19 October 2016

the goodwind gratis giveaway

This week's special offer; a lifetime's supply of virgin bead white foam.
Enough wings in there to see you through until you shuffle off this mortal coil.
Collection only from the shoreline east of Oare Nature Reserve.
Nearest parking space 2.5 miles away.

15 October 2016

tipping the balance

We've now slipped firmly into the season of longer nights and shorter days. But there was a time when daylight extended well into the evening and soaring enthusiasts gathered on the hallowed turf to celebrate the summer solstice....

sun, sky and soaring, as opposed to mud, moisture and misery.

something sleek and sexy lurks in the vegetation...

she's a bit dirty, and scantily clad in black plastic....but then aren't all the best ones so? 

Pete's past self is receiving a message from the future via the medium of this blog-
only a few months till retirement sir!

Simon gets a firm toss from Mark.

The final rays of the longest day.

Eric (well not actually Eric, rather his Cularis) scratching around
in the magical evening light.

starting a theme of dodgy focus images; a slope-side orchid.... 

.....and what would have been a cracker of an arrival shot

Not sure how you fly these new cutting edge models with the transmitter
actually moulded into the wing?!

....but they seem to perform very well indeed!

12 October 2016


Do any of your models weigh more than 250 grams?

Do any of your models fly faster than 33 mph?

Do you enjoy flying higher than 50 metres?

Do you enjoy flying further than 100 metres away from yourself?

If you have answered yes to one or more of these questions then you should be aware that European law is aiming to make any such model flying illegal. So unless your passion is flying your government registered Alula around your tx aerial then take the time to sign this petition. In fact, sign the petition using every email address you own, and then get all your relatives to sign it too, then lobby your local MP using the previous suggestions.

Act now- Brexit won't save us from this one!

11 October 2016

before they weren't famous 03

The subject in question informs me that I had the wrong picture of him....
so can anyone now guess which Thurnham regular is shown here poised for action?

First one with the correct answer will receive
a restrained vertex behind the cow shed at the
earliest possible opportunity!

good house keeping

lipo maintenance day at the Goodwind hangar

living the dream...

and hopefully not the nightmare

26 September 2016

before they weren't famous pt 2

Ignoring the modeller of indeterminate gender on the cover, does
anyone recognise the Thurnham regular immortalised in black and white mid-launch?

lost and found

Anyone misplaced this?

Let me know if so. In the meantime it will languish in the lost property box alongside
a smelly black plimsoll, one pair of slightly soiled knickers and a decapitated kestrel.

25 September 2016

it's creeping up on us all...

Can't quite remember when this was....
but we had a full compliment of white planes!

Charlie checks his phone for any clues as to what he might have been doing 
last week, while Bob wants to make sure we get his sizeable willy bulge in the shot

Mark, as ever, is on form with his launches....

Simon comes through with a screaming pass and starts a roll for the crowd.
Refreshments, seating and toilet breaks were made available
during the manoeuvre which was finally completed just before nightfall.

Charlie's new addition to the fleet; a Pat Teakle Salto

It's a winner! Not as frantic to fly as some of the modern versions, but
still a solid, confidence inspiring machine. The mown patch invites
an irresistible opportunity for touch-and-goes and despite Paul's more
'abrupt' attempts, the wheel stays firmly in place!

08 September 2016

before they were no longer famous

As the Goodwind floor joists began to bow under the ever increasing weight of aeromodelling journalistic back issues,
it seemed like an opportune time to have a clear-out. Whilst consigning some of the dope splattered
history of pointless pastimes to the paper recycling skip in the sky,
I happened across some of Thurnham's usual suspects in resplendent,
front page technicolor looking back at us from an age long past.... 

dedicated to the pre-privatised monster from an age before email communication,
it is actual postie John looking like a young slip of a lad!

It's actual Eric P (or maybe J.R Hartly?) showing us the
height of sartorial sophistication during his pre-sloping era!

...and to top off such a treasure trove, how surprised was I
when the postman actually came up the drive with excitement,
showing me who was on the cover of this month's
scintillating, select publication of....

07 September 2016

watch the skies....and the chimney!

Oh for some sloping action!

In the meantime, the demolition at Grain provided proof that the
quad-copter has come of age. We counted no less than four
airborne just in our immediate vicinity......

This operator appeared to get a bollocking about something or other..... 

The smoking gun!
Let's not hope it's a metaphor for
the future of aerial rc leisure pursuits!