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 2016 CALENDAR for somewhere to fly.


BRITISH CARRIER NATIONALS – new venue: OLD WARDEN, 24-25 Sept 2016


Click link: an entry form for the Carrier NATS will be published soon on the BMFA web site 


Copies of this entry form will also be available at all contests leading up to Old Warden, to be returned directly to Andy Housden at 8 Denmark Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2RU (020 8541 0186 answerphone).


Cheques for class entry must still be made out to the “British Model |Flying Association”.


Because the BMFA is not handling the administration, their £5 handling fee will be waived.


The contest fees will be £8 for the first class entered, £5 for the second class;  Juniors pay a flat rate of £5 for any combination of classes.


The fees for site entry and camping must be paid directly to show organisers ModelAir-  see – the entry fee must be paid at the entrance gate (follow the signs), while camping fees can be paid by visiting the ModelAir tent near the R/C flight line.


Carrier flight activities will take place opposite the airfield’s restaurant as usual, with the benefit of an additional circle behind the main circle for both contest and practice flying.


Model flying is permitted only between 10:00 and 17:00 on both days; outside these times the airfield is ‘live’ for full size aircraft movements and access by unauthorised personnel (e.g. aeromodellers) will be a breach of airfield regulations – please take note!


 New Feature: How carrier models ought to look – Randy Snow’s ultra authentic scale models!



Broken News: Pictures and results from the YPENBURG Karel Doorman meeting, Holland May 7th & 8th


Broken News: Preliminary OLD WARDEN MAYFLY photos and results


…and as a complete contrast to Randy Snow’s approach to Carrier model design and build, here’s a glimpse of the new wave, right at the other end of the Carrier spectrum! Which do you prefer?



Zero – Plus One!



After Nigel Frith’s success (top picture) with his ultra-lightweight electrically-powered Russian combat-model-winged Zero at Old Warden, the second picture might convince you that he’s built himself another one, but no, no, no, you’re wrong! This is a “Tribute” version built in another country, far away from East Anglia, by a very competitive flyer: can you guess who? Another very compeitive pilot and builder from abroad is looking very closely at the U2 flown by Ian Gilbert at the same meeting, with a view to producing another Tribute model – he was at first rather grumpy about the move to lightweight lower-powered models, especially as he has invested heavily in some ultimate “heavy metal” high power i/c engines in the footsteps of the top American fliers, but as he says: “If you can’t beat them, then you’ve got to join them!”


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




 Last updated 14/07/2016 111:08 pm

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