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Tamaki Model Aero Club Celebrates 65 Years!

New members invited

In 2018, the Tamaki Model Aero Club (TMAC) will be celebrating its 65th anniversary.  TMAC was started by Des Jenkinson (President), Ted Jarman, Ted Malatious, Reg Wade, Ernie and George Ure in 1953.  As part of our 65thanniversary celebration, we are inviting Auckland modelers to join the club and enjoy relaxed flying at a uniquely situated flying field close to central Auckland in Glen Innes.  Our field features a smooth grass strip and pit area which is mown regularly.  Our membership is limited due to Auckland City Council resource consent limitations on the number of vehicles permitted on the flying field, but we have some vacancies available to like-minded modelers.  Visit our website to check out the location and photographs of the flying field.

Contact the committee for more information on joining our club:

Stuart Goodare (President) p (021) 799 213 e  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bruce Maroc (Treasurer) p (021) 0229 5351 e  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Peter Radich (Secretary) p (027) 565 2331 e  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Trent Barclay (Captain) p (021) 0222 8188 e  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Nick James (Committee) p (021) 307 207 e  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What's being flown in Spring 2017

Here's a selection of some of the awesome planes being flown down at the field

Building Board

So you think that having no garage, no decent work bench is stopping you for building model aircraft, think again.

Some time back when I was renting a house I built a building board. whilst only 4' x 2' its been invaluable. So off to your local building supply store, Mitre10 Mega, Bunnings, Placemakers etc. Purchase a sheet of 18mm MDF 1200x600, 5m of 1" x 2" 25mm x 50mm pine (dressed) and a pack of cork tiles, glue for the cork and some screws and your in business. 

First up cut and screw the 1"x2" around the edge of the MDF sheet, another piece down the centre. 

Second and Last, glue the cork tiles to the top of the MDF sheet. Once the glue is set you have the most valuable piece of equipment to any aeromodeller - a flat building board Wink

The reason for the piece of 1"x2" down the centre is for clamping it into a workmate. Use it anywhere, even when you do have a great garage, you know that your bench is going to be covered in a project from time to time and you need that little bit of extra space.

A fine day flying in May

Pics from the fine weekend we've just had (May 2015)

Tomboy Build

There is a number of us building Tomboy's so thought I would share my build.

Only basic tools required for this model, flat building board, tracing paper, a couple of knives, plan, sanding sticks/paper, ruler, pen, razor saw and mitre box and cutting mat

tools

I started with the fin, not much here once you have traced the fin from the plan cut the couple of pieces of 3/16" sheet, pin it down and cut your 3/16" square to suite.

Fin 1 Fin2

Fin3 Fin4

A bit of sanding and it will be ready for covering Smile

 

Next I built the tailplane, cutting ribs is probably my least enjoyable time, but has to be done

Tailplane1 taiplane 2

Probably less than an hour after cutting all the ribs, it was ready for sanding and covering. Out came the LiteSpanTailplane3

This is applied with balsalock, or in my case some watered down PVA, heat iron and hot air gun.

Only the elevators required to make now, a bit of 3/16" balsa, a plane, sanding and the covering.

Next I built the fuselage sides, not much of a challenge here, trace off the fuselage side, cut 3/16" square to suit and glue it up -

Fuse1 

then the other side

fuse2

 

Come back soon for more updates on the progress of this build