.................The Indoor Flying Season is upon us and the dates for this Winter's sessions are on the Calendar Page.................


Many, many years ago there used to be a club newsletter called Pegboard

Most of the longer term members will remember this however I suspect many of the newer faces won't as it hasn't been published for quite a while
For the latter group I'd better explain that Pegboard was a regular club newsletter that was sent to all members and which contained news, articles, jokes, competition reports and anything that was related to the club or indeed model flying in general. The magazine was edited by various club members during it's existance and I even did a stint myself.

Anyway, feel free to contribute any articles, photos, tips etc and I'll happily include them in this or another more relevant section of the website.

Last of the Summer Wine and HDMAC

In 2000 while flying on Tinkers a group of us were approached by a person involved with the TV programme Last of the Summer Wine to enquire whether we would be interested in doing some flying scenes for a planned episode. If this wasn't tempting enough the suggestion that we had a virtually blank cheque to buy all the equipment necessary definitely had us volunteering. The basic story line was explained to us and with that knowledge in our head a few of us went over to Leeds Model Shop to buy the required goodies. Three trainer type planes were needed and we opted for the ARTF Thunder Tiger 2000's. These needed two Irvine 46's to power them and also some RC gear to install inside them. Various other accessories to finish the planes were also needed. The best bit of this was when the total price had been worked out and we just phoned the BBC up to get their credit card details which were then processed by Martin at the model shop!

Two models needed assembling ready for the flying scenes. The third was to be handed over to the filming crew because they were going to turn it into a 'lamp' Yes, you did read that correctly and all will become clear if you watch the video.

The morning of the actual filming day was very clear and if I remember correctly a little breezy. Other members who were there to help included Dave Brian, John Woodhouse, Trevor Elam, and a few others. The location for the flying scene was the old disused quarry at the side of the road going from Tinkers down to Jackson Bridge. This was definitely not a power model friendly flying location and while the model could be hand launched the only place to land was the road which had a wall and drop on one side and a steep banking on the other. Not sure how but I was elected the one to have to cope with these problems!

The first part of the scene involved a model plane flying VERY low over the three actors that were laying back on the ground. I was asked to actually fly this low over them. There was no way that I was prepared to do this as one mistake could have ended the careers (and lives) of three well known public figures! Plan B therefore involved hanging the model on a long steel line that was held at both ends and was above the actors. Less dangerous but still not entirely safe we proceeded with this line of attack. Some of my club colleagues were holding the line at the top end and giving it enough tension so as not to sag too much in the middle. The model was fired up and then sent on it’s way down the long steel line. This sounds straightforward but in reality the line sagged an awful lot and where the plane passed over the actors it didn’t clear them by much. Anyway, at least that bit was done without problem and the film editors cleverly 'removed' the steel line from the final film.

The next step was for the model to actually fly out over the valley and do a big sweeping turn. To do this while keeping the model nice and low and in shot someone launched the model just behind where the camera was positioned so it did actually look as though the model was doing a low pass (which it didn’t). This proved quite easy however the landing was rather more tricky. The road was steep and the wind decidedly turbulent and I really did just have one go to get it right. Plenty of touch and go practice obviously helped here as I managed to get the plane down although if I remember correctly the undercarriage took quite a bit of punishment!

It was important that we still had this model flyable as there was one final scene to shoot. The crash. The story went that the model was hit by an arrow which then caused it to crash. Now generally crashes are not intended and the model ends up ‘anywhere’. On this occasion though the crash had to be in a specific place. So, after flying the model around a little I started the dive to the ground. Unfortunately, the model being a trainer didn’t like the idea of diving (and presumably dieing) as it tried to pull out. This made the job even more difficult but I did in the end manage to stuff it into some bushes at full speed. Unfortunately this is not where the camera was pointing so another attempt had to be made. Fortunately the model was still flyable (yes after a deliberate crash). This time the crash was in the right place and captured on film. Guess what though? The model was yet again still intact so a friendly helper put the poor model out of it’s misery by giving it a good going over so the cameraman could get a shot of a well and truly broken model. Oh, and the arrow was stuck through it at this point too.

What was amazing with the whole experience though was just how long it took to film, as you can see in the videos, just a few minutes of actual programme. After the filming we then stayed around for the rest of the day where we watched some more filming at another local location. A great day and the time HDMAC was on the telly!