The 54th Annual

Southwest Regionals Model Airplane Championships

    Eloy, Arizona      

17, 18, 19 JAN 04

updated: 5 FEB 04 

Another great January at Eloy, Arizona has come and gone, but we had a great time at the SW Regionals! Our 3 separate contests [AMA Free Flight, FAI Free Flight, and SAM RC Old Timers] and the MECA Collecto provide a lot for modelers to do!

The emblem above was used on the awards and on the commemorative pins given to each contestant. Our 'poster boy' this year is Toby Blizzard, flying a Ramrod nostalgia gas model. Toby is a long time supporter of the SW Regionals so it was really neat that Steve Riley caught the picture of him.

For 2004, we filled out the whole slate of NFFS National Cup FF events, including the junior events. As a result, the SWR AMA FF contest was designated as a National Cup exempt event, meaning that points awarded here could be added to the usual limit of 6 contests.

Three AMA record applications were filed from the AMA FF contest:

-Don Deloach; AB Classic Gas; 26 min. 45 sec.

-Don DeLoach; CD Classic Gas; 22 min. 57 sec.

-Paul Andrade; Mulvihill rubber; 22 min. 21 sec.

[pictures are from Key Crawford, Eut Tileston, Steve Riley, Jim Kutkuhn, Steve Hesla, Cal Ettel, Jack Hiner and Greg Tutmark: Click on the small pics to see them full size.]

Here's Don DeLoach, holding one of the record setting models, That's Jerry Murphy with him.

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Here are some more pics:

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Dan Sobala gets one of his well known Geefs ready for flight.

 

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This is Arch Harlan's My Sin after a VTO launch. Don't know what the other one is might be a GEEF.

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Someone's Lucky Lindy, going good!

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It's Steve Bruno with a T-Bird.

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Gene Smith launching, with Larry Kruse timing. 

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A Sattellite raises some dust. 

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Larry Kruse and Gene Smith, travelling free flight columnists, getting models ready.

 

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Let's call this picture "Abstract Art".

By Saturday afternoon, the area between the cars and the FF flight line was completely covered with chase bike tracks, leaving these fascinating patterns.

 

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Here is the FF flight line, looking from the AMA side toward FAI.

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This is a map that Elmer Nelson posted at FAI to show the boundary ditches and the surrounding fields.

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A view to the southeast. That's the cotton gin - it's about 3 miles away. the mountains are about 15 miles out.

Greg Tutmark, assistant CD for AMA free flight wrote:

Iíve been fortunate to have been invited to be assistant AMA FF CD at the Southwest Regionals for some years now. I have the best job in the contest: I fly in late in the week before the contest, and enjoy the benefits of all the hard labor of Al Lidberg and his crew getting all the hard work done before I arrive. I just get to hang out with all the great people who make the contest the success it is - the contestants.

Iíll leave the results reporting to someone else. I want to remember the people. Dan Keegan and his wife came down from Carson City again this year - Dan flew several rubber power classes and as usual, had a great time. But Iíll remember Dan for the hot cup of coffee he delivered to the official table at precisely the best time Sunday morning when I was feeling the wind chill [his wind chill was worse on Sunday because we gave him a metal chair! - AL]. This year, the gang from Colorado seemed to have even more fun than ever. They took home a good supply of trophies, too. David Ramsey, Gene Smith and Larry Kruse showed that magazine writers are serious competitors as well as just plain good folk. There was Steve Bruno from Oklahoma City, who I think was a first-timer. Steve did well and Iím looking forward to seeing him do well next year. You could see Steveís smile a hundred yards away. And Iíll never forget Walt Conrad. Walt made a special trip to his motel on Sunday during the contest, giving up flying time, to bring me an engine I wanted.

This year I also got to be an Ďíalmost competitoríĎ. Jean Andrews, from Tucson asked me to be his launcher and timer for A-2 glider. I guess we did OK; Jean got first place. It was a genuinely exciting experience to see ĎímyíĎ airplane max and DT safely. Thanks Jean, Iíll be glad to help you any time. Saturday, I timed for John Patton flying his electric RC OT wakefield. Sure flew like a bird. John did fine. Maxed out his flights. Jim Kutkuhn was flying old time RC with his spotless Quaker. Best of all, it had an engine that was the ancestor of the Forster 99. Jim flew well - was truly an inspiring sight - I was so impressed by it, I made a special effort to get photos of that engine.

This epistle wouldnít be complete without special thanks to my hosts, Al Lidberg and his daughter Annie who make their home my home for my annual visits. Steve Riley and John Patton seem to be there to take care of me when I need assistance. Iím sure there are many others I could mention, but it is a terrible fate to be talked to death. So, thanks to everyone, you made my SWR memorable. Iíll be there next year.

Greg

 

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That is the engine noted in Greg's article above, plus Jim Kutkuhn's Quaker RC OT.

 

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Here is Ben Nead and the Rapier model that was influenced by a White Wings paper glider.

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It's Bob White!

Southwest Regionals AMA/NFFS/SAM Free Flight

17-18 JAN 2004 Eloy, Arizona

1/2 A Gas [9]

1/2 A Classic Power [6]

A Gas [5]

1st

Frank Roberge - AZ 704

1st

Jack Marsh - CA 143

1st

Don DeLoach - CO 1081

2nd

Steve Bruno - OK 692

2nd

Steve Bruno - OK 889

2nd

Jim Grove - NV 1041

3rd

Ken Kaiser - CA 496

3rd

Matthew Kruse - CA 470

3rd

Michael Thompson -CA 536

Classic AB Power [3]

B Gas [6]

C Gas [6]

1st

Michael Thompson-CA 900

1st

Don DeLoach - CO 1605

1st

Don DeLoach - CO 1377

2nd

Jack Marsh - CA 526

2nd

Daryl Perkins - CA 836

2nd

Kevin Sherman - CA 1189

3rd

Steve Bruno - OK 469

3rd

Jim Grove - NV 687

3rd

Guy Menanno - CA 740

Classic CD Power [2]

D Gas [4]

1/4A Nostalgia [4]

1st

Lynn Pulley - CA 708

1st

Daryl Perkins - CA 720

1st

Michael Thompson-CA 497

2nd

Jack Marsh - CA 693

2nd

Kevin Sherman - CA 717

2nd

Keith Fulmer - IN 447

3rd

3rd

Guy Menanno - CA 714

3rd

Frank Pollard - WA 394

Early 1/2A Nostalgia [3]

1/2A Nostalgia [11]

A Nostalgia [13]

1st

Keith Fulmer - IN 497

1st

Michael Thompson-CA 832

1st

Dan Sobala - AZ 1220

2nd

Dan Sobala - AZ 494

2nd

Larry Kruse 679

2nd

Lynn Pulley - CA 1065

3rd

Norm Peterson 258

3rd

Norm Peterson 540

3rd

Gene Smith - OK 763

B Nostalgia [10]

C Nostalgia [8]

.020 Replica [8]

1st

Bruce Augustus - ID 1076

1st

Gene Smith - OK 1184

1st

Frank Pollard - WA 900

2nd

Dick Nelson - AZ 1046

2nd

Archie Harlan - AZ 1070

2nd

Ron Wittman - CA 844

3rd

Dan Sobala - AZ 858

3rd

Dan Sobala - AZ 540

3rd

David Ramsey - CO 515

O T Gas Pylon [5]

O T Gas Fuselage [4]

Junior P-30 [1]

1st

Gary Sherman - CA 1620

1st

Ron Thomas - CA 540

1st

Logan Tetrick - CA

211

2nd

Walt Conrad - NV 1208

2nd

Gary Sherman - CA 527

2nd

3rd

Bruce Augustus - ID 720

3rd

Walt Conrad - NV 502

3rd

P-30 [9]

Nostalgia Rubber [6]

Nostalgia Wakefield [5]

1st

Don DeLoach - CO 722

1st

Bud Romak - CA 1116

1st

Bob White - CA 970

2nd

Phil Klintworth - TN 600

2nd

Carl Redlin - UT 1030

2nd

Bud Romak - CA 729

3rd

Jerry Murphy - CO 586

3rd

Jean Andrews - AZ 493

3rd

Herb Kothe - CO 530

Moffett Rubber [3]

Mulvihill [6]

O T Rubber Small Stick [9]

1st

Dan Keegan - NV 699

1st Paul Andrade 1341

1st

Herb Kothe - CO 1260

2nd

Bud Romak - CA 675

2nd Phil Klintworth 1018

2nd

Al Yuhasz - CO 1245

3rd

Herb Kothe - CO 666

3rd Jim O'Reilly 689

3rd

Bud Romak - CA 702

O T Rubber Large Stick [7]

O T Rubber Small Fuselage [8]

O T Rubber Large Fuselage [6]

1st

Kevin Sherman - CA 1604

1st

Herb Kothe - CO 540

1st

Al Yuhasz - CO 842

2nd

Ron Wittman - CA 1080

2nd

Carl Redlin - UT 530

2nd

Jim O'Reilly - KS 509

3rd

Carl Redlin - UT 1042

3rd

Kevin Sherman - CA 514

3rd

Bob Goldie - CA 508

Catapult Glider [9]

Hand Launched Glider [6]

Towline A1 [3]

1st

Tim Batiuk - CA 1138

1st

Tim Batiuk - CA 412

1st

Bob Norton - CA

332

2nd

Lee Hines - CA 697

2nd

Dallas Parker - CA 306

2nd

Jean Andrews - AZ

105

3rd

Lewie Kear - AZ 455

3rd

Norm Smith - CA 277

3rd

Ken Kaiser - CA

41

Towline A2 [2]

Jetex/Rapier [3]

Jimmie Allen [2]

1st

Jean Andrews - AZ 373

1st

Larry Kruse - OK

259

1st

Herb Kothe - CO

360

2nd

Willard Smitz - AZ 20

2nd

Frank Pollard - WA

245

2nd

Frank Pollard - WA

312

3rd

3rd

Ben Nead - AZ

120

3rd

Junior Delta Dart [1]

1st

Bailey Archer - AZ

2nd

3rd

High Time:
Gas - Larry Fry Award

Gary Sherman

High Time:
Junior National Cup Events

Logan Tetrick

 

Here are the FAI Contest results:

F1A  Glider [22]

F1B Wakefield  [17]

F1C Gas Power  [6]

1st Hector Diaz 1869 1st Martin Schroeder 1822 1st Randy Archer 2001
2nd Pierre Brun 1775 2nd George Batiuk 1817 2nd Terry Kerger 1859
3rd Ernesto Busnelli 1700 3rd Jack Emory 1807 3rd Guy Menanno 1665

F1G Coupe [20]

F1H Glider [11] F1J Small Gas Power [6]
1st George Schroedter 762 1st Brian Van Nest 1467 1st John Warren 1800
2nd John Clapp 721 2nd Mike McKeever 1434 2nd Ed Carroll 1410
3rd Bob White 692 3rd Ryan Archer 1389 3rd Guy Menanno 1366

We understand that Ryan Archer, an AMA Junior, may have set a record in F1H!

Round-by-round details for FAI are available - contact AL : aalmps@aol.com

More pics:

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Aerial photo from Eut Tileston's camera equipped Lite Stick, flown from George Tallet's yard in Picacho, AZ - a short distance south of the Eloy field.

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The RC OT parking area, well, part of it anyhow - Eut's photo plane again!

 

 

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That's Kenny Kear in the foreground, watching Al Casey flying. [I think it was Gerald M who labeled this - "Like watching paint dry!"]

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This is 'probably' Luther Peter's Arrowplane for 1/2A Texaco Scale RC.

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Carl Redlin, noted FF rubber flyer, at RC OT!

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Carl R, in more familiar [to us FFers] territory, winding a Mulvihill.

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It's David Ramsey, a serious competitor in FF, and our favorite modeling columnist from Colorado [or should there be a comma between columnist and from?].

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Elmer Nelson with a Coupe. Elmer works quite hard behind the scenes at making Eloy/Toltec Rd site the best, and the SWR a great contest

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Mike Woodhouse from the UK with his F1B. Mike and his flying buddy Dave Oldham would always win the farthest distance travelled award [if we had one!].

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Ken Kear, local boy done good! His Stinson 1/2A Texaco Scale RC drew admiring looks from all.

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Art  Hillis, from Colorado, with a SAM Large Fuselage rubber model.

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Don Bekins gets ready to start up his Ethy.

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Our faithful SAM Speaks scribe, Bruce Augustus, with a big Ram Rod.

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Randy Burros, usually seen at FF, with a Bomber for Foxacoy.

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Ron Thomas with a Playboy Cabin for OT FF fuselage.

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There is more than one V-tail Swallow! This one is Ed Shilen's in purple and white.

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Steve Roselle with his big Weathers Westerner.

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Don Bekins in the background raising some dust.

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Key Crawford with 3rd or 4th cup of morning coffee.

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Ken Kear's as yet uncovered 'Condor' glider.

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Cal Ettel launching.

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It's Bob Angel's Klemm for 1/2 Texaco Scale RC.

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That's Eut Tileston starting his Aerobile, with Luther Peters assisting.

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Al Taffs with a Playboy.

 

 

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Sunrise at Eloy!

 

With reference to the RC OT results, I wrote 

"As a charter member of the 'I won't build a Bomber Club', I can at least say, 'Isn't it amazing how many Bombers are on the list, and in so many sizes!"  I was also tempted to write something about how many McCoy engines are on that list!

Eut Tileston responded, "Yes Al, but an Ohlsson powered V-tail Swallow beat all (McCoy powered bombers) in C ignition!"

          Southwest Regionals Eloy 2004 SAM RC Old Timers           

*  flyoff results

Place

Flyer

Area

Model

Engine

Time

 

A Ignition

1 King   Bomber Shilen .19 1191
2 Hawkins 430 Bomber Torp .19 1184
3 Lewis 330 Bomber Elfin 2.49 1084
4 Shilen   994
5 Bekins 330 Airborn Shilen .19 968
6 Schmidt 360 Bomber Elfin .19 953
 

Ohlsson Sideport

1 Tallent 1230 Bomber   1076*
2 Tileston 794 V-tail Swallow 917*
3 Bekins 760 Ethy 803*
4 King   Clipper 1236
5 Crawford 654 Thermal Magnet 299
6 Lane 520 Pixy 298
 

C Glow

1 Roselle 956 Weather's Westerner K&B .40 939*
2 Hamler 900 Bomber ST .40 789*
3 Hawkins 930 Bomber Nelson .40 605*
4 King   Foote Westerner Nelson .40 394*
5 Bishop 900 Bomber K&B 6.5 DNF*
6 Lewis 666 Kerswap K&B .40RR 1243
7 Taffs 900 Bomber ST .40RR 1146
8 Crawford 800 Playboy Johnson .35 792
9 Casey 800 Playboy Fox .35 767
 
Antique
1 Samuelson 1500 Anderson Pylon OS .61 1800
2 Hamler 900 Bomber ST .40 1789
3 Lewis 1350 Bomber ST .60 1571
4 Hawkins 1260 Bomber McCoy 1524
5 Barkdull 1442 Dallaire Forster .99 803
 
Spirit of SAM
1 Pearce 180 Triangle Sportster   1451
2 Tileston 120 ABC Robin 1412
3 Hiner 145   1088
4 Ettel 140 Jabberwock 1082
5 Peters   Red Flash 877
6 Bronaugh   Red Flash 870
7 Richards   3/4 Korda 176
 
Texaco
1 Roselle 1190 Anderson Pylon OS .40 4 stk 2731
2 Hawkins 1260 Bomber Irvine .40 2619
3 Taffs 900 Bomber   1482
4 Samuelson 1260 Bomber OS .60 4 stk ign 1471
5 Hamler 1260 Bomber O&R .60 1408
6 Bekins 1326 Airborn O&R .60 1038
 
B Ignition
1 Bishop 582 Playboy McCoy .29 1260
2 Bekins 330 Airborn Torp .29 1190
3 Hawkins 618 Bomber McCoy .29 1153
4 King   Bomber   1059
5 Lewis 490 Airborn McCoy .29 791
6 Tileston   Sylph ED Hunter 683
7 Schmidt 480 RC1 Torp .29 495
8 Tallent 630 Bomber McCoy .29 399
 
Wakefield
1 Hiner 196 Gypsy   293*
2 Pearce     261*
3 Patton   Duplex DNF*
4 Shilen     554
 
Electric Texaco
1 Hiner 370 Commando   2926
2 Benson 500 Bomber 2219
3 Rutherford 630 Bomber 1499
4 Pearce 630 Bomber 1462
5 Bithell 500 Bomber 1104
6 Roselle 582 RAZ05 [?] 914
 
Pure Antique
1 Angel 1260 Bomber McCoy .60 1717
2 Hawkins 1260 Bomber McCoy .60 1200
3 Bekins 1326 Airborn McCoy .60 1134
4 Barkdull 1442 Dallaire Forster .99 1033
5 Kutkuhn   422
 
AB Glow
1 Hawkins 820 Bomber Nelson .29 519*
2 Bishop 695 Bomber K&B 4.9 501*
3 Angel 660 Stardust Special Torp .29 259*
4 Hamler 490 Airborn K&B 3.5 OR*
5 King   Foote Westerner Nelson .29 ATT*
6 Lewis 666 Kerswap ST .29 1093
7 Schmidt 630 RC1 McCoy .29 871
8 Hatfield 366 So Long OS .15 527
 
Unlimited [rubber]
1 Hiner 325 Red Flash   934
2 Shilen   424
3 Pearce   325
4 Lidberg   JA Bluebird 115
 
Electric LMR
1 Hiner 450 Baby Playboy   1289*
2 Redlin   Playboy 1200*
3 Pearce 630 Bomber 1171*
4 Shilen     DNF*
5 Benson 504 Bomber 1199
6 Roselle 582 Playboy Cabin 963
7 Bithell 630 Bomber 368
 
1/2A Texaco Scale
1 Hillis 274 Curtis Robin   843
2 Angel   Klemm 824
3 Tileston 253 Arrowplane 770
4 Kear   Stinson Reliant 519
 
Old Time Glider
1 Bekins   Thermic 100   1284
2 Angel   Thermic 100 849
3 Hawkins   Thermic 100 13
 
Brown Jr LER
1 Hawkins 1010 RC1   1338
2 Bekins 760 Ethy 1229
3 Tileston 794 V-tail Swallow 821
4 Shilen     660
5 Angel 640 Kloud King 584
6 Kutkuhn   Thermal Magnet 540
7 Lane 850 Long Cabin 296
 
Ohlsson .23 Ignition
1 Hawkins 475 Bomber   900
2 Tallent 535 Bomber 507
3 King   Westerner 505
 
Foxacoy
1 Tallent 875 Bomber

[coin toss]

840
2 Hawkins 820 Bomber 840
3 Taffs 900 Bomber   790
4 Casey 800 Playboy 722
5 Burros 900 Bomber 183
 
C Ignition LER
1 Tileston 794 V-tail Swallow O&R .60 546*
2 Hawkins 1260 Bomber McCoy .60 520*
3 Bekins 960 Hayseed McCoy .60 430
4 Bishop 900 Bomber McCoy .60 0*
5 Tallent 1230 Bomber McCoy .60 DNF*
6 Shilen       1138
7 Angel 1260 Bomber McCoy .60 1101
8 Lewis 940 Kerswap McCoy .60 1075
9 Lang       480
10 Taffs 900 Bomber McCoy .60 420
11 Crawford 955 Hayseed Anderson Spitfire ATT
 
1/2A Texaco
1 Hillis 288 Playboy   1389
2 Tileston 240 Sylph 1312
3 Hamler 292 Airborn 1293
4 Angel   Playboy Jr 1235
5 Hawkins 318 Bomber 1233
6 Samuelson     1063
7 McLaughlin 342 Dallaire 781
8 Barkdull   Playboy 580
 
Grand Champion: Hawkins

 

 

Well, that's our contest. We [SW Regionals Modelers Association] may have as much fun putting the contest together as the contestants do flying in it!

We would like to see YOU here at Eloy next year - watch for announcements for the MLK long weekend in January, 2005.

Sponsors:
Southwest Regional Modelers Association
AL Lidberg, John Nystedt, Elmer Nelson, Steve Riley, Bob Angus, with a lot of assistance from Greg Tutmark, John Patton, Herman Andresen and Peter Brocks.

Other reports on the FF side of SWR04:

- Mike Woodhouse pics are at:   http://www.freeflightsupplies.co.uk/southwest2004.htm

 - watch for Elmer Nelson's writeup in the NFFS mag

- and John Patton's article in Model Aviation!

Contact Al at   aalmps@aol.com