Above: One thing that
makes this contest
great is the number
of club members who
come to help judge
and run the Battle for
Dunster and his son,
Michael, are always
a laugh when they
come to a contest.
It is great to see a
father and son doing
this together. We
need to get Michael
smack talk before the contest.
We started with SSC and 2948 on the
first day. We had nine pilots for SSC and
four for Scale, because Keith Jones and
Donald Veres were unable to attend.
SSC got off to a strong start and I scored
740—one of the highest-scoring rounds
I’ve ever had. I then came back down to
earth with a score of 240.
Last year’s champion, William
Drumm III, was Mr. Consistent with
scores ranging from 320 to 640 all day,
but I won SSC! It has been many years
since I won any event, so it was nice to
be on top even for just one. We finished
the day with Scale, where back-on-top
William was able to win but only by 24
points over Bob.
That night, after finishing and having
dinner, it was decided that we needed
more pilots for the new Gnat contest
and so we went to building. Kelly
Bryant, Dirk Oosting, and I stayed
up late at Bob’s house building Gnat
airplanes for the next day. They are
parts needed. It was nice to have a build
party the night before a contest and
then be able to fly the next day.
When we got to the field the next day,
we needed to test-fly our new airplanes
before we began. Dirk had some issues
right away and ended up being unable to
compete. Kelly’s and mine worked fine
and we were able to fly six rounds with
William coming out on top for the first
official Gnats contest.
The Gnat models are slightly hard to
fly at first, but they get easier and make
a great club Combat airplane for those
wanting to have low-cost club Combat.
After the Gnats we flew Limited B. I
had some bad midairs, damaging both
of the airplanes that I had brought with
me. Scoring was low because there
were several midairs and we also had
our one flyover penalty because of a
William also scored at the top for
Limited B, but at least it was not
a sweep because I took the most
important SSC win. It is nice that so
many club members helped with this
contest. A big thanks goes to the Lima
Area Radio Kontrol Society (LARKS)
for putting on this annual contest.
I have already marked my calendar
for next year and hope to return. It is a
good contest for those who can travel,
because you have a nice place to stay
and get to meet some great people.
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