David Hale’s Balsa USA 1/3-scale Nieuport 17 came in fourth in Fun Scale Novice.
Matt Hanson’s Grumman TBF Avenger was built from a Skyshark Hobbies kit.
Jeff Pike’s J- 3 Cub was awarded first in Team Scale.
Al Kretz’s Stormovik placed second in Designer Scale.
This was taken during the bomb drop maneuver.
A weather front rolled in on Friday, and Saturday
was cool at best. We only flew one round of competition.
The Saturday night banquet was held at a local hotel
restaurant with a great assortment of food and drink. We were
all having a good time with the host and emcee, Dale Arvin,
who added to the evening with his “bag of fun” for everyone.
It’s a family affair with many modelers bringing their
spouses and kids. Birthdays, anniversaries, and other times are
all celebrated during the event. Great times for all!
With only one round flown on Saturday because of the
weather, we started flying promptly at 8: 30 a.m. on Sunday
and put in three rounds of competition. The weather couldn’t
have been better—sunny and 75° with the wind down the
runway most of the day.
At a contest such as this, you can bring any Scale airplane
or jet and enjoy practice flying on Friday, and then fly in the
competition on Saturday and Sunday. Maneuvers are simple;
the takeoff, flyby, Figure Eight, landing, and realism are the
only required ones. Add to this list five maneuvers of your
choice, and you have your model’s flight program.
This contest is also a qualifying contest for the fall NASA
Scale Classic, held just west of Pittsburgh.
The winners of this year’s Mint Julep include Jeff Pike with
his Cub in Team Scale; Carl Handley with his P- 47 in Fun
Scale Novice; Jeremy Arvin flying his Top Flite Corsair in Fun
Scale Open (most entries); Bob Patton with his Cessna 152
in Designer Scale; Mike Barbee with his T-34B in Expert; Art
Shelton in Expert B class; and Mike Wartman with a much-modified Top Flite P- 47 in Sportsman.
The high static score at this year’s event went to Al Kretz in
Open Scale. His Fokker D.VII had a score of 98. 88.
Next year’s event will take place in May.
Rough River Dam State Park
37 Model Aviation SEP TEMBER 2016