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It's true, HMG paint really does give you wings! Last year, HMG's high gloss Acrythane acrylic polyurethane helped the celebrated Starchaser rockets to fly faster and climb 300 metres higher. Now, HMG's cellulose dope and brightly coloured LMP water-based enamels have adorned a flying Miss Piggy that won the zany Red Bull Flugtag event at London's Hyde Park.
True, the Starchaser supersonic research rocket attained an altitude of almost 6,000 metres, whereas the timber, canvas and polystyrene Miss Piggy achieved just 4.6 metres, but who's counting? The Red Bull Flugtag, or 'flying day', is a crazy competition for unpowered flying machines, which takes place in over 20 cities across the world. The London event attracted 40 teams, narrowed down from thousands of designs and plans originally submitted, and involved contestants launching their homemade machines off a 6 metre high ramp into the Serpentine, cheered on by enthusiastic onlookers and watched by ITV viewers.
The Harlesden-based Miss Piggy team, in the person of captain Tim Simpson, approached HMG Paints earlier in the year, having bought a can of its clear cellulose dope in a local model shop. Needing to apply several coats to over 70 square metres of canvas wings, Tim enquired whether HMG could help with some free product. Ever keen to assist in pushing back the barriers of manned flight, in line with its long-term involvement in the Starchaser project, HMG agreed to the request and offered quantities of its solvent-free LMP synthetic toy enamel as well, for painting the timber and polystyrene structure in suitably gaudy colours.
Piloted by ex-BA air stewardess Becs Hurran in a Kermit the Frog costume and propelled by fellow team members, Alex Hurran, John Brown, Joss Peach and captain Tim, Miss Piggy made a big impact at the Hyde Park Flugtag - not least because they also fired a 21 chicken salute from an organ-style cannon, to the sounds of The Blue Danube. They scored a maximum 10 for creativity, 9.9 for their spirited performance of the Chicken Symphony, a massive 79% on the audience clapometer and a slightly less awe-inspiring 4.6 metres in actual flight.
This proved to be the winning score for Team Miss Piggy, picking up £5,000 in cash and beating off the challenges of Flop Gun, Flying Elvis, Senor Frogriguez, Shakin' Bacon, The Red Barrows, Terry Dactyl and other assembled loonies …. Er intrepid birdmen. For HMG, it was yet further proof of the aerodynamic qualities of its high performance paints – it’s just a shame Concorde has been grounded.
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David Gent Creative
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