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MY  FUN + SCALE  MODELS

My Models built and flown from 1956 till 1963 and 1973 till 1990.

( From 1964 till 1973, ten years No Modelling at all !! Just Working during day-time and Studying in the Evenings + Weekends )

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   1956 - 1963;
  I started with modelflying in 1956
, and that with freeflight gliders, I was 9 years old.
  I became a guestmember of the local modelclub MFC Meteoor in Velden (Existed from 1955-1961), near Venlo, in the province Limburg Netherlands.
  (MFC Jupiter Venlo did not exist yet at that time, this Club was founded in 1958).
  My uncle Miel Hermkens (my father youngest brother and only 5 years older than me
) was already a member there, and from him I learned building and flying Freeflight gliders.
  Radio Control you saw seldom in those years, because it was so expensive, one could buy a good second-hand car for that money ! Myself I even could not afford a timeclock for my gliders,
  So I had to do it with a simple fusecord (in Dutch; lontje, or in German; glimmschnurr), wich burned away a cord (to hold the stabilizer on his place), so that an elastic pulled up the stabilizer.
  Sometimes the fusecord put out premature and did not burn the cord, then you were in big trouble and the model could fly away with the wind in a thermal bubble and get away !!!

                    In the early sixties we moved to Oss
(50 km north of Eindhoven) in the province Noord Brabant (NB), and in 1963 I stopped modelling.

  1964-1973. No Modelling at all. Just working during day-time and studying in the evenings & weekends.

  The experience in building and flying, gained in those Freeflight gliding years, became very handy 10 years later as I started with the hobby again, but now Radio Controlled.
  (Freeflight models you cannot trim during a flight, so they must be built very accurate without any warps ! )

   July 1973;
  So, 10 years later I wanted to start again with the hobby. I drove to our old Hobby Store, Modellbau Leo Seiler, Josefstrasse 2, Straelen, Germany,
 
                                                                                            (just over the border near Velden-Venlo. In Germany then, the model stuff was much, much cheaper than in the Netherlands
).
 
I bought there my first RC equipment, the Graupner Varioprop 12S (27 Mhz), and my first RC Model, the Graupner Taxi with an Osmax RC 0.30 (5cc) engine.
 
The total difference with the Netherlands was over 600 gulden then (275 Euro,then), and that was 35% lesser! I combined it with a visit to my family in Velden, so also no extra fuelcosts!
                                                    
   
August 1973 - 5 January 1976;
  I had to learn RC flying myself, because there was no Modelclub in the neighbourhood.
  That were many attemps on a moor near Tilburg, more repairing than flying, then I met a guy there wo could fly already, and he helped me sometimes.
 
At the end of 1974, I heard there was a new Modelclub "The Wings", 10 km from my home. So I became a member there.

  Sept. 1975.
 
I was approched by 3 other guys from Oss with no experience in RC flying, and I had.  One of them could Control Line flying, the other two had no experience at all !
  They wanted to start a Modelflying Club in Oss, our hometown, and I joined them
.
 
In October 1975 we organized a meeting in a local hall and there was a lot of interest, not only in flying, also in boats.

   5 January 1976;
  The Model Club was founded official on this date, and was named Modelbouwvereniging
(MBC) "Delta", with 52 members. We, the four initiators, became members of the board.
 
In dec. 1979, the boat division splitted off to start their own club. So on 29 April 1980 we decided to change the club in a Modelflying Club; Modelvliegvereniging (MFC) "Delta", Oss.
  Up today I am the only one left from the beginning, and who is still a "Delta" Clubmember.
 
All others from the starting on 5 Januari 1976 have left the club in the passed years, and some passed away.
 

  The late 70-ties, the 80-ties, the nine-ties, and the 2000'nds.
  Aerobatic. 
  From 1978-1982, I flew Aerobatic contests (F3A) with Curare and Magic. Became club champion Aerobatic, district & national Champion in the beginner class Aerobatic RC3 (F3Ac) & runner up in Aerobatic RC2 (F3Ab).
  This all just for learning better pattern flying, because I wanted to fly Scale contests later on. 

  Waterflying. 
   I flew a lot of Waterflying Contests and was 9x National Champion, continuous from 1982-1990, also with an twin-engined flying Boat, built from own plan (not Scale, span 2,60m=102"). 
   With my Sunderland I was also winner of the Euro Scale Cup Waterflying at the Lake of Constanz in 1994 (on the border of Germany-Switzerland), and 3rd in 1997. 

  Scale models. 
  My first Scale model I built in 1975 and that was the Clipped Wing Piper Cub from a Sig Kit (span 1,60m=63").
  My second Scale model I built in 1976 and was the Bo-209 Monsun from a Graupner Kit (span 1,60m=63").  
  But I wanted to make them better scale and lighter, and that was a lot of work, cutting away, change things and so on. 
  My toughts after that were, the next scale models I will draw myself (I had become a teacher Building Technics and had worked with an Architect before, so drawing should be no problem). 

  Own Scale Plans;

  The first scale model built from own plan was in 1977, that was a Messerschmitt ME-109 (span 1,70m=67").
  The second was in 1979, that was a Spitfire (span 1,70m=67").
 
The 3rd one was my well known 1/10th B-17 Flying Fortress in 1983 (span 3,20m = 125")
   The 4th one
was in 1987, the Liberty Sport (span 1,60m.= 63"). 
  With the Spitfire and a Ju-88, I flew my first Scale contests 1981 in 1982, was Runner-up and Winner.
   With the Ju-88 and the Liberty Sport I became also National Champion F4C Scale.  
   Not all of these plans I put in circulation, because I had to overhaul them, but never did ! Perhaps in the future ? 
 
   My own plans and well known Champion Scale Models,  which were circulated, are my;
   -B-17 Flying Fortess in 1983 
(1/10th, span 3,17m=125").
   -Short Sunderland in 1990 
(span 3,45m=136").
   -B-17 Flying Fortress in 1994
 (1/8th. Span 4m=158". This 1/8th plan is not available yet!).
   -P-61 Black Widow in 2000
 (span 3,10m=122").
   (With these 4 large scale models I was very succesfull on National contests and on International Scale contests all over Europe, see above on the picture).
   -A-26B Invader in 2015
 (span 3,60m=142"). Up today the A-26 never flew a scale contest, because I stopped contestflying before.
  
   Some of these plans were sold via MAP, than via Nexus, than via Encanta Media, all-in the UK, and than they dissapeared together with a lot of my mouldings which they borrowed from me!!!
   Than I was tipped, that an American and a Canadian Guy took advantage of my plans and that they sold them via E-Bay, with my name removed or even changed ! I complained at E-Bay, but that did not help for long!  
   So I updated the plans in 2010, each more Sheets and more Details and now Dural or Carbon Wing and Stabilizer Joiners.
   I decided to sell these updated plans myself and not anymore via publishers ! 

   Jan Hermkens, Oss, N.B., Netherlands.
 

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1955.

Local Free Flight Club,
L.C. Meteoor  Velden.(1955-1961)
 (near Venlo. Limburg. NL).
Row behind; 2nd right; Miel Hermkens
Row in front; 1st right; Frans Vergeldt
 

1956.

Seraph;  A Design from 1954

Free Flight A-2 Competition Glider

1956.
Building the Seraph.
 (second from right)
Only 5 years older than me,
my uncle Miel Hermkens was then
my inspiration and Building Teacher
 

1956-1963; (Picture is from '62)
FREE-FLIGHT gliding.
Me in front with the Seraph.

From 1964 till 1973; No modelling.
Just working in day-time and
studying in the evening + weekends!

1973;

my first Rc-model;

TAXI
(Graupner). Span 1,50m.
Engine;Osmax 0.30 (5cc) 2-stroke

1974;

my 2nd Rc-model,
a 2,50m. span glider;

ALPHA
(Multiplex).

1975;

my 1st Scale-model;

Clipped wing PIPER CUB
(Sig).
Span 1,60m.
Engine; Webra 0.40 (6,5cc) 2-stroke

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1975, Summer;

assembling the
Clipped Wing PIPER CUB

1975, sept;
my first low-wing Rc model;
PIK-AS (Krick). Span 1,60m.
Engine; Osmax 0.40 (6,5cc) 2-stroke.
The PIK-AS is the low wing version of
Krick's high wing Tulura.

1976;

My 5th Rc, but 2nd Scale model;
Bo-209 MONSUN
(Graupner).
Span 1,60m.
Engine; Osmax 0.40 (6,5cc) 2-stroke
(sold the model in 1978)

1977;
My first Scale-model from own plan;

Fun Scale ME-109.
Span 1,70m.
Engine; Webra 0.60 (10cc) 2-stroke

1978;
My first full Aerobatic-model;
CURARE
. Span 1,75m.
Engine; Osmax 10cc (with this model,
Club+ District Champion RC-2 (F3A-B) 1980+'81

1979;
My 2nd Scale-model from own plan; SPITFIRE Span 1,70m.
Engine; Osmax 10cc.
(Runner-Up in Brabant-Scale Thropy
Scale-contest 1982)

1980;
Twin-engined JU-88.
Span 91'' (2,30m.).
Built from a modified plan.
Engines;
2x Webra 0.40 (6,5cc) 2-stroke

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I am holding my
first Multi-engined model;
Scale-model JU-88

1980;

For the first time
District Champion Aerobatic
RC-3 (F3A-B)

1981;

JU88
banking during his first
Scale-contest,
the Brabant Trophy.


My first Scale Contest; Winner !
Son Jorn holding
the Brabant Trophy.
With JU-88 also
National Champion Scale in 1985

1982;
Snowflying with my TULURA (Krick).

The Tulura is the high wing version of
Krick's  low wing PIK-AS.

1982;

With the TULURA (Krick),
I flew my first Waterflying-Contest.
The Nat. Champs. Waterflying.

1982;

My first Waterflying-Contest;
National Champion
!
(continuous from '82-'90)
,
my first national title!

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1982;
My 2nd Aerobatic-model.
With the MAGIC;
Club Champ- and Runner-Up
 in
National Champion's RC-2 (F3A-B)
1982

1983;
My first
B-17 FLYING FORTRESS,

a large Scale-model, also from
own plan (scale 1/10th, 1:10).
(11 years later I have built a larger one)



I am holding my 1/10th B-17,
Span over 10 feet (3,16m.),
Engines;
4x Osmax 0.40 (6,5cc) 2-stroke

1983:

My B-17's
(1/10th, 1:10)
first contest,
Brabant Scale Trophy


Me and my B-17 (1/10th, 1:10).
Winner of the
Brabant Scale Trophy
.

1983;
B-17
(1;10th, 1:10)
approaching during the
National Large Scale Champion's in 1983, and became
leader in the competition


I am winning Static-and flying,
with my B-17 (1/10th, 1:10)
the National Champion's
Large Scale 1983!

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1983-1984;

I am National Champion

Large Scale 1983.(also in '84+ '86.
In '85 Nat. Champ. Scale with JU-88)

1985;

B-17
(1;10th) on the
German Open Championship 1985,
9th place of 99 competitors.
(Runner-Up in 1986!)

1985;

B-17
(1/10th, 1:10)
climbing after Take-off
(German Open Champion's 1985)

1986;

B-17
(1/10th, 1:10)
over Germany during
German Open Champion's 1986

1986;

Runner-Up

German Open Champion's 1986
with B-17
(1/10th, 1:10)

1983-1992;
JUMBO (2,20m.).
Engine; Osmax 1.08 (18cc) 2-stroke.
My work-horse
; Snowflying,
waterflying, glider towing,
sweet dropping, etc.

January 1983;

Snowflying

with my model
JUMBO

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1983;

Waterflying

with
JUMBO

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Me during
National Champ's Waterflying.
National Champion again!

1984;

JUMBO
during the National Champ's Waterflying in 1984,
National Champion again!
(continuous from '82-'90)

1985;

RC FLYING WITCHES
on a
broom-stick. Me in the middle.
My witch has an
Osmax 1.08 (18cc) 2-stroke engine



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y WITCH
on a broom-stick,
flying through the air

1985;

My Rc flying
WOODY WOODPECKER.

Engine; Osmax 0.60 (10cc) 2-stroke


My
WOODY WOODPECKER,

flying through the air

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1986;

My CLIPPER Flying Boat
(built from own plan)



My flying Boat CLIPPER
.
Span 104'' (2,60m).
Engines;
2x Osmax 0.45 (7,5cc) 2-stroke

1986;

I am preparing the CLIPPER
for flying during
National Champ's Waterflying 1986


CLIPPER Flying Boat
on the step during
his first contest;
Nat. Champ's Waterflying
.


CLIPPER in a low Fly-pass

during Nat. Champ's Waterflying
.
With Clipper Nat. Champ.
1986+'87+'88+'89+'90.


CLIPPER in a low Fly-pass
during Nat. Champ's Waterflying.
With Clipper Nat. Champ
. 1986+'87+'88+'89+'90.

1982-1990;

I am continuous
National Champ. Waterflying!
With different models;
Tulura 1x, Jumbo 3x, Clipper 5x

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1987;

LIBERTY SPORT
,
another Scale Model of me
(built from own plan).Span 1,60m.
Engine; Osmax 0.60 (10cc) 2-stroke



Close-up of my
LIBERTY SPORT

1987;

LIBERTY SPORT

flying during
National Championship Scale 1987

1987;

I am
National Champion Scale  with
LIBERTY SPORT
Also in 1988 !

1988; Confirmation for
my participation in the
World Champ's Scale 1988
(as a teacher I got none co-operation
from my school princepal.
No
Time-off, even not on unpaid Basis!

Summer 1988.

My 12 year old Son Jorn
Control Line Flying.

Summer 1988.

My 12 year old Son Jorn
RC Flying
 

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1988;
Runner-up in
Int. German Championships
Stand-Off  Scale 1988,
with Liberty Sport.
&
National Champion F4C 1988
with Liberty Sport

1989;

I am Dutch Open Scale Champion

with
LIBERTY SPORT
(second from right)

1989;
I am Dutch Open ScaleChampion
with LIBERTY SPORT.
I am a  Dutch Teammember for the
European Champ's F4C Scale 1989
Unfortunately 14 days before leaving,
there was a mid-air collision with a
model from ex-clubmember Leo Bes!

1990;

Slope Soaring

in France (Calais),
with Graupner NIMBUS
(span 3,50m.)



Slope Soaring

in France (Calais).
Rightside is the channel tunnel
under construction!!



Slope Soaring

in France (Calais).
My Son Jorn

1990.

Eurofighter
(Graupner).
Span; 71cm.
Engine; Webra Speed 0.28 (4,8cc)
Speed; 230km/hour
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