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    Contributed by: RCU Staff | Published: November 2008 | Views: 42233 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Monster Planes 2008 - RCU Event Coverage
    Event Coverage by Ken Isaac { RCKen } & Mike Buzzeo { Minnflyer }

    October is the month for ghosts, goblins, and monsters. But in Central Florida the monsters are planes. Big Planes. I mean REALLY big planes. Frank Tiano (of Top Gun fame) has put together a new event that focuses on the bigger planes in our hobby. So just what makes a plane a monster? In order to enter in to Monster Planes the plane needs to be at least 35 pounds in weight, with no upper limit to how big it can be. So with those numbers in mind you can imagine that there are going to be a lot of REALLY big planes. And when we arrived at the event I can tell you that is exactly what we found, a LOT of really big radio controlled airplanes!!

     With this being a new event there are a lot of people that are asking what Monster Planes is all about. I spent a few minutes with Frank to find out what Monster Planes was all about. His answer was immediate as he looked at me and said that it's time to show the world that big planes can be flown safely. Current restrictions on the weight of planes comes from times past when building materials weren't as good as they are now, and these restrictions were put in place for safety reasons. These restrictions are now outdated and we want to show the world that big planes are just as safe as smaller ones. Monster Planes was designed specifically to showcase those big planes and show the world that there is nothing unsafe about them at all.

    Here are Frank's own words on the event:

    "The idea was to start an event for model aircraft that perhaps would not be allowed to fly at normal AMA sanctioned events without first obtaining a special "waiver". Several modelers from Europe promised to attend, but the shipping company dropped the ball and did not deliver the container to be loaded in a timely manner. So the really, really large RC Models never made it. However, of the 103 airplanes that did show up, approximately 17 were quite huge, weighing over 55 pounds.

    Most important to me was to rekindle some sort of "spark" in those who can still build, but stopped, for one reason or another. And I think we did a good job of doing that. I?m guessing that at least 3 dozen men approached me and told me that this event inspired them to get back to building some large model they gave up on years ago. Some that come to mind are "blow-ups" of Don Smith's A-26 and Tiger Cat, Ziroli's Skyraider and several B-25s, B-26s, B-17s and B-29s.

    Getting back to the event itself, I think we proved that large models can be flown safely and for the most part are flown safely. Many models were looked over carefully before allowing them to fly and all appeared to have heavy duty electronics and hardware. And installation of that hardware was in line with the way it should be done. The general opinion of the pilots present was that the event would grow, probably pretty quickly, because of the lay back atmosphere and great flying site.

    Overall spectator attendance was just under 3,000. I am expecting that number will grow as well.

    Interesting fact: All radios except for about 15 were on 2.4

    Frank"

     

     
    As Mike and I arrived at the Monster Planes event we really didn't have any idea what to expect as this was the first year for the event. Monster Planes was held at the Lake Wales, Florida municipal airport, and I will be the first to say that Frank did an outstanding job of coordinating an event such as this so on an active full scale airport. Monster Planes was located on an unused portion of the airport that kept it out of the way of the active runway.

    In the past most of Frank Tiano's events are competitions, with Top Gun and Florida Jets being two prime examples. So we were really expecting to see this as a competition. Arriving at Monster Planes we discovered that this was not the case. While there were awards given out, they weren't the main focus of the event. For the most part this event was simply a Fly-in, with it's focus being promoting large size planes. This led to a great friendly atmosphere throughout the event. Everybody here was having fun, and it showed in the flying. From the start to the finish of each day there skies were almost constantly filled with planes flying. And the approximately 3,000 spectators that showed up to watch the event were treated to some great flying!!

    As Frank said in his goals for this event, he wants to show the world that it's safe to fly large scale planes. Of note on this is that this event was held without participation from the AMA. Frank spent a lot of time and effort to make sure that the event was covered for insurance purposes, and was conducted safely. In fact, with the exception of the weight limits most of the rest of the event was conducted using safety guidelines from the AMA. One of Frank's goals with this event is to get the AMA to reconsider it's weight limits for planes.

    While this was just it's first year, I will say that Monster Planes had all the "spit and polish" of any other show in the country. Frank Tiano sure knows how to put on an event, and how to please the crowds. His goals are to make this a yearly event that grows each year. If the success of the first year are any indications I have no doubt that this will become the premier big scale event in the country! I know that I will be back next for Monster Planes.


    Video

     

    Jim Messer's Stinson SR-10
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    RCU member JetMech05 and
    his daughter enjoy the event.

    Mike and Jetmech05 chew
    the fat.

    Some of the 3,000 that enjoyed
    Monster Planes

    Rich Feroldi's Airco DH-2
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    Jim Messer's Stinson SR-10
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    Some of the 3,000 that enjoyed
    Monster Planes
     


    Mike Hapasas' P-47
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    Dino Digiorgio's ME-109G
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    We put RCU member JKEpps
    to work covering the event

    Large crowds enjoy the show

    Mike got to spend some time
    with his dad at the event

    Bob Gonzalez's 1/3 scale Waco
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    Mike Hapasas' P-38
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    Brian O'meara's Sea Fury
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    Frank Tiano getting some stick time on a P-40 Warhawk

    Doug Pierce's Sopwith Pup
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    Rich Uravich's electric
    OV-10 Bronco

    Merlyn Graves'
    Bristol Blenhem MK V
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    Full scale AT-6 lands at airport to enjoy the show

    Bob Levine's A-10 Warhog.
    Access hatch came off in flight and fowled the right turbine

    Mike's eyes are just a bit bigger than his wallet!!

    Merlyn Graves' clipped wing Corsair
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    Full scale at airport

    Frank Tiano briefs the pilots on the event.

    Frank taking time away from running the event to get some stick time.
     


    Dave Collis' 1/2 scale Spacewalker
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    Mike Hapasas' F9F Panther
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    You can't have a big bird event
    without a huge Cub!

    Manny Huysentaut's P-47
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    Doug Smith's B-24 Liberator
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    Scott Prosser's T-28 Trojan
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    Wayne Fussell SBD-J Dauntless
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    Arnold Marcus' F7F Tigercat
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    Arnold Marcus' F7F Tigercat
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    A unique formation

    Jim Messer flying his
    Stinson SR-10

    Wayne Fussell SBD-J Dauntless
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    RCU member JKEpps

    Jim Messer's Stinson SR-10
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    Bob Levine's A-10 Warthog
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    Mark Scapino's T-28 Trojan
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    Merlyn Graves' clipped wing Corsair
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    Jim Record's GeeBee R2 Racer
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    Frank Noll expertly pilots this
    1/3 scale Waco

    Bob Gonzalez's 1/3 scale Waco
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    The side of this trailer really
    says it all!!

    Paul Wilson's P-51 Mustang
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    Mark Scapino's T-28 Trojan
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    Just a few of the Monsters on display

    Tom Smith's A1H Skyraider
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    Malcom Kay's Super Stearman
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    Ken talks with Frank Tiano about the event

    Bob Levine's A-10 Warthog
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    Rick Cawley's Sopwith Pup
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    R.B. Kincaid's Waco SRE
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    RCU member Stickbuilder and Ken spend few minutes talking

    Arnold Marcus' F7F Tigercat
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    Mike Hapasas' P-38
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    Bob Levine's Concorde SST

    Bob Levine's Concorde SST
     

    "Opps" Moments

    Every event has them, it's hard to fly planes without having some incidents. There were a few minor incidents below with things like a wheel coming off or the plane flipping over at the end of it taxi out from landing. And while the even was handled and conducted in a very safe manor, there was one event that I would like to comment on in order to do some rumor control. If you look at the first 7 pictures below you will se a small sequence of what happened. Bob Levine and his team had both of their A-10 Warthogs in the air flying formation. At the same time another jet was attempting to land with on one of the main landing gear not down. When the plane touched the runway it carwheeled a bit and then slid off the runway in to the construction fence of the pilot stations. Unfortunately it hit right where Bob Levine was standing causing him to lose his balance as he tried to get out of the way. This caused him to lose control of his A-10 which did a full power dive into the ground on the other side of the runway. As you can see below, the A-10 was completely destroyed. Fortunately nobody was hurt in the incident.

     

     
    While all the pilots, builders, owners, and planes that attended Monster Planes are winners, there were some that stood out from the rest. Frank and his team recognize those winners:
      
     Critics? Choice  

    Tom Smith    Skyraider

     

    Award Sponsored by - Fly RC

     Critics? Choice Runner-up    

    Mike Hapsas/ Shani Studnik  P-38

     

    Award Sponsored by - FTE

     Best WW1 Aircraft  

    Rich Feroldi    DH-2

     

    Award Sponsored by - XOAR Propellers

     Best Pre WW2 Aircraft  

    Rick Cawley    Sopwith Pup 

     

    Award Sponsored by - FTE

     Best WW2 Aircraft  

    Manny Huysentaut    P-47

     

    Award Sponsored by - Futaba Radio

     Best Jet Aircraft   

    Bob Levine      A-10

     

    Award Sponsored by - JR Radio

     Best Civilian Aircraft  

    Bob Gonzalvez    Waco

     

    Award Sponsored by -  RCJI Magazine

     Best Multi-Engine Performance   
     

     Bill McCallie   Mosquito

      Award Sponsored by - ZAP Glue
     

    Comments on RCU Review: Monster Planes USA

    Posted by: SunShyne on 11/23/2008
    what happened to the A-10 that went down?
    Posted by: cosmospho on 11/24/2008
    heh, talk about making it safe ?? guy is taken out by jet and blows up his big jet.... i wonder what would happen if instead of jet it was a big 30" prop.... where are the spotters ??
    Posted by: cyclops2 on 11/27/2008
    Bigger they are. The more scared everybody is. When it comes at YOU. Rich
    Posted by: reef1raider on 12/06/2008
    Hey guys its Ross from monsterplanes. Two days ago we lost a very good friend who brought giant scale to the U.S. He was like my grandpa Jim Messer. He past away with cancer and the cancer was in every part of his body and the doctor said he had only 2 days to live. He had one hell of a life. His plane was the red stinson on monsterplanes. IN MEMORY OF JIM MESSER
    Posted by: reef1raider on 12/06/2008

    Posted by: reef1raider on 12/06/2008

    Posted by: reef1raider on 12/06/2008

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