Owner and pilot Dave Johnson notes that his 1/5-scale Dakota is 18 years old, with a white polystyrene foam fuselage and outer wing panels sheeted with balsa, then covered with Solartex and sprayed with automotive paint. The center wing section is all wood for strength. Powered by two Zenoah 62cc gas engines, the giant airliner has certainly held up well over the years! Thanks to Pete and Dean Coxon for taking this great video and posting it to YouTube.
Electric power is in a constant state of improvement and it’s no surprise that there were some EDF (Electric Powered Fan) jets in the winner circles at the end of the 2015 Top Gun Scale Invitational.
In Team Scale, builder Mike Grady and pilot Dustin Buescher placed 3rd in the class with their BVM MiG-15. The 1/6-scale jet has a span of 68 inches and weighs 22 pounds and is powered by a BVM EDF power unit.
In the Masters Class for the 3rd place win (for the third consecutive year), was Bob Violett and his 1/7-scale, all electric powered F-80 Shooting Star showed how it’s done. An EVF-3-12S 9er provides the thrust, and Bob flies with a Spektrum 18X radio system. Bob was assisted by caller., Kirby Smith.
If you missed RCX last weekend, you missed out on some of the most exciting RC Fun that can be experienced! And, you missed the opportunity to say hi and chat with the MAN Team, Debra Cleghorn, Sr. West Coast editor John Reid (Left) and Sr. Tech. editor Gerry Yarrish. With two exciting flight zones — one indoor for smaller 3D planes, quadcopters and electric helis, and a much larger outdoor flight zone for some really exciting high performance aerobatic helicopter and professional grade rotordrone flight demos, the in air excitement was non-stop.
We even had the crew from Rutan RC demo their new combo package, the White Knight mothership and EDF powered Spaceship One! What a great weekend to experience it all.
There were plenty of upper end multi-rotor craft to watch as they hovered over the crowds and video taped the action below.
And for the scale at heart, there was the annual “Battle of the Builders” competition with some of the greatest scale planes you’ve ever seen.
Be sure to mark that RC calendar for RCX 2016! It is the greatest RC show on earth!
A huge thank you to all who attended and made RCX 2015 one for the record books, and we can’t wait to see you all next year!
Here are some of our favorite photos taken during RCX 2015:
Gallery > RCX 2015
It’s hard to imagine another Joe Nall is in the books. The event we think about all year, plan for months ahead of time, impossibly try to describe to others, has come and gone for 2015. All we can say is WOW, what a show it was! With 1,780 registered pilots present over the 8 day event, Triple Tree broke an all time attendance record again. Will next year top 2,000? You’ll have to show up and see!
Friday was the pinnacle of the event with many in attendance for the famous noon-time awards ceremony and over the top flight demonstrations by the hobbies finest. This year’s ceremony kicked off with the AMA recognizing the Tri-County RC Flyers club from Savannah, GA for raising more than $10,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. A well deserved plaque was awarded to the club for this valiant effort.
Afterwards, a surprise announcement was made that 80-year-old lifetime modeller Bob Shaw, has donated $250,000 for the construction of a youth oriented learning center at Triple Tree. The center will be a state of the art facility where youth can learn about aviation and hopefully develop their own life-long passion for the sport.
The ceremony concluded with the awarding of two trophies. Every year a pilot is awarded the Bob Smith award for his/her camaraderie and skill on the flight line. This year’s recipient was David Payne. Lastly, a trophy named after Mr. Joe Nall himself was awarded to highly deserving Mark Davidson for his countless hours of hard work behind the scenes assuring Joe Nall Week is spectacular. Congratulations to both; job well done guys!
Looking back on the week, Joe Nall is more than a fly in. It’s a family reunion consisting of many clubs and enthusiasts from across the nation and even the globe. For those who spend many lonely hours in the workshop gluing, sanding, covering, etc, it’s the one week of the year they can surround themselves with like-minded individuals talking the talk, enjoying fellowship with others in this great sport.
Summarizing the essence of Joe Nall Week is difficult to do with words, so here are a few shots from the greatest RC event on earth.
Happy flying and see you in 2016!
Along with all the scale RC machines, there’s plenty of full-size four-wheeled stuff to scope at RCX. Which ride would you take home?
Sunday flightline action at RCX. Flying the DJI S900.
RCX was off to a great start this Saturday at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA, and there’s still time to get in on the action! Doors open Sunday at 10 and we’ll be flying, driving, and buying until 4. Saturday was filled with RC demos of planes, multirotors and cars and deals on the latest products. Check out the action in this gallery and we’ll see you Sunday! (And if you can’t join us, stay tuned to Facebook for updates and photos from the show!)
Aerial coverage of the RCX show brought to you by Michael Rivard and RadFlight! Along with the latest RC cars, trucks, and gear, this year’s RCX event will also feature a variety of opportunities to learn and witness all the tech and fun in the Drone market. One of the fastest growing segments in the industry and the hottest topic. Check out the Total Control Innovations Try-Me Drone Zone, Drone Demo’s by Horizon Hobby, Muticopter Warehouse Outdoor Fly Zone, industry pros on hand from UAV Systems Association!
Some beautiful planes on display at the Battle of the Builders at RCX! The Scale Squadron of Southern California did a great job of getting entries!