Tuesday, 19 December 2000

Model Aircraft

I was at PS from 1959 - 62 if I remember correctly! We use to fly control line model aircraft on the playing field until the neighbours complained (we then flew with Winchester Model Aircraft Society on the Arbour until those neighbours complained!!). The only person I can remember was Peter Evans aka "Wong" (apparently because he once stowed away on an aircraft in an attempt to escape the rigours of School House and join his parents in Hong Kong) but there were others who used to build and run up engines in "the boot shed". I was a day boy living in Old Kennels Lane, I seem to remember a "very old" boy lived up at Olivers Battery who flew at school but it's all a bit vague - anyone else remember?
Mike Minty

5 comments:

  1. hi mike, this is the second time i have replied to your message, microsoft gobbled the first attempt up just as i finished it1 welcome to the club i too was interested in model aircraft, still am, have a half finished glider in the bedroom which my wife anne keeps reminding me about.   regards, jim wishart, norhtampton

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  2. Sorry for this late reply Jim, I forgot to look for one to mine! I am still deeply into modelling and have just been back to Australia (home - though I am currently living in Connecticut for a few years) for a major race meeting and the National Champs, as a spectator this time. I think there was a "kid" called Berry Dracup who flew at school as well and there was someone who had a C/L model with a Yulon 29 motor - big one for those days. Mike

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    1. HI Mike,

      If I remember correctly I think we we sat next to each other in Physics in the upper fifth Science Class.. Am I right? I still remember you (if it was you) showing me how to draw three dimensional doodles
      I have just found this comment from 'Wong' as I knew Peter Evans. I was the one who built and flew the ME109 with Peter during my stay at Peter Symonds from 1955 to 1962.and also 'flew' with Paul Lacey.who left in 1960. We were all boarders in School House.

      This was posted ny you and Peter 14 years ago but If you read this do contact me.

      Best wishes Tony Redshaw ajrindonesia@hotmail.com

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  3. Hi Mike
    Yes I used to fly with you - Peacemaker combat aircraft & an underpowered Spitfire. Someone also built a ME109 which we flew together.
    Actually I hitch-hiked to Tilbury docks & got on a boat bound for Hong Kong & a cabin boy befriended me & fed me. The boat wasn't leaving for a week so I thought I would go to Heath Row, but got caught by the police leaving the docks, then held for Headmaster John Shields to collect me. There was also Paul Lacey flew with us, but I have lost track of him. Peter Evans

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    1. Hi Peter.

      I have just found your comment about model aircraft at Peter Symonds.. I was the one who built and flew the ME109 with you during my stay at Peter Symonds from 1955 to 1962.and also of course 'flew' with Paul Lacey.who left in 1960.

      Your comment was 14 years ago now but hopefully you are still reading this blog

      Please contact me as I am now in UK after many years abroad,

      Best wishes Tony Redshaw ajrindonesia@hotmail.com

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