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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.

Container/Hanger/Flying Site Accommodation

IMG_0577Nearly 3 years ago it was suggested to us that we should have some accommodation at our flying site at Tommy Paton Park, something to protect our poor ageing bodies during periods of inclement weather and Oh Yes to protect our models also.

After much chat and “should we or should we not” discussion there came a time 2 years ago when we decided yes we should. Yellow pages and the Internet were trolled, suppliers visited and a suitable building sourced, no stopping us now . WRONG.

Just as we had got our ball rolling Belfast City Council were commissioning an audit of containers on Council owned property.

Again major discussion ensued ‘€œWhat do you want??’ ‘This is what you can have, is it suitable??’ ‘€œBut our needs are this!!’ €’œWell that’s not what we will accept, it must fall into this criteria.’

The ball was being well and truly bounced and the building we had sourced was no longer available , great sadness.

And so as one year rolled into the next, discussion, site meetings, plans drawn etc etc etc, the ball wasn’€™t bouncing quite so high.  Suddenly the ball started rolling again, again Yellow Pages and the Internet were investigated and suppliers contacted and visited and lo and behold a suitable building was sourced and it fitted everyone’€™s criteria and everyone was happy, Oh joy our site hut was on its way. But then the ball slowed down and was barely moving.

Father Christmas came and went, 2013 arrived and all was quiet in the woods.

IMG_0578Thursday 7th February arrived as most days do in Northern Ireland, grey and overcast with heavy rain forecast.

At 0850 Maurice received a phone call. The building will be delivered to your site in about 45 minutes

IMG_0579ARGH.. lots of notice! NOPE..  Get yourself sorted, contact other members, get to the site to open it and upon arrival there waiting for us was the trailer with our Hanger sitting quietly waiting for us.

The attached pictures tell the tale of its delivery and IMG_0580positioning at our flying site and we are all trying to be the same Dwarf€“ Happy.

Who said BMFC was on its last legs ! ONWARDS AND UPWARDS.

Eric Millar

CONTROL-LINE FLYING IMG_0581ROCKS – YEEHA

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Control line flying

Tommy Patton

Tommy Patton Park, Holywood Road, Belfast

This is our competition circle at Tommy Patton Park. This is the only dedicated control line circle in Ireland.

At the far side of the hard circle we have a second grass circle.

These facilities are made available to us by Belfast City Council.

Hello, and welcome

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You have found the home of the Belfast Model Flying Club. You can read about our club’s history on the History page. However, staying in the present, we would like to tell you a bit about our curent activities.

During the winter months September to April, we fly indoor models at Ashfield Girls School, Holywood Road and Bloomfield Methodist Church Hall. These models range from small radio helicopters, small and lightweight fixed wing radio (slow RC), to larger and faster fixed wing radio (fast RC) and Ultralight rubber (free flight).

When the weather is better, you can find us outside, winter and summer, on our very own dedicated control line site at Tommy Patton Park, Holywood Road, Belfast 5.   The site has Irelands only purpose built competition control line circle and a second all purpose  grass circle.

Control Line flying is our main activity, however many of our members also fly small unconventional RC aircraft and RC helicopters at the site.  The site is not suitable for large RC models.

Come and join us for some fun and friendship. All we ask is you join  a club to ensure you are covered by BMFA insurance.