Large Model Flight

The Club has a small group of members whose are interested in Large Models. A pilot who wants to fly any model weighing over 7kg at SMAC must hold a BMFA ‘B’ proficiency certificate. Models over 20kg require special checks and permissions to fly from the CAA. Builders and pilots are only too willing to discuss the building and flying of large scale models.

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Richard Cohen’s Douglas A-1 Skyraider, 10 ft wingspan, 62cc engine, 42lb weight with Twist & Turn pneumatic retracts & 3-position flaps. Finished in the markings of 34609 ‘Bad News’ flying with 22nd Special Operations Squadron in Vietnam.

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Mel Jordan’s 7 ft span DeHavilland Chipmunk from Blackhorse models. Fitted with flaps and sprung undercarriage.  A classic RAF trainer serving from the 1950’s through to the mid 1990’s.

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Richard’s 9 ft span Fairchild AU-23 Peacemaker gunship built from an Ikon Northwest kit, powered by a 40cc 4 stroke petrol engine. Painted in the markings of 4400th Special Operations Squadron operating combat evaluation PAVECOIN for counter insurgency missions in Vietnam,

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Derek Russell’s Sukhoi Su 31.  A Russian aerobatic competition aircraft.

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Eddie Barker’s 8ft span Senior Telemaster from a 1970 plan.

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Rich Cohen running up the 342cc engine on the 12 ft span 1/3 scale Republic P51 Mustang

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Some other large models that have been in the Club…

Lockheed C-130 Hercules. A well known model on the show scene in its USCG scheme with a working load ramp, deploying parachutists. It was flown and maintained by a group of Club members including Mel Jordan, Eddie Barker, Maurice Neale, Ted Farmer and Roger Brooker.

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1/3 Scale Piper Super Cub.     Flown by Eddie Barker and Mel Jordan.

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Eddie’s Supermarine Spitfire .Finished in Johnnie Johnson’s iconic scheme and powered by a 100cc inline twin.