Mikado Model Helicopters had a huge following
at the IRCHA Jamboree, not only with its
machines, but also with its VBar electronics and
new Mikado radio systems. Shown is Mikado
team pilot Ofek Katzav’s Logo 550 SX in the air
during the Scorpion Power Hour.
The Bossion brothers from France, Johnathan and Dunkan, fly their Gaui X7s in tandem
during the Scorpion Power Hour demo. Georges van Gansen, owner of Scorpion, was
honored by many pilots who flew during the demo and demonstrated their use of his power
system products that include motors, ESCs, and accessories.
Some of the Speed competitors pose for a
group shot on the flightline.
See a complete list of competitors and results online at www.
Leading into the week of the IRCHA Jamboree is the end of
the Nats. One of the events at the Nats is Scale Helicopter, but
IRCHA also holds its own Scale contest.
When you hear Scale, you may think of something store
bought, and although there are many off-the-shelf fuselages at
the contest, the level of modification and detail added render
these one-of-a-kind machines.
Countless hours go into building these helicopters, and much
of that time is spent researching the full-scale aircraft. Photos
are gathered, and in some cases, modelers actually photograph
full-scale aircraft. Every detail is scrutinized, and care is taken to
transfer each detail onto the fuselage.
There are two parts to the IRCHA Scale contest. The first is
static judging and the second is the flying portion. During the
static judging, the judges refer to the competitors’ collection of
reference photos and documentation of their models’ full-scale
counterparts. The models’ details are meticulously checked and
scored, and then the flying segment of the contest is performed.
When the contest is over, the final scores
are guarded until the raffle is about to
commence. The winners are then announced
and trophies awarded.
This year, Bob Harris won the Nats 518
class and Mark Smith placed second. In
Team Scale, Nick Maxwell and Bob Harris
were first, Eaton Bryce and Luther Farmer
finished in second place, and Mark Smith
won third place.
In Sport Scale, Mike “GrimRacer”
Zaborowski took first place, Brian Shaw
was second, and Eaton Bryce placed third.
In IRCHA Scale, Robin Adamschak walked
away with a first-place finish, Don Irvine was second, and Mike
Zaborowski was the third-place winner.
I heard nothing but good things about the new flightline
dedicated to the Scale pilots.
The main IRCHA Jamboree flightline at Site 4 featured the
usual amazing show of pilot skills and vendors were present in
full force. Additional space was given to the walkway between
the vendors and the pits, making navigating the vendor tents
easier and giving the crowd room to breathe.
This year’s event had a more intimate feel, and the social
activities at night—including Saturday’s night-fly competition
and fireworks—were a lot of fun.
IRCHA and its members should be proud of the Jamboree. I
can’t wait to see what the next 25 years bring.
26 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2014