Inaugural Classic Airplane Rally

The event started out with a couple of members discussing the number of De Havilland models in the club and suggested a De Havilland day. After some massaging and further discussions we have the inaugural TCMAC Classic Airplane rally.

It was decided to host the event as a non competition rally, as a lot of members prefer a casual fly rather than a competition. The day was open to anyone from within TCMAC as well as visitors from other clubs.

The rules were simple, any scale model where the full size type first flew between the years 1910 to 1950. The name for the event came from local aircraft restorer Jim Williams’ business Classic Airplanes, and Jim was invited along to judge what he believed to be the best model.

To be eligible, models did not need to fly, or even be fully completed, but as described earlier, needed to be first flown between the years 1910 to 1950.

We had 42 entrants in total which was an awesome effort for the first event with entrants from the Wangaratta and Mildura Model Clubs enjoying the day along with TCMAC members.


Judged as the best model on the day by guest judge Jimmy Williams was the Fairchild belonging to TCMAC member Rob Sargent. Rob only finished the model the night and was spied test flying it at 6am on the morning of the event. As is obvious by the pictures of the model Rob has once again done an exceptional job.


Club President Graeme Frauenfelder Winner Rob Sargent Judge Jimmy Williams and Event Director David Balfour

Jim Williams with Rob Sargent and the winning Fairchild

For more pictures of the day slip across to our Gallery page.

A great event which will only get bigger and better for 2019, so mark keep an eye on our events calendar page for the date of next years event.


2018 Albury Aero Club Open Day

Once again the TCMAC was invited to have a display of club members models at the annual Albury Aero Club Open day. This year however went a little different, in that they forgot to invite us, until they were reminded by our mutual member Rob Sargent. So with just 2 days notice, we rallied and managed to put together the best display in the 3 year history of the event. Well done to all TCMAC members who heeded the call and brought models and enthusiasm to the day. We ended up with around 50  models on display ranging from small free flight to large incomplete scale planes that show cased to the public the full range of what our club is about and what our members find a passion in.

We look forward to building on this and putting on an even better display in 2019.

Here are a few pictures taken on the day, hopefully we have a better photographer with us next year.


APA Championships


What is, or are, the APA champs you might well ask? Well here is a quick answer. The Australian Precision Aerobatics is a special interest group that controls F3A pattern flying in Aust on behalf of the MAAA and, as was pointed out on the weekend, have been holding there championships at TCMAC now for over 15yrs because its one of the best sights in Australia, and the are always made welcome.


Now to the event itself !! We had 25 entrants with 21 attending the weekend of which 3 were from TCMAC in 2 classes ADVANCE AND EXPERT. In Advanced Rob Hullett & Myself had a close struggle all weekend with only 70 points in total to separate us over 4 rounds .

I had run into some problems with my $200 prop delaminating on the 3rd round so Rob loaned me his model so I could carry on, and this was quite interesting, as I had only had a short fly of the model on Wednesday prior whilst doing some trimming and was not prepared for the difference in how it flew compared to mine, but with a lot of help from my caller Chris Henry, we got through, so a big thanks to Rob in trusting me with his pride and joy.

The end result was Wassa first & Rob in 2nd and Tony from Tasmania in 3rd.

In Expert class John Bran cleared out from the rest but a “HOT“ competition was going on between Chris Henry & Phil Spence from the ACT with Chris ending up in 2nd & Phil in 3rd with only 14 points diff over the 4 rounds, very close indeed, with a total of 8 in this class. The top class Masters was once again taken out by Dennis Travassaros who was a cut above the rest although Russell Edwards in 2nd place had his own problems with a strong wind coming through and picking up his model and breaking the rudder off, so he also had to fly with someone else’s model and Geoff Healey took out 3rd. This class had a total of 9 entrants. The windy conditions lasted all weekend, which made flying more challenging, but we all got through with no incidents model wise and yes, there were some very expensive toys out there, especially one biplane which certainly set a new standard in looks.

Now to the club members especially Rob Hullett who gave of their time to set up and run the canteen so as to make some funds for the club and this also applies to the ground staff who as always gave us a perfect flying sight.


All in all a great weekend with some difficult flying conditions “WIND” was had by all but talking about the WIND I watched the wind sock rotate 180 deg in a 1 min time frame and this happened all day.


Cheers, Wassa


Wassa has some pictures to add once he learns how to send them – Editor

TCMAC Classic Airplane Fly-In

The TCMAC has decided to hold a Classic Airplane event this November. This will be the start of what we hope is a successful ongoing event. The idea is to have a Fly-In type atmosphere with no dedicated competition, just a great get together with some nice scale models. A best afield perpetual trophy will be awarded on the day with sponsor Jim Williams from Classic Airplanes in Albury judging what he thinks is the model of the meet. To be eligible the model must meet the simple criteria of being modelled on a full size aircraft built between the years 1910 and 1950. Whilst we hope to have a mass fly-by of all the models in a decade/era format, models do not need to fly to be eligible to win the trophy. For this inaugural event the format will be casual and will be on the one day only. This of course does not mean you can’t come out and enjoy our great facilities on the Saturday as well, or even the Friday. Camping at the field is allowable so if your coming from away, feel free to make a long weekend of it. See you there.

Classic Airplanes No Border

New page now available

Well we are often asked what our members are building, so we have added a page called “Whats on the work bench” to the website. On this page we will show you what our members are building and as the build progresses we will keep each build updated. If any members are currently building something, then please send your pictures, and preferably some details on the model, to the site administrator at and we will include it so other members can watch the progress.


Cancellation of TCMAC Float Fly In
19 to 21 Sep 2018
Hi All
Due to low water levels at the Hume dam, Twin Cities Model Aircraft Club (TCMAC) has made the difficult decision to cancel the event for this year.
The decision has been made at this time to provide early notification to all those who were planning to attend.
This is a major float fly-in event and a number of pilots make holiday arrangements so that they can attend each year.
We apologise to those that were coming to this years event but mother nature has schemed against us on this occasion.

We look forward to holding the event again in 2019 and hope that you put it in your calendar for next year.

Can you please pass this information on to any other pilots who may have been planning on attending.