Scale modelling in the BMFA includes all aeromodelling disciplines – Radio Control (RC), Control Line (CL) and Free Flight (FF), both indoors and out, fixed wing and helicopter, power and glider. At this year’s Nationals you will see RC, CL and FF models flown outdoors.
It’s all based at the Scale Tent, where details of the day’s competitions will be posted. The Scale Tent can be found close to the catering area.
The aim of the Scale modeller is to produce a realistic reproduction of a full-size aircraft that looks and flies just like the full-size machine. All the competing Scale models you’ll see at the Nationals are judged subjectively on their flight performance and for realism in flight. Except for the flying only classes, the models are also scrutinised for their accuracy to scale, realism, craftsmanship and detail accuracy to a set of documentation provided by the competitor. This requires considerable research into the history, design and construction of the full size aeroplane. The final score is taken from a combination of one or more flights and if applicable, the static score.
This year’s RC competitions will include Flying Only, Stand-Off scale and the International F4C Scale Class. The size of the model is not restricted but the maximum weight less fuel (or flight batteries for electric powered models) must not be greater than 15Kg. Scale CL competitions will include Flying Only and Scale Control Line for the Knokke 2 Trophy. Scale FF competitions will be held for models powered by Rubber, Internal Combustion motors (Diesel, Glow or Petrol) and Carbon Dioxide or Electric power. The RC flying will take place over the three days and will be held adjacent to the Scale Tent. The FF flying will be on Saturday and Sunday evenings at a place to be decided depending on the wind – keep you eye on the Scale Tent for more details. The CL flying will be in the CL area adjacent to Carrier Deck and will take place during the day on Saturday and Sunday.
Scale models should be laid out on all the Scale flight lines for you to observe, photograph and enjoy. If you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask – most scale modellers are delighted to share their experience with anyone who will listen, but do, please, respect the privacy of the modeller who is working on his/her model, especially if they are counting the turns applied to a rubber motor! Likewise, if you feel that a good flight deserves recognition, then your applause would be most welcome.