Exhibit C: Greg Wornell and Chuck Rudner are pitting. Transferring the
streamer to a spare model sounds like a straightforward process, but
many things can go wrong. An extra half-second streamer check can
save a lot of grief down the line.
Andy and Bobby Mears watch the action from the pits. Andy’s shirt
says that he’s “Moon Equipped,” but from the looks of Bobby’s visor,
he looks to be the one who is ready to make a giant leap for mankind.
CONTROL LINE COMBAT
Andy’s left shoe appears to be right on the paint marking the edge
of the pilot’s circle. This is a risky position. If he puts his right foot
down outside the circle, he’ll be in danger of picking up a 40-point
Keeping track of proper body position is a higher-level function
compared with basic flying and aiming for the streamer. It is often
one of the first things to go after a long off-season. Andy was flying
great all weekend, and might have known exactly where his foot
was, but this picture serves as a useful reminder for all of us to
remain vigilant about body position.
Exhibit C: Greg Wornell and Chuck Rudner Pitting
Here’s another cautionary tale. Pitting in F2D is a complex
operation. There are many procedures that need to be executed,
and countless ways to go astray. One of the most important
aspects of pitting is routine. There are many ways to skin a cat.
Exactly which way you choose isn’t that important as long as
you find a way that works reliably for you. Follow your routine
without shortcuts every time—nothing should ever be left to
In this photo, you see a classic streamer transfer onto a spare
model. Greg has just attached the streamer ring and is getting out
of the way for the launch. This is a risky moment, with many pit
boxes, legs, etc. waiting to entangle the streamer.
A streamer-handling error is frustrating, and can easily happen
to anyone. When it does happen, it serves as a reminder not to
neglect streamer management when launching. What can be done
to improve your own pitting setup and routine?
At the end of the contest, the winners were Alex Prokofiev in first
place, Andrey Nadein in second, and Arnulfo Delgado in third. Big
thanks go to Lance, Jeff, Arlene, Jan, and everyone else who put in
long hours and hard work to pull off another great installment of
the March Madness F2D Combat Challenge. I hope many will be
back for the Red Flag contest in November.
Miniature Aircraft Combat Association (MACA)
118 Model Aviation JULY 2016