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Club Meeting
Next meeting is on 20th June, 9pm start. Meet on the appropriate slope for some fun flying before the meeting. I will bring my Micro helicopter

June 23-24 BMFA Mid West Area Scale and Vintage Fly In
David Prosser Memorial Trophy. Camping Available. Charlton Park, Nr Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Contact Robin Jones on 01451 830422 (Day) or 01608 737919 (Eve)

July 7-8th Woodspring Wings 2007 Airshow
The Woodspring Wings show is the south west's premier model and full size airshow. It is held at the Woodspring Wings Model Airfield in Yatton, near Bristol. (click here for map)

Yatton, Nr Clevedon, Bristol, J20 or 21, M5. Contact Cliff Evans on 0117 373 0614 or or see

Jul 8 Marlborough MFC Carrier and Scale Event

Control Line. Basic Carrier Deck, Club Scale, C/L Sport Flying. Rockley Road, North East Marlborough, Wilts. Contact Mike Welch on 01793 612629

Jul 14-15 LMA Cosford 2 Day Airshow

Signposted off M54, West Midlands. Contact Dave Johnson on 01925 811763 or or see

Jul 15 Wolves MAC Scale Glider Competition

Long Mynd, Nr Church Stretton, Shropshire. Contact Mark Richards on 01785 712445

Jul 22 BARCS F3J Thermal Soaring League

Round 5. Malvern SA, Upton0upon-Severn. Contact Adrian Lee via the BARCS Website at

Jul 28-29 Haverfordwest Model Show

Scolton Manor, Nr Haverfordwest, South West Wales, SA62. Contact Reg Strudley on 01437 767800 day or 01834 861836 eve or Derek Minchin on 07775 676811 or or see


My toy helicopter, this was selling in the shops for 30 and is now on ebay for 10, I paid 0.99 plus 8.99 postage. The model is charged from the infrared transmitter which takes about 10 minutes. The model weighs less than half an ounce and is soon blown away by the slightest breeze, fly it indoors or outside when it is calm. I needed full right trim and full right stick to stop it spinning at first, this is now OK perhaps the tail rotor motor needed running in. To take off I use full power and full right, then reduce power and bring the yaw stick back to neutral. I have added some nose weight to make it fly forward. 
This would be useless to learn to fly helicopters, it is just a toy, the only control is up, down and yaw. I have managed to take off fly round the roon and land in the same place a few times. 

Monday at Minchinhampton
Ken's Multiplex Twister, a great looking model, powered by an internal EDF

Robin's new free flight model

Tuesday 12th 
An excellent evening on Frocester with consistent good lift. 
The Flair Heron and Graupner Discus flew well, despite the Discus's airbrakes keep popping out. I must have the adjustment wrong somewhere. 
We had a visitor from Plymouth flying a Multiplex ASW27B with a brushless motor which was very quick and did well even when the wind dropped off. 
Attached images are from a camera phone so apologies for the quality.
I flew in the afternoon, also on Frocester, the lift was very strong
Wednesday, good lift at Frocester in the morning, rain in the afternoon followed by a light southerly wind


Sunday at Haresfield started with some good slope lift, but ended with just thermal lift at lunchtime. All the models flew well at different  times My Viltis was up with the thermalling birds when Peter flew it but failed when it was my turn giving me a long walk (twice). Mike's Alula impressed me with it's ability to follow small patches of lift 
Flora and fauna at Haresfield

Pyramidal orchid and a Marbled white 

The Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Found across most of Europe (not Scandinavia), north Africa and as far east as Iran. The late twentieth century has seen an expansion of its range in the UK.

Despite its common name this butterfly is one of the "browns", subfamily Satyrinae. They are a common sight in unimproved grasslands across southern Britain, particularly on the South Downs.

Like other members of its subfamily, the larvae feed on various grasses. The full range is unknown but it is thought that Red Fescue Festuca rubra is essential in their diet. Eggs are laid on the wing or from brief perches on grass stems and are just sprinkled among the grass stems. Upon hatching the larvae immediately enter hibernation and only feed the following spring when the fresh growth occurs. They are a lime green with a dark green line running down the middle of their back. Pupation takes place at ground level in a loose cocoon. Adults emerge in July and on a good site in warm, sunny weather thousands can be seen gently fluttering amongst the grass heads.