Kirk's 2005 R/C Season
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2005 is Kirk's fourth season flying R/C combat. This year he will be competing in Open B, 2610 ("scale"), SSC and a few rounds of a provisional scale class
known as 2548.
For B class, Kirk flies the "Mongoose" which he and Kelly designed. For SSC, he flies his own design
called a Rapier with a .15 Magnum engine. More information about the Rapier can be found at the MidAtlanticCombat site.
In 2610 scale, Kirk is flying his own design of a Blackburn Firebrand.
This was a one day contest at Kirk's home field. They flew five rounds each of B and SSC. Kirk had a
few bad moments in B, but placed first in both events. The weather was pleasant, and there was a modest turnout since a few of the regular pilots
weren't able to attend.
This was a two day contest north of Detroit. The lack
of sleep from driving all night to make the contest took a toll on Kirk's preparation and flying. The overcast sky
and passing rain showers added to the challenges. Kirk finished fourth in B, second in Scale, and first in SSC. He
didn't compete in 2548 since we needed to get on the road for the drive home.
This was a one day contest at Kirk's home field. They flew five rouns of Open B
and four rounds of SSC. It was hot and humid with a few rain drops early in the day. Kirk didn't have his best day flying, but he still
managed to finish in first place in both classes. The relatively solid dark gray sky was a less than ideal background for the camera.
Nationals was a four day contest with four different classes flown: Scale/2610, Open B, SSC and a new
provisional class Scale/2548. The weather was very humid and warm (and worse when the sun came out) with rain delays caused by the leftovers from
hurricane Dennis lingering over Muncie all week. Because of the weather, many of the rounds were flown using forestry flagging tape instead of the usual
crepe paper streamers. The forestry tape is water-resistant but is also cut-resistant, which isn't so great for combat. Kirk flew in all four classes. His dedicated 2548
plane wasn't ready in time for nats, so he modified his 2610 Firebrands to fly under the grandfather clause for 2548. He did ok in his first 2548 event and
placed 5th. He finished 6th in B. Kirk flew well and consistently in 2610 and took first place. In SSC, he had some challenges on the first day of flying, but
finished strong on the second day of flying (including getting a 9 cut round). Kirk edged out Brian Gilkey by only 20 points to win first place in SSC.
Scale / 2610
Scale / 2548
This was a one day contest in CT with Open B and 2610. The weather was pleasant, although as some of
the pictures indicate, the clouds came and went all day. The club had a good turnout of volunteers to help with the contest. Kirk flew very well and took
first place in both events. Adding to the fun was the presence of Richard (Kirk's dad) and his friend Sam.
We spent part of one weekend at the WWII show at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
in Reading, PA. There was a focus on WWII, but airplanes from other eras were on display as well. Including a P2V Neptune that Kirk's father flew in once. For a
small donation, the staff were allowing people to go inside the plane as well.
This one day contest had B and SSC. There was a solid turnout of six pilots
for SSC and eight for Open B. Kirk flew well and finished first in both classes. In one round of SSC, Kirk's plane was the only one with streamers
left, so he was flying low defense. However, he failed to pay enough attention to the precise location of obstacles in the field, like the weather vane.
The first few photos below show some of what happened. Kirk added red circles to the photos as highlights. While the vane was knocked off its pole
and dented, Kirk's plane was able to fly again in the next round with a new propeller.
This one day contest had B and SSC. There was a nice turnout of six
SSC pilots and eight B pilots. There are no action photos because Melissa had to judge the whole event. Kirk took first
place in both classes. Kelly did very well for his first contest, finishing second in B class. The pilots, from the left, are:
Viat, Andy, Sergei, Mike (contest director), Joe, Dave, Kirk, Earl and Kelly.
More info after the next contest.