Belgium’s Marc Berckmans with his BCD Grumman Guardian during slow flight and giving a very good account of himself indeed. If it hadn’t been for a single landing overshoot and model that nosed over on hookup, he would have placed sixth instead of twelfth!
David Cowburn’s BCD Supermarine Seafire bowls down HMS Incontinent during takeoff. Although this Nats was David’s first Carrier event, he worked hard at it and was able to complete his last flight with a 100-point hookup and a very respectable score. Well done!
Jon Crabtree was 2011’s BCD National Champion and he truly deserved the position - remember that wind ? This year, the horizontal red line shows that Jon is flying to the 300 attitude limit, but despite very high and consistent scores had to concede top place for third.
Like father, like son, or perhaps, like son, like father! Team Crabtree share similar flying styles and both produced full score landings for every flight - here father Nigel picks up the No.2 wire for fourth place, keeping hot on the heels of his son Jon in third.
Arthur Dickinson, one of the earliest BCD participants, supported the class for many years until the demands of his full size aviation business took him away. Now that he’s retired, he’s back with his trademark Ryan Fireball, seen here at the moment of take-off.
Caught just as the hook is picking up the No.3 wire, George Ford makes a full-score landing with his BCD Fairey Barracuda, showing off its unmistakeable fuselage profile and ungainly undercarriage - though the wing’s slight anhedral is actually an old battle scar!
A large but not a lightweight model and therefore at its best in breezy conditions, the BCD Hawker Sea Hurricane of Nick Ford nevertheless acquitted itself well, both breaking the 200-point barrier and achieving identical scores for each of its two flights.
Ian Gilbert’s very light .25-powered BCD Westland Wyvern touches down and hooks up after a flight in a light but constant breeze - perfect conditions for both the model and Ian’s flying style and which gave him top place in BCD plus his highest ever score!
OK! This time I think I’ll go for… the No.2 wire! Right down the deck centreline, Andy Green gives his BCD Mitsubishi Zero some gentle down elevator to make sure of a hookup - and he did (and it was the No.2 wire, of course!)
Young Ollie Harris flies small models and his Moulton Sea Rascal’s diminutive size is seen here. Ollie also flew a scale Curtiss Hawk and if he hadn’t been really unlucky during landing when the model flipped over, he would have walked away with a respectable score.
This is the type of shot you might actually find in the BMFA’s promotional publicity - or maybe his club could use it for recruitment (!). Bilston Model Aero Club’s Dave Holmes is seen concentrating hard during the slow run with his BCD Martin MO-1.
Although a relatively recent recruit to Basic Carrier Deck, Brian Hunt has obtained some good results in 2012. Here, with the right height, speed and rate of descent, he sets up his Grumman Hellcat for a full-score hookup on the No.3 wire.
Although the BCD Curtiss Helldiver that David Limbert is holding was built over a year ago, the 2012 Nationals was to be its maiden outing! The model is powered by a CS 40, has the maximum allowable wing area and has been finished extremely realistically.
Belgium’s Jan Odeyn is one of Europe’s most successful exponents of electric power for Control Line. Despite its large size, Jan’s BCD Grumman Tigercat is very light and extremely capable, and demonstrated its potential by giving him second place!
Jan Odeyn flew electric power in both Carrier classes and is here flying his Class 1 Martin MO-1 at the 600 attitude limit of the rules: this enabled him to record a sufficiently high slow run time that he placed first, even though the model did not have the highest top speed!
This is a BCD model of the unusual V-tailed Supermarine 508 flown by Bob Phillipps, a past master at trimming for slow flight. The model is sitting happily at the maximum permitted attitude of 300 with almost no elevator deflection - work that one out!
There are a number of father/son teams flying Carrier - whoever drives the car might just refuse to take the other back home if beaten! Young John Phillipps ended up just one place higher than his dad Bob and with only 1.5 points more. He got home OK!
Zoë Quilter has used the ‘free plan’ BCD Grumman Hellcat since she started in Carrier and has become the most able pilot flying it. Here she squeezes the full potential out of this design: note the 300 attitude, massive tip weight and substantial elevator deflection.
The Dutch have been flying BCD for almost as long as the Brits and their organiser is Paul Rietbergen, also very well known in Europe for his national control line ‘Youth Program’ run in association with the Air Scouts. Here Paul flies one of his own-design BCD small model versions developed for Youth Program contests.
Robert Schulze is the main national Carrier organiser in Germany where some very competitive flying has been seen. With little visible concern from him, Robert’s BCD Grumman Guardian picks up the No.2 wire before its wheels have even touched the deck!
Catching the late afternoon sun (yes - it has been known to exist at Barkston Heath!), Bernard Seale’s BCD Grumman Guardian hurtles off the carrier. Note just two control lines and an outboard wing tip battery hatch - this is an electronically throttled model!
Fred Skinner’s BCD Mitsubishi Zero just as it becomes airborne. This is a variant of the ‘free plan’ Grumman Hellcat, with the same dimensions, construction detail and wing, but with a different shaped nose, canopy, fin, tailplane and wingtips - simple, but very effective!
Paul Stubbs’ Class 1 Grumman Hellcat poses on HMS Incontinent prior to the flight which gave Paul third place overall. Whilst the model is well over twenty years old, it is as handsome a beast as you could wish for and has tremendous presence in the air.
Bob Taylor’s Fairey Barracuda is one of the smallest BCD models currently being flown, yet it gives good account of itself despite being flown on quite short lines with a small engine - which once again goes to show that it’s the pilot’s skill that ultimately matters!
Peter Tribe drops his BCD electric-powered Gloster Meteor III onto the No.1 wire for a perfect hookup. Although a full scale model, it’s still propeller-driven - but Peter’s brother Ronnie is already flying own design nacelle-mounted EDF models, so maybe in future….
Against a dramatic late afternoon sky, Roy Green releases the electric-powered Class 1 Westland Wyvern piloted by Peter Tribe. Although the ideal battery/motor combination has still to be established, this model proved to be the fastest of its class and placed second overall – an excellent effort!
The Netherlands’ Peter van Gemert displays his BCD electric ducted fan power A-7 Corsair II. This is only the second EDF Carrier model ever built and whilst still in the experimental stage has demonstrated comparable fast and slow speeds to those of a prop-driven model.
After a number of very frustrating bad-weather years, the gods smiled upon us in 2012! Here’s the Carrier Nats at its absolute best, with Contest, Training and Practise circles in continuous use, queues at the Information Tent and spectators everywhere - and it was CALM, DRY and WARM! HURRAH!
Although it was the best Nationals we’ve had for years, Saturday was a bit of a close call on a number of occasions - here’s some of the heavy weather that only just missed the Barkston plateau and caused flooding in nearby towns!
Arthur Dickinson’s trademark Ryan Fireball on the point of launch by David Cowburn for his first (and successful) Basic Carrier Deck flight after a layoff of over ten years. Welcome back, Arthur!
Mike Welch has been responsible for Carrier’s nationally-known hands-on training for fifteen years. Here he and some of his team discuss the technicalities of throttled flight and precision landing with visitors keen to have a go.
P.R.O. Ray Ewart is the perennial lynchpin of the Information Tent with its display of models, plans, equipment and literature. Ray spends the entire three days of the bank holiday in the tent and almost has to be physically dragged away when it’s his turn to fly!
Safety first! Bernard Seale braces himself and his BCD Grumman Guardian during the regulation pull-test that checks the integrity of handle, lines, connections and model prior to contest flight.
Caught in Sunday’s sunshine, Peter Tribe and Roy Green confer over battery selection for Roy’s electric-powered Class1 Westland Wyvern that Peter was to fly into second place.
Please don’t forget the hard-working officials that enable the Championships to be run in the first place! Circle Centre Marshal Andy Green waits alongside the pilot’s circle for the next contestant.
Now you can see that it’s not all lying on the grass in the sun! Circle Centre Marshal Andy Green has to run to keep up with the model during a rather fast slow run of one of Ollie Harris’s Basic Carrier Deck flights.