Models fly in for airshow

Last updated 05:00 18/10/2012
Charles Vincent
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FLIGHT COMMANDER: South Canterbury Model Aircraft Club member Charles Vincent, a model plane enthusiast for 60 years, with his model North American B-25 Mitchell bomber. The club will hold its annual fly-in this weekend at Redruth Flying Field.

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Dozens of aircraft, including a few rare and unusual models, will soar in South Canterbury this weekend.

About 40 model aeroplane pilots from throughout the South Island are expected to gather for the South Canterbury Model Aircraft Club's annual Labour Weekend fly-in, held at the Redruth Flying Field.

They'll join the club's 20-or-so members in a three-day show that includes demonstrations and a wealth of information for those interested to learn about the art of model aircraft.

The feature event of the weekend is a one-hour airshow at 1.30pm on Sunday, said club member Charles Vincent.

It's a fast-paced hour of 12 five-minute demonstrations of a variety of aircraft, including some "fun models that you'd never expect to see," he said.

One Central Otago pilot is expected to bring a biplane with a 3-metre wingspan that's powered by a chainsaw motor.

The world of model aircraft has changed dramatically in the past 10 years, Mr Vincent said, as the airshow audience will witness.

Timaru flier John Shaw will demonstrate an innovative discus glider, a style of model that's taken off in popularity in the past five years.

Mr Shaw was part of a team that won the discus glider category of an international competition held in San Diego.

"I like promoting it and showing it off, because it is new," he said. "It's quite simplistic and yet complicated. We strive for lightness, for technical advances in composite materials and things, so even though it is a small glider it is a technically advanced airframe."

Mr Vincent said he's been a model aircraft enthusiast for about 60 years, and hopes the annual show helps to get young people interested in the pursuit.

The three-day event is open to the public. Entry fees are $5 for adults and $2 for children.

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- The Timaru Herald

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