Static Judging

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16.1 Judging

In events that require static judging (e.g., Research and Development, Scale, Plastic Model Conversion) all entries in an event that are in competition with one another must be judged by the same team of one or more Judges. Several teams of Judges may be used for events conducted in age divisions, provided all entries in each event in each division are judged by the same Judges.

16.2 Conflict of Interest

No Judge entered in an event shall judge his/her own entry, nor any entry in competition with it.

16.3 Viewing Period

At any meet holding events requiring static judging, it is recommended that the Contest Director officially set aside a period of time between judging and launching during which the models can be viewed by the competitors and guests. The intent of this practice is to stimulate interest in craftsmanship events in modelers who may not otherwise enter such events, and improve the craftsmanship of those modelers who regularly do.

16.4 NAR Number

The name or NAR number required to be on the model by Rule 9.4 shall be judged for craftsmanship along with the model.

l6.5 Judging Condition

Models shall be judged for points in flight condition, with the exception that motor(s) and recovery system need not be present. Any clear plastic fins, launching lugs and fittings, and other exterior flight items must be attached to the model during judging. Pop lugs are considered part of the launcher, not of the model. Nothing may be added to the model, or taken off the exterior of the model, between judging and flight, except the motor(s) and recovery system(s). If unusual launching or recovery devices are to be used it should be so noted in the data presented.

16.6 Accidental Damage

Any damage to an entry while it is in the custody of the judges or meet officials shall not be held against the contestant, and the contestant shall have the opportunity to repair the model without penalty.

16.7 Human Intervention

For any model being judged for damage, no human intervention (e.g., catching the model or cushioning its landing) shall be allowed between launch and touchdown. However, with the exception of the egg lofting events, contestants may choose to catch their models. In this case, models that are caught shall be judged as if they had sustained maximum damage on landing, but shall not be disqualified. Any egg lofter that is caught or cushioned shall be disqualified. If the intervention was accidental and/or inadvertent, in the opinion of the Range Safety Officer, the flight may be judged as having sustained maximum damage points or an unofficial flight, at the option of the contestant for all events except egg lofting which shall be an unofficial flight. The contestant shall inform the applicable Contest Official of his/her decision to accept or reject the flight as an official flight as soon as possible; but in any case, prior to any subsequent flight by the contestant in the event.

16.8 Lost Models

Any model being judged for damage that cannot be returned to the Judges shall be judged as if it had sustained maximum damage on landing, but shall not be disqualified, except as per Rule 9.10. Rule 10.4 shall not apply.

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