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Cuban810/01/2019 23:13:41
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RCM&E did an article on Paul Daniels's R/C modelling, IIRC back sometime in the 80s
Martin Dilly 111/01/2019 00:56:38
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The late, great Derek Piggott, who died on Jan 6th., aged 96. He was a member of Croydon & DMAC and was on the first British post-War Wakefield team in 1948 at Akron, Ohio. During the War he flew Horsas and Hadrians and also Dakotas doing supply-dropping in Burma. He went on to become a legend in gliding as CFI at Lasham from 1953-89. He did the stunt flying for Magnificemt Men and The Blue Max, during which he flew a replica Fokker Triplane under a bridge (actually in Co. Wicklow, rather than France), as well as many other movies. He set a UK altitude record of 17,000 feet flying a Sedbergh, with an ATC cadet in the righthand seat ( and a couple of weeks later was one of those who taught me to fly a T-31 at RAF Detling).

Tom Sharp 211/01/2019 02:05:27
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Posted by Cuban8 on 10/01/2019 23:13:41:
RCM&E did an article on Paul Daniels's R/C modelling, IIRC back sometime in the 80s

I think it was Radio Modeller not RCM&E. But I could be wrong.

Tom Sharp 211/01/2019 02:08:09
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Are there any famous model flyers who will now admit to drone flying.

Percy Verance11/01/2019 06:42:09
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I wouldn't have thought so just at the moment Tom.........

supertigrefan11/01/2019 11:04:11
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Posted by Martin Dilly 1 on 11/01/2019 00:56:38:

The late, great Derek Piggott, who died on Jan 6th., aged 96. He was a member of Croydon & DMAC

Derek Foxwell, the technical advisor for the original Robot Wars UK was the Chairman of Croydon & DMAC.

MaxG11/01/2019 11:14:24
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I have heard that Ron and Leon Haslam, World Superbike riders, used to have a garage full of helicopters.

Maxg

Dickw11/01/2019 11:23:59
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For the older motor cycling enthusiasts - Phil Read used to fly with the Luton club.

Dick

Romeo Whisky11/01/2019 16:40:45
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I'm sure I've seen a photograph of the late Douglas Bader flying an RC model

Martin Dilly 111/01/2019 18:55:17
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Posted by supertigrefan on 11/01/2019 11:04:11:
Posted by Martin Dilly 1 on 11/01/2019 00:56:38:

The late, great Derek Piggott, who died on Jan 6th., aged 96. He was a member of Croydon & DMAC

Derek Foxwell, the technical advisor for the original Robot Wars UK was the Chairman of Croydon & DMAC.

Not so. Croydon & DMAC is now a free-flight club, founded in 1936, and Derek Foxwell has never been a member. For some reason (sloppy thinking?!) it is sometimes confused with the Croydon Airport club which, as far as I know, is an RC group based, oddly enough, at what used to be Croydon Airport. Poor David Bishop keeps making the same mistake in his ramblings for Sticks & Tissue.

John Privett11/01/2019 21:31:31
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Posted by Kevin Fairgrieve on 10/01/2019 21:17:05:

Mike Brewer.

He of "Wheeler Dealers" fame.

I haven't seen him for a long time (15 years?) but we knew him as a heli-flyer who had dabbled in a little-known TV show that most of us had only vaguely heard of. I guess Wheeler Dealers has a higher profile these days!

supertigrefan11/01/2019 22:11:18
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Posted by Martin Dilly 1 on 11/01/2019 18:55:17:
Posted by supertigrefan on 11/01/2019 11:04:11:

Derek Foxwell, the technical advisor for the original Robot Wars UK was the Chairman of Croydon & DMAC.

Not so. Croydon & DMAC is now a free-flight club, founded in 1936, and Derek Foxwell has never been a member. For some reason (sloppy thinking?!) it is sometimes confused with the Croydon Airport club which, as far as I know, is an RC group based, oddly enough, at what used to be Croydon Airport. Poor David Bishop keeps making the same mistake in his ramblings for Sticks & Tissue.

You're right , Derek was chairman of Croydon Airport club, I should know that! blush

I didn't know there was another Croydon based club to be honest.

Percy Verance11/01/2019 22:29:00
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Dave Bishop. Now there's a blast from the past. He provided the commentary for years at the Old Warden Scale Weekend, but retired a few years ago. Strangely, he appeared there again last year, microphone in hand.......

For quite a few years I used to bring him a supply of Kendal Mint Cake at each OW Scale Weekend. He used to think I brought it because he liked it, but it had the added advantage of keeping him quiet during my flying slot...........

Edited By Percy Verance on 11/01/2019 22:33:15

leccyflyer12/01/2019 06:40:15
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I listened to an excellent programme on Radion 4 Extra the other evening about Stepher Hawking and discovered that he was an aeromodeller in his youth, specifically a radio control aeroplane flyer.

Bob Cotsford12/01/2019 10:00:04
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Posted by John Privett on 11/01/2019 21:31:31:
Posted by Kevin Fairgrieve on 10/01/2019 21:17:05:

Mike Brewer.

He of "Wheeler Dealers" fame.

I haven't seen him for a long time (15 years?) but we knew him as a heli-flyer who had dabbled in a little-known TV show that most of us had only vaguely heard of. I guess Wheeler Dealers has a higher profile these days!

Wan't MB a partner in Leamington Hobby Centre at one time?

Allan Bowker12/01/2019 14:17:07
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Red Bull Air Race or general aviation fans would probably know the names Nigel Huxtable (Left) and Nigel Lamb (Right), I know that they both fly RC (prop & jet) now and again from the airfields they work from.

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Don Fry12/01/2019 15:22:55
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Posted by leccyflyer on 12/01/2019 06:40:15:

I listened to an excellent programme on Radion 4 Extra the other evening about Stepher Hawking and discovered that he was an aeromodeller in his youth, specifically a radio control aeroplane flyer.

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