There are no Scale point deductions for wheels on the bottom of a flying
boat model. Kraver photo.
you enter the airplane in Sport or Authentic Scale. However,
in Fun Scale, a Profile Scale model will not receive any outline
point deductions during static judging.
The big change in the rules this year is the addition of
Authentic Scale for highly detailed models. This event is
patterned after the international Fédération Aéronautique
Internationale (FAI) F4B event, and allows the model and
cockpit to be judged up close. Other CL Scale events do not
judge the cockpit.
Authentic Scale raises the bar in terms of the level of
documentation and detail that is expected. As previously
noted, the outline will be judged from 15 feet before the
judges move in close for surface finish and other details such as
panel lines and rivet detail. They cannot touch the aircraft.
One of the new items in Authentic Scale is the complexity
score during static judging. The judges look at the full-scale
aircraft in terms of the configuration and the paint job. An
aircraft with two wings and plenty of exposed details such as
guns, exhaust pipes, and rigging wires, would earn a higher
complexity score when compared to a homebuilt aircraft with
one wing, smooth skins, and fewer exposed details.
The judges will look at the model’s paint job for the
complexity score. A World War II bomber with plenty of
lettering, other markings, and lots of colors, would receive a
higher complexity score than an aircraft with a single color
and few markings.
Retractable landing gear, surface details, exposed details,
multiple wings, multiengine, and other features will raise your
complexity score. Complexity is worth up to 10 points, so
this will make a difference in the static scores. The complexity
score is not judging the model, but the configuration of the
The absence of operating landing gear and/or flaps, if present
on the full-scale aircraft, will result in a reduction of points
during flight judging.
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