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Martyn Pressnell CEng, FRAeS 24/09/1936 - 08/01/2017

Martyn Pressnell Ceng, FRAeS 24/9/1936 – 8/1/2017 Born in Southend, Martyn was an aviation enthusiast since childhood, becoming an experienced designer of model aircraft at the age of eighteen for Contest Kits of Leigh-on Sea. His particular interest was free-flight rubber competition, an interest he pursued all his life. After a degree in aeronautical engineering from London University, he trained as an airframe structures engineer at Handley Page, working in the stress office on the Victor...
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Clive Weller

Clive passed away peacefully on 23rd December 2016 aged 74. He was a dedicated and respected Aerobatic Modeller, Flyer and Designer for more than 50 years. He was an active member of the BMFA, GBRCAA and many local model flying clubs. He leaves behind a wife Valerie and daughter Karen.
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Brian Hilliard 1938 - 29/12/2016

Brian was not a nationally known figure in the aero modelling world other than a couple of mentions in some modelling magazines but was a tremendous example of someone who refused to let enormous obstacles stop him from enjoying life to the full. Brian was severely injured in a motorcycle crash at the age of 19, losing his right leg and the total loss of use in his right arm through nerve damage. This made standing for any time both awkward and uncomfortable and he wasn't helped by his exception...
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Malcolm (Mac) Taylor (1945 - 2016)

It is with great sadness we inform everyone that Malcolm (Mac) Taylor passed away on July 30th 2016. Malcolm was a member of the BMFA for several years including the SMAE. He was a Chief Examiner for the Midlands region for many years in the 1908/90s. He formed the company of Taylorcraft in the 80s. During this time he became known to many people across the country selling and delivering to the model shops for Taylorcraft and also at shows and exhibitions including the Model Engineer Show in L...
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Ronald Checkley 1929 - 2016

Ronald 'Ron' Checkley, of the Tamworth (Hanson) Model Flying Club, passed away earlier this years at the age of 87. Ron had been a much loved and valued member of the club for more than 20 years and was famous for his love of life and infectious sense of humour. He was a talented pilot and builder who would often take younger members under his wing to encourage and nurture them. He will be much missed by everybody who knew him.
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(Jet) Jethwa

I wish to inform everyone that sadly Jet passed away after a very short illness on the 27th of July 2016. I first met Jet on Beverley Westwood 20 years ago and he remained a very well respected and good friend till the end, eventually after some persuading he joined our little club. A lifelong modeller and flyer with exquisite building skills and engineering ingenuity for solving problems. He will be missed by all the members of HOSMAC for his un-boundless knowledge which he passed on to ever...
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Derek Moseley

It is with sadness that I have to inform everyone that knew him that Derek passed away on the 10th of June 2016. Derek was a former member of the York Club and has been with HOSMAC for about 4 or 5 years. I did not know him extremely well, but found him to be a gentle giant, a true gentleman, a fantastic modeller and flyer always willing to help others. Our condolences to his wife Bett and son Terry. K Walder, Secretary
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