Bob and Tina Patton stand with Mark Lanterman (R) behind Bob’s 171-inch wingspan Cessna 152
at the 2015 Mint Julep. Three of Bob’s designs won in Expert, Team Scale, and Open Scale at this
Another one of Bob’s designs is this FM Wildcat, built by Mike Barbee and flown by Frank Noll.
Mike and Frank won Team Scale at this year’s Nats.
Find more photos at
www.ModelAviation.com. RC Scale Nats
by Stan Alexander
There have been so many things happening in RC Scale that finding column space for them is
a problem! The Nats, EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh, and other events have all kept
me busy. I’m using the online portion of
the magazine to expand the coverage of
a few items that might interest you.
One of the best RC Scale Nats that
I’ve attended in several years was held
on Site 4 at the AMA’s International
Aeromodeling Center this year. The
condition of the grass was great, and
AMA put a lot of work into the site.
The weather was nice. The June 24-
26 event was well organized, with John
Boyko serving as the event director this
NatsNews, available on AMA’s
website, has daily reports, so I won’t go
into that here. Mike Barbee won the
2016 RC Scale Nats championship this
year, flying in Team Scale with Frank
Noll at the sticks of his Wildcat.
On the subject of the Wildcat, who
designed and fabricated all of those
fiberglass/foam parts that made up three
of the winning aircraft at the Nats?
All were Bob Patton designs: Mike
Barbee’s T-34B in Expert class and his
FM Wildcat in Team Scale, and Will
Berninger’s T-34C in Open Scale. All
three won their classes—that’s a feat I
haven’t seen in years.
Bob’s designs are accurate, large, and
fly well! Most of his creations are 100-
inch wingspan and larger. He currently
campaigns a Cessna C- 152 with a 171-
inch wingspan. Bob’s company is called
Aeromagic RC. His contact information
is included in the “Sources.”
Nats sponsors were generous this
year, and were a cross-section of the
hobby industry. A Hangar 9 Corsair,
which was raffled off Saturday night at
the banquet, was a fantastic prize. The
package had everything needed for the
model, including a Futaba radio system,
Bob also designed Will Berninger’s T-34C that won the Open Scale class. Three of Bob’s designs
won their respective classes this year.
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