NERCCA Gremlin Combat Calendar 1996

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Contest Reports


Sturbridge Season opener

The Sturbridge club will sponsor a spring contest on saturday April 13th at 10am at the club field.

We will fly the standard "stock" class, Plain bearing .25 motors with unmodified kits or construction article planes with 48" wingspans with allowances for trimming to 44" spans for damaged tip repairs, and "open" class which is anything else. 20' streamers with 20' string will be used and 3 or 4 minute rounds (depending on turnout) with a landing task to break ties. Pretty much the standard contests we've been running in New England the last few years.


Rhode Island Aeromodelers Season opener

The RI Aeromodelers are planning a Combat Gremlin Contest for Sunday, April 14th , 9:30 am. All are invited. Lawson Gunn is the CD. (401) 658-2149


Saturday April 27th

Texas RULES 5 plane in the air R/C COMBAT

awards through 5th place. 1st is a new Radio. No plane or engine limit.. nonelimination point system.. There will be a cash side pot.

for more info email sfrank@tenet.edu


CMRCM Fall Bash

Saturday 9/28 dawned overcast with a threatening look. The Weather Channel didn't seem to hold out too much good news with green splotches all over the map and tales of wind. I got to the field about 8:30 and set up for the contest with the help of Ray. People started to arrive and by 9:50 we had 8 people registered. Since everyone present had a stock Gremlin with them, it was decided to just fly stock class in order to get more rounds/flying in. As we were about to get started, two more people showed up, including Rich Bono who only had a .32 powered Gremlin. After some discussion, it was decided that he would adjust his throttle top end to be 11k rpm which seemed to work out pretty fairly against the .25s. A 15 minute test/trim flight period was allowed once the field opened for flying (10am) and during this, Jim Needham broke the only motor mount he had with him. Spares were brought out from several field boxes and he was able to get it replaced in time to fly in Round 1. This shows the comradarie we see at these events. First, the pitching in to find what was needed to get Jim flying, and second, the willingness to do a field repair to get back into the fray (more on this later). So, with 10 contestants, we were off to a great start.

Jim Cavanaugh stopped by but needed to leave at noontime so he offered to help out with the timing which really made my life a lot easier. Jim also had his 1991 vintage uncovered Gremlin with him. This orriginal batch Gremlin is probably one of the oldest survivers of that early era. He even offered to fly "designated target" if we had an od number for any round.

The first round action was highlighted by a streamer cut/grab by Kay Fisher. Several landing points were also awarded as people seemed to be able to hit the 25' circle, even in the wind. The wind was a pretty steady 10mph but there were definate gusts over 20 and probably over 30 by the time we finished.

Round two highlights included a fine cut by Charlie Watt that got made in the first seconds of the round and the only midair of the contest, between Jack Zimmanck and Kay Fisher. Kay was the first fuselage down with a split wing so Jack got the point and ALMOST got landing points as well. Damage reports saw Jack still flyable but Kay needed tome major work. In keeping with the spirit of the contest, Kay dragged out another wing and spent some time swapping the fuselage and getting things set up. Readers might remember a certain 1995 contest were I midaired Jack with Kay's plane in the flyoff and put them in the pond. I was pleased to see they could manage on their own with me not flying in the contest!

Round three was uneventful but Kay wasn't quite ready with his replaced wing so we deferred the flight between him and Charlie and started round four.

Round four saw two flameouts during normal rounds and points awarded for DNF (did not finish). Kay actually flew his 4th round flight before his 3rd round due to matchups and finally we flew the Kay and Charlie 3rd round. During this flight, Kay managed a cut on Charlie but Charlie "nosed" Kay out on landing. As a matter of fact, Charlie did the engine drop manuever to win the landing point. This left us with Kay and Charlie each having 7 points over the 4 rounds so we had a flyoff once Charlie replaced his motor mount. The final decision was made by a cut between the only two people to have cuts all day. Very appropriate. Kay Fisher took first place of $21, Charlie Watt to second place for $14 and Ray Mierzejewski took third for $8 by making his landing for every round and getting a DNF point in the 4th. We were done and clear of the field before 2pm.

Jim Reith - CD


Sturbridge Fall Bash

The Sturbridge club will sponsor a fall contest on saturday October 5th at 10am at the club field.

We will fly the standard "stock" class, Plain bearing .25 motors with unmodified kits or construction article planes with 48" wingspans with allowances for trimming to 44" spans for damaged tip repairs, and "open" class which is anything else. 20' streamers with 20' string will be used and 3 or 4 minute rounds (depending on turnout) with a landing task to break ties. Pretty much the standard contests we've been running in New England the last few years.


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