Flying Events


The Manx Model Flyers committee have booked dates for indoor flying for this winter.  The venue remains the same: The Tommy Clucas Community Sports Hall, Peel.  (The hall is in Peel Football Ground, opposite the QE2 secondary school as shown in the map).

These evenings are for club members only and there will be a charge of £5.00 contribution per session per member. (Spectators free).

Come along and enjoy the fun.

The following dates have been booked this winter:

Sunday 31st October 2021

Sunday 14th November 2021

Sunday 28th November 2021

Sunday 12th December 2021

Sunday 9th January  2022

Sunday 23th January  2022

Sunday 6th February  2022

Sunday 20th February  2022

Sunday 6th March  2022

Sunday 20th  March  2022

Some of the members who attended the Fly-In 2017

John’s Mighty Barnstormer, winner of best scratch built model

John’s Piper Arrow, winner of the best kit built model

Ivan’s Piper Cub which won the best ARTF model

Steve won the best classic model with his Hannibal

Nigel’s Acro Wot with which he won the best scale flight test

More photos under the ‘Galleries’ heading, at the top of the page

Friday 5th August to Sunday 7th August 2016

Manx Model Meet 2013

This year’s Manx Model Meet will be over 3 days at Jurby Main Airfield.  There will be scale and flying competitions at 12 noon on Saturday (starting with a static competition).  There will be a BBQ at 6.00 pm on Saturday (bring your own food).  Some members are going to try their hand at night flying, which should be entertaining.  Overnight camping is available.

The Manx Model Meet one day event was held in good weather on Saturday 8th August 2015.  There were 15 members present with flying carrying on for most of the day.  Build and flying competitions were held under the watchful eyes of judges Bob Bagshaw and Dean Johnson.

Members at the Manx Model Meet held at Jurby on 8th August 2015.

Manx Model Meet at Jurby on 8th August 2015.

Build Competition Winners

Vintage Classic Build:          John Webb (Barnstormer)

Scale Scratch Build:             John Martin (Spacewalker)

Kit Build:                                Keith Sheppard (Spitfire)


Flying Competition

After the lunch break, it was time for the scale flying but by now the wind had increased and was coming across the runway, all of which proved a stern test of the entrants flying skill!  All entrants had to make a smooth scale-like take-off, followed by a steady low-level fly-past, followed by a manoeuvre of the pilot’s choice before landing.  There was the occasional heart-stopping moment, especially for the smaller aircraft.  However, John Martin’s large Spacewalker coped extremely well in the, by now very strong wind, despite it’s light wing-loading.  The small models had their moments but did extremely well with some very smart turning into the wind at the last moments.  Dave Harris’ large aerobatic model was much more at home in the strong wind but the Spacewalker just beat him to the win with some superb flying on the part of John.  A special prize was given to Mike Ward for his efforts in the scale flying with his ‘lightweight model’.

Tim Magee then gave a superb display of helicopter flying for the benefit of everyone but especially for our guest judges.  Those who were brave enough, then carried on flying in the strong wind.  Altogether a very successful day.

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The 2013 Manx Model Meet was held between Friday 2nd August and Sunday 11th August inclusive. The dates chosen were to avoid clashes with other events on the Jurby Airfield Events Calendar. ( Google Map & Site Map Link and Sat Nav info)

The main event was the scale competition which took place on Saturday 10th August. Despite less than perfect weather on the day, a large number of members and visitors took part in the event.

The scale competition was judged by the members themselves with votes cast being doubled for all models that flew on the day.

Manx Model Meet Pit Area 2013

Jurby Map

Jurby Airfield was a WWII R.A.F. Airbase and retains the Air Traffic Control Tower built during that period. Access is provided to two full size runways throughout the meeting. Whilst this is ideal for models large and small, for those wishing to escape to the hills, there are also a variety of very good slope soaring sites.

Camping was free of charge however the facilities were limited. There are toilet facilities, electricity and water supplies but no facilities for bathing or showering. A Village shop is within easy walking distance. The nearest main shopping area is in Ramsey where you will also find the Manx Electric Railway Station. ( and a swimming pool )

For further information please contact either;

Chairman        Stan Craine   

Secretary         Martyn Cole

Treasurer         Bob Oates

Manx Model Meet 2014

There are currently NO plans to hold a  Manx Model Meet in 2014.

A club summer event has been proposed but not extending over a two week period as in the past.


Our  scale competition was held on Saturday 10th August 2013.

All members were provided with a voting slip to select a model from each category that they think is the best subject. All models actually flown on the day had their points total doubled.

( This was to encourage active scale flying rather than just static display)  Helicopter flying of none scale models also continued in the designated helicopter area.

Three categories;


Winner     Paul Milhailovits wtith his Extra 300

Second     Kenny Kneen with his EDF Hawk

Third       Lyndsey Todd with his P47 Thunderbolt   (Jug)


Built from kit or plan

Winner    Dave Harris with his Shorts Skyvan

Second     Keith Shepherd with his Hurricane

Third        John Webb with a Bellanca Citabria and an PT19 American Airforce trainer ( Joint third with two models ! )



Winner      Jeff Plowman with his AH1 SuperCobra

Second      Tim Magee with his UH60 Hawk

Third          Sean Coppock with his Airwolf

All helicopter models featured Trex 500 based mechanics

Manx Model Meet 2012 was held on MONDAY 6th August to FRIDAY 17th August at Jurby Main Airfield on the Isle of Man.

The Static Scale Competition was held on Saturday the 11th August in the Marquee due to the extremely windy, gusty, weather.

The Winner of the A.R.T.F. CLASS was Kenny Kneen with his Tornado Swing Wing Model

The Winner of the Scratch Built Class was George Redford with his Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina

The Winner of the Helicopter Class was Jeff Plowman with his Align Trex 500 donor base fitted with an AH-1 cobra Attack Helicopter Fuselage bristling with Armaments

The Competition was Judged by Peter Maillard who gave an excellent, detailed and knowledgeable assessment of each model along with some excellent advice for each competitor.

The Club in greatly indebted to Peter for his diligent work and offer our Sincere Thanks.

The FLYING Scale competitions were cancelled due to the extremely windy weather.

Saturday Night there was our usual BBQ with Kippers using the gas BBQ lent to the club for the occasion by John Barber.


On Sunday the 12th August the Spot Landing and other Competitions have been cancelled due to weather.

A note on Fixed Wing Scale Competitions and how they are Judged from 2013 onwards:-

The Peveril Trophy is for Scratch Built Fixed Wing Models , The Peter Maillard Trophy is for the Best A.R.T.F.

The models are Judged on the Ground (The model must be capable of Flying i.e. fitted with Motive Power and working Controls)

The Model must have been built by a Past or Present Member of the Club.

The Winners Trophy must go to the original builder.

Points are awarded for :

1. Documentation (Pictures, Plans, Research Documentation ,Pictures, Special or Obscure Features of the Model ,etc.) Max 15 points

2. Authenticity of models to Documentation Max 15 Points

3. Amount of Building (See 1)

a) Scratch Built Max 30 Points

b) Kit Built Max 15 Points

4. Overall Standard of Finish Max 20 Points

5. Features

e.g. Navigation/Landing Lights , Retracts etc. Max 10 Points

6. Deductions for Missing Essential Features Max 10 Points

e.g. Flaps etc.

Maximum Total Points 90