Monday, October 23, 2006

Model behaviour

The art of flight
By Amy Iggulden
Last Updated: 1:32am BSTĀ 23/10/2006

As an artist, Mark Clews may go down as one of the greats. But when it comes to aviation, his pioneering work is more likely to be compared to the eccentric British achievements of someone such as Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards.
Six months after beginning work on a life-size model aeroplane powered by a giant elastic band, Clews expected to reach up to 3,000ft on yesterday's maiden flight.
Understandably then, tension mounted on the rain swept airfield in Surrey, as Clews clambered into the waterlogged cockpit, clenched his jaw and nodded to ground crew to release the propeller.
With cameras rolling and even the wind briefly falling in anticipation, the 20ft toy replica certainly moved. Unfortunately, it moved only a sedate six feet backwards.
The project began when Clews, who has a fascination with making children's toys adult-sized, was asked in March to create an art exhibition for his university.
"It was spectacular, everything I hoped it would be, apart from actually flying," said Clews, a 24-year-old artist-cum-aviator from Stourbridge who once tried to launch a life-size paper boat on the River Severn (it sank).
He went on: "We are taking a step in the right direction just by moving. I mean, technically it is a step in the wrong direction I suppose, but at least it's a step."
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Blogger gazza27 said...

That is really 1 step forward 2 steps back.

5:34 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Yeah - great, isn't it?

Rumours are he's going to be doing 'snakes and ladders' next - I hope he knows boa constrictors are dangerous!

12:56 PM  

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