Westland, originally a sheep farmer from the Cheviot hills, spent
most of his aeromodelling years making and developing racing glow
plug engines- always striving to get more power from his engines
he was forced to develop new techniques, understand metallurgy,
the mysteries of tuned pipe design, and learn the art of chrome
In the early 70's he made 2.5 cc glow plug engines
suitable for both free flight and control line speed and those
engines compared favourably with the then popular Rossi from
Italy. During the mid 70's he designed and made all the
components, including castings, for the Westland 29- a 5cc rear
exhaust engine. These were made in two configurations- control
line speed and teamrace- and these established many records in NZ
and Australia. In later years he produced a Westland 40 pylon
motor and although 3 were only ever built, they were, in the right
hands, equal to the worlds best.
His interest in control
line speed saw him represent NZ many times at Trans Tasman
contests, and compete at the World Control line Championships in
Woodvale, England in 1978.
A man generous with his time
when working with/ for his friends spent time during his active
years on the committee of the Kaiapoi Model Aero Club, and two
terms on the NZMAA Control Line Technical Committee.