Paul Gordon-Brander from Toowoomba with his Nieuport 28 of First World War vintage model at last year’s Warbirds.
Paul Gordon-Brander from Toowoomba with his Nieuport 28 of First World War vintage model at last year’s Warbirds. Contributed

Sky’s the limit for this event

MORE than 100 model aircraft will take to the skies over Tin Can Bay this weekend in the biggest model aeroplane event in Queensland.

Hosted by the Tin Can Bay Model Flying Club, the annual SCAF (Southern Cross Air Force) Warbirds, has gone from strength to strength, with 107 aircraft taking part last year.

Event spokesman Neil Low said one of the stars of the show was set to be Toowoomba flyer Peter Love's electric-powered ducted fan jet.

He said Steve Thomas, also from Toowoomba, would bring his twin-engine Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Lady in the Dark which won a world building championship 10 years ago.

"It has recently been refurbished with new engines and the retractable undercarriage reconditioned," Mr Low said.

Another regular, Tony Benstead, from Deception Bay, will fly his new giant scale Spitfire, as well as other models.

"There is always a good display of World War I biplanes, which are popular with spectators, and other monoplanes from that era," Mr Low said.

Flyers have already started to arrive and some will camp at the club for up to four days, making the most of the facilities on offer.

The Gympie Classic Car Club also has been on site over the weekend.

Mr Low said the event attracted a large crowd of spectators and they would be catered for with a full canteen operating.

He said a new safety fence had been installed recently, and campers had the benefit of 240-volt power and on-site shower and toilet facilities.

Admission is by gold coin donation, with children free. Mr Low encouraged everyone to come to Tin Can Bay this weekend for a great day out.

Further information can be obtained by phoning Neil Low on 5486 4412.

 

WARBIRDS

  • What: Model aircraft flyover
  • Where: Tin Can Bay.
  • When: Saturday and Sunday.
  • Cost: Gold coin donation.
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