"The British petrol model movement received a severe setback in 1940 when the flying of this type of model was banned by the Air Ministry, owing to the state of emergency then existing. In May 1944 these regulations were relaxed and flying could be resumed in areas north of a line between Southwold, Bury St. Edmunds, Bedford"
Model Publications Ltd.
Book, 48 pages
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"The petrol driven model aeroplane is an attractive proposition to any air-minded person and represents the nearest approach possible to the thrills and technique of full-sized flying. The general term "petrol model" covers a variety of types and sizes of model aircraft powered by miniature aero-motors. These models may have a wingspan of only 40 ins - or even less on control line types - with an aero-motor of about 1.6 Q.C. capacity, ranging to very large models of 14 or 15 ft. span carrying radio control equipment. The majority of models are from 4 to 7 ft, span, with corresponding aero-motor sizes of 3 to 10 c.c.
The greatest developments in petrol model flying have taken place in America, which country has specialised in the production of miniature aero-motors and petrol model kits and accessories for a number of years. But of the pioneers of the movement we must mention Colonel C. E. Bowden of this country, who started building and flying petrol models soon after the last war, held the first petrol model records and is still an active and leading authority on the subject.
The British petrol model movement received a severe Setback in 1940 when the flying of this type of model was banned by the Air Ministry, owing to the state of emergency then existing. In May, 1944, these regulations were relaxed and flying, could be resumed in areas north of a line between Southwold, Bury St. Edmunds, Bedford, Gloucester and the Bristol Channel, subject to certain conditions. More recently Air Ministry Regulations have permitted the resumption of petrol flying all over the country..."
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Great cover art. I love this painting. I'm assuming the model shown is fanciful, but maybe I am wrong (that happens sometimes) - does anyone know or recognise this as a real model, and if so do you have any more details?
Steve - 03/10/2015
Steve, I think I've found the correct one with identical color scheme too! It's a Tethered Victor Stanzel Kit (the father of U/C before the Belcrank) - Tiger Shark Speed Demon. In your site you have the Stanzel Super G Shark that has a different undercarriage, but the Tiger is identical with the same rudder shape, just a pointed the nose spinner.
Pit - 05/10/2015
Super V-Shark seems to be the final candidate for his rounded nose. In Aeromodeller mag. circa 1946 appeared the advertising for this model in the same perspective image. I think they simply copied and coloured the image for this cover.
Pit - 05/10/2015