On the subject of scale competitors, there are various wonderful occasions value touring to and collaborating in. However by far, the top and gold normal for world class scale motion has at all times been the annual Prime Gun Scale Invitational. This 12 months, Prime Gun continued to set the best normal of scale competitors Hosted by the Imperial RC Membership adjoining to the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport and the passion and total high quality of the occasion was excellent.
(Above) The Douglas TBD Devastator is sometimes modeled and it’s a disgrace. That is traditional Naval dive bomber and, whereas it steadily takes a again seat to it’s brother, the SBD Dauntless, the Staff entry from Raborn/Noser actually captured the type and spirit of the topic.
As this 12 months’s Chief Static Choose I used to be supplied each the chance (and the time) to look “over the shoulders” of the three specialised judges really scoring every entry within the classes of Accuracy of Define, End, Shade and Markings, Craftsmanship and total Realism.
(Above) The Twin Beech King Air entry of Mike Barbee and Frank Noll appeared nice from any angle. A veteran of TG competitors, the mannequin was awarded 1st place within the Staff class. 98.00 static rating was properly earned.
Of all lessons of competitors, solely 5 (Masters, Knowledgeable, Staff, X-Class and Limitless) require the mannequin to endure a 15 minute interval of static judging utilizing detailed documentation packages submitted by the builder along with his entry. The opposite lessons require solely a single picture of the topic plane for documentation and earn a rating of 25 factors.
(Above) The cockpit on Tim Dickey’s PT-23 is each bit as correct and properly achieved as the outside.
What are a number of the issues the Static judges are searching for?
The Craftsmanship choose scrutinizes every mannequin from an “eyeball to floor” distance and only a few flaws escape his inspection. Floor element and total texture are essential. Are the fasteners and rivets of the correct measurement, sample and spacing? Are they of the right sort? If they’re utilized as glue dots which produce a “raised” fastener and the contestant-provided documentation photographs present the floor to be flush riveted, a downgrade is so as. Uncovered, non-scale management linkages are one other space for potential downgrade. The sames goes for tires; the tires in your Cub, Champ or FW-190 shouldn’t have a “Sullivan Lite Fly” emblem seen on them both!
(Above) The tail group of Larry People’s Cub Crafter “Prime Cub.” 96.25 factors in static, 4th place in “Knowledgeable”. Beautiful work!
The Accuracy of Define choose compares the mannequin, positioned 15-feet away, to drawings or photographs (supplied by the contestant) which clearly present particular parts of the define like cover place and form, wingtip contour, spinner form and different parts of the define of the total scale airplane. These variances between the documentation and the total scale airplane are famous straight on the drawing/photographs being utilized by the choose.
(Above) Check out the tail group element on the Davis D-1K designed and constructed by Wealthy Feroldi. 1st place in Masters, 95.833 static. Attractive mannequin!
The “End, Shade and Markings” choose makes use of contestant-supplied information to reach at a last rating of simply how properly these parts had been replicated. The info submitted often consists of precise colour chips used on the total scale airplane together with supporting photographs and drawings.
As well as, all three judges assign a numerical rating (from 1 by way of 10 factors) for the general Realism the mannequin conveys from the prescribed judging distance. It nonetheless amazes me that so many fashions are downgraded in realism just because the builder/finisher assumes that if refined “weathering” and panel line definition is nice, extra should be higher! Not often the case….match the paperwork you’ve ready for the judges, that’s all he has to work with!
(Above) Two-time “Mr. Prime Gun” Bret Becker’s U2C has undergone some minor refinements from final 12 months and ended up with 99.417 static rating to take house all of the marbles. It’s a very good reproduction!
In what situation are you displaying your mannequin? Manufacturing facility-new, in-service, freshly restored authentic, well-used; what are you replicating?
Very refined weathering and paint fading replication, together with the crazing of the cover glass on account of the assorted environmental situations through which the total scale model operated ought to be simulated to the diploma indicated within the documentation. For my part, one aspect of scale competitors that represents its weakest hyperlink has at all times been, and stays, a poorly ready documentation bundle. When you assemble you bundle earlier than you begin on the mannequin, you can also make the mannequin match what you’ll be presenting to the judges. Too many instances, and it’s apparent, the modeler tries to “again into” the documentation, assuming “it’s shut sufficient”. When you consider this and don’t put within the crucial effort to get it proper, then that Winner’s Circle could proceed to elude you!
Wanting by way of the protection we’ve supplied over time, it ought to be obvious that the fashions that proven up really do symbolize the entire vary of topics spanning the historical past of plane, and all are equally able to successful the occasion. There’s an apparent army and civilian mixture of topics, constructed by scale modelers with differing tastes and favorites in airplanes. And that is what drives a number of the greatest modelers and fliers on this planet to hunt that coveted invitation to Prime Gun… scale modeling range at its best!
Textual content & photos by Wealthy Uravitch