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 2018 CALENDAR for somewhere to fly.


Here’s my latest attempt at a dual-class carrier model – and it’s my first electric one too! It’s a Hobby King glass-fibre fuselage/foam & balsa wing Messerschmitt Bf109T; it was intended for r/c racing but I’m just finishing converting it to c/l – not easy with a full-fuselage model as I now know (I learned a lot with the Dark Shark…)


Next up is a real walk on the wild side – another Bf109T, this time a 3D-printed kit from AeroFred plans. It’s like nothing the Quality Inspector and I have ever seen before – electric of course, but kitted in 6-inch chunks for CA assembly; We’re looking forward to the challenge!


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New! 2018 Event Diary updated 30/01/18


Two additional continental events in July: Herenthals (confirmed) and Bruggen (To be confirmed) – see the Event Diary for details!
If you know of any other dates do please send them to me – click HERE so that we can start planning our weekends as soon as possible!





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




 Last updated 19/12/2017 at 10:20

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