I more or less agree with you Johan, and would be happy to folow the FAC
format with no changes (as I did while living in California) but as far as
I can tell from discusions with people and from the online comments and
discussions that I have read, there are some (maybe many??) who do not
like the FAC format and even think it "Hurts or harms (I forget the exact
wording) Scale modelling". I have heard from at least two very good and
well know European scale modellers, for example, that the rather relaxed
scale fidelity rule for the FAC mass launch events is "awful" and that
this allows some very non-scale model to compete etc etc etc... So
although I do not really follow the "harms scale modelling" argument I do
wish to be open minded towards making the rules suit local sensibilities
and interests, and it is true that some FAC mass launch models are not
very scale (they are built and modified to maximize flight times). For
your amusement: Lubomir Koutney says "they don't use enough stringers"
whenever I mention the letters FAC. Anyway this is why I want to have
this discussion....so thanks for chiming in.
Regarding events: I also think that the FAC events pretty much cover
everything, although with an American flavor to some extent (Thompson
trophy and Greve race etc.) and, of course, an endurance mindset . On this
I would be happy to add events that have a European flavour (even though I
am in love with those 1930s era Thompson trophy racers e.g. GeeBees,
Folkerts SK seres, Cessna CR 3, Wittman Bonzo etc. etc.). I got the idea
of adding things like Schneider trophy and Coupe Deutsch because I was
told that Europen modellers do not know these aircraft (Thompson racers
etc.) and would not find them appealing (hard to believe for me, but then
I am not a local yet so what do I know). Also, I find Wout's ideas and
input on the kit scale end appealing (if only because we would have a near
infinite variety of subjects to work with). Lastly, when I asked Lubos
about 1/20th scale he told me that they chose this because early on when
they used wingspan limited classes as in the FAC their senses were
offended by the presence of a SE5a that dwarfed a Spitfire (or at least
was the same size) in the same class on the static table.
So what about Location??? Well I guess the best place would be one where
we could easily organize an outdoor gathering. This means the locals would
have to be willing, the site would have to be appropriate, and folks would
have to be willing to get in the car or plane and travel.
I settled on Open scale 2008 for the first gathering because it covers the
first two issues (willing locals and appropriate site fairly well) and in
the greater Europe sense is central. Old Warden would have been more to
my liking since I am British by birth and I have always dreamed of flying
there, but I do not really know the British scene (would the locals be
willing??) and England is not central.
So anyway thanks for pushing the discussion along...I look forward to
reading more on this topic....have to start thinking about what to do
after Open Scale 2008.