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bouncebounce crunch06/03/2013 12:20:19
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Posted by Chris P. Bacon on 05/03/2013 17:25:54:

This might be the earliest one on here so far. About 1954 or 1955. Vic Smeed Debutante (plane) Mills 0.75.

From a Kodak Cresta camera (not bad!)

Not one laugh about the short trousers please........... or I'll sulk.

It is not the short longs I'm am laughing at, it's your knobbly kneescheeky

mal brewer06/03/2013 12:21:06
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You could write a book about Roy Lever. I notice Erfolg mentioned his Merlin radios. Do you remember his unique 'fail - safe ' ? In the event of a loss of signal, a parachute would open, and bring the model safely downwards . A good idea.............................or...............................Mal

Erfolg06/03/2013 12:49:15
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I do not have any pictures of my early attempts at models, as it was all done with my mates, whilst both parents worked.

I do however a few pictures from probably the mid 70's. So far back, that both girls are now adults, one with a 40th birthday coming up and 3 children.


the smae model today, having cleansed of fuel residue and a lot queiter


Now being pressed back into service to hopefully gain a "A" certificate.



This model also still exists, but not really suitable for conversion, needing to much power.


Lastly is myself also in the 70's. The model is a 100s Sagitta, one of the best gliders ever owned. Note the use of Waltron Tx, Clubman 27, on the ground. Why I did not use my 35 Sanwa or Futaba Gold, I am baffled. Could explain its demise.

Danny Fenton06/03/2013 13:12:54
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My Cambrian Funfighter from the late 70's early 80's, I think it was an O.S. 20 up front

My Sterling Cessna kit converted to control line with probably a Fox 19 up front, taken at R.A.F. Weathersfield in 76'



LMA Dave06/03/2013 14:18:52
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Posted by David Ashby - RCME on 06/03/2013 11:01:41:

Thanks Dave, that's interesting, looks like it flew then.

There was a large Lanc there (Woodvale 1978) the same day in fact, a bit angular.

Again, I don't recall that it flew but remember some pretty poor conditions. They were towing folks out of the muddy car park.

The photo isn't so good.


Does anyone remember this model?

Here you go just posted on our forum.

Yes it is Roy Levers origional Plancaster ? so named as it was a sort of Lancaster but with flat sides and top.

John Greenfield

Edited By David Ashby - RCME on 06/03/2013 11:08:15

Mark Stevens 106/03/2013 14:56:21
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My first planes were the traditional balsa & tissue type as my Father taught me how to build them as a Kid. I eventually progressed into control line in 1978. The 2 here are a combat type, built from an american kit and was called Big Otto - Engine is an A.M. 1.5 Diesel. The Red, White & Blue plane is a Keilkraft Demon powered by an Enya 09.

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I finally got my first R/C set in at 17 yrs old 1980 (and still have it in perfect working order) and with this I built my first R/C Plane - The Piper Cub - This was built from a free plan given away with the magazine. I made all the markings and decals on this one too as I could not get them anywhere at the right size. Engine was a PAW .19 Diesel.



John Lee06/03/2013 21:01:51
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Our Club (Cheshire Falcons) Website has two pages chock full of images from the 70's & 80's: link.

Edited By David Ashby - RCME on 07/03/2013 11:27:40

IanN07/03/2013 10:50:37
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Me early or mid 70s. Model is "Clippie", a free plan from Meccano Magazine designed I think by Vic Smeed. 28" span, nylon covered, tough as a brick outhouse and flew great on a PAW 1.49 and 35-40 ft lines

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IanN07/03/2013 10:52:33
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And another shot of Clippie in flight. PIcs courtesy of my Uncle Dave

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Charles Smitheman07/03/2013 13:16:30
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Griffon o.d, OS40FSR

Here is One from Capetown, c. 1977, looks a bit like winter. That's me in the hairy camouflage, trying to start my OS40fsr with a bell battery and a finger. The engine lasted thirty years, but was always hard to flick start. The radio is Futaba (J?) silver angle box, 27Mhz, what a fantastic radio.

The model was built from a Graupner Middle Stick plan- I never was much good at following the recipe. I still have it, and fly it sometimes, now with an Irvine 53.

The young onlooker is I think now the current chairman of Cape Radio Flyers, and many times S. A. team member at F3A internats.

The pic was taken by my Dad at Helderberg Radio Flyers near Somerset West. The concrete strip was laid by our late chairman John Sweet,and was as smooth as glass, with no cracks or joints. My model would touch down at one end and rocket the entire length of the "aircraft carrier" as we called it, and dissapear over the dip at the end. Since then I have always preferred grass strips!

PatMc07/03/2013 15:02:33
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Anyone else go to the IOM gliding week in the 1970's ?

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This was taken either 1974 or '75. I'm on the far right with my lad. I think the 6th adult standing from the right is Dave Cavendish ten years before his son Mark one of our current cycling greats.

Engine Doctor08/03/2013 14:09:32
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Pic of Medway MFC back in 1986 .

MMFC 1986

Charles Smitheman08/03/2013 14:33:58
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Posted by PatMc on 07/03/2013 15:02:33:

Anyone else go to the IOM gliding week in the 1970's ?

iom_full group.jpg

This was taken either 1974 or '75. I'm on the far right with my lad. I think the 6th adult standing from the right is Dave Cavendish ten years before his son Mark one of our current cycling greats.

Look at that TX in the foreground, Futaba!

Mike Etheridge 108/03/2013 15:10:57
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429 photos

Pictures below are on my Junior 60 when first built in 1962/3, note hatch in lower fuselage area to accommodate the Ripmax 'Mactuator'. I also fitted an Elmic 'Sidewinder' at the front of the plane to wind up the rubber drive to the 'Mactuator'. Note also the old valve transmitter which I still have. It used a 4.5 volt LT battery and a 90 volt HT battery. The other radio kit I never used, it belonged to a friend Rodney Johnson who used it in a 'Sparkie'. An old ED plastic propeller is shown plus the metal wheels which i still have from an original Southern Dragon.


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Concorde Speedbird08/03/2013 23:40:01
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I think all these pictures are older than me. I look at all these models, and think 'that looks fun'. I don't know why, even with radio equipment that is not as 'sophisticated' as today's stuff, and models which these days could probably be built lighter, I just think they look more fun. Maybe it is that all of the powered ones have engines, or because ARTF's weren't around, each model is unique. Interesting.

But what am I to say, I wasn't around.



David Davis09/03/2013 07:13:12
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Posted by ConcordeSpeedbird on 08/03/2013 23:40:01:

... each model is unique. Interesting.

That's one of the joys of building your own model rather than assembling an ARTF.

Peter Miller09/03/2013 12:55:46
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Aden, 1961. Control line circle in the back ground. Too cold to go swin=mming. Well, it was down to nearly 80F


Mordy Div11/03/2013 07:28:41
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The Missus found this just the other day, I was so happy, I remember taking this around 1982. These were my two favourite models.

Plane was a Pilot T2 Forster Kit with the OS FS40 (my father gave me the motor as a gift) I didn't realise until later years how expensive it (the motor) was, the kit I purchased at a local hobby shop, just over $80, I had to sell 1000's of newspapers to raise the money for that kit. I had enourmous pleasure building the kit and the smell of that Japanese Balsa, woo wee, beautiful !. Then the dope...., I love doping even today, I think it snaps me right back to the days of building this model and covering it. Just thinking about it and composing this message makes me choke up a little from the fond memories I have of the process of building and flying that plane and others around that time......

I had that plane for 10+ years, schleped it all over Australia (only punctured the tissue once) whilst I moved around with work (GA Pilot) unfortunately I had to sell it for rent money, as I was broke and my food vouchers ran out when the Aviation company I worked for went bust .

I purchased what must have been the last Pilot kit of this model about 15 years ago and still have it sitting in my shed waiting to be be built, I top the box up with moth balls and sachets every few months, it looks brand new, but, alas the Japanese balsa smell has been replaced by the (almost pleasant and toxic) aroma of naphthalene, why do modellers usually like the smell of toxic chemicals ?,

I also have a OS FS40 MIB, for this kit. One day, in the not too distant future, I will commit the model to the bench for building and I'll have to do a build blog...

Sorry for rambling on, The model truck was a tamiya Hilux, thoroughly enjoyed building that as well.

Thanks all.

pyro stu12/03/2013 19:09:06
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5-7-2010_173.jpg5-7-2010_171.jpg5-7-2010_168.jpg5-7-2010_154.jpg5-7-2010_152.jpg5-6-2010_451.jpg5-6-2010_445.jpgI see on the 1st page there is a firecracker its a pfm models the year pat was flying that one my dads one was one the stand.

heres a few pics i found of the old times5-4-2010_001.jpg

pyro stu12/03/2013 19:23:27
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With out asking the old man whos who the only two i know is Brian from oxford model centre in the yellow coat & his late dad starting his red firecracker

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