SEBMFA SCALE DAY 2011

Keith Miller reports on the scale event at the Hastings MFG field held on 31 July

Once again held with the cooperation of Hastings MFC at their excellent Middlebridge site, between Eastbourne and Bexhill on Sunday, July 31st. The event is basically just a fly-in and this year, for the first time, we included an Almost Ready To Fly class in addition to the Built-Up variety. The entrants are asked to judge what they think are the best 3 models in their class and prizes are awarded accordingly, with the best Built-up model receiving the Towner Trophy.

We were extremely lucky with the weather, which was bright and sunny although a bit of a breeze crosswind made it a little tricky for those with marginal power. A slight hiccup at Leicester office had resulted in the date not appearing in the BMFA News Events Calendar which may have reduced the entry, but this was nevertheless good and of excellent quality.

Outside of the competition flights we were treated to various breathtaking demonstrations, notably by local Colin Hammond with his 1/6th scale Lancaster and the commentary to this was given by Tony Banfield, who is a member of the Hastings club, but also an ex C.O. of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, when he flew their Lancaster at many airshows worldwide. He also happens to have been a junior model clubmate of the writer's in the 50's. There was also an impressive and exceptionally precise aerobatic display by Mike Donnelly of the Bickley club with his large Ventura gas turbine powered model.

It was good to see that there are still some real model builders around as the number of built-up models well exceeded the ARTFs but generally, the standard of both types was very high. Thankfully, only one "incident" occurred during the day when a Spitfire was forced to land out, unfortunately right in the middle of the adjoining fishing stream. It was retrieved successfully, presumably using the right bait!

Final Result : Built-Up Class
1 Mike Donnelly Bickley MFC Corsair
2 Rick Stevens Hastings MFC Hellcat
3 Don Coe Hastings MFC Sopwith Pup
Final Result : ARTF Class
1 Bob Hart Hastings MFC Spitfire IX
2 Mike Killick Epsom DMAC Hellcat
3 Jon Young Wealden MAS Spitfire

The various models entered were as follows:

Built-Up Class
Don Coe Hastings MFC Sopwith Pup
Jim Tucker Hastings MFC Sopwith Pup
Mick Killick Epsom DMAC Douglas DC3
Stephen Tester Levels 87 Halifax
Bob Hart Hastings MFC Sea Fury
Rick Stevens Hastings MFC Hellcat
Mike Donnelly Bickley MFC Corsair
Jon Young Wealden MAS Stearman PT17
Jon Young Wealden MAS MD 5/30
Rod Browning Hastings MFC Tipsy Nipper
Rod Browning Hastings MFC Smith Miniplane
Rod Browning Hastings MFC Hughes 00E
James Gordon Caterham DMFC Gypsy Moth
James Gordon Caterham DMFC Druine Turbulent
ARTF Class
Jim Tucker Hastings MFC Miles Sparrowhawk
Mick Killick Epsom DMAC Hellcat
Bob Hart Hastings MFC Spitfire IX
Colin Powell Epsom DMAC Bulldog Trainer
Colin Powell Epsom DMAC RYAN STA
Colin Powell Epsom DMAC RYAN STA
Jon Young Wealden MAS Spitfire
General view of competitors' models General view of competitors' models
Mike Donnelly's winning Corsair in the Built-up classMike Donnelly's winning Corsair in the Built-up class
Rick Stevens and helper with Rick's 2nd place Hellcat in the Built-up classRick Stevens and helper with Rick's 2nd place Hellcat in the Built-up class
Bob Hart's Built-up class Sea FuryBob Hart's Built-up class Sea Fury
Rick Steven's Built-up class HellcatRick Steven's Built-up class Hellcat
Bob Hart's ARTF class winner Spitfire IX and Built-up Sea FuryBob Hart's ARTF class winner Spitfire IX and Built-up Sea Fury
Jim Tucker's ARTF Miles SparrowhawkJim Tucker's ARTF Miles Sparrowhawk