East Kilbride Model Flying Club – Concours & Silent Auction - 2016

Our Concours elegance & Silent Auction was once again held in the Ballerup Hall, Civic Centre , East Kilbride on Friday 12th February 2016.

We started this event many years ago to encourage our fellow modellers to keep alive the traditional modelling skills of designing, building and finishing of model aircraft. The original idea was to give modellers a chance to display their latest winter project before the flying season took its toll on the their creation.

So we decided to hold our Concours Competition at the beginning of the year, with no requirement for documentation. Over the years we developed a scoring system for the three independent judges, to enable them to examine each entrant within the limited time available.

Again this year we are very much indebted to the Alloa Club for providing the judging panel of Ian Sutherland, Dick Marsden and Lawson Fergie – thank you very much gentlemen for carrying out a difficult task in a very limited time frame.

Once again we were treated to a great variety of interesting models, the standard of scratch and kit built was extremely high. The standard of all of the other models was also extremely high and the East Kilbride Model Flying Club members really do appreciate the effort our fellow modellers go to achieve exhibition standard models.

It is very encouraging to have modellers willing to travel considerable distances to enter our competition , entrants from Montrose , Ayr , Edinburgh and Coupar – thank you all very much indeed. Ian Morrow's jet model was a delight to see the neat installation of his electronics – don't think there was any room left for the pilot!

It is always a very pleasant evening wandering about looking at the Competition entrants, seeing what is on offer at the Silent Auction stalls although this year it was a bit down on last year – a sign of the difficult economic climate?

Once again we were indebted to Mr. Willie Kidd for displaying his Stirling Engine powering a r/c controlled car! Superb piece of model engineering. Mr Bob Todd ( age 93 ) brought along his recently completed Beam Engine – machined in his garage – and ran it on steam – delightful!

The prizes were presented by Mrs Alison Reaich and she also drew our raffle. Many thanks to the East Kilbride members for providing the raffle prizes.

As this is the first of the major indoor events of the year , it was very nice to renew friendships and look forward to hopefully a good modelling year. Thank you all for your support.

Competition results:

Scale Competition
Results Model Builder Club
1 Lincoln A.Grant Kinross
2 Blenheim I.Thomas
3 Rand KR2 J.Wilson Falkirk

Open Competition
Results Model Builder Club
1 Super Elf B.Duval
2 Jaguar Walefield W.Kidd Ayr
3 Phantom A.Duff CVF

ARTF - Scale Competition
Results Model Builder Club
Winner Storch D.Sheppard Hamilton

ARTF - Open
Results Model Builder Club
Winner Curare D.Kelly East Fortunes

ARTF - Helicopter
Results Model Builder Club
Winner Mostro D.Cameron