SATURDAY       11 JUNE 2016                11.00 AM    







 A decision on whether it is flyable will be taken on Thursday night as usual.

For the first time for many years, the Ulster Championships was run on the intended date in June, and it was flown in excellent weather. There was so little wind that the windsock was seen to turn 180 degrees in a matter of seconds! It was dull at first, and a slight skiff of rain at the start of the second round, but it was nearly all dry and finished in very pleasant sunshine.

Peter Bradshaw sent the notice of the event off to BMFA News, but then booked a Holiday over the date! The rest of the usual suspects were here, and it was good to see everyone after a long winter. A start was made at 11.10, and with the numbers slightly down, it was possible to fly three rounds of F2B before a break for Lunch, around 2 O’clock. Classic was then run off over two rounds, leaving the event tidied up early and allowing time for some catching up on recent developments.

The Judging was shared between Mitchell Shaw for F2B, and Chris Gilbert for Classic, so our thanks to both of them, and to Ken Smeltzer, who tabulated and printed out the results commendably quickly.

In deference to the CLAPA ruling that Classic models are not permitted Electric power, Ivan flew his Shark with a 4 stroke, prompting questions from the uninitiated “What’s in that?”. Stu and Ivan flew Electric F2B models to good effect.

Mitchell as Judge was impressed by the general improvement in flying, noting that most maneuvers were good shapes, so practice must be paying off. There was a tie for 3rd place in F2B, so close was the scoring.

Kevin had his new electric model from Barry Robinson, with traditional Northwind colour scheme. It needed some adjustments and was not flown, but should give him a very competitive model when it is sorted.

As CD, I must again thank everyone for coming from long distances, and it was good to see that we had an excellent day for flying and everyone had the best chance to perform. The general standard of flying was reflected in the excellent timekeeping, the event staying below the traditional 10 minutes per flight throughout the day. The always makes it easier to manage things, and everyone is to congratulated on the excellence of their presentation and starting.

Maurice Doyle

Results                       Ulster Championships                    

      Judge Mitchell Shaw        
       Round 1 2 3            
F2B         Best 2          
Maurice Doyle 986.0 1046.0 1067.5 2113.5 1        
Stoo Holland     E 949.5 988.0 1042.0 2030.0 2        
Kevin Barry 940.5 947.5 982.5 1930.0 3        
Ivan Bolton          E 913.0 985.5 944.5 1930.0 3        
Chris Gilbert 895.0 869.0 927.5 1822.5 5        
      Judge Chris Gilbert        
Classic       Best          
Maurice Doyle 1042.0 941.0   1042.0 1        
Stoo Holland 992.0 940.0   992.0 2        
Ivan Bolton 833.0 838.5   838.5 3        
Kevin Barry 230.0 578.5   578.5 4        



NDMRS 2016

Once again we will be hosting a stand at the North Down Model Railway Exhibition at Bangor Grammar School on 16th and 17th April 2016.

In association with Bangor Electric Flying Club we will be displaying a range of model flying at various times during the Exhibition.

We will also be hosting a static stand in association with the Northern Ireland Association of Aeromodellers.

Come along and pay us a visit to possibly relive your younger life as a  flying modeller

Web Site Woes

The site administrator suffered a denial of service attack this essentially deleted the site.

I am happy to say that after a lot of extremely hard work we are now back and will be updating the site regularly.

Happy days and Happy flying:)

Windy Weather, time to fix the Web

Gents, I’ve been updating the website, as far as I can tell, at the moment we are at pre-crash stage. In staying with the times, I also used the default wordpress theme. I did include an option to change the looks/colors, feel free to experiment! As always, if you want me to add things that you need, just shout.

I did find a handful of unused pictures in the media library, If you can find a good place for them?  There are a few articles that could use a picture to jazz it up a bit.

This theme should also work for all you mobile-phone people, after all, it’s been designed for it!

Btw: did you see the new NI-Forum?

Have fun,

Webmaster,  16 Feb 2014

John Hamilton Award






In recognition of John Hamilton’s contribution to the Home International and to the Club, on 27 November 2013 the Club held a presentation Dinner at which John was awarded an engraved decanter with the inscription “Awarded to John Hamilton for the Home International and for many years of service to the Club. 2013”. It is hoped that he will enjoy many glasses from it.


This was a well deserved recognition of many acts on behalf of the Members and many others who have enjoyed representing their Country at International level, and a long career in Modelling, particularly F2B Control Line Aerobatics.


His name first appears in Nitro, the Club Newsletter, in Dec 1970, at Sydenham with John Seacombe, then in Feb 1971, his first article, and in Jun/Jul 1971, his Mini Thunderbird Plan. In the Club, he was Secretary, Nitro Editor, F/F Sec, Treasurer, Display Organiser and Chairman, a total of 21 years of service to the Club in the past 41 years.




John, in tandem with Bill Draper, was the motive force which started this event, which has given pleasure and focus to so many fliers. It has seen Teams from England, Scotland and Wales and Ireland fly, with many appreciating the chance to represent their Country at this level. It has been a unique event and has an atmosphere all of its own. It was first flown 1986 in Blanchflower Park, reached 25 Years in 2010 in England, and is still going strong in 2013. Its longevity is a testament to the quality of the idea, its execution, and the strength of its appeal.


John’ Contest Record includes: Winner of the Irish Nationals (13 times consecutively), the Ulster Championships, the NI Area Control Line Cup, the British Nationals Vintage and Classic and 3rd in F2B, the Scottish Nationals, the CLAPA Championships, and representing Ireland at the European and World Championships on numerous occasions. He has been Team Leader and top scorer of the Irish Team in the Home International, highest placed individual on occasion, and on the winning Irish Team three times.


Maurice Doyle Chairman


If you would like to download the original file:Here it is


Vandelism at Tommy Paton Site Cabin

Our new sign
Our new sign

IMG_0682 IMG_0695 IMG_0696After the joy of getting our site cabin installed at our site at Tommy Paton Park we decided to fully advertise the club and erected a sign in an appropriate place on the cabin.

The sign was well riveted to the cabin however less than 24 hours had passed before the first attack was instigated but this failed with just minor damage to a corner of the sign.  We vainly hoped this was just a random event and additional rivets were added to hopefully give the sign added security.

The vandals however were not to be deterred and obviously returned armed with tools.

The sign was erected on Monday 29th April and by Saturday 4th May it had been forcibly ripped off the cabin, broken into 2 pieces and thrown on the ground.

Just makes you wonder what is between the ears of the mindless morons who obviously delight in such activities.

There is one word that comes to mind beginning with “B” but not to be printed here.

Should we report this to the Police – whats the point it will just be recorded as a statistic and no action will be taken.

Ulster Control Line Champs 2013

Once again we will be hosting this event at our flying site at Tommy Paton park on Saturday 15th June.

Come along and see some spectcular Control Line stunt flying and if you are a member of the BMFA and an experienced control line flyer why not enter.

NDMRS 2013

North Down Model Railway Show

Once again we will be hosting a stand at this show over the weekend of 27th/28th April.

This years venue will be the new Bangor Leisure Centre.

Come along, pay us a visit, say Hi, have a chat and pick our brains on your Model Flying queries.

Thanks to all who manned the Stand at the NDMRS Exhibition last Saturday/Sunday, and of course set it up on Friday night and took it down on Sunday. Rodney, Peter and Eric were the mainstays.
North Down Model Club supported us with members to man the Stand and some very nice models, so thank you to them as well.
The Stand was a success, and the new venue at the Aurora Centre was a nice clean big hall. It appeared to have plenty of Railway layouts, and the attendance was probably boosted by the new venue, which is worth a visit.
The Area, i. e. Bob McIvor, Bill Scott, Rodney and others, have assembled the necessary hardware to provide a laptop, projector and Simulator, which was a major attraction and enjoyed by many, including fliers as well as visitors. Having something active throughout the Exhibition is a big attraction.
The BMFA Stand was also set up and had a prominent location. We sold a few Darts and Butterflies and Rodney flew his indoor models, now recognised in the Exhibition Programme as something to look out for.

Article for Quiet and Electric Flight International magazine


Hi John, we at the Belfast Model Flying Club fly indoors on a regular basis at 3 venues.

The Belfast Club has been on the go since 1945 and was initially a free flight and control line flying club. Today our base is still in Control Line flying but we also embrace the pleasure of calm conditions and heat at our indoor sessions.
On the second saturday of the month between September and April we can be found in the gym at our local school, Ashfield Girls School merrily flying a wide range of models. We fly in 15 min slots, roughly the length of 1 battery, Vapors, Heli’€™s, large 3D, small 3D. Our record for Vapors in the air at one time is 13, so keeping a close eye on your model was quite a challenge, and yes we did have a few members jiggling their sticks while following the wrong Vapor, however accidents were very few.
In the Heli session, I fly a Blade CP Pro 2 and like yourself acknowledge my limits with the heli kept in a reasonably close hover in front of me, I find this challenging enough. Other members fly a range of mini helis including a Lama, mCPs, mCPX etc.
The Large 3D section has a couple of members show off their abilities flying Click size models.
The small 3D brings out Cubs, 4site, Trojans, Extra 300.
We also fly on the 4th Monday of the month between September and April at Bloomfield Methodist Church Hall. Being a church hall and relatively small it really only lends itself to Vapors and Heli’s, however the flying gets in the way of the cup of tea, biscuit, chat and banter.
On a Wednesday morning a few members fly at a local small leisure centre but this session is entirely restricted to indoor free flight. While the hall is small with a reasonably low ceiling height the pilots have learned with practise to overcome the restrictions and have successful flying sessions,
All in all a quite busy yearly flying season.
Eric Millar
Web Manager
Belfast Model Flying Club