BMFA Southern Area Gala on 7th July at Middle Wallop airfield

BMFA Southern Area Gala on 7th July at Middle Wallop airfield

On 7th July, this coming Saturday, the Southern Area of the BMFA are holding a Gala at Middle Wallop airfield. It’s an R/C Funfly event that will feature everything from large scale to fun-fly models including IC, Electric, Gas Turbines and Helicopters. Anyone with an ‘A’ certificate is welcome to fly but if you don’t feel up to flying you can just go along to spectate. Entry to the airfield costs just £5 per car, bargain!

Mark is planning to fly his large scale Spad and I expect other PAM members will be there also.  Go along and support the BMFA Southern Area, it’s your national body.

For more information CLICK HERE

LMA static show at Gaydon October 25th

LMA static show at Gaydon

For some years now I’ve been considering visiting the LMA show at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon in Warwickshire. My intension this year was to make it a weekend away so that my wife and I could take in Vulcan XM655 at Wellesbourne. Unfortunately the Vulcan wasn’t open to the public this particular weekend so the Saturday was spent visiting a local National Trust property.

Anyway, we visited Gaydon on Sunday October 25th. The entrance fee for two BMFA members was a combined price of £10. The normal cost is £12 for adults or, £10 for concessions so there is quite a saving there. The venue is a modern building, built on an old RAF base, the motor exhibits are on the ground floor whilst the first floor houses several conference rooms, toilet facilities and a café selling very reasonably priced food.

If you have never visited before it is well worth the trip if you are remotely interested in cars. The LMA used up just about every square inch of space upstairs with displays of both complete models and those in the process of being built. In addition to this there were approximately 20 trade stands including SLEC, Als’ Models, Nexus and many more specialised stands selling such items as Gas Turbines to Model Pilots and JR Radio to Glass Fibre supplies.

Some of the exhibits were something to die for. There was a room full of turbine powered fighters from Hunters, Lightings and Vampires through to F15s, Hawks and Euro fighters. There were many other types, in fact I have probably forgotten more than I can remember.
In another room there were many WW11 aircraft including Spitfires, Hurricanes, Mustangs, Me109s, FW190s and one particularly stunning Corsair. As well as all the normal trappings of, retractable undercarriage and operating flaps this model also had electrically operated folding wings. Not bad for a model of approximately 10 foot wingspan.

In another large room there were several multi-engined aircraft and very large vintage gliders. Included here was a very creditable Mosquito with a wingspan of around 15-16 feet.

My favourite of all the exhibits was a yellow Gnat belonging to Ali Machinchy. As you can tell by the accompanying photographs this model is really something to admire. Alongside this was a Vampire that was equally as good but I’m afraid you would think twice about releasing it into the sky for fear of damaging it.

So, if you are at a loose end next October, I can strongly recommend this as a day out or why not combine it with a visit to Wellsbourne.

Hon. Sec.





Blackbushe Saturday 16th May 2015

The weather held for this years show, although there were the odd spots of rain on the way to Blackbushe the day brightened up nicely, the early strong cross wind gradually dropping as the day progressed….  Schedule

Steve Holland opened the show this year flying his 66% scale Aerokot. Its a 4m span biplane based on a Bucker Jungmeister, with a DA150 petrol engine.

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Steve flew a nice routine sliding the biplane against the heavy cross winds on slow circuits and on his landing approach.

Following a helicopter slot by the Kaos heli team there was a Mixed Jet slot starting with a Starfighter … (I always think of Colonel Bud Marconi now) an F16, Typhoon and Steve Prideaux with his BVM Bandit.

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Next up was Mike Williams flying a 3D solo, see the whole flight here on Youtube

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Following an absence from Blackbushe last year Steve and Matt Bishop were back, this year flying their Krill model Avanti S jets and this was the first time they had flown together at a show. They demonstrated some interesting manoeuvres with these vectored thrust enabled jets.

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Another nice return to the show was Ali Machinchy who didn’t fly last year following his move to Horizon Hobbies. Always great to see Ali fly and give informative commentary on his aircraft.

Ali flying his Fox turbine powered glider:-

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The show had a lot more jets flying this year, no TJD Models flying their Warbirds.

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The only Warbirds that did fly were the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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The Paritech team from Germany were flying again, great that these guys come over every year and give a great display with their superb aircraft.

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There was another good turn out of PAM members at the show, Woody and Smithy were the big spenders buying a couple of Specktrum DX6’s.

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Looks like Andy’s trying to get Woody to by the ice creams again, guess his wallets in there somewhere.
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Thanks again to Steve 1066 for driving, he went home this year with nearly all his birthday money still

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Blackbushe Saturday 17th May 2014

Apologies for not getting to write this up earlier, work commitments and a 2 weeks holiday.. any excuse.
Well as forcast the weather was great for the Blackbushe show this year, infact it was the best weather for the last few years.
Kindly, Steve 1066 drove again, we were tailed by Tony Neal coming into Hook, and we all ended up piling into Tescos enroute for some afternoon supplies.
We arrived before 9:30, and as Steve had some birthday money burning a hole in his pocket we headed off to the Bring and Buy stalls, Steve ended up purchasing a second hand Hyperion foamie, ready to fly. I had to resist as money reserved for the conversion to 2.4Ghz, …. more receivers required.

The flying Schedule was started as in previous years by Steve Carr. This year flying his 60% Extra 260. Unfortunately it was not a good start to the show, after a short flight the model experienced some wing flutter and ended up crashing heavily.
For the whole flight see

Steve on his way to investigate the damage

Next up was Steve Prideaux flying his BVM Super Bandit. Steve flew yet another superb routine, fast low knife edge passes at the usual 250 mph, amazing. The model is in fantastic condition, it must be 9 years old now and it looks new.
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Steve had a quick chat to us, he said on the following flights the Paritech guys were egging him to go lower.

As Andy mentioned another highlight was Steve Holland flying his giant OV-10 Bronco, 14ft wingspan, built by Tony Nijuis.
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Other schedules involved the TJD Models and their warbird formation, Kaos Heli team and the Paritech team flying jets and gliders.  see Schedule Link

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I didn’t manage to get a shot of the F3 Pylon racer in flight, I didn’t even try, but here was the landing.

I did get some Hitec Optima receivers to continue the conversion to 2.4Ghz, no great offers though. Also more Nitro go go juice, … keeping the faith. I didn’t see what other members purchased.  

It was a shame that the schedule was not as varied as previous years especially as flying conditions were ideal. 
With no Bishops flying and Ali Machinchy now having left for the US to work for Horizon Hobbies.
Sadly there were a few more incidents,  Mike William’s Krill Extra 330S succumbed to a dead stick while in a low harrier and two Warbirds in the Horizon slot had a mid air. (not my pic)
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There was a battery or esc fire in one helicopter slots and another heli crash just before this. 

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Thanks again to Steve for driving.

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Blackbushe Saturday 18th May 2013

Was it really a year since the last show? ….how time flies.
The weather thankfully held up and the wind gradually dropped to give some good flying conditions.
The show kicked off again with Steve Carr flying his 60% Extra 260.


Steve had an issue and had to make a forced landing which unfortunately meant he couldn’t fly again.

Steve Prideaux flew his BMV Super Bandit, another superb display, with knife edge passes 8ft off the ground at 250mph


Steve and Matt Bishop gave another fantastic display with their 1/4 scale Airworld Hawk jets.


Paritech were present again this year from Germany with their Viper jet and other aircraft including their EB28 9.5m glider.


One of the highlights of the show was Ali Machinchy flying his English Electric Lightning turbine powered model.
Ali gave some excellant commentary during his flights and also gave some informative commentary on other displays during the show.


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There was a good turn out of PAM members the the show. A few had a spend, Tony Neal bought a TopFlight 1/7 scale Spitfire from the bring and buy. Woody bought a Art-Tech Harvard and Steve 1066 a Multiplex Xeno flying wing. Andy P a mini rc helicopter and I was tempted by the offers on a Hitec Aurora … still on 35mhz for now. 




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Blackbushe Saturday May 19th

Sorry I’ve been really slow writing this up. I was hoping to get this online before the Club Meeting on 24th May…. its now June.
Well Saturday 19th turned out to be a great day after the bad weather during May and the previous years of the show being windy and raining.

The flying conditions were ideal and the flying started with Steve Carr flying his 60% Extra 260, with a 550cc, fuel injected, 4 cylinder 2 stroke. Weighing 130 lb and in Red Bull livery.


It was great to see Steve Prideaux fly his BVM Super Bandit especially after his visit to the club earlier this year. He did say he would have liked to have known his heart rate after his first flight with the low cloud as the Bandit went out of sight but appeared close to where he expected. His flights were fantastic 250mph knife edges, feet from the runway.


Other highlights were Steve and Matt Bishop flying their Airworld 1/4 scale  Red Arrow Hawks powered by Jetcat P200  turbines.

Other flights were by Ali Machinchy, Paritech flying jet gliders from Germany, including the Tomahawk design Viper Jet MK II. Other models displayed were DG303 Turbine, SZD54 Turbine, Jodel Robin, ASH31 7m, Nimbus 4D 7m.
Also flying were TJD are a group that have been together for around 6 years flying large warbirds, usually 1/5 or 1/4 scale and now have approaching 40 models.

Go to for videos and great pictres of this years show, (wish I’d seen these before I uploaded mine).
Can you spot Steve H negotiating for for his next electric purchase? also AndyP and Tony just in shot pic13.

Steve H was hoping to spend his birthday money and with only a couple of hours to go he still hadn’t spent any of it. Within an hour he’d bought an electric Yak from the bring and buy, (yes another electric plane, think he admits to 5 now). see 
Then an electric motor and speed controller. Ending up with what he was initially looking for, a Hitec Eclipse 7 Pro transmitter, so another club member going over to 2.4Ghz.
Tony Neal got a good deal on a Hitec Eclipse 7, 35Mhz transmitter, he has the 2.4Ghz modules for the Hitec
Woody bought a F18 Hornet which he’s hoping to fly by the end of the summer and another potential electric convert with Viv buying an electric motor.

Nice to see a number of club members at the show, most stayed to the end of the display. I didn’t realise how much Smithy liked 3D helicopters
Anybody seen Steve?

Also thanks to Steve for driving again…..