27 December 2015

call to arms

"Park on Birling Hill at the junction with Holly Hill.
If you are facing up gradient, the slope is on your left
through the gaps in the hedge.

Please park considerately and tuck your vehicle well
into the verge . Despite having the appearance of quiet country lane,
Birling Hill can see a lot of traffic with many drivers
showing little regard for safety.

Please bring an empty carrier bag or bin bag and collect any
litter in the vicinity before leaving, whether you dropped it or not.

It may also be wise to bring some light weight rope and / or roach
poles (or similar) to help retrieve any models that decide to 'nest'.

detailed directions about half way down this page"

Please note that attendance and participation is entirely at your own risk.
This is an informal gathering and not in any way an organised event.
It is not affiliated to this website, or any person appearing in, or
involved with this website......fly safely, take responsibility for your
own actions and behave like a grown-up. Most importantly though- enjoy yourselves!

21 December 2015

Christmas Combat

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09 December 2015

Meanwhile in da 'hood....

08 December 2015

the force takes a snooze

As the sun hugs the horizon (resting in readiness for next year's day of warmth)
let's cast our minds back to an era before these dark times.....

It's an elegant weapon from a more civilised age...

The force is strong with this one.

Red Five standing by...

Commence primary ignition...

I'm going to make the jump to light speed.

She's got it where it counts.

 This is the glider you're looking for.

Look at the size of that thing!

22 November 2015

knocking one out

That pinnacle of current affairs journalism 'The One Show' reports
on something close to all our hearts.
Click on the green text, only available for 27 days from 19th November.

The action starts about 13 minutes in....

27 October 2015


Soaring the last of the autumn warmth in previously uncharted sloping territory.

Full report to follow.....

18 October 2015

Duke's hard work...

slope soaring shadow

A strange object passes over....asteroid? very rapid cloud? cloaked enemy vessel?...you decide!

17 October 2015

as flagged up by Mr Ellison....

(hopefully you'll be able to view this even if you're not on facebook....)

Posted by Samuel Lee on Saturday, October 17, 2015

11 October 2015

wye bother?

The onset of man-flu puts pay to any Sunday afternoon DIY. Instead the decision is made to career down the country lanes to
Wye Downs in a fug of Night Nurse vs. nasal cavity emissions, to catch sight of  Vulcan bomber XH 588 on her farewell tour. 

Seems at least 50 other locals have the same idea (minus the DIY dodging man-flu).
Eyes right for a small gathering of the Plymouth Brethren arriving
to enjoy the sight of a machine solely designed and built to unleash the ultimate
 in indiscriminate destruction upon one's fellow human being.

...and there she goes! The beautifully framed 5 seconds of low pass loveliness prior to this
have been forever lost to the camcorder operatives's
over-medicated dumb thumb delay on the 'start' button.

As she disappears in a trail of green-house gas emissions worthy of a VW Golf diesel leaving the MOT test centre, it can't help but be said that it's such a shame that the wind wasn't a firm south westerly. We know of at least 2 PSS Vulcans
that could have taken part in a synchronised display to honour the old girl

Though it seems that Ashford's finest are more interested in mutual geek spotting.

28 September 2015

....are a million to one he said!

an alien invader lurks upon the hillside... 

we're drawn to its exposed carbon loveliness

 'it's very easy to fly, right for right, left for left' etc etc

'it's even got it very own moulded carbon, front bottom flange'

it comes complete with two trannies...

three batteries...

and the obligatory builder's bum.

It handles the blustery conditions without a problem. Eric has
a twiddle on the sticks and confirms its well mannered autonomy.

Strangley though, the youth of today are more interested in playing
cowpat Frisbee and watching Mark get his big one fully erect.

which he manages like a true pro!

'Is that dog poo?' (sniff sniff) 

meanwhile the Inspire watches and waits, ready for the
day when machines will rule the earth....

18 September 2015

paint the whole world

As everyone knows, you would normally expect to find gold at the end of the rainbow.
However in certain geographical locations the end of the multicoloured arc marks substantial
deposits of lead, balsa and fag-ends that have been laid down over the decades.

10 September 2015

Spotted in Germany (well almost) 2015 3rd installment

Stopping off in Belgium to fill up and stock up
with essentials....greeted by this sight
in the sky directly above the service station

Back home, confirm the location using the receipt.....

...and cross reference with the registration on this ASH 25E as it leaves
the gaggle low down. Turns out it was a competition weekend; here's
the log from the ASH...

He was down to 71m in the above photo, and to top it all
the flight wasn't valid because his take off wasn't recorded!

04 September 2015

spotted in Germany 2015 no.02

If you happen to be near Bremen this weekend.....

02 September 2015


Remind me again, what is it that Belgium is famous for?

Passing through with a parcel shelf sized sloper, it'd be rude not to make
good use of some fair sized dunes and a fresh north northwesterly

Best part of the slope was the inaccessible hotel frontage just visible here.
Unfortunately booking in for a twenty minute 'quickie' was not an option.

nor was making a top landing

Anyone thought of anything other than Tintin? 

10 August 2015

lost and found

Found in the lay-by at Thurnham, this wing joiner is missing the
snug comfort of its respective wing.

Please help us make its life complete again by reuniting this lost soul with its owner. 

08 August 2015

spotted in Germany 2015

Just a couple more and I'll have spotted everything in this edition....

06 August 2015

one less to have to look at

At last, something interesting bubbles up through the monotonous mire of Facebook-
Photographic evidence that the Pilatus fuselage styling is now considered so ugly
that even the wings can no longer tolerate being associated with it....

'This was a full size Pilatus B4 that appeared to suffer a main spar failure at an air-show in
Chambley (France) last week. Pilot escaped with minor facial injuries'