Concept Sport Scale

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54.1 Scope
Concept Sport Scale comprises a single event that is a variation of Sport Scale. The purpose of this competition is to produce a flying replica of either a fictional or a proposed, but un-flown rocket vehicle. Entries that qualify for Sport Scale per Rule 51 – Sport Scale, are excluded from this event.
54.2 Exclusions
Subjects excluded from this event:

  • Vehicles from unpublished fiction and amateur films
  • Science fiction or futuristic designs published by model rocketry manufacturers, publications, or organizations specifically for flying model construction
  • Science fiction themed rocket kits that do not appear in actual works of science fiction or rockets in generic science fiction illustrations
  • Generic illustrations of a class of proposed vehicle rather than a specific program
  • Real prototypes that appeared in science fiction, unless so modified that they could not be flown in Sport Scale
  • Amateur rockets and missiles, except when the prototype is of obvious historical significance
54.3 Plastic Models
Entries that qualify for Plastic Model Conversion per Rule 56 – Plastic Model Conversion, are excluded from this event.
54.4 Data
The competitor must supply data to substantiate the model’s adherence in shape, color, and paint pattern. Data must derive from the work of science fiction or from an established aerospace professional, institution or company proposal.

For fictional prototypes, photos and art extracted from the work of science fiction, or from advertising or publicity for the work are acceptable. Photos and drawings of props used in filming of works of science fiction are acceptable. If the original work did not depict the vehicle in color, colors of contemporary vehicles may be used to suggest a scheme consistent with the original work.

For proposed prototypes, photos and drawings of models produced by an established aerospace professional, institution, or company is acceptable. If color or marking data is not available, the competitor may use document markings of a similarly proposed or flown design from the same era. Drawings or photographs depicting flying model kits are not acceptable.

54.5 Flight
If the entry does not make a safe, stable flight, it must be disqualified.
54.6 Static Judging
54.6.1 Similarity of Outline: 200 points
The competitor is required to submit data to substantiate his/her entry’s visual resemblance to the prototype.
54.6.2 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.
54.6.3 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
54.6.4 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.
54.7 Flight Characteristics: 300 points
54.7.1 Mission: 200 points
Mission points are awarded for the entry’s appropriate and scale-like operation of the prototype during flight. Any such operation that does not comply with the safety standards set forth in the Sporting Code must be disqualified. The RSO is the only official who may rule on the safety of the entry’s operation.
54.7.2 General Flight: 100 points
General flight points are awarded for proper operation of the entry during flight, including launch, lack of misfires, stability, recovery, and lack of damage on landing. No consideration should be given to staging or scale-like flight characteristics, as they are covered under mission points. However, if the general flight performance of the entry is adversely affected by the failure of one or more of these aspects, general flight points may be deducted.
54.8 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.
54.9 Scoring
Concept Sport Scale 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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