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 Post subject: As it was 70+ years Ago
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:04 am 
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I have put this on the site as some of older flyers may recognize the content as to their youth!!!

The cine film has been released by Fred Carters niece onto Youtube. It shows alot off famous model flyers of that period mostly control line, as that was what the majority of model flyers did then, as engines were expensive so losing any were a blow to the pocket.

RC was in its infancy due to cost and reliability, but reel 2 does show som RC flying using reed outfits in a Taurus model.

Worth pointing out that a lot of thermal soarers gravitated from control line flying to RC Thermal flying thence to E Soaring. Neil Webb John Shaw,Dick Edmonds even yours truly.

Lot of it was filmed at Fairlop Airfield which was a mecca for model flying up to 1953. The mounds that Ray Gibbs is jumping over at one shot, were put in to stop motor bikes speeding up and down the runways.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3da0uz3rlrk


 
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 Post subject: Re: As it was 70+ years Ago
PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:32 pm 
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Thanks for the posting Brian. Memories!!!
What no catch fencing for the speed and team racing, and where are the crash helmets.
Launching free flight models over peoples heads and the radio takeoff down the runway with people and cars at the end!
What great times we had wherever we were, health and safety eh! what was that. Laughing

Thanks Ian P


 
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 Post subject: Re: As it was 70+ years Ago
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:48 am 
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Ian P wrote:

Thanks for the posting Brian. Memories!!!
What no catch fencing for the speed and team racing, and where are the crash helmets.
Launching free flight models over peoples heads and the radio takeoff down the runway with people and cars at the end!
What great times we had wherever we were, health and safety eh! what was that. Laughing

Thanks Ian P


Yes a lot of memories for me, as I knew a lot of the flyers in the clips.

Ron Checksfield braving the signs off NO Entry to Fairlop Aerodrome, is also shown holding models for Ray Gibbs. He was the main designer of Merco engines when Bill Morley recruited him, as he never had a job until he was 30 years old and lived with his father in Bethnal Green. He was completely self taught, made all the casting patterns as well aas the drawings for the engines. Later when Merco were sold off, designed digital measuring equipment. Always rode his moped in the raincoat in the film and no crash helmet.
Brief bit on Dave Platt starting an engine, who also went on to build a workshop in the USA where he lives now, and builds engines and gas turbines. Started life in the print.
Cannot imagine now going into a chemist as a 15/16 year old and buying Ether and Amyl Nitrate to make your own diesel fuel and signing the poisons book Idea Idea Idea


 
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 Post subject: Re: As it was 70+ years Ago
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:17 pm 
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Apart from Norman Butcher doing judging for the RC comp in reel 2, one of the flyers looks like Ed Johnson and I recognise another guy, standing there with the bushy hair, Brian Cooper if I recall his name correctly.

All about the time I was just starting in RC, leading on eventually to the work I did for Radio Modeller and RM Books.


 
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