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Posted by ramon.alban | Sep 27, 2006 @ 05:39 AM | 5,028 Views
Here are my personal reflections of Ron Warring's 1950 "Voodoo" 8 oz Wakefield, A brilliant design with a long competition pedigree from the man nicknamed "The Witchdoctor", so-called because of his characteristic ROG launching style.

Read or download the story from the PDF link below.

Posted by ramon.alban | Sep 20, 2006 @ 07:31 AM | 4,546 Views
The 2006 SAM Euro Champs took place at Little Rissington this year.

The hardy souls who braved the elements during the first two days were confronted with some challenging conditions and arduous retrieves.

This is my personal reflection of the Crazy Rubberband events as they unfolded.

Read or download the story and results from this link:

Sometimes this Yahoo Blog link gets temporarily broken due to exceeding the dowload limit. If so, wait for an hour, or go directly to the PDF links below:

Posted by ramon.alban | Sep 06, 2006 @ 09:36 AM | 5,827 Views
Built in 1990 following an encouraging foray into 8 oz Wakefield using Warring’s “Voodoo” and “Zombie V”, this is the story of my Jacques Morriset 1950 “New Look I” from 1990 to the present time. Sixteen years, still crazy and still going strong!

Would I recommend it? Yes! But not for the faint hearted! In sixteen years this model has been responsible for more thrills and spills than any other that I have built and because it has such a fabulous wing it is capable of superb performances.

To read or download the story, follow thePDF link below

Posted by ramon.alban | Aug 24, 2006 @ 05:55 PM | 4,680 Views
Model Flying at the International Coupe d'Hiver meeting held at Middle Wallop on 4 December 2005. (BBC South 6/12/05, copyright waived)

Various Power and Vintage classes were also flown that day as well as a general Sports Fly-in.

The weather was absolutely splendid and there were many people in attendance as can be seen in the video and particularly from the number of cars on the flight line.

Watch the video from here:

The .mpg file was large at 30 mb when uploaded and may need a broadband connection to view successfully. However, the host site converts it to Adobe Flash Player.

The original recording was at much higher resolution which had been degraded a couple of times, once in reducing it to 30 mb, and again by processing on the host website.

View it in full screen mode by clicking the icon on the bottom R/H corner of the control box.

Posted by ramon.alban | Aug 24, 2006 @ 05:43 PM | 4,625 Views
So what did you do on the hottest day ever?

For me, a "New Look" 1950 Wakefield by Jacques Morriset ("Champion de France") and a Rover 3500cc Twin Plenum Fuel Injected Vitesse ("Car of the Year") combined together to produce a near death experience as related in this Cautionary Tale of Endurance.

Read or download the story from the PDF link:

Or find it on the Blog.

Posted by ramon.alban | Aug 19, 2006 @ 05:33 PM | 4,723 Views

In the UK, Rise Off Ground comes with the territory of modern-era Vintage Wakefield. An early adage, “Nobody practices ROG anymore!” has been overtaken by the fact that we simply get our practice at the competitions. I do have a confession however, in 1993, using the "New Look" Wakefield, I did once practice ROG at RAF Henlow, but luckily there were no witnesses to this clear breach of etiquette.

Follow the PDF link for a trawl through my observations of ROG in the UK, since 1982.


Posted by ramon.alban | Aug 19, 2006 @ 02:42 PM | 4,798 Views
Frank Zaic's "New Yorker IV" 8 oz Wakefield - circa 1937/1938

May the Gods forgive me, but here is the story of my worst ever Wakefield and how it atoned for it’s failings with a spectacular exit.

To read or download the story, open the PDF from the link.

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Posted by ramon.alban | Aug 09, 2006 @ 11:06 AM | 5,080 Views
This is the story of how Rushbrooke's "Mayfly" has been transformed from a reliable, medium performing beauty in to a competitive ship capable of some stunningly majestic flights.

I built "Mayfly" in 1987 and for the best part of twenty years it was ubiquitous at many traditional Sam35 UK venues such as Old Warden, Middle Wallop, Barkston, Odiham, Woodbury and Chobham, simply because it is an absolute delight to fly and always attracts admirers.

To read or download the story, follow the PDF link: