Tuesday 26 July 2011

Baby Breitling Wingwalkers at Large Model Association Show at Cosford 2011

We were incredibly lucky with the weather at Cosford this year - which might seem an odd thing to say when you find out that we packed up at 2pm on Sunday because of the rain.  But the weather forecast had been for rain most of the weekend and yet from Saturday at 10am it was rain-free and until 2pm on Sunday it was almost rain-free.  So there was lots of flying for the visitors to see.

Richard's engine lost power during both flights so he elected to land early rather than have to go for a long trek to retrieve the model if he lost the engine completely.  It was frustrating because the previous day he had flown 4 times with no engine trouble at all and nothing had been changed.

(c) Alex Whittaker

As the engine was showing the same characteristics that Steve's showed a few weeks ago, since the show we have made the same modification that his engine had so hope it will now perform well again.

(c) Neil Hutchinson

Despite the engine problems there were some great photos of the models.  Thanks to Neil Hutchinson and Alex Whittaker for these great close ups. You can see more of their photos of the Baby Wingalkers on our Facebook page and more of their photos of hundreds of different aircraft at their own sites.

Steve's Bronco has been a useful addition to the show models this year.  He likes flying it but it's also useful on the flightline.  At a couple of shows it's been a welcome sunshade but this weekend it was useful as a tent.  We put the tarpaulin over it, put the other models underneath and could actually dismantle the Stearmans in the dry - though it was a bit cramped.

Sunday 17 July 2011

Baby Wingwalkers at Woodspring Wings 2011

The Baby Breitling Wingwalkers flew at Woodspring Wings Model Show at the beginning of July.  It marked a year since our first public display at the same show last year.

Woodspring is always an enjoyable place to fly at. The site gives a great background to fly against and the crowd can get a good view of the models. Although there is a tarmac runway there's also a lot of grass to use as well.

This year is was incredibly hot on both days but the DA150 engines in the Stearmans performed well.

We were really pleased to be awarded a trophy for the best biplanes.

(Photos courtesy of Chris Bowler)

David from Icebox was there again and we made a rig for one of his cameras so he could have some onboard footage.  We didn't have the usual camera mount we use so made one out of a spare propeller.  It's not as steady as our usual mount so tends to cause camera shake when the plane throttles up.  But it's nice to see the whole routine from the ground and onboard.