Jan 7, 2008, 8:24:10 PM1/7/08
I have been fortunate in attending every FAC Nats since 1978.
For many years not only as a contestant, but also covering it for
Model Builder magazine and Model Aviation for my scale column. When
you have over 150 contetants and around 900 to 1200 models in
attendance, you get a pretty good idea how popular this FAC event
actually is. (The grand champion one year brought 18 models to
The majority of the modelers are from the east coast and many from
the mid-west where they can drive there vehicles loaded to the gills
with model airiplanes. Since I have to travel by air from
California, I can only take two models, at the most 3. Obviously,
with as many models that are there, not all are judged for scale.
The name of the game is FUN...no ROG required. Enlarged stabs, more
dihedral than scale a few liberties here and there. Flying is the
major goal. Along with the bonus points awarded for having multi-
wing, multi-engine, pusher canard seaplane, and you have a massed a
lot of bonus points. What this has done, is to encourage airplanes
that are not the typical Piper Cub type. I have seen many models
that a few years ago would have never been considered. Yet, they are
flying like you wouldn't believe!
I hope your effort pans out. I did enter Interscale one year when
it was held in the Czech Republic...great fun. Fernando Ramos