R/C Combat F.A.Q.s
do you fly combat?
What is the RCCA?
What are the RCCA combat classes?
What exactly is "Slow Survivable Combat"?
What criterion are put on an SSC design?
What exactly are "Open B" and "Limited B"?
What criterion are put on an B-class deign?
What is the sticky stuff I see pilots put on their wings?
|How do you fly combat?|
Combat is the most exciting five minutes you can have in RC! There's nothing like chasing your opponent as he dives for the deck, turning left and weaving right! All of the sudden somebody's on your six! You pull up and head for the sky. You yank a hard left turn just barely escaping with your streamer still intact! Now for revenge!
Combat is flown with a 30' streamer tied to each pilot's airplane. The object is to cut your opponents' streamers while trying to keep your own streamer. Points are awarded for how many kills (streamers) you get, and how much of your own streamer you bring back from battle. It' the ultimate adrenaline rush!
Official contests are flown with as many as 11 planes in the air at one time, although 7-8 planes at a time is more common. Pilots are given 90 seconds to get their plane airborne after which "Start Combat" is called and the battle rages for the next five minutes. With so many planes in the air all chasing each other, the adrenaline level is intense! A pilot will typically fly up to 8 of these battles in one day at an official (AMA sanctioned) contest.
Contests are a ton of fun, a great way to meet
new guys, and offer the chance to fly against a lot of opponents.
But for most weekends, pilots fly informal "club-combat."
Typically this gets started when one guy gets into combat and lets
his friends see how easily the planes fly and explains to them how
much fun combat is, and a handful of other guys jump onboard.
Then the group of guys can fly informal combat matches at their home
field whenever they want! Our club has about eight guys
into combat right now and we usually fly 2 or 3 flights on Saturday
or Sunday. What's at stake? A week's worth of bragging
rights - don't let one buddy win several weeks in a row, or he'll
never let you all hear the end of it!!
|What is the RCCA?|
The RCCA (Radio Control Combat Association) is a
special interest group of the AMA. The purpose of this organization,
and its web site, is to provide information, technical knowledge,
and offer model aviation enthusiasts who love the War Planes of
World War II and enjoy competition a place to share information,
views and discussion with others who have similar interests.
|What are the RCCA combat classes?|
There are three Open classes of combat and two
scale classes. Open classes allow any aircraft design, while
scale classes require the plane to resemble a WWII fighter.
The Open classes are:
A new class which is currently "Provisional" (A
provisional class is one where the validity of the concept and its
rules are tested, and rules are created by the RCCA, not the AMA.),
is Limited B. TreneffRC offers kits for SSC, Open B, and
|What exactly is "Slow Survivable Combat"?|
Slow Survivable Combat (SSC, AMA Event 760) is a
.15-size Open class which the RCCA started about seven years ago
with a few restrictions to increase survivability and lower speed to
increase fun. SSC has achieved it's goals, both of lower
speeds (50-55 mph, rather than 90 mph in Open B) and higher
survivability. Most SSC planes currently run in the 50 mph
range, and this reduced speed eliminates a lot of damage in
mid-airs. In addition, the 2.5 point minimum weight
limit allows almost anyone to build an airframe that is
competitively light and also durable. SSC has been the RCCA's
most popular combat class for several years running. We
recommend SSC as it is rapidly becoming the most popular class and
is an absolute blast.
|What criterion are put on an SSC design|
|The RCCA and AMA websites host the
official SSC rules, but what follows are the major considerations.
|What exactly are "Open B" and "Limited B"?|
Open B (AMA Event 750) is the .25-size AMA Open
class of combat. Open B is much faster than SSC and thus
better suited to experienced combat flyers who have already competed
in SSC. Limited B is a .25-size version of SSC, with the
intent of lowering damage and leveling the playing field with RPM
limits and a minimum weight.
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|What criterion are put on a B-class design?|
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official rules for Open and Limited B, but what follows are the
|What is the sticky stuff I see pilots put on their wings?|
At contests the majority of pilots put some sort
of sticky paste or tape on the leading edge of their wings allowing
them to increase cuts by snagging streamers with their wing.
The most commonly used substance is called Tanglefoot, which is a
very sticky paste meant to trap insects. A thin bead can be
applied to the leading edge of the wing and will snag most streamers
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information. Double stick tapes and other substances are also
sometimes used. For weekend club combat we don't use sticky
stuff, and just cut streamers with the prop.