Much Marcle 2011 Report by Tony Hooper, All Photographs were provided by Neil Hutchinson
“blessed with excellent flying conditions – the LMA Committee will have to borrow their prayer mat!.”
Why does the summer always start towards the end of the show season! – once again this year the Much Marcle event was blessed with excellent flying conditions – the LMA Committee will have to borrow their prayer mat!. Seriously though, it made a wonderful change to assemble the models in the dry, fly them in favourable conditions, and perhaps as importantly, put them away in the dry as well! – everyone left Much Marcle in a very happy frame of mind.
Another thing about Much Marcle is the very relaxed pleasant atmosphere – none of the usual hectic running around that we associate with our larger events like Cosford and Elvington – whether it is the country way of doing things or the pleasant surroundings which influence this “ambience” I am not too sure but we are very relieved that the Herefordshire Model Aircraft Club have already booked the dates for 2012 despite suffering like many clubs from an “ageing” committee. It is pleasing and rewarding to know that over the many years of its existence this event had enabled the club to donate over £25,000 to local Much Marcle charitable organisations – a key aspect in ensuring that the club and it’s activities are supported by the local community.
On Saturday there was a bit of a breeze which made life interesting for some of the larger , slower models like Roger Bale’s Swordfish and Tony Hooper’s Drone but there were also very polished performances by the Dawn Patrol and Catton WW1 teams whose displays were given a very realistic background amongst the trees and hedgerows of the Much Marcle countryside.
Although it rained Saturday night the weather cleared by early Sunday morning and it was a beautiful , sunny day with a very light breeze which not only suited the flying but also attracted a very good public attendance. They were treated to some excellent aerobatic displays by Rob Gardner, Dave Lucas, and of course Robbie Skipton with his 60% scale Yak 54. Dave Johnson also managed to put in an excellent flight with his smaller Vulcan and later in the day he displayed his Airbus which looked very impressive and realistic flying over the Much Marcle trees which surround the site.
It is impossible to talk about everyone who contributed to this excellent event but I know that the pictures taken by Neil Hutchinson will provide a much better all round indication of how good this event was. Our congratulations to the excellent working relationship between the Herefordshire Model Aircraft Club and the LMA – long may the tradition of this well established show continue.
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Why does the summer always start towards the end of the show season! – once again this year the Much Marcle event was blessed with excellent flying conditions
Excellent aerobatic displays by Rob Gardner, Dave Lucas and of course Robbie Skipton
always a show stopper, Ken McCormick’s B17 flown by Andy Johnson.
A lovely display of the Wellington owned and flown by Tony Hooper.
The de Havilland Mosquito, built and frown by Richard Rawle
Harverd, Ken Richie flown by Dave Johnson Skyraider, Rob Hart
Peter Stamp’s Druine Turbulent, flown by Andy Johnson
Stinson Voyager, owned and flown by Wayne Cox
PT 19, Steve Spittle
Pat Cuss fabulous Gotha Bomber; this is an impressive model I can’t wait to see it on the show circuit next year.
Dave Johnson’s Airbus which looked very impressive and realistic flying
Dave Johnson also managed to put in an excellent flight with his smaller Vulcan
I have so many pictures from Neil I can’t fit them all in here are a few more.
The names to the planes are just from memory so if I have got them wrong please let me know at the usual address and I will correct them.
Don’t forget this show is already booked for 2012, 1st & 2nd September don’t you dare miss it.