Alasdair Sutherland wrote this report for the December 2005 edition of Aviation Modeller International :There is something about the Loch Insh event that makes it special for me. Is it the setting, the organisation, the crowd who attend, or am I influenced by the superb dinner I always enjoy in the Ossian Hotel in Kincraig?
Saturday morning dawned clear and still but with a high overcast obscuring the sun. When I arrived at the loch side at 9.30 the water lay flat and smooth like a satin tablecloth. Before noon a breeze sprang up from across the loch and we watched as the area of ruffled water spread towards us. However even my small electric Albatross coped easily with the conditions which remained perfect all weekend.
This year was the 21st anniversary of the first waterplane meeting on Loch Insh and I think that only Clive Freshwater who runs the watersports centre and makes his facilities available has made every event.
Furthest travelled were Taffy Thorne and Peter Hales who brought their selection of Northstars and other models all the way from the Midlands of England, near Birmingham. Barry Scollay, from Wick in the far northern county of Caithness, brought some interesting electric models, notably a Grumman Widgeon which he designed and built himself. The fuselage is made from blue foam by cutting the side view from 2 thicknesses of 2 inch foam. These were put together, cut carefully to shape, and then separated and hollowed out. The wing was also cut from foam and skinned, and the tail surfaces are Depron. The small model handled surprisingly well in the water and flew well.
Not all the modellers who attend are such dedicated scratch builders and flyers. A bunch of reprobates from the Cumbernauld club bring their wives to Loch Insh and set up their shelter, chairs and wine coolers at the Loch side. Though they get through more champagne than glow fuel, they too enjoy a great weekend. Whether you are a dedicated balsa basher or just enjoy the occasion, whether you live in the wilds of Caithness or the wilds of Birmingham, come along to Loch Insh next year for a weekend's Splashing Around.