May 22

About Me


G-FLIK Model 006You are probably curious to know how I believe I can make your transition from rookie to competent solo model plane flier easier for you. What qualifications do I have to back up this claim. Well, here goes, let me tell you a bit about myself.

My name is Colin and I have been flying model planes for about 40 years. During that time I have progressed from building from commercially available kits to producing my own drawings and building my own designs. (There were no such things as Almost Ready To Fly (ARTF) or Ready To Fly (RTF) when I started!)

My first experience of a model plane was way back at the age of 15 when I was given a Keil Kraft balsawood kit to build a rubber band powered P51 Mustang, around 20″ (50cm) wingspan, with tissue paper covering. After many hours I eventually managed to finish it and, with rubber tightly wound, launched it skyward in a neighbours field. It fell to earth and disintegrated into numerous pieces.

Undaunted, I moved on to other subjects and with some help from a group of guys who flew on our local common land, eventually I managed to get a small high wing free flight design by Vic Smeed, called a “Chatterbox”, to fly successfully  (see right) .

Later, after getting married and raising a family, I progressed to Radio Control. I moved to a new city for a career progression and joined a large local club where I eventually became a member of the committee with responsibility for competitions and events.

I attained both “A” & “B” certification under the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) flight training scheme. This was followed by achieving a training officer certification from the BMFA. I was also appointed to approved examiner status for the scheme.

I hope that my years of experience and accumulated expertise will offer you a level of confidence that I can help you progress safely in your learning programme. If so then what are we waiting for?

Lets Get Started

 

6 COMMENTS :

  1. By Joe Suskin on

    Great site, thank you Colin, very useful even for long time builders like myself – great to get back to basics and see other solutions, and you have plenty. If I might make a couple of suggestions – I also prefer to use wood glues and epoxy rather than CA for two reasons – CA is heavy. There is no evaporation of the liquid. Also, CA becomes brittle over time and joins like ribs to leading or trailing spars can separate after a while. I have planes over 30 years old, built with wood glue and still have structural integrity like they did when newly built. Also a tip for covering – I start with the small, hard to reach places (like inside corners of the aileron sections). This means that I am not left with awkward cuts or gaps when I lay down the large pieces of covering. Once again, thank you for all this valuable information. One always finds stuff to learn in this amazing hobby.

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    1. By Colin Bedson on

      Thanks for your great comments Joe, I really appreciate them.
      Thanks also for the tips on your choice of adhesives plus your covering approach. Come to think of it I actually take a similar approach to your self. I tack the covering down all the way round including the hidden corners, etc. before shrinking down the main areas.

      Colin

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  2. By william moore on

    I live in the Charleston area sc. Where can I go to watch the rc folks fly there planes always been fascinated. thanks

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  3. By Richard Geer on

    Your website has so much information available for the RC Flyer enthusiasts. I’m sure that anyone interested in this hobby will definitely want to keep coming back to learn all about the latest RC Flying news.

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