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Written by Jimbo   
Wednesday, 08 October 2008 19:00

When Peter Came to Town ....



Our French member Pierre Jackson left his luxurious pad in the South of France to return to blighty for a spot of flying in September, as usual his timing coincided with some fantastic weather and plenty of flying ensued, a potted history of his exploits follows .....



Peter arrived at the flying site armed with his trusty bossanova determined to learn the art of annoyance aka '3D flying' from our young and annoyingly good flyer Connor. Peter was proud of his new found electrical skills carefully crafted from all the modernisation work recently undertaken at his home in France, members looked on in amazement as more and more connectors were applied to his humble battery, I was stunned to learn that this was common proactive in France where the motto is "Discrimination's for Whimps!". Unfortuantely the curse of blighty reared its ugly head and puffing of lipos ensued, not to worry Pete came prepared with dozens more packs and plenty of chargers, wires, wine and other essential flying ingredients.

Our beloved groundsman Barry was so pleased to see Peter that he immediately landed his Black Cat Catalina, a prolific shaking of hands 'masons' style followed, a typical NLMFC warm welcome !


As Pete prepared his trusty bossanova with a smile that led us to believe he had some trapped wind Trev took the opportunity of showing off his new 'wing takeoff' techniques with his Parkzone Vapor, Trev's skills were further proven with a 3D flight that only the master Quique Somenzini could have come close to



The glorious weather brought the members out of hibernation and there was a really good turnout on the Weekend, Duncan turned up with his Moki powered Mega Wot (Barry Mckinley's Mould) and towed up Steve's ASK K8, the scale loops of the K8 with all the precision of the Red Arrow brought a smile to Pete's face



Not to be outdone by the Scale aerobatics the 'Team Josephs' stepped up with their Hangar 9 P51 Mustangs, unfortunately a combination of retract and engine trouble, reduced the sortie to one but nethertheless a mustang took to the air and flew a lonely sortie in the turbulent conditions, unfortunately turbulence took its toll on the landing and the mechanical retracts failed.


A few more modelling delights caught the eye of Pierre, Steve's model stand supported his electric converted Piper Cub. Ashley proved that a 50CC petrol engine can be improved with a big Chinese motor and 10 lipos, no vibration and a superb flight.


As the week progressed the weather improved and the next weekend saw a good turnout, so good the overflow car park (double parking) was put into good effect, a vast array spanning 50 years and that was just the modellers ! Stuart Josephs put together his CMPro Texan, another superb model, unfortunately the engine was not on song so the maiden was delayed but I'm happy to report that it flew superbly last weekend.

As day turned into night young Connor brought out his illuminated e-flite CAP for a sport of 3D night style much to the applause of the few brave souls who had hung around in search of some excitement.



Pete's final week saw the flying of some of foams most prestigious jets. Jimbo's SF lear jet and hawk performed well. Jimbo's CmPro Giles flew an almost perfect FAA schedule (editors licence !), Steve's cub flew forever on the worlds biggest lipos and Connor proved that we have a future FAA competitor in the club.



The finale to the trip was the maiden flight of Stuart's Top Flite B25 Mitchell, the build thread is on the website, what a fantastic looking model. Stuart asked Pierre to fly the maiden due to his senior experience (ho ho ho) and after 10 rounds of taxing the plane flew a lovely maiden, the OS engines never missed a beat (thank the lord) and after 10 minutes of buddy box flying she was brought back safely.

See you next year Pierre