Retro RC LLC was one of the many vendors at the
Horizon Indoor Festival. Mark Freeland has a nice
selection of micro RC laser-cut kits and also sells a
neat universal building jig system.
Highlights of the 2013
Horizon Indoor Electric Festival
The Horizon Indoor Electric Festival, formally known as the JR Indoor Electric Festival, has
remained my favorite RC event—
indoor or outdoor—to attend! Terry
Nitsch and his crew do a wonderful job
of organizing and running this event
each year and the 2013 gathering was
one of the best.
With plenty of great vendors, an
indoor water runway, separate areas
for 3-D, a racetrack, and micro-flying,
the event has something for everyone. I
had a great time, but, as usual, worked
on my airplanes until it was time to
leave. I keep telling myself that I will
complete all of my planned projects
early so I can relax, but that never
One of the event’s highlights was the
air race. This year, the new ParkZone
Ultra Micro P-51D with AS3X was
flown. The new P- 51 was a great model
to race, with its beautiful looks and
great flight performance. There
were 32 pilots who raced for an
exciting evening of fun.
Scott Naylor took first place,
Dave Lockhart placed second,
and Kenneth Carchietta was third.
One of the greatest things about
entering this event is that you have
a second chance to win. All 10 of
the aircraft are raffled off after the
Flying from the indoor water
runway is too much fun! This year,
I had my Mini Vapor on floats.
I had trouble getting it to take
off from the water when I test
flew it at a lake near my home,
so I was excited to do some more
testing on the calmer indoor
water runway. I had made a few
small changes to my design, but I
installed a larger 6mm motor for
more takeoff power!
The 6mm motor from the
The micro air race is
great fun! This year, the
beautiful new ParkZone
Ultra Micro P-51D was flown.
Terry Nitsch and his staff
decorated the airplanes
in racing colors. Photo
courtesy of John Lucko.
89 Model Aviation MARCH 2014