Autumn Scale Rally

A Report by David Balfour

There is no doubt that Autumn is a great time of the year to fly model aircraft, and there is no better place to do this than at the Annual Autumn Scale Rally, held each year, at the Twin Cities Model Aero Club based on the NSW/Victorian border at Albury.  

This year was the 12th year the Club has run the event and it is now well established on the Scale Calendar.  Weather for the weekend could not have been better, with bright Autumn sunshine with almost no wind and, as the advert for the event says, it is a great time of year to visit the border region.

This years Rally attracted over 30 local and visiting pilots with over 60 aircraft displayed over the 3 days of the event.

This is a non-competition Rally for Scale models from all eras of aviation. Displayed during the weekend were aircraft from First World War, the Golden Age of Aviation of the 1930’s to modern Jet Fighters.

There is no competition flying, but a committee is charged with selecting the best Military and Civil aircraft displayed, To qualify an aircraft must fly over the course of the weekend, but can be scratch built, a kit build or an ARF, and the pilot /owner does not need to be the constructor of the model.

This year the committee judged Melbourne based pilot Tim deHaan to be the winner of the Civil award with his excellent Rothmans liveried Stampe, and local Pilot Michael Guinness to be the Military winner with his highly detailed Spitfire.

A highlight of the event was the impromptu  mass flight early Sunday morning of a large number of Bi-Planes entertaining the breakfast crowd, and this is a concept that we will be looking to include as a feature of next year’s Rally.

This years Rally, as in past years was supported by Albury RC Models who donated a beautiful Mustang ARF as a raffle prize, the lucky winner being local pilot Andrew Ward. Many thanks to Rob and Ken from Albury RC Models or their continuing support.

The next big event for TCMAC is their annual Float Flying weekend to be held on the weekend of October 18th, 19th and 20th 2019, so make sure you mark your calendars for that one  and be sure to keep the first weekend in May 2020 free for next years’ Autumn Scale Rally.


For pictures and videos of the event check out the Gallery pages on the website

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


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.



Vic Scale Trophy @ TCMAC

Well a bit of a disappointing weekend overall with low numbers in attendance.

We had 3 members compete with 2 bringing home the bacon.



Rob Sargent & Chris Henry receiving their trophies













Congratulations to Rob Sargent on winning and Chris Henry on coming second.

Congratulations also goes out to Alwyn Brunton on his first scale comp. The smile on his face summed up the weekend for everyone.

Despite a poor attendance (even by our own members) those that were there had a great weekend.









The weather started off  a little average but, as Saturday afternoon went on, it became quite nice with some very good scores by the local crew.

In the end the two rounds flown on Saturday stood as Sundays round was cancelled due to some Melbourne pilots not being able to stay.








Some great social flying was done on Sunday.

A big thanks to the Victorian Flying Scale Aircraft Association for bringing their competition to our club and,  hopefully, next year they will return and more entries are received.



Craig Coleman Timed Event

This event, held annually at the TCMAC field, is held in memory of Craig Coleman. Craig was a long-standing member of TCMAC who died suddenly 8 eight years ago. Craig was renowned for his long flights, so it was seen to be fitting to run an event to remember Craig with an fun Competition that was based on flight duration.
The contest involves pilots flying for as close to 30 minutes without Continue reading

Winners are Grinners

Winners of the 3 categories on offer at the TCMAC Annual Autumn Scale Rally call on all pilots to make the trip next year and enjoy some great no stress flying and excellent camaraderie.

Matt from Canberra was awarded Best Military with his superb P40.

Rob also took out the Pilots Choice award. A good weekend for Rob.

Rob Hullet awarded Best Cilivian with his Boeing 80.

Rob’s winning Boeing 80 with builder Dave Balfour.



Rob was also lucky enough to win the raffle on the day, so a great weekend for the club stalwart.