Craftsmanship Judging

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50.1 Judging
Craftsmanship events require static judging. The same team of one or more judges must judge all craftsmanship entries in an event that are in the same competition division.
50.2 Insufficient Data
If an entry is found to lack sufficient data, the competitor will be allowed a reasonable amount of time to correct for the deficiency.
50.3 Conflict of Interest
A judge entered in an event shall not judge his/her own entry, or any entry in competition with it.
50.4 Viewing Period
It is recommended that the Contest Director set aside periods of time at which entries may be viewed by the competitors and guests. The intent of this practice is to stimulate interest in craftsmanship events in competitors who may not otherwise enter such events, and improve the craftsmanship of those competitors who regularly do.
50.5 NAR Number
The competitor’s name or NAR number is required to be on the model per Rule 9.4 – NAR Number.
50.6 Judging Condition
Entries must be judged 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 entry during judging. Pop lugs are considered part of the launcher, not of the model. Nothing may be added to the entry, nor taken off the exterior of the entry, 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.
50.7 Accidental Damage
Any damage to an entry while it is in the custody of the judges or meet officials must not be held against the competitor, and the competitor must have the opportunity to repair the entry without penalty.
50.8 Human Intervention
Craftsmanship entries are judged for flight damage; therefore, no human intervention (e.g., catching the entry or cushioning its landing) will be allowed between launch and touchdown. Alternately competitor’s may choose to catch their entries. In this case, entries that are caught must be judged as if they had sustained maximum damage on landing, but will not 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 competitor. The competitor must inform the applicable contest official of his/her decision to accept or reject the flight as an official flight prior to any subsequent flight by the competitor in that event.
50.9 Lost Models
Craftsmanship entries that cannot be returned to the judges must be judged as if it had sustained maximum damage on landing, but will not be disqualified, except as per Rule 9.10 – Impound. Rule 10.4 – Return of Inaccessible Models will not apply.
50.10 Craftsmanship at NRC Launches
50.10.1 Static Judging
Static Judging will follow the same rules per the craftsmanship event being flown with the following exceptions:
50.10.2 Data Packet
The contestant shall submit the data packet electronically. The procedure for doing this is to send an email to the Contest Board Chair (see contacts directory link on page iv) to request an upload URL link.  The Contest Board will respond with the link to where the data is to be uploaded.
50.10.3 Scale Like Qualities Judging
The contestant shall submit two or more photos showing both the front and the back of the overall completed model. Be sure that the exterior of the model is in flight condition (any clear plastic fins installed, etc.). At least one supplied photo must show the contestants NAR number, Team number, or name.
50.10.4 Craftmanship and Detail Judging
The contestant shall submit two or more close up photos that document workmanship and any detailing. Additional photos are encouraged since the model will only receive points in a category to the extent there is supporting photographic documentation.
50.10.5 Flight Characteristics
The model must make a safe, qualified flight. 100 points will be awarded for “General Flight” if the model makes a qualified flight. Photos or videos of the flight are not required.
50.10.6 Mission Points
Due to limitation of remote judging, mission points will be limited to the following:

  • Clustering – per the clustering table in the Mission Points Worksheet (see below)
  • Staging – 25 points per additional ignited stage
  • Jettison – 15 points for jettisoned assemblies (must comply with Safety Code)
  • Gliding – 50 points for successful gliding recovery