The Degerfors indoor meeting, January 2006
This meeting in Degerfors, central Sweden, has become an annual event.
It is a combined RC and freeflight meeting with different
halls for the two categories. I would guess there were about 100 RC'ers
and perhaps 20 freeflighters. The venue was open even during the night,
and at least in the RC-hall there was non-stop activity for the entire
30 hours of the meeting! The RC-scene was dominated by the 3D foam
flyers, but there were a lot of other planes and helicopters too. Some of them really
odd, like this amazing Starship Enterprise from the Star Trek series, built by Per Nilsson.
After some trials and modifications, he got it to fly well.
Starship Enterprise Photo by Sören Gustavsson
Another interesting plane was the little IR-controlled masterpiece shown below, built
by Jonas Romblad. It uses home made muscle wire servos for rudder and
elevator control. The servos are housed in a small compartment, as it was
found necessary to shield them from the wind chill. With its low flying speed, it was really more at
home with the freeflighters than with the RC-planes.
Jonas Romblads tiny IR-controlled biplane
Although this is primarily a "fly for fun"-meeting, there were some competitons too. In RC, a
slalom and a hovering competiton, and in freeflight we flew F1M, Ministick and Peanut.
The F1M class was mainly fought out between the Linköping flyers. Romblad, being competition director,
didn't have time to do more than one flight.
Curt Högberg with his F1M
|No.||Competitor||Club||2 best flights (m:s)||Time of 2 best flights (m:s)|
|1||Bo Torstensson||Linköpings MFK||5:31||5:21||10:52|
|2||Curt Högberg||Linköpings MFK||4:56||4:07||9:03|
|3||Jonas Romblad||Solna MSK||6:42||-||6:42|
Three persons took part in the ministick competition. The roof beams made it risky to "scrape the ceiling",
and one had to compromise between risk and duration. Göran Hedlunds winning flights were really good considering
|No.||Competitor||Club||Sum of two best flights (m:s)|
|1||Göran Hedlund||Linköpings MFK||9:06|
|2||Bo Torstensson||Linköpings MFK||7:36|
|3||Andrea Hartstein||Red Baron||7:24|
There were four participants in peanut, but as Lennart Lilienberg entered four different models, we actually
got to see quite a lot of scale models. The ceiling height limited durations even for peanuts. Lilienbergs Bleriot touched the roof on several
occasions, and each time then entered some kind of flat spin and fell down. Lars Tolkstams Piper Cub, which normally
would have got the highest durations, had worse luck. It got stuck in such a manner that the nose was trapped in the very narrow
gap between two roof beams. It looked as if it would be permanently stuck, but a lot of patient poking with a steering
pole eventually brought it down with minimal damage.
My own Handley Page Sayers won't climb very high, and thus had no problems with the conditions. It
had been out of trim for some time, but now I finally found a cure (a weight on the right wing tip skid to
decrease the banking, as can be seen in the photo), and the model was able to post the highest flight score.
|No.||Competitor||Club||Plane||Sum of 2 best flights (m:s)||Flight ranking||Scale points||Scale ranking||Total ranking|
|1||Andrea Hartstein||Red Baron||H.P. Sayers||2:03||1||45.5||3||4|
|2||Lennart Lilienberg||Haninge||WACO SRE||0:33||6||57.5||1||7|
|3||Lars Tolkstam||MFK Nimbus||Piper Cub||1:33||3||43.5||4||7|
|-||Lennart Lilienberg||Haninge||Bleriot 25||1:37||2||40.5||6||8|
|-||Lennart Lilienberg||Haninge||Voisin Hydro Canard||1:12||4||41.5||5||9|
|-||Lennart Lilienberg||Haninge||Brown "Miss Los Angeles"||-||7||56.5||2||9|
|4||Sven Pontan||Haninge||Tefft Contester||1:10||5||37.0||7||12|
|Lennart Lilienbergs Bleriot XXV is prepared |
for flight, using a winding tube to protect the fuselage.
|Sven Pontans Tefft Contester is a good flier, but did|
not score high in scale due to lack of documentation.
|Lennart Lilienbergs WACO got the highest scale score.|
Read more about it in the photo gallery.
|Andrea Hartsteins Handley-Page Sayers ultralight.|
Read more about it in the photo gallery.
Romblad, who organized the free flight
competitions, also held a seminar where he helped beginners building
IKARA indoor models. A very good idea to get more people into indoor
flying. Afterwards, there was a simple competition.
Although only two persons posted flights, there were several more flying for fun.
|No.||Competitor||Club||2 best flights (m:s)||Time of 2 best flights(m:s)|
|1||Carl-Johan Stålberg||Lidingö MFK||2:24||2:08||4:32|
|2||Jan Carlsson||Lidingö MFK||1:50||1:48||3:38|