Blackheath Model Flying Club




  •  1936 - At Heath Row
    For the fourth year the Northern Heights Model Flying Club attracted a large number of models, modellists and spectators to Fairey's Heath Row Aerodrome, the occasion being the Gala Day on June 21. The meeting was a decided success, in respect of the number of clubs represented - most remarkably - the fine weather! Heavy raid did fall, but not until everyone had left the aerodrome.
       Though the Flying Scale Model Contest, for which Flight's Annual Challenge Trophy was awarded, attracted but a small entry, the quality of the models and their flying showed considerable improvement on previous contests. Any scale was permitted, but the wings had to be in the true scale position. The models were judged for workmanship and faithfulness to type, and the total duration of three hand launched flights were taken.
       The Trophy, with  a small replica, went to W.L. Henery, who scored 116.8 points with a Leopard Moth which we illustrate this month. The stately flying and excellent landings were much admired. S.R. Crow (Blackheath M.F.C.) provided a marked contrast with a beautiful little Mew Gull, which had a phenomenal speed and climb, and a high degree of stability. His score was 78.9. .............................................
       There were the usual popular duration contests, the three prizewinners in the "light" category being Mr. Hook (Blackheath M.F.C.), 204.83 sec.; A.H. Liggitt (T.M.A.C.), 130; and T.H. Ives (Hayes Club), 108.06. The "heavy" champions were W. Worden (T.M.A.C.), 126.5; E. Chasteneuf (Blackheath M.F.C.), 86.5; and L.A. Wood (unattached), 73.23. The Fairey Challenge Cup for the Inter-Club Team Contest again went to Blackheath Club, Crow and Chesteneuf totalling 353.5 sec........................
       A Concours d'Elegance in four categories resulted as follows.................
    Juniors, any type - (1) Mr. Mackenzie (Blackheath); (2) Mr. Montgomery (Blackheath), both free-lance lightweights.
    ['Flight' magazine - pg.41, 2nd Jul 1936]
  • Machines and Materials - on Exhibition : A Beautifully Constructed Nonscale Model
    By M. R. KNIGHT
    On Show
    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 proper."
    ['Flight' magazine - pg.49, 14th Jul 1938]

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