A return to model building and flying. Part 68
Carrier comp, Engine website, and a little on Copyright
A last minute piece I managed to get in here. Below is a link
to to my club website where you will
find a brief account of the open CL Carrier Carrier Comp we held on
October 24. It was only attended by a small number of fliers, for what
ever reasons? But those that did, thoroughly enjoyed the site and
facilities we have. We hope to make this a regular event. Take a look
at the pic's and the club website and
judge for yourself.
if you click on a name in left column of the tables e.g.
'Aeromicrosport' it will bring up a PDF file with detailed information.
I think this is a very important
piece of work, Carlo and Rodolfo deserve a lot of support for their
efforts. The site is part Italian and part English at present. For
peasants like myself who only manage to understand English, PDF files
are not so easy to translate with an online translator. I hope someone
will help them with that.
For myself, I would dearly love to get a
translation of the book 'Modelli
volanti in volo circolare comandato';
books on Control Line are rare, and this is a very good one.
As you know the copyright
for a lot of model aircraft plans, especially Aeromodeller etc. are
supposedly owned by MyHobby Store. They have also re-acquired the
X-List plans of late. All the originals (or at least copies of the
originals) are kept in a large garage in Bolton. As MyHobby Store
receive orders the original are cleaned up, if required, copied to a
disc and a paper copy posted off to the customer.
I personally have no issues with anything being only a web
As that is the way the world will go, like it or not; the advantages
outweigh the disadvantages. As long as the files are available for
download, they can printed off at will at the downloader's own cost.
The issue here is that the original collection lies in the
hands of a commercial enterprise, that could, if it saw fit, dispose of
or destroy it on a whim, or for any reason at all. Or even attempt to
gain copyright to milk the proverbial cow.
I am not saying they would, or have any intention of doing so.
But the potential is there.
These plan collections, and I am talking world wide now, not
just the Aeromodeller but all model aircraft publications of whatever
nationality (substitute boat, engineering, trains, or what ever your
choices are) should really be in the public domain for all and
future generations to have access to; as reference works if nothing
The problem with plans are practical. Size being the obvious,
it takes a big scanner to scan full sized plans and the files produced
could be large. Plus there has to be a central repository held on
a server somewhere, which would cost money.
to that, the whole thing would have to be administered by
a trust, as no one individual should be responsible for any collection
and a set of standards for storage would have to be agreed,
and the problems become self evident.
One last thought. If every modeller was to have one or more plans scanned to file commercially and deposited into a central collection. I wonder how long it would take to record everything? I bet Google would know... :)
Another snippet I picked up from Roger SImmond's
delightful 'Smoke Trails' magazine.
Apparently, 'The production of
Rapiers motors has ceased. The product
has been reclassified from a smoke generation device to a firework.
This change in definition
results in a considerable change in the management of both production
and distribution of the
Rapiers. This places considerable new constraints and controls on the
product.' I would also would think it would affect how the units are
sold in the UK too?
This is bad news indeed. lets hope some sense will prevails in the end?