Posted by SIMON CRAGG on 30/01/2018 01:40:00
The Army used to have a team called the "MATS(A) team that flew Merco .61 powered models as targets on range days. Everything from small arms to main armament was usually fired at them. They were given a transit (ish) vehicle and filled it with engines (no exhausts), 13x6 blue plastic props, hundreds of idle bar glow plugs, VERY heavy models with a parachute built in to the cockpit, Skyleader radio gear (nice push/pull servos), fuel (straight + petrol mix!), plus all the other gubbins to support them. There were several teams. They travelled the World!. Even flying from ships when we had a navy. How do I know all this? I used to organise range days in BAOR many moons ago, and as a keen modeller the swaps and bartering that could be done would make your eyes water!.
I actually had two brand new MATS, and a handful of merco 61s . Mate and myself used to fly in Fallingbostel, and we had an expedition to the MATS team in Dortmund one day, A contribution was made to their "tea" fund and we were allowed access into the container unsupervised
I actually used the skyleader servos for years ( I had so many of them, and the engine mounts and props , something like 20 spinners even a couple of receivers, but they were 37.5 mhz so no use) , I still find the odd servo in the garage , which always go on Ebay . I had 4 mercos , so did my mate . The planes flew well I even had undercarriage fitted and a third servo working a bodged rudder. I actually threw them 10 years ago (I had them for about 20 years before ) but the damp in the old garage got under the veneer on the wings and it all lifted,
after my demob I built a RCMW solo , a great trainer which I flew many years and eventually sold to a chap at RAF Lyneham where my Daughter and her then husband were serving
I have been trying all day to find any photos of these MATS(A) but rarer than rocking horse poop!