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The Chronicles of SAAMBR
The Chronicles of SAAMBR are a collection of anecdotal stories by Rodd Sherwin drawn from the activities and antics of a group of enthusiastic members of a Model Aero Club at their airbase known as Gibson Field located in Burpengary, Queensland. These Chronicles were unwittingly commissioned in January 2018 during the brief but glorious reign of King Billy XXVII, a visionary who sought to imortalise the little Republic of SAAMBR, by recording the chivalrous exploits of his fellow men.
From little things big things grow -
Older folk will recall the Super Heroes from their
youth. Each lived quietly behind an ‘alter
ego’. The citizens of Metropolis had no idea that
their humble Daily Planet reporter, Clark
Kent, was actually ‘Superman’ - nor did the good
people of Gotham
City realise that the socialite, Bruce Wayne was in fact, ‘Batman’.
It may come as some surprise, therefore, to learn that living inconspicuously among us, here at SAAMBR, is none other than that fabled latter day Hero ‘Captain Underpants’.
His existence is attributed to George
Beard who has been entertaining the latest generation
with his exploits and who explained that our Hero was
a native of an
alien ‘Underpantyworld’ and gained his strength from a
magic amulet. With this amulet lay the
strength of his people and protection for them all from a fatal allergy to ‘Starch’.
Care of this amulet was entrusted to their leader, ‘Big Daddy Long Johns’. Unfortunately, Big Daddy allowed his voracious baby boy, ‘Little Baby Underpants’ to play with this amulet, who swallowed it by mistake.
This left the citizens of Underpantyworld defenceless when
attacked by an alien force of the ‘Wedgie Warlords’
who sprayed their planet with starch. Thus doomed, Big
Daddy created a huge catapult from his underpants and
to save his son from their
common fate, rocketed ’Little Baby Underpants, into space whence he finally reached sanctuary on the planet Earth.
The rest, as they say, is History ……….
OF GIBSON FIELD
|The term "gremlin"
originated with the Royal Air Force, becoming a slang
term with pilots and technicians around the late 1920s.
These 'Gremlins' were prevalent throughout World War II,
where the imaginary creatures were blamed for equipment
failures and acts of sabotage alike. Nor it seems, did the
annoying little creatures favour either friend or foe -
the German military reported similar problems. The
phenomenon has long since been universally acknowledged
and the term 'Gremlins' passed into common use. Modern
aviation through technology has now largely eradicated
this scourge from the skies. The opportunistic Gremlin,
however, has sought out a more vulnerable host, and now
plagues the world of RC model aircraft instead.
|THE INDOMITABLE CAPTAIN
Memory of Graham Emery
Graham Emery sadly passed away in September 2019
|THE KOMET -
A STRETCH TOO FAR
German Messerschmitt Me 163 "Komet" was a
single-seat, swept-wing fighter that was equally
dangerous to both enemy bomber crews and its pilots
alike. It first flew in 1941 but was introduced into
the Luftwaffe in 1944. Despite its impressive
performance, the Me 163 was something of a
tactical failure and came to a dead end with the
development of jet-powered flight. Also, the idea of
fast interceptors was soon to give way to ground-based
homing/guided missile technology.
If you thought that the ‘Komet’ had been consigned to the pages of history, read on — In a secluded aircraft workshop, disguised as a strawberry farm, a secret plan has been afoot to restore the deadly ME 163. This clandestine project was discovered when covert test flights broke their cover at Gibson Field. This is an exclusive first hand report -
|THE LEGEND OF
COUNT PERCY and the
legend all began through the tenacity, determination
and dedication of one man to master the vagaries of flight
and an inherent inability to successfully land a large RC
model Polikarpov fighter aircraft. With an obsession
reminiscent of the notorious 'Mr. Toad' of Toad Hall,
his persistence in endlessly repairing and rebuilding
the recalcitrant aircraft earned the Count from among his
peers, the coveted SAAMBR 'Percy Perseverance Award'. The
Polikarpov I-16 was a stubby little Russian fighter
aircraft developed in the inter war years and saw active
service in the Spanish Civil War. Christened by its pilots
'The Rata Mosca', it was somewhat tail heavy and
difficult to fly. It was nevertheless, a revolutionary
aircraft, the first of a generation of fast monoplanes
fitted with a retractable undercarriage. Count Percy
stands apart from those peers, recognisable by his thick
crop of curly hair, in appearance not unlike a Russian
Papakha (fur or wool hat). (Note; A shashka is the
distinctive Cossack sabre.)
|THE MUPPET SHOW
beginning - From the passage of time we reluctantly
abandon one by one the more energetic pastimes of our
youth and seek out new (less physical) challenges to
occupy our senior years. In my case, I decided to build
Determined that these models should fly I sought out a like minded body of enthusiasts and set about to learn the mystery of flight. This is how it all transpired ...............
little petunia in the onion patch - The average age
of this senior coterie of men is ...... well, just into
second childhood. Finding herself in our midst is a young
country lass, who as his 'Carer' has enabled one of our
members to reconnect and actively participate in our hobby
and sport. This account was written in appreciation to
Taylor on the occassion of her birthday.
- the collective term used by personnel of the Southern
Cross Airforce. With a rank and file enlisted from Model
Aero Clubs around South East Queensland and beyond, the SCAF has no
State of fixed abode. It is a sort of collaboration of
mercenaries, prominently represented from within the
ranks of SAAMBR, that travel and convene monthly at a
different model airbase - here they deploy their air arm
comprising any aircraft that has operated in a theatre
of war through the age of flight.
As an un-enlisted member of the SCAF, the author thought it appropriate to undertake some basic research into the history - this is the report .............