Classic Model

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55.1 Scope
Classic Model comprises a single event that emphasizes craftsmanship while remembering the historic legacy of model rocketry. The purpose of this competition is to produce a flying replica of a classic model rocket kit. The model must have been available for sale in kit form prior to 1990 and the builder must provide documentation to support this. Models that are still in production can be entered in this event, including models that are reproductions of classic kits. However, entries must be built and finished to represent a version of the model available for sale as a kit prior to 1990. The entry may be an up or down sized version of the original model.
55.2 Exclusions
Entries eligible per Rule 51 – Sport Scale, Rule 52 – Scale, Rule 53 – Scale Altitude, Rule 54 – Concept Sport Scale, and Rule 56 – Plastic Model Conversion are excluded from this event.
55.3 Data
The competitor must supply data to substantiate the model’s adherence to shape, color, and paint pattern. Data must be derived from a catalog, package insert and/or the kit’s instruction sheet.
55.4 Judging
Entries must be judged for static points in the following manner: Reproduction qualities are to be judged from a distance of at least one meter from the model. Judges may then closely examine the model to judge it for craftsmanship.
55.5 Flight
If the entry does not make a safe, stable flight, the entry must be disqualified.
55.6 Static Judging
55.6.1 Similarity of Outline: 200 points
The competitor is required to submit data to substantiate his/her entry’s visual resemblance to the prototype.
55.6.2 Finish, Color, and Markings: 200 points
The competitor should submit data to substantiate his/her model’s fidelity to the prototype. Any entry not accompanied by data substantiating the finish, color, and markings of the prototype must be given zero points for Finish, Color and Markings.
55.6.3 Degree of Difficulty: 100 points
Points must be awarded according to the difficulty experienced by the competitor in building the model and adapting it for flight. Consideration should be given to whether the entry was built from a kit. Points should be awarded for parts and details that were individually constructed by the competitor. To facilitate judging, the competitor should point out difficult assemblies or construction problems in his/her data.
55.6.4 Craftsmanship: 300 points
Points will be awarded for neatness, care in construction, craftsmanship of details, and quality of finish. Consideration should be given to the invisibility of body seams and wood grain, and the accurate reproduction of curved lines and edges. The finish should be free of fingerprints, brush strokes, runs, or other unintentional blemishes, and the paint pattern should be well defined.
55.7 Flight Characteristics: 300 points
Points are awarded for proper operation of the model during flight, including launch, lack of misfires, stability, recovery, and lack of damage on landing. Consideration should be given to clustering, staging, glide recovery, or flight characteristics that mimic the operation of the classic rocket kit prototype. However, if the general flight performance of the model is adversely affected by the failure of one or more of these aspects, points may be deducted from Flight Characteristics.
55.8 Damage
Damage must be judged cumulatively with each flight, assessed from the judged condition of the entry to the condition presented to the judge post-flight. Damage caused by catastrophic failure must not be counted against the entry’s flight points.
55.9 Scoring
Classic Model must be scored as follows: the entry’s static points are added to its flight points. The competitor receiving the highest score is the winner.
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