapours in action - either Mick Lewis or Chris Ottewell

Kevins Lacey

Kevin's Peanut size Lacey being launched. Made some excellent flights.

JM's Parkzone Mosquito

John M's Parkzone RC Mosquito awaits a flight!

AGM  prizegiving Dec 2019

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Dave Hanks receives the 'John Mayes Free Flight Shield' from Chairman John Bond

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Mervyn Harris collects the Indoor Champion shield from John

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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.

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Peter Tribe and Dave Hanks share the honours with equal points in the control-line championship.

Berkeley on November 10th

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Pete flying Dave's Phantom. Note clear blue sky - Where were all the other Phantom owners?

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Pete's unique flying style - with horizontal handle - don't try this at home!

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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.

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Tree of the four Phantom awaiting flights.

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Pete tweaking his motor for max revs.

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The moment of release when you all hope it gets away before it runs out of board!

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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

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Nick Bridges Oliver Rat model.

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Pete Tribe's Oliver Rat model

150 (2) There off

Hopefully this is just after the off - otherwise there is definitely some high flying from Nick!

Dave Farmer pitting for Peter

Dave Farmer pitting Pete Tribe's model

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Nick and Pete battle it out.

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Pilots Pete Tribe and Nick Bridges with pitmen Nick Stowe and David Farmer

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Mervyn puts his back into the launch!

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and , meanwhile , indoors it's glider day and the stopwatch is going!

Colerne on 15th September 2019

nice weather

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

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Just the right length of grass and a beautiful day for flying.

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John Mealing launches his Senator rubber model

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and her is the Senator on a nice gentle flypast!

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Jim Andrews launches his glider on the hi-start line

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Dave Hanks launches his 'Le Timide' vintage power model.

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John Bond perfecting his Cloud Tramp flying.

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richard and Graham Long sorting out their c/l stunt models.