Some of the planes protected from the cold ground. Barrie Hobkirk photo.
By Bruce Duncan
Well Jan. 1, 2013, arrived with fog and a 32 F temperature and the first flight of the year went to Dave McCheyne. Dave's flight went up at about 9:30 a.m. and the rest waited about a half-hour before they tried. This was one of, if not the biggest, turnouts we've seen in years with about 15 in attendance. There was a mixture of Vancouver Gas Model Club, Pacific Aeomodellers Club and a couple of independent modellers there as well.
The flying started out a bit slow as the first flight iced up both the model and lines. I believe this caused some of the others to wait until it warmed up a degree or two. We also had all three circles in use so everyone had opportunities to fly if they wished to.
A young lady, Shona Hirota, did her first-ever control line flights, flying the club's trainers, and successfully completed four or five flights. I guess it did help a bit that she's a fixed-wing and helicopter pilot in real life.
In the pictures taken by Joe Yau you will see Dave McChenye's iced-up model and lines after a short flight. In the second group taken by Barrie Hobkirk, the first picture is a tethered r/c controlled D-Bat and the second picture is of a bunch of old time combat models also there for the day flying.
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Ice on the canopy! Joe Yau photo.
Iced wing! Joe Yau photo.
Iced lines!. Joe Yau photo.
A radio-controlled Vintage Diesel Combat plane garnered some interest. Barrie Hobkirk photo.