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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.

In Memory of Graham Emery                                                                                                
Graham Emery sadly passed away in September 2019

The 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.
This new design used a volatile chemical explosion to power the small fighter at break-neck speeds and it was able to out fly escort fighters, of any bomber formation with ease.
The diminutive Me 163 was piloted by a single crewman housed under a wide clear canopy. The tail assembly was capped by a simple vertical tail fin lacking any horizontal planes. Take-off for the Me 163 was achieved using an unsprung "dolly" with the rocket motor at full thrust. The dolly was then jettisoned immediately after take-off, as it was counter to the aerodynamic design. The interceptor climbed to attack altitude, most likely using most of its fuel supply in the process. From its lofty perch, it could attack in a high-speed swoop on the bombers, engaging targets with cannon fire for as long as momentum allowed - maybe two or three dives could be managed. Once spent of both fuel and ammunition, the Komet glided to the ground , hopefully to land on a relatively smooth patch of earth atop its sprung centreline skid.

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 -


This 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.) 
A new 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 model aeroplanes.
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 ...............

A 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 ocassion of her birthday.
Warbirds - 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 .............

Not as you might expect a global conflagration or a nuclear holocaust - World War Three is the evolving struggle on a global scale to overcome a deadly unseen menace that traversed all the borders of theWorld without any declaration of it's grim intent.
A tiny microbe so readily infectious and to which mankind has no defence. Until such time as a vaccine is developed society is closing down as we all retreat to the isolation and sanctuary of our homes.