Items of interest / videos

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John Hullet has designed and built this 100s model to compete against the Trackers, he flew it in competition for the first time at the 2013 Mike Lucas 100s series round 1 and managed second place. The model looks clean and is very strong, as are all of Johns models.

I hope he does well with it throughout the summer series.

Just click on pictures to enlarge

Dynamite 111 100s

Section-SA7036 – ish

912 sq in.

Centre section

Spars-centre 2 x 14mm protruded top and bottom-kevlar wrapped

Web –spruce /balsa

Ribs-lots of 1/16 balsa + 1/16 ply at spoiler ends and wing bolt block

Sheet 1/16 balsa covered in 2oz (50gm) glass

Joiners –13 x 8mm carbon in wooded boxes, carbon


Spars –Tapered carbon 12mm> x 1.06mm on 2mm spruce-kevlar wrapped


On 4.5mm carbon joiner + 1mm carbon for extreme tip (makes repair easier)

Notes-Centre section ok at 20 oz (567gms) but tips turned out far to heavy at an amazing 12oz each (340gms)

New tips will have to be made using open structure to achieve 9oz

Never as clean as a Tracker so not expected to linger in no lift conditions but launches well, so I’m in with a chance.


Added 27/08/2015

A couple of weeks ago (15th August 2015) I went up to Darley moor airfield near Derby to enjoy my 50th birthday present from my family, a flight in a Tiger Moth aircraft.

I have flown in gliders and normal passenger planes but this was quite different. The open cockpit made it noisy and cold but much more enjoyable. We took off in what seemed to be 20 or 30 meters and climbed steadily to around 2000 ft. The pilot leveled off and handed the controls over to me, he stayed in control of the rudder. I just had the elevator and ailerons to worry about. With the wind blowing what seemed like a gale keeping the wings level and my stomach happy was quite a challenge. We were in constant radio contact with each other and the pilot pointed out various landmarks, after 15 minutes or so I handed back the controls and we headed back to the airfield. I relaxed again and was quietly pleased with myself for keeping the aircraft reasonably level and under control. We approached the field quite high and the pilot eased off on the power, the plane gently started to fall and glided very quietly towards the strip, it was a perfect landing and not as bumpy as I thought it would be.

A brilliant experience and real flying, I would recommend it to anyone.

Photo's from the day can be seen below


These 2 you tube videos were sent in by Simon

Vaitkievicus, filmed at our local 100s competition

This one also filmed at Twywell, by myself shows pilots forcing there models down so as not to overfly the slot time


Photos from Graham Gilliatt

I borrowed these 2 photos from Graham Gilliatt they show Graham and his Father a few years back. I have arrowed them both on the top picture but we can't make out Graham in the bottom picture


This newspaper clipping shows the start of the Mike Lucas 100s series of competitions in 1994, originally flown at the embankment in Peterborough.

The large picture is a younger me! and the smaller picture is George Gilliatt who is sadly no longer with us, his son Graham Gilliatt is still a keen flying enthusiast and fly's regularly with us in both Open and 100s.


I have just arrived back from a 2 week holiday in Florida, Whilst over there I visited the Kennedy space Centre. This photo shows the very last shuttle on the launch pad that is due to take off the first week in July 2011, After this mission the space program will end as we know it. What comes next is a closely guarded secret but there were hints of another moon landing and also a manned mission to Mars in a completely new type of craft.

At 4.30pm British time on Friday the 8th of July the last launch of space shuttle Atlantis took place.

The launch was flawless and the orbiter is now on its way to the space station, just wish I could have been there to see it.

Space shuttle Atlantis touched down on the Shuttle Landing Facility's Runway 15 at 10:57 a.m. GMT on July 21. After 200 orbits around Earth and a journey of 5,284,862 miles, the landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida brought to a close 30 years of space shuttle flights.

More information can be found at the NASA web site

Below are other items including my technique for repairing fuselages