The author displays his
Proud Bird at the 2014 Nats.
The forecast was grim and the prospect of driving four hours to cope with 20 mph wind and a 60% chance of rain for my second EF1
race wasn’t appealing—I’m supposed to be doing
this for fun! Then again, I’ve also been around long
enough to know that when you stick with the plan
in the face of a little adversity, you just might be
I loaded my van, got a good night’s sleep, and
headed for Cincinnati early the next morning.
When the racing was over I’d endured the winds,
made some new friends, improved my flying, and
experienced plenty of competition with a middle-of-the-pack finish. And the weather turned out great for
the second day of racing on Sunday!
In the last four or five years, my RC flying has
centered primarily around small, fast, electric-powered airplanes such as the Great Planes Rifle and
similar, more exotic F5D racers. I love working on
these composite jewels and flying hot laps around the
field—not to mention that they’re easy
to carry in and out of the house!
As much fun as that is, you
can fly circuits all by yourself
only for so long, so the next
step was to go racing and
(EF1) was the ticket!
by Tim Lampe
53 Model Aviation NOVEMBER 2014 www.ModelAviation.com