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Old 03-09-2014, 05:52 AM
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Default HEMET 2014 - U.S. Scale Masters regional qualifier - April 19-20

The U.S. Scale Masters Association returns to Hemet,Ca this April 19th & 20th for the annual Southern California Regional Scale Contest & Qualifier.
Hosted by - Hemet Model Masters - http://www.hemetmodelmasters.org/

The field is ready. The runway is smooth, the pits is plentyfull, parking is ample ( including overnight dry camping available) and lots of shade provided by a 125ft long structure for
pilots and spectators. The club has hosted the Championships back in 2007 with great success and continues to support the U.S. Scale Masters by providing great hospitality at each
year's qualifiers. I've attended every qualifier since '07 and seen a steady increase in pilot attendence from all over Southern California and even Nevada, Arizona and central Ca.

Mark your calendars now so you don't miss out on all the action and fun.
Five classes available for you to enter:
Expert
Team
Advanced - ARFs allowed
Pro/Am Pro - ARFs allowed
Pro/Am Sportsman - ARFs allowed

You may enter two models in different classes as well. More details to follow.
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:19 AM
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Here's a fun group!
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:59 AM
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At today's U.S.Scale Masters' contests, you can't tell the models from the full-size planes. The models just keep getting better and better.
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Old 04-18-2014, 10:36 PM
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ok guys! ....no more excuses!
The weather is great and today we had several flyers practicing. Also, a special shout out to Chad Veich for attending his first SoCal regional qualifier. He drove out from Phoenix,AZ to Hemet
to enter his *scratch-built* Grumman F6F-5K Hellcat. We hope to get him hooked on Scale competition! This is Chad's second Masters' qualifier and we wish him the best!

Today (Friday) was meet & greet day for those diehards and to get in those last minute practice flights. Then off to some terrrriffic local BBQ for dinner.
So we're having fun this weekend .....how 'bout you!
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Old 04-18-2014, 11:32 PM
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See what you're missing!
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Old 04-20-2014, 01:30 AM
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Saturday highlights:
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:54 AM
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Thanks Ken for your hard work all weekend long. It was a fun event and I was very glad to have been able to be a part of it. I certainly will not hesitate to participate again if the opportunity presents itself. Looking forward to more pictures.
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Chad,
Thank you, and Rick also, for making the drive out from Arizona to support the Scale Masters program. We need more individuals like you willing to put forth the effort to expand their horizons in this hobby.
..."Flying with a purpose". That's what the U.S.Scale Masters program is all about. I think that we ( U.S. Scale Masters Association ) prove that learning CAN be fun!

And, your Hellcat is AWESOME!
So please spread the word about how much fun you had in Hemet so more scale aviators can experience the thrill of competition modeling. It's a rush!!
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Chad Veich scratch-built his Hellcat at 1/8th scale but not particularly for scale competition. He did however research the plane's history and details so it is a splendid replica and example of what is required to be competitive in the EXPERT class. I hope you can see the great details. It's a very well presented model.
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It was a great event as usual. Nice seeing a few new faces and models. The trip was tough on me this year but very worth it. Weather was fantastic the wind was pretty good. All I need to do is get the kinks out of the Harvard I will be good. Hope to see some more pics, Ken great job on coverage and Curtis thanks a bunch for putting it on.
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Another fun Hemet qualifier. If anyone is thinking about trying scale competition, this event is a good place to start. Very low-key, plenty of helpful folks and a nice flying field.

Great seeing some familiar faces and models as well as some new ones and especially nice to see the One Eighth Air Force recognize "Aeroden" Ken for his work in promoting scale with a Distinguished Service Award.

Additionally the "Scale Dail" fan club is back in business with Corey's return to competition.

Thanks to Curtis, the judges, and scorekeepers for their hard work. And thanks to the HMM members for the use of their field.

Brad

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Ken thanks for the kind words. I think it was safe to say that we both had a good time, I was also talking to another member of the AZ contingent and he also had a good time. I am looking forward to returning and also to seeing more pictures, there was definitely some nice planes there!!
I would also like to extend my thanks to you, Curtis and the Hemet team for having us.

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Chad,
Thank you, and Rick also, for making the drive out from Arizona to support the Scale Masters program. We need more individuals like you willing to put forth the effort to expand their horizons in this hobby.
..."Flying with a purpose". That's what the U.S.Scale Masters program is all about. I think that we ( U.S. Scale Masters Association ) prove that learning CAN be fun!

And, your Hellcat is AWESOME!
So please spread the word about how much fun you had in Hemet so more scale aviators can experience the thrill of competition modeling. It's a rush!!
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A big THANK YOU goes to our volunteer judges. For if these dedicated individuals did not step up, there would be no scale contests.
We should not take these volunteers for granted. They sacrafice their time, their own interest in competing and in the case of this year's SoCal regional, they gave up their Easter with family.
Roxanne Cottrell has been driving from Arizona for the past couple years to give her time and dedicated service as a static judge. She is a certified U.S. Scale Masters static judge. She usually
handles "color & markings". Thank you Roxanne for your continued service to scale aviation and to the U.S. Scale Masters Association. We need more people like Roxanne to make all this work.

Jim Reed is one of the Scale Masters' most dedicated members. He is always there to help in anyway needed. Jim is also a certified U.S. Scale Masters - Flight & Static judge. He has been providing his
expertise since the first Hemet qualifier in 2006. He has served as Airboss, Saftey inspector, Flightline Coordinator as well as both static & flight judge....AND in the past, all in the same event!
I have been attending each SoCal qualifier since '07 and have watched Jim "serve" his community of scale modelers with the most professional attitude and willingness and without any fanfare.
Jim is also willing to take a minute after each flight to give some pointers to the pilots about their maneuvers. He is a very consistant judge. Thank you Jim for all you do for us!

Now, what can I say about Curtis Kitteringham
We would not have a SoCal qualifier if not for Curtis. He is the hardest working Contest Director I've seen. He plans,plans,plans and executes the plan. He gets things done. He is a task-master.
Curtis works behind the scenes for months to prepare for the annual SoCal regional. There is so much needed to do so it all comes together AND runs smoothly. He has to make dozens of calls each year to the judges, the score keepers and runners, hosting club, sponsors, contestants, field maintenance and prep, even ensuring a clean port-a-poti is available. Making sure there's room for RVs and vendors access. There is a lot of work and panning for months to have a scale contest. Then there's advertising and promotions. Providing lunch. Ordering the trophies. The list goes on. It's a daunting task and one man can't do it all.
It takes a small army of volunteers to make it happen. We are lucky to have people like Curtis to ensure we have a fun,safe and successful contest each year.
I think I can speak for everyone who attends our little qualifier each year by saying Thank you Curtis!
It would not happen if you were not so dedicated!
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Static judges:
Roxanne Cottrell - "color & markings"
Curtis Kitteringham - "outline"
Jim Reed - "craftsmanship"

Flight judges:
Mike Stone
Ken Barton
Ron Peterka
Jim Reed
Curtis Kitteringham
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Well said Ken, really appreciate all the hard (and fair) work by all the judges!
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The qualifier in Hemet was very fun this year! It is great to hang out with such experienced scale modelers that are in it for life. Like me!
Wish I got a picture of that Creepy Crawler that climed out of the tail wheel well of my Mustang Sunday morning!
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[Bye bye

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Actually it looked like this creepy crawler. Not the sort of hitch hikker I want to bring back to the shop after a day of flying! Let's see some more pictures of the event!



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