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Old 05-24-2004, 11:07 PM   #1
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Whats the feeling about Electric combat Spads competing

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Our club (Terrace Model airplane Club) has no real formal rules for combat, its run what ya brung for the most part. We have a hoot flying a dogs breakfast of configurations. There's GMS 47's, OS 40 LA's, Norvel 25's and JETT 46' all in the furball at once. The surprise is that its not always power or experience that wins sometimes is just having a good eye for where you opponent is going to be in the next split second. So, since I fly a brushless powered QHOR would I be welcome anywhere else this summer?

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S.P.A.D.s, Fibreglas & Balsa EDF's, Foamies, Brushless powered and nitro balsa planes, they're all in my hanger, just don't explain what it all means to the mrs, eh?
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Old 06-15-2004, 09:22 PM   #2
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although a long way away, you'd be more than welcome to fly with us here in Strathroy. I've seen open A up against 1/12 scale. motto here is if it flies, fly it. If it has a streamer, chase it! It is good to see others that realize that it isn't necissarily power that wins. Aircraft aren't the deciding factor eithier. It all comes down to pilot skill and luck.

There is a huge argument going on in MAAC combat about aircraft type and rules right now, with the major bases being oakvile and Hamilton/Strathroy/Detroit (our sister club) The new rules would basically eliminate international competition. There is way to much history to type here, but you can find in the combt forum (mostly the locked ones) and on flightlines. If you did want to get in the conversation (I wouldn't reccomend it, I wish I didn't) read through the many post, and come up with your own opinion.

do you know anyone that flies slope combat?
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Old 06-15-2004, 11:42 PM   #3
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There are a bunch of folks who fly Zagi or "nerf" combat. They don't bother with streamers, they just try to knock each other out of the sky! They actually fly indoor combat through the Winter around here too.
As these are foamies with pusher props there's rarely any damage.
I don't see it as a huge leap to a SPAD electric.
To compete in a real competition you'd have to keep the weight under 3 1/2 pounds, but with LIPO batteries now available that should not be quite as difficult as say a year ago. And you need to be able to fly a minimum of six minutes (well, five for the round - I added a minute to get up and to land but that would not need full power)
As Patch says, it's not necessarily the fastest plane that wins, the more maneuverable the plane, the better chance you have of avoiding being cut and turning into a streamer.
Give it a shot and good luck!
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Old 06-16-2004, 07:31 AM   #4
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Club level Scrambles!

Your flying what is called a Club Level Scramble. No points are being written down for national standings.

Our own club fly's Club level scrambles and we just enjoy the great fun of Combat. Each club will have its own level of activity.

IE: our club all fly open combat Class B. This is just too keep everyone on basically on a level playing field. We follow all the Open Combat safety rules like wearing helmets etc.

We ended up going to class B because the new .25's on Gremlins were doing better than old beat up .40's - It just naturally went that way.

I wouldn't have any problem with an Electric as long as its power was in the same range as the rest of the gas boys. In the end no one is keeping score right!
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