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  • Waltham Chase Aeromodellers is a BMFA affiliated club with its own flying site at Bishops Waltham, Hampshire. All types of model are supported by the club, including R/C power, glider and electric, helicopter, multi-copter control-line and free-flight.

    The club actively supports the BMFA achievement scheme and has a number of club examiners.  The club runs a number of social and aeromodelling oriented events throughout the year, in particular both indoor radio-control and indoor free flight meetings during the winter.

    We are a popular and busy club with limited membership; at this time we have no vacancies and membership will be closed until our Annual General Meeting at the end of the year. Click here to enquire about membership.

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     A cautionary tale on Lipo's can be found here

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     It has been a sad time with the loss of our president, Steve Warren - please follow this link to read his obituary from Howard Metcalfe, ex-chairman and founding member.

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Monday, 15 May 2017 17:34

Lipo Safety

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A cautionary tale from Dave ....

 

This morning I received an unusual phone call from my neighbour to say smoke was escaping from my garage door, fearing the worst I ran to it only to discover the batteries had been charging in preparation for the days flying were fiercely burning away on my charging station with the garage filled with smoke.

Immediately I disconnected the smouldering chargers and threw the stainless steel serving dish containing the largish 4S lipo's connected to my multi port and standalone chargers out the door onto the gravel gaining some minor burns to my hands in the process

There they continued to blaze away with one exploding into flames until I extinguished them and ventilated the garage, fortunately apart from some scorching to the adjacent door frame and a lot of acrid smoke nothing else was harmed, this time I was very lucky although my charge station was specifically constructed to contain such an incident with an insulating upper deck, I suspect one of the older packs had a defective cell that subsequently overcharged and started it off.

The end result of this is I am going to be even more cautious about my charging routine in the future keeping my packs in a heavy ceramic slow cooker pot with a glass lid on top, I already store my packs in army surplus ammo tins and whilst close by, these were unscathed.

Let this be a warning, treat these things with respect they contain a lot of potential energy and as we use them routinely it's easy to become complacent, my incident was only a a short distance away from becoming a total loss.

 

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 08:34

Swap Meet - Full

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SWAPMEET  


Waltham Chase Aeromodellers are holding a swapmeet at Waltham Chase Village Hall, Winchester Road, Waltham Chase, Hants, SO32 2LX, on Saturday, 3rd. October 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  
Waltham Chase Village Hall is located on the B2177 between Wickham and Bishops Waltham, and is 15 minutes’ drive from Junction 11 on the M3. The village hall has a free car park.  


Admission to the swapmeet will be £2.00 for adults, whilst accompanied children will be admitted free.  


Tables can be booked for £7 each (to include admission for two people). Please contact Alan Wallington (details below) for table bookings.  
Refreshments will be available throughout the event.  


This swapmeet is the ideal opportunity for modellers to dispose of unwanted kits, models, engines and all kinds of modelling equipment, raising some cash in the process for the purchase of more urgently required items. For those looking to spend some money, this could provide the opportunity of locating that sought after kit, or perhaps a much needed engine at a bargain price, or maybe a finished model to fly during the winter.  


Flitehook, who stock a large range of general aeromodelling products, are expected to be in attendance.  


For further details please contact:  Alan Wallington, “Wrenbeck”, Bull Lane, Waltham Chase, Southampton, Hants. (Tel. 01489 895157/07811 302612 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Monday, 08 December 2014 00:00

Calendar

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Friday, 30 May 2014 13:00

Videos

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 15:11

GADF

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Monday, 28 October 2013 08:30

BMFA

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BMFA Main Page

Club Bulletins

Sunday, 27 October 2013 17:12

Links

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Associations

BMFA

Southern Area BMFA

CAA

 

Documentation

CAP 658 - Model Aircraft: A Guide to Safe Flying

UP and AWAY

BMFA Member's Handbook

 

General

Flitehook

Model Fixings

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Sunday, 27 October 2013 17:01

Cirrus 100

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The Cirrus 100 is the latest glider from the chief designer of the Waltham Chase Aeromodellers. With a 100 inch wingspan it is a delight to see soaring in the summer evening sky.

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Sunday, 27 October 2013 14:15

LiPo Batteries

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Bill Straughan writes .... 

I was horrified to read about the damage to the house of one of our members, which was caused by a LiPo battery.  In reading articles in the magazines I also see that they can fail for no reason when they are not in use.  

I know that this is not the norm, but it can happen.  I took all of this on board and moved all of my LiPos to the garage, losing the car would be bad enough... but the house?  My wife would have something to say!!! 

Not wanting to just leave the batteries on the bench I decided to make something (as all modellers do).  My first idea was something that would be a fire retardant / containment, so I found a metal biscuit tin left over from Xmas and put in a plasterboard base, as this would be an insulator and is a fire retardant material.  I fixed it down with silicon and cut a hole in the side to run the leads out for charging. I then put some ventilation holes in the lid. Not the perfect solution but better than nothing. See pics to right.

Following on from this, I was not overly happy with my batteries living in a metal tin (for obvious reasons) so I raided the kitchen and found a plastic 'tin' which had crackers in it -  yes I did have to eat them to make them disappear.  I now store the batteries in the plastic container when not in use, as this has insulation qualities in both senses of the word.  I keep this container in a 'contained' area of the garage.

It is not intended that people should follow what I have done, this article is just to get people thinking about simple measures to protect them and theirs.