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Old 09-09-2008, 06:09 PM
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Default Define "Giant Scale"

What determines wether a model qualifies for "Giant Scale'? I see some 1/3 scale that are, and also some 1/4 scale that do, too. Would a 1/6 scale model qualify as "Giant scale'? - Particularly a 1/6 scale L-19 birddog with 72" wingspan.
(I'm sure this is covered in a forum somewhere, but couldn't find it thru the 'search' procedure.)
Thanks for your help.
Old 09-09-2008, 06:18 PM
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Default RE: Define "Giant Scale"

The definition is on the IMAA website.

[link=http://www.fly-imaa.org/imaa/about.html]IMAA[/link]

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Default RE: Define "Giant Scale"

i wouldn't call a 72" plane a giant scale but that's an opinion. any giant scale warbird event would show what i mean. 100" is the avg. planes are being built in the 140", 160" even 200" wingspan size. a recent warbird event at our field had a builder showing off a 220" fuse under construction. large is one thing but giant means one thing in my opinion, giant. big, really big. "dude, look at that" big.

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Old 09-09-2008, 07:49 PM
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Default RE: Define "Giant Scale"

I think it pertains to what is generally accepted. There are a few very large planes out there but the majority I believe is what is taken into account when defining something. Definitions evolve over time and the current 72" designation I'm sure will ratchet upward going forward.
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Default RE: Define "Giant Scale"

IMAA rules are, any single wing plane with A wing span of 80 inches or more, Any scale plane that is 1/4 scale or larger or has an 80 inch wing, Any Bipe with A wing span of 60 inches or more. A Shoe String at 1/4 scale is A small plane but still A giant, A U-2 1/4 scale is one very large plane so it can be A giant at 80 inches. Any IMAA event is A fun show to see and/or fly in, if you can go see one.
Old 09-09-2008, 10:06 PM
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Default RE: Define "Giant Scale"

Thanks for your help fellows. Stan & GrayBeard - that's exactly what I was looking for!
I had seen this definition a few months back, but forgot where I had seen it!
Old 09-10-2008, 06:07 AM
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Default RE: Define "Giant Scale"

I figure GS is something that is gas powered (or large nitro if its a multi). I'd think above 80 inch span.
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Default RE: Define "Giant Scale"

Giant scale is whatever you want it to be. The IMAA definition is there just to define who can attend their non competition fly-ins.
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Default RE: Define "Giant Scale"

On a side note, the giant scale takes over where "models" end. I.E., part of the definition of a model airplane in most competitive settings is no more than a 2 meter wingspan (~78.75"). Hence the IMAC 80" starting point for monoplane non-turbine giant scale. But even if we leave the IMAC out of it, anything over the 2M would be to large to be defined as a model in certain settings, therefore it is giant scale.
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Default RE: Define "Giant Scale"

I wouldn't class 80" as giant scale, well at least not anymore.
Today, that's more akin to the average sports model. Just looks at the average ARF warbird.
I wouldn't class anything under 100" as Large, never mind Giant.
See what the British/European Large Model Asso' is doing. 1/3rd and 1/2 scale is the norm'... And thats a "Large" model association!
Typical British reserve.
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Default RE: Define "Giant Scale"

Is it only me that finds it somewhat amusing (and contradictory) that the special interest group that promotes giant scale aircraft is named International Miniature Aircraft Association?
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Default RE: Define "Giant Scale"

Heh, yes, well, they are miniature compared to thier full sized brothers I guess.
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ORIGINAL: Red B.

Is it only me that finds it somewhat amusing (and contradictory) that the special interest group that promotes giant scale aircraft is named International Miniature Aircraft Association?

Like the Dept of the Interior! Only Govt would come up with something like that
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Default RE: Define "Giant Scale"

Check out some of these babies Hareman.
http://www.largemodelassociation.com...d_aircraft.htm
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Old 09-12-2008, 12:01 PM
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Default RE: Define "Giant Scale"

David, we have the AMA that governs our modeling, we have no real size limit but we are kept to A weight limit. That holds us back just A bit. If we want we can go up to one hundred pounds but both plane and pilot have to get tested each year to hold the waver from AMA. Bigger then that then you go to places like where I live and you can fly off of the dry lake beds all you like. Most of the sport pilots are still flying 1/4 scale and smaller but on any given day there can be A lot of planes from 1/4 scale up to 40%, just depends on who is at the field. I find transporting anything bigger then an 80 or 90 inch plane A lot of trouble so most of my smaller planes get A lot more air time. Bigger is better but A lot more work!!

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