The 22nd Charles Hampson Grant Memorial International Mass Launch Of Cloud Tramps




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 Saturday, 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. ]>


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 2017 is 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 in GM 2017 so that your name can be included in the official report.

I make them in small batches and can provide overseas

A LASER CUT CLOUD TRAMP KIT is 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

George Bredehoft

7686 B Drive South

Battle Creek, MI 49014




NEW! A CLOUD TRAMP MUG is 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.

  • Sam Burke CAN
  • Al Yuhasz USA
  • Mike Parker
  • Yvette Wilkinson
  • Bob&Miriam Morris USA
  • Martin Pike WALES
  • Rory Pike WALES
  • Ian Hibbert
  • Diane Hibbert
  • David Leeding
  • Ken Norton
  • Brian Jackson
  • Reg Kinsey
  • John O'Sullivan CAN
  • John Richards CAN
  • Stu Cummins USA
  • Tom Ersted USA
  • Jim Bair USA
  • Dottie Bair USA
  • Jo Campbell USA
  • Dave Rumball
  • Brian Waterland
  • John Coleman
  • John Brown
  • Dave Clark
  • Gareth Tilston
  • John Tate USA
  • Mike Ose USA
  • Wade Miner USA
  • David Kershner USA
  • Fran Hurd USA
  • Jerry Plassman USA
  • Abram Van Dover USA
  • Winnie Bennett USA
  • Richard Davison USA
  • Dianne Tate USA
  • Bob Bennett USA
  • Bernard&Su Scott NZ
  • Jim Moseley CAN
  • Janet Moseley CAN
  • Garry Hunter CAN
  • Jean Sayer CAN
  • Les Sayer CAN
  • Les Sayer #2 CAN
  • Pete Brecker GER
  • Martin Ambrose
  • Frank Arbaugh USA
  • Barry Buzdygon USA
  • Bruse Fenstermacher USA
  • Rich Greenwood USA
  • John Hickey USA
  • Bob Kopski USA
  • Joe Kraynak USA
  • Tom Stoudt USA
  • Tom Curphey USA
  • Jean Andrews USA
  • George Wrigley USA
  • Dick Strang USA
  • Dick Roddy USA
  • Gary Hinze USA
  • Ted Smales
  • Peter&Val Dickson
  • Roger Marples
  • Pete Cameron
  • Alex Cameron
  • Robin Willes
  • Margaret Willes
  • Peter Norman
  • Peter Michel
  • Tom Thompson
  • Peter Rea
  • John Barnes
  • Mike Edwards
  • Richard Edwards
  • Cedric dela Nougerede
  • Mary dela Nougerede
  • Archie Haitlie
  • Mike Eyre
  • Tony Tomlin
  • John Jones
  • Martin Stonelake
  • Brian Burke
  • Tim Mountain
  • Tony Murrell
  • Anne Murrell
  • Jean Smith
  • Liz Frost
  • Kim Jones
  • Trevor Prichard
  • Margaret Prichard
  • Sue Batkin
  • Dave Powis
  • Stuart Church
  • Ron Marking
  • Colin McKenzie
  • Mike Gilham
  • Joe Rosenthal USA
  • Jim Norfolk CAN
  • Richard Bould NZ
  • Martin Evans NZ
  • Paul Evans NZ
  • Don Spray NZ
  • Paulo Rossi IT
  • Roberto Viti IT
  • Laura&Marco Pagani IT
  • Simone Ghilardi IT
  • Pierpaulo Riboli IT
  • Bruno&Giusy Bassani IT
  • Gianfranco Ghilardi IT
  • Umberto Ghilardi IT
  • Mauro Cella IT
  • Mauro Maffeis IT
  • Aldo Fedrizzi IT
  • Gianmario Cella IT
  • Giuseppi Moschini IT
  • Steve Robbins USA
  • Neil Dennis USA
  • Carol Dennis USA
  • Ray Millard
  • Wendy Millard
  • Geoff Cutting
  • Annie Cutting
  • Eric&Kevin Grigg CAN
  • Ole Torgersen NOR
  • Hildur Lundhaug NOR
  • Maurizio Passerini IT
  • Don Ratzlaff USA
  • Don Rosendale USA
  • John McVay USA
  • Paul McIlrath USA
  • Marian Koza SVK
  • Alenka Rabekova SVK
  • Palo Rabek SVK
  • Bohuslav Jezik SVK
  • Jirka Dolezel CZE
  • Miroslav Dvoracek CZE
  • Milan Jezik SVK
  • Lubos Koutny CZE
  • Adam Jakes CZE
  • Ludovit Pec SVK
  • Mirka Juhasova SVK