R. N. BULLOCK
- 1934 - Seaplanes
The contest for the Lady Shelley Cup was held at Danson Park
on Septemnber 15, Of the twenty-two entrants, fourteen
succeeded in getting a model off the water, quite a number
"unsticking" in little more than their own length.
The favourable weather enabled heights of 50-100 ft. to be
Mr. R.N. Bullock (S.M.A.E. and Blackheath Club) won
first place with an average of 51.3.
['Flight' magazine - pg.988, 20th Sep 1934]
- 1935 - A crowded Day
Northern Heights M.F.C. Gala Day - Heathrow Aerodrome, Great
The Duration Hunters
Mr. R.N. Bullock (S.M.A.E. and Blackheath Club) was
first with an average duration of 166.4 sec. (three
In the Inter-Club team contest Blackheath M.F.C. won the
Fairey Challenge Cup for the secind time with a total
duration of 297.8 sec. (four flights).
['Flight' magazine - pg.65, 11th July 1935]
S.M.A.E Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Society of Model Aeroplane
Engineers, held on March 24, marked the conclusion of the
first year under the new constitution. The year was aptly
described by Mr. E.F.H. Cosh, the hon. secretary, as the
most momentous in the Society's history. The scheme under
which it became a federation of local clubs had greatly
increased its prestige and its effectiveness as the body
governing model aeronautics in Great Britain. Thrity-one
clubs had become affiliated, and numerous applications were
The outstanding event was sending of a
Wakefield team to America and the retrieving of the
Wakefield Cup by Mr. Judge. This had been made possible by
generous donations from Lord Wakefield and other good
friends of model aeronautics, to whom the Society desired to
express its gratitude.
The system of holding certain competitions
simultaneously on the affiliated club's grounds had resulted
in more numerous entries. Certain difficulties had still to
be overcome, but there was every reason to anticipate still
greater success in 1937.
The following officers were elected :
President, Dr. A.P. Thurston; vice-presidents, the Duke of
Richmond and Gordon, Messrs. A.F. Houlberg, G. Geoffrey
Smith, M.B.E.; W.E. Evans, B.K. Johnson, Capt. C.E. Brown;
chairman, Mr.A.F. Houlberg; vice-chairman, Mr. H.J.Hawkins;
hon. secretary, Mr. E.F.H. Cosh; hon. treasurer, Mr. H.J.
Hawkins; competition secretary, Mr. J.C. Smith; Press
secretary, Mr. H. York; technical secretary, Mr. R.N.
Bullock. Messrs. B.K. Johnson and W.E. Evans were
released from office, and made vice-presidents in
appreciation of their valuable services over many years.
['Flight' magazine - pg.490, 13th May 1937]
- Machines and Materials - on Exhibition : A Beautifully Constructed Nonscale Model
By M. R. KNIGHT
THE Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers was responsible for a most effective display at The Model Engineer Exhibition, recently held at the Horticultural Hall, Westminster. The centre piece was a superb example of the flying scale-model, a tapered-wing Hornet Moth constructed to a scale of 1in. to 1f t. by Mr. H. J. Towner (Brighton D.M.F.C.). Beautifully constructed, attractively- finished in cream and
white, and, possessing fine flying qualities, it perfectly demonstrates what a flying scale-model should be like, and all too frequently is not. There was also an excellent Leopard Moth to the same scale by Mr. S. R. Crow (Blackheath M.F.C.). This model has recently captured the hand-launched and rise-off-ground records in its class with flights of 62 . 1 8sec. and 98.35 sec. respectively.
Duration types included the very fine shoulder-wing model with which
Mr. R. N. Bullock (Blackheath) secured for Great Britain second place in the 1937 Wakefield contest, a similar
type with which Mr. E. Chasteneuf (Blackheath) obtained the leading place in the British Wakefield trials, and a successful
"Wakefield" class of monocoque model by Mr. R. Copland (Northern Heights M . F . C.) .
Marine activities were represented by Mr. H. E. White's twin-motored flying-boat Goose, sister (or, more accurately, daughter) ship of
Ganda, which was recently described and illustrated on this page. Mr. A. E.
Brook's high-wing Skyrocket, with inverted 18 c.c. Comet motor, spread its 7ft. bin. wing-span protectively over the smaller exhibits.
Elsewhere in the exhibition were Air. R. J. Trevithick's
3ft. span parasol with 1.75 c.c. two-stroke, which it is hoped to describe in a future issue, and the beautiful shoulder-wing monocoque model by Mr. E. W. Evans
(Luton D.M.A.S.), which won the prize offered by Mr. D. A. Russell for the best flying model in the show; it is described and illustrated on this page.
['Flight' magazine - pg.458, 4th Nov 1937
- Choosing the Wakefield Team
"Over 200 modellists competed for a place in the team
which is to represent Great Britain in the contest for the
Wakefield Cup, to be flown at Guyancourt, Paris, on July 31.
Mr. E. Chasteneuf of the Blackheath Model Flying Club,
secured first place, and the F.R. Barnard Cup, with an
average of 247.483 sec. on three rise-off ground flights. He
flew an improved version of the tapered shoulder-wing
monoplane, (with elliptical multi-stringer fuselage) with
which he secured first place in last year's trials. He was
responsible for a flight at 8 mins. 35 sec., the best effort
of the day.
With a somewhat similar machine, Mr. R. N. Bullock (Blackheath
M.F.C.) obtained second place by averaging 231 sec. An
earlier version came second in the 1937 contest
['Flight' magazine - pg.49, 14th Jul 1938]
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