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The Quinapoxet Model Flying Club contest on saturday April 10th
Well the week of the match we had record rain fall for the day before the match. The QFMC field is surrounded by swamp. After the rains stopped I had to go to the field before work the Thursday before the match. I was pleasantly surprised that the road wasn't washed out and the field wasn't under water. That Saturday I got there at 8:00 am so I had a chance to fly my small electric before the match, but of course the wind blew at 20 miles an hour as soon as I took the plane out of the car. Soon folks showed up early and we set up the frequency Board and impound. I went to Dunkin Donuts for a Box of Joe. By the time I got back Jim Reith and his wife where there early. He just happened to have brought the landing marker and 100' tape measure and everything else I didn't have ( Thank You Jim ). Shortly after John Barnard, Dan Schmitz, Bob Barger Sr and Bob Barger Jr, David Beach, Eddie Ellis, Bob Perreault and I were ready to do some Combat. I would like to say thanks to Bill Mutuff for being the official timer. Jon Mcacter for taking down the names and setting up the matches in both open and stock class.
There were three heats in open and stock class held. The first open
class held saw no cuts but a lot of aggressive flying. On the second
open heat Bob Perreault came up Jim Reith's back side and cut him good.
On the third heat first match up it was David Beach against
Jim Reith. It didn't take long before David Beach was doing a victory
roll after cutting Jim ( I hope I fly against Jim ). The stock class
heats were fast and furious and when all three heats where done
I had two cuts and three landing points. I have to say that the father
and son Barger team had the fastest gremlins I have ever seen. I don't
know how I or anyone made it against those guys. At noon we took a
break and had Deli Hot Dogs and Koolade drink. And the steam dogs were
great. I think a good time was had by all. I would like the thank all
that came and all those who came to watch and to help out. Al Vasquez
Here's some pictures from the contest image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4, image 5, and image 6
I almost forgot, after the Gremlin match we set up two teams and we had a Team pylon race, each member of the team had to do five laps around pylons that where set up on the two ends of the flying field. The first team that completed won. I don't know about anyone else but I had a blast at the pylon race. I was using my stock class gremlin and I could not get around fast enough, next time I'll have a tuned piped racing gremlin! So I hope to see every one on the next QMFC Gremlin Match. Al V
The Sturbridge Lawn Darts contest on sunday April 18th
The spring contest in Sturbridge couldn't have asked for better weather. With the temperatures near 70 and the breeze under 5mph, it was some of the best contest weather we've seen in the spring. Turnout for the contest was a bit lower than expected considering the excellent weather, with 9 pilots competing. The day started out on an impressive note with Mike LaPierre getting a cut on Bob Barger Sr in the first heat of stock class but Bob rebounded well to get a cut in open class in the first heat against Al Vasquez. In the second round of stock Dick Lempicki got a cut off Mike LaPierre. In the third round of Stock, Bob Barger Sr got his second cut of the day (one in each class) against Dick Lempicki and then his son, Bob Jr mid-aired Mike LaPierre. While there were no cuts in the third round of open, Bob Sr showed why it's important to have altitude below you with an impressive figure 9 into the runway destroying his Norvel in the process. Always the gamer he flew his son's plane in the flyoff rounds and won the stock class flyoff with the last fuselage down rule! Team Barger took a pair of broken planes home but had a blast, took first place in both classes, 3 out of the 6 prizes and grabbed another kit to be ready for the June contest in Westboro. What a GREAT day it was!
CMRCM Stock and Open Gremlin combat - Sunday June 13th
These are the results of the Gremlin contest, held in Westborough on
There were a total of 7 pilots. Where, 6 flew in stock and 5 in open class.
First: Brian with one cut and 2 landing points a total of 5 points.
Second: Al Vasquez with 3 landing points.
Third: Dave Beach with 2 landing points.
Ray, had problems with his Gremlin and had to give up in the second round. I (Rene) went dead stick missed the field and went in the pond.
First: Eddie Ellis with on cut in the third round good for 3 points.
Second: Al Vasquez
Third: Dave Beach
Second and third place were determent by a fly-off between Dave, Brian and Al
Stock Gremlin and Open combat - July 18, 2004 - Southern New Hampshire R/C Club in Hudson NH
Ten pilots and two or three times that many spectators turned out for the July 18th combat event at Southern New Hampshire R/C Club's Wagner Field in Hudson NH. There were eight stock class entries and six competitors in the open class.
The first cut of the day took place in the second heat as Bob Barger Sr. proved that there was more to 'Team Barger' than just team T-shirts and a family and friends cheering squad.
Both the site and the weather were combat friendly for the rest of the day. All told we had numerous bumps, prop strikes, and streamers that bent but would not break; along with another cut in open class and three cuts in stock. Rene was the only pilot to have to take the long walk down the hill to retrieve the pieces that result from having the wind, gravity, and 'not enough elevator' go against you.
Stock Class final standings:
1st place - Jim Reith (by flyoff)
2nd place - Bob Barger Jr.
3rd place - Rob Dionne
Open Class final standings:
1st place - Bob Barger Sr.
2nd place - David Beach
3rd place - Jim Reith
The Sturbridge Lawn Darts Fall contest Report
The Sturbridge Lawn Darts held their fall contest on sunday
September 19th. Both Stock and Open classes were flown. Eight pilots
were present, with six pilots flying in each class. The wind was strong
and blowing towards the pits which was good for launching but proved
difficult for the crosswind landings and keeping the combat a safe
distance upwind. Surprisingly, 6 cuts were made in Stock class and 2
were made in open. The Quinapoxet club was well represented along with
new faces from the Sturbridge Club. The most amazing thing was Team
Barger and especially Bob Sr's feat of three cuts and two landings in
Stock class to get 11 out of a possible 12 points. The only landing
point he missed was to his son. They had 5 of the 8 cuts made during
the day. I guess we all need to get team shirts next time! In spite of
the wind, a good time was had by all and there were lots of ooohs and
aaahs from the crowd.
Here's some pictures from the contest image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4, image 5, and image 6
RHFC - Oxford MA - Stock and Open Gremlin combat - Sunday October 10th
The Rocky Hill Flying Club Fall contest Report.
RHFC held a Gremlin contest on Sunday October 10th. Eight pilots were present, seven pilots flew stock and six flew in Open class. It was a perfect flying day with a light breeze from the north.
There were 3 cuts in Stock class and 3 in Open. Jim and Eddie had a mid-air in round 2 in Open. Jim won that round and got 3 points because Eddie's Gremlin fuselage hit the ground first.
It was a beautiful Fall day and I believe we all had a good time.
The Southern New Hampshire R/C Club Gremlin Combat Competition in Hudson, N.H. on October 31st, 2004.
The Southern New Hampshire R/C Club hosted a Gremlin Style R/C Combat Competition at Wagner Field in Hudson, N.H. on October 31st, 2004. The event was CD'd by David Beach.
The weather was windy, but surprisingly warm for the start of the Halloween Gremlin Combat meet. As promised, the prior day and night's rain finally stopped; and the windy conditions dried the field in time for competition.
We had ten pilots show up, with everyone looking to compete in both stock and open class. But fair is fair, and the consensus of the group was that a ball bearing .25 is not stock. That, coupled with Jim's loss of both planes during test flights (note from Jim: Battery failure in flight and then a broken motor mount and stripped throttle servo on a landing) left six entries in stock class, and nine in open. It was a competitive field, to be sure.
The action started with a cut by Bob Sr. in the first heat. With several close calls in the second heat, and cut by Bob Perreault in the third heat, it was obvious that the combination of clear skies and dark streamers would keep the scoring going through the afternoon.
All in all, there were 3 cuts in stock and another cut in open when the first round of each class was completed. It seemed that cuts got harder as the skies got cloudy and the wind picked up to the forecast 20-25mph gusts. Stock class got three more cuts by the time it was done, and two more were picked up in open. It's not every competition that you can get a cut, but be out of the money‚ but that was the case this day (sorry Rob).
Once the rounds were completed, there was a three way tie for 2nd place in open. Peter, Bob Sr., and Al got into a three way fur ball‚ for the fly off. With only seconds left on the clock, Bob Sr. recorded a cut to secure second place. Al got closest to the landing spot for third place, and that completed the day's competition.
Some additional pictures
Al tried to prove the durability with this failed launch (all that was wrong was a broken prop). Another view of some of the people in the pits.
1 ˆ Bob Jr. with 8 points
2 ˆ Bob Sr. with 7 points (do the team shirts really make a difference?)
3 ˆ Bob Perreault with 5 points
1 ˆ Bob Perreault with 4 points
2 ˆ Bob Sr. with 3 points and a cut in the fly off
3 ˆ Al Vasquez with 3 points and the spot landing in the fly off
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