THE MODEL AIRCRAFT CLUB is now firmly established It was started by Mr. Mudd buying kit and accessories for his House, Orwell House. The "bug" soon spread around and reached its climax at the end of the Spring Term. As a result of the many people who bought kits, it was decided to form a Club for the modellers. The craze soon died out, leaving only the keener modellers. The aircraft made covered a wide range from "Chuck Gliders" to Control Line" models. As yet no "Free-Flight" models have been made, but it is hoped in the future that there will be some constructed.
A gliding competition was held on 1st June. There were two classes, up to 30-ins. wing-span, and an open event in which any 'plane was flown. The 30-ins. span class was won by R. Martin with a Keil-Kraft Dolphin. The "Open" event was won by K. Ashdown, with his own design, which he called a Javelin. The times for these were not impressive as the day and experience, were not of the best. If the weather is better next term it is hoped to hold these competitions more frequently. There was a flying display of "Control Line" models on Whit-Monday. Four aeroplanes took part during the afternoon. They all flew very well with the exception of the Silver Sorcerer, which, unfortunately, stalled.
The standard of aeroplane construction is gradually improving and the younger members of the Club have made some very good aeroplanes. J. Bates' "Planfour Mite" was undoubtedly the best, and his generosity in letting his Form mates "have a go" was appreciated by all, as it was their first attempt at "Control-Line". So far we have built only "Team Racers" and "Trainers", but next term "Stunting" and "Combat" will be attempted. This is much more fun! Surprisingly enough, the Model Aircraft Club incorporates model boats also. This last term has seen more interest in model boats, but at the moment, Hansons seem to have the monopoly, with a large battery-powered launch and a Diesel-powered launch; the latter has not been finished yet, so its performance is still unknown.
A hydroplane, made by S. Smith, was unfortunately grossly underpowered and just managed to chug along. This was because the owner did not have a "pusher prop", so the engine had to run backwards. A flying boat, made by Hastings, the first to be made, was a bit disappointing, but all praise to the workmanship. Due to the bad design of the aircraft, the wings folded up on take-off. There is one consolation, however, that is, it made a very good "Hydro-plane", after the wings were detached. If people would like to be modellers, but are scared of breaking a 'plane, they should try boats, they bring just as much pleasure but do not break so easily! We, the modellers, are indebted to Mr. Mudd for bringing us so much fun, by concocting fuel, and so reducing the price by two-thirds. Thanks to him, the "power" side of the "Aero Club" has been so active during this term.
R. GRIMSON and R. BAILEY