So what is Control-Line Carrier-Deck flying?

Control-Line model flying has been around for over 70 years. It’s a half-way house between free flight (“chuck it and chance it”) and radio control. Control-line models are physically flown by the pilot, who uses a handle and a set of thin steel wires attached to the aeroplane to give control over the height at which the plane flies, and to limit its flight path to a circle (usually 60 feet in diameter).

Carrier-Deck is one of many different types of control-line flying. It’s one of the simplest to describe (flying a simulated mission from an aircraft carrier) but one of the most difficult to perfect…

This site has all the info you need to build a model of your own and enter competitions; have a look at the PLANS PAGE for something to build, and the 2015 CALENDAR for somewhere to fly.

Decisions, decisions!


Like many of you, I’m thinking about what to build for the 2016 season. As well as getting a Conley/Max Uttien BCD Bf109T finished from the plan for my Nelson 36, there’s probably time to complete one other model too, and I’ve got a hankering to try my hand at a Class 1. But which one? Meet the competitors: in the blue corner a classic Sterling Class 1 Grummann Guardian, lovely wood, pre-carved hollow block fuselage, excellent die-cutting – guaranteed to work. In the red corner, a House of Balsa LTV Corsair 2, for conversion from radio (although radio will still be fitted for the slow-speed gizmos and throttle) a rather difficult build, nicely die-cut classic balsa & ply construction, but what a beautiful model at the end of it! Power in either case will be a tuned, piped K&B 40 pylon race motor with a mini-pipe. Both kits have a full complement of decals, hardware and canopy, but will the Corsair survive in the cruel world of carrier? There’s a significant age difference too – the Guardian kit is dated 1962 while the Corsair is mid-90s.

The pic below shows the two front runners from the “to-do” pile stashed under the bench, so I’d appreciate your vote – why not go to the Crewroom tab and tell me which I shoud get started on!  Over to you!





Newest! –  Full write-up of the September Old Warden Meeting with Lots of Pix!


Newer – Old Warden Scale Weekend July 2015 Flying Report and Placings


Newer – Marlborough July 2015 Flying Report and Placings


Newer – Old Warden Mayfly (May 2015) Flying Report and Placings


New – Tyneside July 2015 Flying Report & Placings


UK Nationals 2015 “Best Score” and Placings Report


Leicester August 2015 – Flying Report & Placings


Old Warden Vintage Weekend September 2015 – Flying Report & Placings


Niederkassel Report and Placings (Thank you Max Uttien & Robert Schulze!)


Yorkshire Flying Report and Placings September 2015




Here’s a real find by Jan Odeyn! Burt Rutan talking about flying C/L carrier-deck back in the day in the US…(from 2m 45s)



US Master Eric Conley’s thoughts on setting up a Profile Carrier model via a weblink to “Flying Lines”



Nigel Cheffers-Heard’s excellent Carrier-Deck Video: The Original or The Flyco Remix for alternative audio experiences!


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Last modified: 04/05/2015