Magnificent men and flying models

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Models over Mandeville attracted spectators from throughout New Zealand and Australia at the weekend.
Gore Model Aeroplane Club secretary Peter Salmond said the meeting at Mandeville Aerodrome was held once a year.
The aerodrome had an appeal to it, he said.
“There were around 170 model planes here,” Mr Salmond said. “Mandeville is great for aeroplane modelers as there is a museum full of perfect examples and there are nice wide open spaces too.”
This year 39 pilots attended from Christchurch southwards.
“That’s about on par, really. With so much going on all around the country that number is pretty good.
“We had all sorts of people there.”
The club had three new members as a result of the weekend meeting, he said.

Lining up . . .Model aeroplanes are set up on Sunday at the Mandeville
Aerodrome. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Model machine.. Alexandra man Warrick Blackman with his Air Tractor. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Airfield…Model areoplanes are set up and ready to go on Sunday at the Mandeville Airdrome. PHOTO: SUPPLIED