Bob Patton scratch-built this Giant Scale T-34B. The 144-inch wingspan
model is nicely detailed. Bob received the Bob Lirette NASA Flight
Achievement Award from the flight judges.
Dennis Crooks’ Tigercat sheds its drop
tanks. The 10-foot model closely mimics the
full-scale in the air.
NASA SCALE CLASSIC
Bob Smith Industries
Fellowship of Christian
Mc Daniel R/C Products
No event could take place without volunteers. Members
of the NASA board of directors, officers, and many members
participated in the planning and follow-through for the event.
Mark Lanterman, from Liberty Township, Ohio, did the lion’s
share of preplanning and was still able to compete in Fun Scale
Advanced, finishing third. The flight judges had the hardest
jobs at the site that weekend, being out in the cold with the
wind racing around them. My hat’s off to all of them!
Friday, on the first morning of the event, I went out to
the field and stood with other brave souls under the large
administration tent, watching as the weather let loose
with a torrential thunderstorm. The water rose under our
feet beneath the tent, but the storm soon dissipated, and
registration and static judging for RC and CL Scale began.
With the wind blowing up to 34 mph for much of the day,
only the hardiest of Scale modelers attempted to fly.
Conditions were much the same on Saturday. The
wind barely subsided and it had turned cold. Only one
round of flight competition was flown. Dale Arvin, the
RC contest director, kept everyone informed with updates
of conditions and approaching rain. Had he said it would
snow in the next 15 minutes, we would have believed him!
The WW I event was postponed until Sunday.
The weather was better on Sunday, but there was still a
fairly strong wind. Allen Goff, the CL Scale contest director,
took a vote and the CL modelers chose not to fly because
of the conditions. The final placement was decided by static
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