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The model flying scene over 100 years ago...

The model flying scene over 100 years ago...

...through the eyes of the first dedicated magazine

bouncebounce crunch25/10/2013 08:44:10
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This is great stuff, I am so glad that we get to see this.

I know that many will not care about the past (history wasn't my favourite at school) but seeing any articles from this era when models were contraptions and printing was the future, is, as some would say, FANTASTIC.

Very good use of sometimes obscure vernacular; or the modern term is- How Well Good that words them use.

Thanks David

bbc -getting greyer now with less body parts.

Andy Green25/10/2013 09:09:50
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We have this photo, it's group of members from 1912.

Worcester Model Aero Club.

Andy

Edited By Andy Green on 25/10/2013 09:10:10

bouncebounce crunch25/10/2013 09:24:42
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I really would like to know what the modeller to the far right was thinking. I'LL Be BAARk.

Great stuff Andy, love to see the different wing and fuselage designs; looks as if this was the making of a future competition.

bbc.

Bob Cotsford25/10/2013 09:59:27
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swept wings and delta tails? high tech stuff indeed. I liked the comment that a Blackheath model should achieve 1000 yards, 50 years later my KK 'Flying Scale' models were hard pushed to manage 100 feet!

Edited By Bob Cotsford on 25/10/2013 09:59:42

bouncebounce crunch25/10/2013 10:02:54
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Bob, you must have waited for the breeze to die downlaugh

Bob Cotsford25/10/2013 10:08:35
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no, just launched them from an upstairs windowlaugh

bouncebounce crunch25/10/2013 10:22:09
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you should have got a good thermal during warmer weathercheeky

john melia 125/10/2013 10:29:50
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brilliant !!!!

ken anderson.25/10/2013 10:37:33
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must admit the youngins nower days don't know that they are born......we had to make everything...among some of the memory archives of ne...1..are a Blackburn buccaneer...jet-ex powered that went on fire in the air during its maiden flight...due to the wick and tissue/dope covering......and 'fitting' fireworks to models around the nov 5th time each year....... teeth 2 ..

ken Anderson ne...1 pioneer dept/not.

Bob Cotsford25/10/2013 10:40:42
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Ken, my Sea vixen went that way too. it did look good for a short while though

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PaulH29/10/2013 04:22:54
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I guess that the Kite and Model Aeroplane Association must have been what we now know as the BFMA, or as a lot of us will remember the SMAE?

David Ashby - Moderator29/10/2013 08:39:22
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I just loved it when I saw it which is why I scanned some pages.

Telling fibs about flying times is nothing new it seems teeth 2

PaulH30/10/2013 13:19:37
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David, Thanks so much for putting up the scans, great fun and it set me off on some more research. It seems Mr Clarke was quite the entrepeneur. From this clipping from the Flight Archives Nov 1 1917, he not only sold plans and materials, but kits and believe it or not, RTF's. Not foamies though. cheeky

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Mind you the RTF price of 1 to 25 shillings made for a very expensive rubber powered free flight job.

For anyone who wants to read the whole page, here is the link.

**LINK**

PaulH30/10/2013 13:47:32
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David,

Here's a further snippet about Mr. Akhurst. It seems that in 1922 he was holding the Wakefield Cup for ransom. Naughty boy. laugh

May 11, 1922, page 276 – The Position of the K.M.A.A. Cups.

CORRESPONDENCE

THE POSITION OF THE K.M.A.A. CUPS

After a somewhat protracted correspondence and an assiduous endeavour to ensure that the cups donated by such eminent gentlemen as Sir Chas. Wakefield, Messrs. A. W. Gamage, Grahame-White, E. C. Trollope, Percival Marshall (to mention but a few of those who presented cups and trophies to the now defunct K.M.A.A.) were put to the use for which they were intended, it would appear that at present they are in the custody of Mr. W. H. Akehurst (the Secretary of the K.M.A.A.), who claims that, before handing them over, a debt of a few pounds owing to him shall be paid.

I submit that it is high time those who gave cups were made cognisant of this pass. If a secretary of an association sees fit to settle accounts out of his own pocket, is it a legal position that he should hold the association’s cups to ransom ? I suggest that the donors concerned should appoint some other body to be responsible for them.

Until this is done there seems no possibility of model aeronautical enthusiasts taking advantage of what has already been given to further interest in this subject.

The present position cannot go on indefinitely.

F. J. CAMM

Ben B04/11/2013 10:52:09
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I imagine that piece re the cups was written by Sidney Camm's brother who had those initials!
David Ashby - Moderator04/11/2013 11:19:34
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Interesting thanks Paul.

Yes it must have been Fred Camm. I wonder if the ransom was paid? smile

 

 

 

Edited By David Ashby - RCME on 04/11/2013 11:23:02

kc04/11/2013 11:22:12
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F.J. Camm was the editor of Practical Mechanics, Practical Wireless magazines and many books etc until well into the 1950's. Very opinionated as I recall. He wrote a book called Radio Controlled Models which was available in 1959 and was the younger brother of Sydney Camm.

Edited By kc on 04/11/2013 11:46:06

David Ashby - Moderator04/11/2013 11:29:47
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Yes indeed, they founded the Windsor club in their early years.

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"I submit that it is high time those who gave cups were made cognisant of this pass."

What a magnificient phrase! I must remember to use that at the next club committee meeting!

BEB

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