Gliders F3F and Photography contest - September 2,
CM Cheng's report:
HKRCSS organized an interesting event for Scale glider enthusiasts on
the 2nd of September in 2012. It is an F3F contest for scale gliders.
The rules of the game is basically the same as F3F - to fly 10 legs of
100m, shortest time win. The model requirements are changed: It must be
a scale model of real gliders. However, limitations on size, weight and
parts detached during flight (water ballast, example) are cancelled.
Being a competition for scale gliders, the accuracy and details of a
model, and the pilot's flying skill to demonstrate the flying
characteristics of the real are also part of the scoring scheme.
Moderate easterly, blue sky and white cloud, can't ask for more for a
scale gathering! The game started at 11:00am and there were 7 pilots
joined. CD was K.Y. Mak. The venue was the old flying site of Ma On
Shan. Ma On Shan is one of the favourite flying site among scale pilots
because of its open air space, beautiful scene and the large landing
The scale models in the contest included:
CM Cheng - Salto H101 (4m)
Albert Wong - Salto H101 (2.6m)
Johnson Yeung - Ventus 2C
Billy Chau - Ventus 2C
Allan Yeung - ASK21
Lai Kwong Leung - ASH26
KY Mak - SZD55
The first section was the scale scoring. It inculded 2 parts - static
and flying. Static scoring based on the scale accuracy, finishing and
the detailing of the models. Flying scoring includes 3 mandatory
maneuvers and one chosen maneuver. Please see the detail scoring scheme
Scale modeling is not a popular subject in Hong Kong and not many
people are doing it seriously. The best we can see in the competition
was adding a pilot in the empty cockpit. Models with good finishing and
appearence became the key to get the score.
The result of scale soaring was:
The second section was slope racing based on the F3F rules. Obviously
not many people had been thinking of putting their scale sailplanes
into a race. Without any dedicated design and set up for speed flying,
the bigger-faster rule dominated! CM's 4m Salto won the speed game
without effort, while Allan's little and lovely ASK21 was the last! On
the other hand, Mak's SZD55 was getting better and better when the wind
dropped in the last few rounds, and even got a 1000 marks in the last
round. So look out for Mak's SZD55 when the wind is weak!
The final result of the F3F section was:
(Click to enlarge)
The game continues! First time in HKRCSS activities, there was also a
photography contest! The contest was open to the public. Subject must
be the scale models in the competition.
The winners are:
Champion: KY Mak
1st runner up: Allan Yeung
2nd runner up: Albert Wong and Lai Kwong Leung
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Fly
Fly Hobby Mfg and HKRCSS
for sponsoring the prizes of the activity.
Allan was introducing us his mini ASK21. His model is a kit that needed
to build up piece by piece. Very nice!
Albert's 2.6m Salto. His model had a bad servo so he spent most of the
time in reparing his model!
The pilot in CM Cheng's big 4m Salto.
Billy and his Ventus 2C.
Lai Kwong Leung and his ASH26.
Ah Pong was preparing Mak's SZD55 for an F3F run.
The prize and certificates were presented by Ah Pong's son!
The pize of the Champion is a 2.6m Swift sponsored by Fly Fly hobby.
Scale result: (From the left) 1st runner up : KY Mak, 2nd runner up :
CM Cheng, Champion : Johnson Yeung
F3F result: (From the left) 1st runner up : KY Mak, Champion : CM
Cheng, 2nd runner up : Johnson Yeung
The Champion of photography contest is KY Mak (left).
The prize is a Windrider Birdie sponsored by HKRCSS.