About Us

Model Club


Based in Southampton, UK

Based in Hampshire, and originally founded in 1973 as a model plane, car racing and then boating club too. Firebirds soon moved to its present form as a pure aeromodelling club.

Here we are in 1977 and you can see where the Firebirds name comes from. Two members in this picture are still with the club in 2015. Admittedly their hair may not be as long... or the same colour... or even all there!

Firebirds has a keen community of both electric and IC fixed wing flyers, with many members flying both disciplines. It allows small, electric helis to be flown, although this is not the main interest of the club and fixed wing takes precedence.

We're a friendly club and love to meet new people. We recommend that the best way to contact us is by coming to  the flying site and talk to some of our members.


We actively promote tuition and usually have two or three instructors on hand. We are able to teach in Mode 1 or 2 stick layouts. Experienced flyers are of course welcome too.

Should you wish to talk to someone contact information can be found at the bottom of each newsletter.

Our monthly club meeting venue is the Hamble Club at this address:

Beaulieu Road




SO31 4JL

We typically meet on the third Thursday of every month. However, during the summer months we try to have a BBQ down at the field (if weather permits) instead.

Firebirds Model Club is affiliated with the BMFA.

All aspects of the hobby are present, with interests ranging from control-line and vintage, through to scale models and warbirds; there are also a number of members who are keen 3D and pattern flyers. We actively promote tuition and Firebirds is one of the main teaching clubs in the South Coast area.