For many this years Nationals
at Barkston Heath were a bit of a washout due to the horrible weather,
very strong winds and pouring rain are definitely not the best conditions
However in between the heavy showers many different styles of flying
took place at the various flight lines at this massive venue.
During a short visit on the Saturday first port of call was the
show line to see Perry Lambert with the Hangar 9 Beast biplane put
on a fine display alongside Darren Goule with his Hangar 9 Extra.
Other fine models that took to the air was the excellent Hawker
Hurricane flown to great effect by John Veasey and relatively new
to the show circuit, the Hawker Typhoon designed, built and flown
Chris Willis and it was
nice to see these two classic warbirds in the air.
A heavy downpour saw people rush to cover models and head for cover,
this was the time to head to the trade area and have a good look
around. As usual at the Nationals there were many model retailers
on site and most were offering plenty of bargains to whet the appetite.
Between the showers people “migrated” from marquee to another, a
bit like musical chairs! And when we finally made it to our wind
swept “little blue” tent it was packed with equally wind swept modellers!
Over on the IMAC runway our very own Matthew Poots braved the weather
and ultimately came away with a First Place at the end of the competition,
So there you have it, wet, windy and at times a bit horrible, but
still with so much going on and the determined spirit of modellers
to keep flying whatever mother nature can throw at them made it a
great time. After all there is the flying in the Hanger on Saturday
night, followed by the massive Swap Meet Sunday morning but perhaps
the best part of the Nats is the chance to meet with old friends
and just talk modelling!
Its what the Nats is all about, aero modelling in all its many guises!
See ya next year