Classic Model rules

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57.1 Scope

Classic Model Competition is a unique 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 can be an upscaled or downsized version of the original model.

57.2 Exclusions

Subjects excluded from this event:
Models that are reproductions of scale model rocket kits that would be eligible for competition in Scale (Rule 50), Sport Scale (Rule 53), Concept Scale (Rule 56) are specifically excluded from this event.
Entries that qualify for Plastic Model Conversion Competition (Rule 55) are specifically excluded from this event.

57.3 Substantiation Data

As with craftsmanship events, the contestant must supply data to substantiate the model’s adherence to scale in shape, color, and paint pattern. Data must derive from a catalog, package insert and/or original kit instruction.

57.4 Judging

Models shall be judged for static points for scale-like qualities from a distance of one meter. Judges may then closely examine the model to judge it for craftsmanship.

57.5 Flight

Each entry shall make a safe, stable flight. If the entry does not make a safe, stable flight, the entry shall be disqualified.

57.6 Static Points

Static scoring shall be the same as in Sport Scale (Rule 53).

57.7 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.

57.8 Scoring

Classic Scale Competition shall be scored as follows: the points awarded in static judging shall be added to the points awarded to the entry in flight. The contestant receiving the highest score is the winner.

57.9 Damage

Damage shall be judged cumulatively with each flight, assessed from the judged condition of the model to the condition presented to the judge post-flight. The only exception to this is damage caused in the course of a catastrophic failure under Rule 11.5, in which case such damage shall not be counted against the flight points.

Weighting Factor 20