Home of the 2024 Club Competition – Wacky Combat

All the news items published should be available here.

Update 10 May 2024 – links to new pages (immediately below)

 

Links to related pages (sub items on the drop down list in the header)
Members Builds
5 May Photos
The Debris

 

Key Info

  • First competition will be on Sunday 5 May, with a bring you own/pay as you go BBQ
  • Ron Gray is in the driving seat & has put together kits for a range of depron models that work well with last years Hanky Planky drivetrain and servos
  • With 27 kits of various cartoon warbirds already distributed you will stand out if you don’t have one of them
  • So, make a choice; buy a kit from Ron; build it (as straightforward as it gets); decorate it in your own unique scheme; fly it to destruction in good company; win a trophy at the 2024 AGM. Simples!
  • We already have 5 on our Members Builds page
  • As the star events last year were the ‘collective’ competitions, there will be more emphasis on collective events this year. As an added bonus, Ron is negotiating with another local club to participate
  • These are the proposed rounds for this year’s competition, subject to change to maintain the fun:
    • Viagra challenge – as per last year, all up, last one down wins
    • Poles apart – as per last year but with everyone competing at the same time, first past the post wins.
    • How low can you go – as per last year but with everyone competing at the same time, highest number of under the tape passes wins.
    • Team combat – 2 teams made up of pilots drawn from a hat, cut the opposition’s steamers, longest total length of streamers left wins.
    • Individual combat – cut the other guy’s streamer, first to cut wins.
 

The Competition details

The standard club rules for flying apply. So, there must always be a spotter present, in addition to those actively competing.

  1. Come again – Limbo type event, how many times can you fly your WW under the ribbon stretched between 2 poles. The poles used will be spaced approximately 20ft apart and with a crepe tape between their tops. Points scored for the number of successful passes. Note that all models will be in the air at the same time.

  2. Poles apart – pylon race type event, how many laps completed within 3 minutes (2 poles 50m apart mark the circuit, red flag for cutting circuit). Points scored for the number of successful laps.. Note that all models will be in the air at the same time.

  3. Viagra challenge – All up, last one down – all launched together, 5 secs engine run from launch, then power off and glide down. Last one down and landing within the designated area will win. Note that all models will be in the air at the same time.

  4. Team Kombat – All competitors will draw a coloured marker from the ‘hat’ to form 2 teams, Team Orange and Team White (colours may change depending on the crepe streamers I can get). Upon the command to ‘Scramble’ all models will take to the air and assume positions. There will then be an ‘Attack, Attack’ command issued whereupon each team will try and cut their opponents towed streamers. The dog fight will last for 4 minutes after which the total length of team streamers still attached will determine the winner, i.e. the team with the longest combined length of streamer wins.

  5. Individual Kombat (Provisional) – As above but 1 on 1, your opponent will be drawn from the hat.

  6. Target practice – A ‘target drone’ will fly backwards and forwards towing the target streamer and it will be the task of individual pilots to cut the streamer being towed. Note that all pilots will be in the air at the same time!

Please note that the above rules may be changed at any time by the Competition Organiser (Ron Gray).

The above events will be run at ‘Club Days’ throughout the year and I’m hoping to be able to have 6 of these starting on the 5th May.

Points will be awarded for the best looking Wacky Warbird and at the end of the season for the most beat up but still flying one.

Winners will be announced at the Pilot’s Ball towards the end of the year, awards given out at the Pilot’s Other Ball at the AGM.

 

Building the Wacky Combat Models

The models do not have to be built from Ron’s kits, but they must be the same size. There is no restriction on the motor, but batteries are limited to 3s. Contact Ron at rongray365@gmail.com.

Note the page header photo, where Vic has creatively transformed a Thunderbob kit into an LaFiver.

Click on a thumbnail to enlarge the page:

 
Build instructions
2024 Wacky Combat build instructions

Remember that you should take care sanding depron – wear a mask/do it with wet and dry paper.

I have added some supplementary help for building the ButchBird here.

 
 
Plans (note that the Spitty is not a Ron Gray design)
Spitty Butch bird Corsy
 
2024 Wacky Combat Spitty assembly 
 
2024 Wacky Combat Butch bird assembly 
 2024 Wacky Combat Corsy assembly 
Thunderbob    
 
2024 Wacky Combat Thunderbob assembly
   

Links to related pages (sub items on the drop down list in the header)
Members Builds
5 May Photos
The Debris

All the news items published should be available here.

Update 17 April 2024 – The competition rules have been released (below ‘Key Info’ on this page)

 

Key Info

  • First competition will be on Sunday 5 May, with a bring you own/pay as you go BBQ
  • Ron Gray is in the driving seat & has put together kits for a range of depron models that work well with last years Hanky Planky drivetrain and servos
  • With 27 kits of various cartoon warbirds already distributed you will stand out if you don’t have one of them
  • So, make a choice; buy a kit from Ron; build it (as straightforward as it gets); decorate it in your own unique scheme; fly it to destruction in good company; win a trophy at the 2024 AGM. Simples!
  • We already have 5 on our Members Builds page
  • As the star events last year were the ‘collective’ competitions, there will be more emphasis on collective events this year. As an added bonus, Ron is negotiating with another local club to participate
  • These are the proposed rounds for this year’s competition, subject to change to maintain the fun:
    • Viagra challenge – as per last year, all up, last one down wins
    • Poles apart – as per last year but with everyone competing at the same time, first past the post wins.
    • How low can you go – as per last year but with everyone competing at the same time, highest number of under the tape passes wins.
    • Team combat – 2 teams made up of pilots drawn from a hat, cut the opposition’s steamers, longest total length of streamers left wins.
    • Individual combat – cut the other guy’s streamer, first to cut wins.
 

The Competition details

The standard club rules for flying apply. So, there must always be a spotter present, in addition to those actively competing.

  1. Come again – Limbo type event, how many times can you fly your WW under the ribbon stretched between 2 poles. The poles used will be spaced approximately 20ft apart and with a crepe tape between their tops. Points scored for the number of successful passes. Note that all models will be in the air at the same time.

  2. Poles apart – pylon race type event, how many laps completed within 3 minutes (2 poles 50m apart mark the circuit, red flag for cutting circuit). Points scored for the number of successful laps.. Note that all models will be in the air at the same time.

  3. Viagra challenge – All up, last one down – all launched together, 5 secs engine run from launch, then power off and glide down. Last one down and landing within the designated area will win. Note that all models will be in the air at the same time.

  4. Team Kombat – All competitors will draw a coloured marker from the ‘hat’ to form 2 teams, Team Orange and Team White (colours may change depending on the crepe streamers I can get). Upon the command to ‘Scramble’ all models will take to the air and assume positions. There will then be an ‘Attack, Attack’ command issued whereupon each team will try and cut their opponents towed streamers. The dog fight will last for 4 minutes after which the total length of team streamers still attached will determine the winner, i.e. the team with the longest combined length of streamer wins.

  5. Individual Kombat (Provisional) – As above but 1 on 1, your opponent will be drawn from the hat.

  6. Target practice – A ‘target drone’ will fly backwards and forwards towing the target streamer and it will be the task of individual pilots to cut the streamer being towed. Note that all pilots will be in the air at the same time!

Please note that the above rules may be changed at any time by the Competition Organiser (Ron Gray).

The above events will be run at ‘Club Days’ throughout the year and I’m hoping to be able to have 6 of these starting on the 5th May.

Points will be awarded for the best looking Wacky Warbird and at the end of the season for the most beat up but still flying one.

Winners will be announced at the Pilot’s Ball towards the end of the year, awards given out at the Pilot’s Other Ball at the AGM.

 

Building the Wacky Combat Models

The models do not have to be built from Ron’s kits, but they must be the same size. There is no restriction on the motor, but batteries are limited to 3s. Contact Ron at rongray365@gmail.com.

Note the page header photo, where Vic has creatively transformed a Thunderbob kit into an LaFiver.

Click on a thumbnail to enlarge the page:

 
Build instructions
2024 Wacky Combat build instructions

Remember that you should take care sanding depron – wear a mask/do it with wet and dry paper.

I have added some supplementary help for building the ButchBird here.

 
 
Plans (note that the Spitty is not a Ron Gray design)
Spitty Butch bird Corsy
 
2024 Wacky Combat Spitty assembly 
 
2024 Wacky Combat Butch bird assembly 
 2024 Wacky Combat Corsy assembly 
Thunderbob    
 
2024 Wacky Combat Thunderbob assembly
   

Members Builds

Wacky Races homepage members builds

The page is on the drop down menu for Wacky Combat, or click here.