The line-check area was a busy spot during the early rounds of the competition. Benny Limanhadi,
from Indonesia, stands in the foreground in the green jacket. Wornell photo.
Andrey Nadein (front) launches Sasha Nadein’s backup model after Mark Rudner attached the
streamer. Photo courtesy of Greg Wornell.
2016 Control Line World Championships
by Mark Rudner
At the time I am writing this, it is early June, and the main event of the F2D Control Line (CL)
Combat season is already over. In May,
the CL World Championships were held
in Perth, Australia. This was the first time
that the CL World Championships have
been held in the Southern Hemisphere,
and this novel location brought with it
some unique twists and challenges.
For North and South Americans, as
well as Europeans, the most-pressing
question was how to physically get
to Perth with equipment in tow.
Western Australia is about as far from
everywhere as anywhere could be.
From most locations, it takes at least
two, if not more, airline flights to reach
Perth. Tickets were expensive, but
traveling with models and all of the
associated baggage added an extra layer
of complication (independent of how far
one needed to fly).
There are various approaches to
traveling to CL Combat contests by
airplane. Some prefer to carry everything
on the flight, checking in models
in specially designed bags or boxes.
To minimize the chances of getting
smacked with high oversize-baggage
fees, it’s good to keep the model bag as
small and as lightweight as possible.
Although it’s common to find model
bags in bright colors, black actually tends
to be the best for going “stealth.” To
avoid having models damage each other
in transport, it’s a good idea to remove
all of the control horns. This also allows
the aircraft to be packed much more
tightly, gaining valuable space.
The alternative approach to
checking airplanes as baggage is to send
equipment by the postal system, UPS,
or FedEx well ahead of time. When
bringing model airplanes as baggage,
there is some uncertainty as to what will
happen at the check-in counter. With
FedEx, you always know what to expect,
and the actual travel itself might be
Because of the perceived time and
cost of getting to Perth, many in Europe
questioned the potential for whether
this World Championships would draw
a good turnout. Noticeably absent
were teams from Denmark, Sweden,
Estonia, and Austria. In some cases,
cost was certainly a factor, but I’m not
sure what the reasons were with others.
Nonetheless, we still saw a respectable
turnout of 53 pilots from 18 countries.
In the past year or two, the team
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