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« on: January 08, 2017, 04:12:21 PM »

I'm the Chair o the National Free Flight Society (NFFS) Model of the Year (MoY) committee. Once again I'm interested in finding out which designs or innovations in outdoor scale free flight Impressed you in 2016. All I need to know at this stage is the name of the model, the name of the model designer/flyer, and why you were impressed. Anything is fair game.

Last year this informal questionnaire on Hippocket lead to the selection of two winning designs, Zoltan Sukosd's F1D and Monz Lyons Avro Shackleton 4 engine rubber scale model.
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2017, 04:57:13 PM »

 Grin  i'll vote for JOHN BELL'S P40 at 1/24..  john's work is always first class

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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2017, 05:02:26 PM »

I would vote for Mike Stuarts Cessna 210 or the Short Seamew. The videos of their flights show good flying characteristics and the standard od worksmanship is of a very high class.
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2017, 05:13:18 PM »

I would add Mike's King Air to that and the RE8 by Bill Dennis was an almost Flawless display at the UK nats
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2017, 06:49:27 AM »

Lots of very fine models mentioned above, but I also particularly admired Tom Hallman's Hodek HK-101 rubber twin. I also admire his film-making, which for me captures everything that is good about free flight scale
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQcPZXtFVVw
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2017, 06:53:00 AM »

That's a very good suggestion, WIP (as are the others mentioned).
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2017, 07:37:42 AM »

It is always interesting to ponder this. I suppose we all have different criteria. Here in the UK it wasn´t a truly memorable year but I reckon when we see Ivan Taylor´s new Hornet this year we will be impressed. Mike´s Fox Moth impressed us all by going for light wing loading - always a better option than a heavy, super detailed model that damages walls.
But I, too, would go with WIP´s suggestion of the Hodek. Beautiful construction, great video, not an easy subject but most importantly the story ends with it flying. And could it fly any better?
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2017, 08:09:55 AM »

Another vote for the Hodek.... Wink

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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2017, 08:38:09 AM »

I would be very content if I built a HWYM and it flew like that.  So yes. And add to that the "Build" and it is hard to beat.
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2017, 10:07:17 AM »

I'd vote for one of Tom Hallman's models. He's unveiled several very successful models over the past year, not just the Hodek.
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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2017, 10:20:28 AM »

I would vote for Mike Stuart's King Air. Very impressive workmanship on a difficult paint scheme and it flew as smooth as the full size version. While not a high timer like many in the FAC, it was enough to threaten the top flyers.
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« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2017, 12:30:55 PM »

I agree that the Hodek by Tom Hallman and the King Air by Mike Stuart are excellent choices.  I would like to add for consideration the Dinah Ki 46 designed, built and flown in Jumbo Scale by Doug Beardsworth.   Vance Gilberts Fokker Universal on floats is another great looking ship.  Finally, Mike Isserman's ME 109 was an outstanding example of FAC scale, perhaps did not get the attention it deserved since it did not garner many bonus points.
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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2017, 02:14:11 PM »

If innovation is in the criteria surely Ivan Taylor's Spitfire is in the frame from a structural point of view and the application of F1B ideas in the whole concept of the build. The S5B is also another model that is both innovative and a difficult subject. His sharing of these ideas in Aeromodeller is also very welcome.
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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2017, 03:12:45 PM »

Whatever the outcomes in terms of NFFS this is a welcome thread for me as it's already made me aware of a couple of models I hadn't previously known about, including the Doug Beardmore Dinah, which is featured on the first page of Mike Stuart's Geneseo report here:
http://www.ffscale.co.uk/page3ag.htm

Speaking of Mike, a few of his models have been mentioned here, including the impressive twins, but for me the Mike Stuart model of the year is his wonderful Fox Moth, partly for the remarkable beauty of its structure (visible about a third of the way down this page) --
http://www.ffscale.co.uk/page2l.htm
-- and partly for its uncanny true scale flying performance --
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h9vsrZbLKU

I agree Ivan Taylor's big Spitfire is a fascinating machine but while I have enjoyed the Aeromodeller features on it I haven't had the pleasure of seeing it in action, whether on video or in real life. Does anyone know of a video online?
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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2017, 06:08:21 PM »


I agree Ivan Taylor's big Spitfire is a fascinating machine but while I have enjoyed the Aeromodeller features on it I haven't had the pleasure of seeing it in action, whether on video or in real life. Does anyone know of a video online?
I don't think there is video. Ivan is still wrestling with trimming it but there is no doubt he will get there. There is video of the Hornet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eszpnKVIN1A
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« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2017, 11:37:14 PM »

Mike Stuart's Fox Moth.
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« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2017, 03:11:10 PM »

Of all the models I've seen in the flesh and flying it has to be Mike Stuart's Fox Moth - gorgeous workmanship and very realistic flight.
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