THE CLOUD TRAMP HOMEPAGE
The 22nd Charles Hampson GrantMemorial International Mass Launch Of Cloud Tramps
GRANT MIMLOCT 2017
Organisers Pete Money, USA. Shown holding his Flying Aces Moth rubber model. Mike Parker, UK - pictured with his "Moses" flying boat powered by a replica Kalper diesel. We are promoting this event to celebrate the contribution made by Charles Grant to the development of our hobby. We hope that as many people as possible will make a Cloud Tramp and join in the simultaneous launch on
Pete Money, USA. Shown holding his Flying Aces Moth rubber model.
Mike Parker, UK - pictured with his "Moses" flying boat powered by a replica Kalper diesel.
We are promoting this event to celebrate the contribution made by Charles Grant to the development of our hobby. We hope that as many people as possible will make a Cloud Tramp and join in the simultaneous launch onSaturday, August 5, 2017. The Launch Time will be 1700hrs British Summer Time (GMT + 1 hour), so individual participants will have to calculate the appropriate local time at their venue [ New York, 1200hrs; California, 0900hrs; etc. ]>
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The Cloud Tramp was the last manifestation of Charlie Grantís basic stick rubber model for beginners and appeared in Model Airplane News, August, 1954. It can be built very quickly and flies well. A copy of the plan [ half-size, with some full size parts ] can be downloaded [209Kb]. Save it to hard disk and open it with a suitable application so that it can be printed at the correct A4 (11" x 8.5" USA) size. The text of the accompanying article can be read on Garry Hunter's excellent website. The prop shaft bearing can be modified to aid trimming - have a look at some ideas that Pete Money has collected, including a neat adjustable system developed by Bob Morris. Have a look at the alternative system that Bob Kopksi uses. Pete has also forwarded some suggestions for improving the wing construction and fixing. If your CT needs a D/T, Roland Frid has developed a neat system. If you fancy a change from rubber power, have a look at Tony Overton's alternatives or even try an enlarged R/C version like Den Saxcoburg. Lastly, why not decorate your CT with an authentic Charlie Grant autograph, or even better, this neat Graphic specially drawn by Iain Paterson. Just import it into a Microsoft Word document or equivalent, adjust to the size you want, then print onto tissue and dope/glue it in place.
GRANT MIMLOCT 2017is not a competition and there are no prizes. We hope participants will enjoy the fun of building and flying the Cloud Tramp, as well as taking part in this unique event, which attracted 141 patricipants from all over the World in 2016.
Have a look at Colin Hutchinson's photopage of the 2012 event. There are several videos featuring Cloud Tramps on YouTube! Just type Cloud Tramp into the search box to find them.I have compiled a report of GM 2015 from the various anecdotes submitted by participants. Please feel free to print copies for circulation to those folks who are not yet part of the www community.
If you want more details, like how to get a full size CT plan specially drawn by Bob Jones, contact Mike or Pete by e-mail. Please use the same addresses to let the organisers know if you take part inGM 2017 so that your name can be included in the official report.
A LASER CUT CLOUD TRAMP KITis available from George Bredehoft in the USA. He emailed me to say:
I make them in small batches and can provide overseas. Of course, combined orders will save on shipping.
Orders should be placed on the website (regardless of apparent stock-on-hand).
I do offer a balsa prop, cut to the specs in Charles Hampson Grant's book - where he describes and defines the Cloud Tramp. On my site, I do offer a "combo" pack of the kit plus the prop blank, giving the buyer a discount when they order the combo.
Volare Products - Shorty's Basement
7686 B Drive South
Battle Creek, MI 49014
NEW! A CLOUD TRAMP MUGis available on eBay, type Cloud Tramp Mug into the search box. I have one of these and they are very nice quality.
Two articles about Charles Grant and the Cloud Tramp have appeared in the magazine Free Flight Quarterly. Contact Sergio Montes for details.
List of Participants 2016. UK ENG unless shown.