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Stuart Quinn - Harvie . . .

. . . 37 years old, engaged to the wonderful Mary (who as well as being fantastic in every way, likes aeroplanes!!)

Member of Hough End Model Aero Club since November 2001. [Stuart is Newsletter editor for the Hough End club, which was featured on club scene #48.]

I started flying rubber power when I was about 8 (all right, I messed up a few kits) and got my first radio set, a Sprengbrook 2-channel set, (second hand) on my 13th birthday. My first r/c model was a hopelessly overloaded Veron Mini Robot, into which I crowbarred all the Sprengbrook stuff, and a Testors plastic 0.49. It was very fast. It died young . . .

Second was a Cambria Eagle, still I never learned to fly it properly, then I gave up to become a drummer.

A few years ago, I got all nostalgic and had another go, this time with a Fly Boy, Enya 40, and a Futaba 6-channel set, and did pretty well, considering I was still missing out two essentials, a driving license and car! Just recently, with the approval of my fiancée Mary, I dug out the old stuff, and drove down to Hough End Model Aircraft Club in Manchester, where, suitably advised and warmly welcomed, I have begun again.

So far, since September I have Offed 2 trainers, both my own fault, (I had, unbeknownst to myself, drilled 2 holes in my nicad pack. This, I have discovered limits receiver/servo effectiveness . . .)

On crashing my first trainer, I dug up the engine and other wreckage and called Mary:

"I crashed."
"Awww, can you fix it?" (Sifting through bits in bin liner) "Errr, no."

That evening, a new trainer awaited my return from work! Then another a few weeks later when that one bit the dust too . . .

The BEST aeromodelling accessory? An enthusiastic and understanding partner!

I am progressing well now, I can take off, land, loop, figure 8, and am even learning to do it all consistently. Although I have an ARF trainer (a Tutor 40, great kit) I do like building, and have a few kits waiting or being constructed ready for the time I can fly solo.

My hangar contains the following:

  • Irvine Tutor 40, OS40 LA [There's a picture of a Tutor 40 on photo gallery.]
  • Cambrian Eagle, very kindly donated to me by Frank Newall of Delyn MFC
  • Flair Magnatilla, bought second-hand with a servo and engine, currently being recovered as a British WW1 Scout, TT40
  • Ben Buckle Galahad, MDS 18
  • Cambrian Fun Fighter Spitfire, MDS 28
  • Westfield Mig 29, OS 25
  • RCME Super Dart, OS 10 LA
  • CAP Stuka (this one will have to wait a while, the GRP fus helps, but its still scary...)

Attached are a couple of photos, one shows me carrying my Tutor back to the line after my first landing (left), I am a very happy man in this picture! The blue aeroplane (right) is my first proper trainer; it took me 2 weeks to build from the kit, and I really wish Precedent were still around; it was a marvellous kit.

Ah yes, the Dalek!

That's another hobby of mine, building full size Daleks. It is 5'6" tall, made from wood and GRP and is my first Dalek. These days, all my Daleks are made from a GRP shell, with all the 54 balls individually moulded from GRP. They've been on TV, in local and national newspapers, and operated by BBC Dalek operators who say they are better put together than the BBC's own. I am quite proud of that! :-)

My other passion is Music, and I am a drummer working both freelance, and in several bands. If you want to hear me, you can go to www.thelongslide.com It is, er, challenging music though . . .

 

Not so much a personal profile, more a potted biography of

Charlie Stone

Charlie Stone comes from Perth, Western Australia, and when he recently asked to be put on the ModelFlight mailing list, I felt certain I had come across him before. I thought, perhaps, that I had lost his name from a previous mailing list but he told me that he had never been in touch before. However, he did give me a lead or two which assured me that the old grey cells were not letting me down after all - we will come back to that!

Charlie has had a lifetime passion with aeroplanes, able to recall his interest from when he was a very small boy living in the West Australian wheatbelt area of Wamenusking.

He recalls his first attempts at building from about the age of eight years, when he had a go at making rubber-powered scale models which, frustratingly, showed no signs of wanting to fly! Success came when his father bought him a FROG kit, which flew beautifully on its maiden flight but which flew away, never to be seen again - but he was hooked from that moment on!

When he was eleven, Charlie became interested in contol line flying, initially as a spectator until he acquired an outfit of his own - a plank-winged Sabre trainer with an OS Max II ·15 engine, and thus began a lifetime's love affair with control line.

After starting work in 1959, Charlie's interest extended into free flight and in 1961 he won his first Power Scramble competition with his Cardinal at the State Championships. He went on to win this competition for the following two years, thus claiming the perpetual trophy permanently. Some time later, Charlie met and teamed up with Hans Bertina, the pair of them becoming almost invincible in local team events - so much so that it engendered some bad feeling, with accusations of them killing the event and attempts actually being made to ban the Stone/Bertina team from competition!

At the end of 1963, Charlie and friends attended their first Australian Nationals, driving the 1700 miles to Strathalbyn in South Australia, including some 900 miles of pot-holed dirt road in the middle of the trip. They didn't win anything, but were thrilled to meet up with men whose names they had only previously come across in magazines as amongst the very best.

When Charlie's employer relocated him to Kalgoorlie in the Eastern Goldfields he found himself very much on his own insofar as model flying was concerned - there was simply no aeromodelling activity there. He didn't enjoy the lone flyer experience and moved on to other interests, including flying full-size gliders. Family and home took away a few more years, but brought a son to be introduced to model flying. Despite the general shift at that time to R/C, Charlie found that his interest still lay very much in control line.

Today, his son flies Iroquois helicopters for the Australian army and Charles himself still flies control line models for sport. Occasionally, he does a little Vintage 'A' team racing with Norm Kirton, 'to feed the competitive urge', taking second place at the 2001 Australian Nationals Vintage 'A' Team Racing event- and that is where my familiarity with Charles' name came from - it had appeared in Norm Kirton's report of the 2001 Nationals which was published on ModelFlight 34, and on which this picture of Charles with their Pluto racer also appeared!

Most of Charle's attention is spent on control line stuff and he writes a detailed monthly newsletter, mostly of local interest, that appears in Windsock and Australian Control Line News.

You can find a much fuller version of this biography of Charlie on Dave Kidd's wonderful Australian Control Line Nostalgia website, which was reviewed on #36 and was the other place where I had previously come across the name of Charlie Stone!

Go to photo gallery to see the KIrton/Stone team racer and a couple of Hans Bertina's lovely control line models.

 

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