Midlands MFC Fly-in June 2014

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Jun 192014

The Midlands Model Flying Club kindly invited My dad & I down to their Annual ‘Big Fly-in held at their club site near Kilcormac Co. Offlay. My dad, my wife Lisa and I headed off early with a van fully of models ready for a great days flying. When we arrived we were warmly welcomed by the club and quickly got unloaded and ready for a few flights. The fly-in itself was a 3 day event and a lot of flyers had elected to make a weekend of it and camped on site. There was a great array of aeroplanes and heli’s on show and the sky was never empty, it was common to see 3 & 4 aeroplanes up at once as everyone made the most of the near perfect flying condition. The flying site is set in the middle of re-claimed bog land and there isn’t a house in sight, an ideal place for a flying club. The club have great facilities with a large lean-to providing shelter on the wetter days.


I had brought to fly the Hangar 9 35% Extra 300 powered by DA120, the 43% Carden Extra 300 powered by DA200 and the 42% Carden Extra 300 PRO powered by 16kw Predator Motor on Optipower 7s Lipo’s. The H9 extra is one of my all time favourite models, it performs precision and 3D flight equally well and I always enjoy throwing it about. The DA200 powered Carden is getting on in years, 5 years old now, but it’s still one of the most competitive IMAC airframes on the market. It has served me well over the years and continues to. The smoothness of the excellent DA200 has really kept this airframe fresh and my dad’s meticulous maintenance routine has kept this combination at the top of it’s field. Our newest aircraft is the Electric powered 42% Carden PRO, fitted with a 16kw Plettenberg Predator 37/6 Evo, JETi spin 300 ESC and new Optipower 50c 7s 5300mah Lipo’s, wired as a 14 cell 15900mah pack, give this airframe stunning performance. We are still very much learning this new aeroplane and with the latest 50c lipo’s from Optipower have limited the power to 70% of what this motor is capable of, we still have enough power to fly any IMAC sequence, our quest now is to work on timings to increase our efficiency and see if we can improve on our 10min flight time. I also flew the Blade 350 Qx and had the Go Pro onboard, the quad performed perfectly but the operator needs some work, I had selected the wrong mode on the Go Pro so only got a shot of me switching the camera on, aerial photography at it’s best. J


Lisa and my Dad were on the camera at various stages and got some really nice shots between them, my Dad’s new Canon D70 is working well. You can see some of the shot’s below.


I must thank all the members of the club, they really made us feel welcome, food & drink vouchers and really keen modellers very interested in all our models and in particular the new big electric. I found these 2 youtube clips online, so I can’t take credit for them. We had a great day and will definitely be heading back next time.

My H9 Extra 300

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Onboard from a Quad (one with the video on this time!)

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Eflite UMX MiG 15 DF

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May 042012

I received a new UMX MiG-15 DF from Eflite. This is the latest AS3X model from Eflite, it is also their first Ducted Fan Ultra Micro Aircraft.

It runs on a 2s 200mah 25c Lipo and is supplied as a BnF. Performance is great for this little aircraft and it feels steady and stable in the air. It comes with wheels fitted (along with a steerable nose leg), but these can easily be removed to reduce the drag.

I’ll upload some flying shots soon, here are some static images.








IMAC UK Scotland 5th & 6th May 2012

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May 042012

The IMAC 2012 season opener took place in Scotland on the 1st bank holiday weekend in May.  The weather leading up to the competition was wet & windy, in fact some areas had hail stones, only in the UK can you expect that in May!!  Fortunately we encountered no such problems at Castle Kennedy near Stranraer.  The weather was close to perfect for flying the whole weekend and it made all the difference.

Malcolm Balfour was the CD for the weekend, assisted by the rest of the Balfour family who helped out and made us feel welcome.  He ran four classes, Sportsman, Advanced, Unlimited & Freestyle.  The Unlimited class was very close and the standard was high with Tony Robinson, Simon McNeill, Angus & Malcolm Balfour and myself in this class. Unfortunately for Thomas & Steve had some issues on Saturday and were unable to compete for the rest of the weekend.

Angus, Malcolm and myself had a great battle all weekend, with really close scores and there wasn’t much in it by final rounds. Malcolm & Angus flew their new 3W Yak 54, powered by a 3W170. This plane was designed by Quique Somenzini back in the TOC days and is a good 10 year old design, it proves a great design is always a great design.

Angus & Malcolm with their 3W Yak54

My Sequence Carden 300 & Freestyle H9 Sukhoi 3.1m

David Balfour, Thomas David & Dan Gallo with his Raven

Simon & I during one of his rounds
The Judges
Thomas Chilling Out

After 7 rounds of known & one unknown I was fortunate to come out on top of unlimited. In the freestyle class I was also able to take the 1st position. Here are some pictures from the prize giving, the prizes got presented by Mrs Balfour who is Treasurer of the SAA.

Prizing Giving

1st Sportsman David Balfour

2nd Sportsman Dan Gallo

3rd Sportsman Maurice Cox

1st Advanced Lee Hancock

3rd Unlimited Malcolm Balfour


2nd Unlimited Angus Balfour

1st Unlimited Matthew Poots


3rd Freestyle Simon McNeill

2nd Freestyle Malcolm Balfour


1st Freestyle Matthew Poots


SAA Cup for Highest Unknown Score


Overall Group

Thanks again to the Malcolm for CD’ing and everyone who helped run this comp. You can view the full scores on the IMAC UK website, click here