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Xmas Party 2014 - report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Minty   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 16:10

Mr Minty has written up the Xmas party, with plenty of good photographs, including evidence of Ron enjoying a glider! Click here to download the report for reading.

 

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The Col Simpson Memorial Trophy PDF Print E-mail
Written by clive weatherhead   
Friday, 05 December 2014 07:36

You might have noticed a new trophy, awarded for the first time at our Spring Scale Day 2014, and won by Kelvin King. The trophy is the Col Simpson Memorial Trophy, awarded to the pilot at the Spring Scale Event that is judged to have flown with the most brio, and excited/entertained the crowd accordingly. 

It is almost a year, now, since Col passed away, in December 2013, and we thought it would be good to remind people why the trophy is awarded for "exciting" flying, and how fitting that is with our memory of Col. The following was written in 2001, about Col, and has been edited to make sense in today's context:

 

2001 THE GENTLE GIANT WRAM (Warringah Radio Aero Modeller) 

He comes in a big package but it isn’t big enough to hide a tremendously generous nature and big heart.  Colin Simpson, our 2001 President and Warringah Radio Aero-Modeller this month, always makes his flying entertaining, if not spectacular and heart stopping.  In fact sometimes model stopping as well! 

He blew the spectators away with his start in the first heat of the TEXANS, [mid-west AT6 with motor no bigger than 20cc] at the “Spectacular Adelaide Air Races” when last held in 1999. The four planes in the heat have to be in the air and behind the starting line.  A large count down clock is started with one minute to go, and just like sailing the aim is to hit the line, flat out, as the gun goes.  Col had height and came boring down as the course announcer excitedly and correctly nominated that Col was going to be early.  This would have meant that turning and restarting was the same as coming last. Within a blink Col hauled in up elevator and following a massive loop, hit the line right on the gun at blistering speed.  The crowd, [and there was a large number of spectators] went ballistic.  It was something to see.  The race committee promptly banned the tactic! 

I’d like to say he went on and won the race but unfortunately the 30% nitro proved to be lethal and after leading for about 6 of the 10 laps the Webra screamed to a halt.  The increase in nitro from 20% to 30% was a last minute, spur of the moment, lethal decision along the lines of “it goes Xmph on 20%, so it should go X+mph on 30%!! 

This is Col, always pushing the edge.  It has ever been so, even when as a member of Gladesville Sporting Car Club he raced his mini-cooper at Amaroo, Oran Park and Warwick Farm.  I just can’t but envisage that the mini would have had to have a sun roof so Col could see! 

He has always been fascinated with planes and with a Dad who flew Spitfires the romance was always going to be there. 

Born in Bathurst, he started into modelling in 1959 as a 10 year old with a Taipan 1.5cc diesel CL on the High School oval and then later on the Hockey fields between Bathurst and Kelso.  He had 4 mates so this was his first Club.  By 1961 he had his first RC, a Veron Sky Scooter.  The radio was a homemade copy of an ED system.  The maker was a Graham Burge.  The Tx had 45volts with additional 1 ½ volt telephone batteries for power to valves or something, Col wasn’t sure.  Anyway it was quite successful even though the Rx batteries were not rechargeable nicads. 

After Bathurst, Col's Dad, who had traded the cockpit for an ANZ bank managership, was transferred to Jerilderie until 1967.  

For 4 or 5 years, whilst finishing schooling, he was into CL (control line) and had the well known noise complaints that plagued all of us post war modellers.  In 1967 he developed a passion for CL combat, making peacemakers on an assembly line by the dozen for a Taipan 2.5cc and then upped the plan by a third and powered the planes with an 8cc Fox BB.

The family transferred to Sydney in 1967 and Col’s Mum and Dad are still living in the family home at North Turramurra.  Col started into learning to be a mechanic at the local garage following school but his love of CL combat continued at the St Ives CL Club until about 1973. 

In 1973 Col was struck down with what is a common node on the graph of life of many modellers......GIRLS and cars and boats.  Sorry that was my emphasis.  This should read girls and boats and CARS. He spent many a Saturday night at the St Ives Memorial Hall and enjoyed the Bee Gees singing there on a couple of occasions around ‘67 or ‘68.  Meanwhile the Car Club and Cars and boats were the centre of his Universe.  

That was until he decided to upgrade his qualifications and embarked on a mechanical engineering degree in 1970 which he completed in 1976.  He then went to work for Ford Australia, working as a manager of heavy trucks until 1981, another watershed year. 

Prior to leaving for a sailing holiday in the Whitsundays in 1981 Col met Dine {pronounced “Deenie”] at a farewell party and “THAT’S ALL FOLKS”  as the rabbit says, gone, wrapped up  smitten and married, all in 1981.  

How lucky was Col to have Dine take him on?  She was THE office manager, secretary, typist,  home maker, mother, lover and tower of strength that enabled Col to establish a one man Consulting Engineering practice from home at Oatley in 1988. [How come a north shore boy ended up at Oatley?].  

The practice was taking up 16 hours a day, 7 days a week and was beginning to tell until in 1991 he was on a job at Port Macquarie when he happened to pass a model shop.  Col says it all came flooding back and within a week he had a Trainer from Wings n Things and joined the WRCS. 

Col paid special tribute to David Menzies as the member who trained him, describing the “Scots person” as an Excellent teacher with unbelievable patience. 

He must have been a good pupil too, as those who have witnessed some of Col’s quick flying can attest, he has some spectacular speedsters which he flies with ease.  Three currently being built are a 98 inch “Sparrow hawk”, a 98 inch twin “DH Comet” and an OS91 ducted fan “Scorpion”.  The Comet will be powered by two OS 1.40's.  The Sparrowhawk was to be used as a running platform for the OS 1.40's. 

These are to be raced in Adelaide in April in the “Golden Era Races” where the maximum engine capacity permitted is 100cc!  Col won the radial class of this event in 1999 with his 80cc “Hall Bulldog” which was flown on that occasion by Mike Reynell.  [an event rule prevents pilots from entering both the Texan and Golden Era events]. 

About a year prior to the RC re-awakening a neighbour of the Simpsons at Oatley, Phil, also a mechanical engineer, who had been doing some work for Col part time tossed his job in and joined Col full time.  That decision was a vote of confidence in Col and Dine because I know the chap and his previous job had possibly the most incredibly best boss anyone could ever hope to have had! (Editor's note - the "best boss..." was, apparently, Brian Porman, our Honary Secretary. Enough said.)

 The fledgling company was appropriately titled, SAFE, [Simpson and Associates Forensic Engineers] and prepares reports for the Courts on all manner of accidents.  Col and a staff of three other equally talented and lovely people now operate out of Offices at McMahons Point. 

So this was written in 2001. The Simpsons had moved to Wollstonecraft, the WRCS Belrose flying field was well developed and just undegoing some extensions, and Col was flying with brio - something he always did, hence the trophy.

Ed

 

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Tiger (moth) rebirth PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Radford   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 14:38
Doug Radford recently flew a very fine Tiger Moth. There's a bit of a story to it. Click HERE to read part 1. Part 2 to follow.

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Member's articles PDF Print E-mail
Written by clive weatherhead   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 14:41
There's a new rebuild article from Dougal in the member's articles section of the website, which you can get to by clicking HERE.

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Lost iPod? PDF Print E-mail
Written by clive weatherhead   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 08:23

If anyone lost an iPod at the field last weekend (or knows someone who did lose one), please contact David Bolstad by clicking This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as he has it.

Ed

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