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Tore Paulsen Memorial Pattern Contest

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We had an informal gathering of pilots to fly, have fun and informally compete in a vintage pattern meet at Jarlsberg airport. The name honors the Norwegian pattern icon Tore Paulsen. I came 5th with my Curare. Enjoy the pictures here.

F3A Vintage Rosentalpokal 2014

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Photo by  Karlheinz Gatschnig, www.kgh.at

The vintage F3A meet Rosentalpokal is flown using models from around 1975, in Carinthia, Austria. Karlheinz Gatschnig was there and took some wonderful photos.
The event was also covered by FMT magazine and in Prop.at issue 3/2014 (PDF)
Notice the big Dalotel pictured. It is a prototype of an ARF that will be available from Schweighofer. It exactly replicates Hanno Prettners original Tournament of Champions Dalotel.
See all the photos from Karlheinz Gatschnig here

Pictures from Gränscupen 2014

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Ola Fremming won with his stunning O.S 61 powered Arrow, Johan Brorsson 2nd with Schweighofer Curare, and I won third place with my ditto Curare. Glow powered models not only got a point-advantage (Electrics were downgraded 10 %), but the piped glow-powered models really did cope better in wind, with less braking and more speed. The Curare is one of my best flying models of all time, with absolutely no vices.

The pictures can be found here

Curare wins F3A retro contest


The Curare Trio: Me on the left with my Schweighofer Curare ARF (glow), Ingmar Svensson (middle, third place) with his scratchbuilt Curare, and Ola Maltesson on the right (5th place) with his new Schweighofer electric Curare.

The Swedish/Norwegian border cup is back, and our Swedish neighbours hosted a three day F3A event at Lilla Anrås airfield just outside Fjällbacka on the beautiful Swedish west coast. The event started with an informal retro-F3A meeting on Friday. Designs older than 20 years were allowed to enter the competition. Electrics were allowed, but got a 10 % penalty due to “the silly noise”…


Ola Maltesson getting ready for his third flight, Conny Åquist carries his Curare

The nostalgic event was hosted by Mikael Nabrink, Ingmar Svensson and Conny Åquist. The “Curare Cup Normal” schedule was flown, and it worked well. It’s easy to fly but hard to master, so there’s something in it for everyone.


Ingmar Svenssons immaculate Curare with Webra 61

Three pilots flew Curare. Two were Schweighofer ARFs. Ola Maltesson flew his brand new electric Curare, and former World Championship contestant (1989) Ingmar Svensson flew his immaculate model built from MK plans. He used an old Graupner 6014 radio from the 1980, converted to 2,4 Ghz, and a Webra Speed .61 engine. Truly nostalgic! Ingmar flew the most precise figures, but had fuel tank problems and had to land dead-stick after two short flights. He came in third place following his great third flight.


Ola Maltesson used his new electric Schweighofer Curare to win 5th place

I flew my glow-powered Curare, and it performed well for the first two rounds, despite having undergone hasty repairs to the cowling and having a cracked exhaust header. I also damaged the nose gear two days before, so I had to fly with it locked down (nobody noticed!). In the final round the engine quit with ruined ball bearings, and I had to land dead stick. It was a worthy end to its hard life with full throttle and much Nitromethane – I won the contest and could take home the fabulous Asano wooden prop signed by Hanno Prettner.


First price – Asano propeller signed by Hanno Prettner

More pictures here

2011 F3A World Championships

The 2011 championships are over, and Christophe once again came out on top, with Onda as close as possible behind him (the semi-final scores settled it, as they won two final rounds each) and Andrew Jesky in third place. Ola Fremming, our top man became 21th, and Alex Heindel in 31th place. Also on the Norwegian team was Henning Jorkjend who took this picture, but could not fly because his plane was damaged by fire in the opening round.

2011 Nordic Championships


The 2011 NC is underway in Finland. Norwegian F3A team member Henning Jorkjend has sent som photos from the first day of flying. Pictures are here, and the results are online.

Vingtor Cup 2010

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24 pilots came to do battle in the second Norwegian cup contest of the 2010 season. With the unexpected high turnout we could only manage three rounds for all three classes (F3A, Nordic 09 and Sport 07) but we had a great contest with sunny warm weather and a great social event on saturday.

Particularly positive was the fact that we had a lot of debutants this year, in all classes. In Nordic and sport in particular, many were either first timers in contests or had advanced from last year. Former Vingtor boss Audun Thinn has done a great job coaching juniors for many years and his protege Kristoffer Rosmo from Vingtor flew convincingly and came third in Sport.

It was my first ever contest in the F3A class and I came in 13 place (out of 14), barely managing to hold a fellow F3A debutant behind me on the scoreboard but hey – I’m flying F3A in contests! To be able to say that means I have finally reached the goal I set for myself more than 20 years ago. How about that. Fear not though, if you are a rookie, don’t fly at home like I did all those years. Come to a contest to see how it’s done and you could be in F3A in just a couple of years.

Here are pictures from the event and a small video I’ve stitched together.

Retro video: Jarlsberg Cup 2005


Here’s a short sequence showing some of the planes of the day. In 2005 I still flew the Calypso in the Nordic schedule. In the video you can see an Impulse, Temptation, Synergy 50 and many more.

Retro video: Giles 202 (2005)


Here’s Kjell Tore Pettersen flying his trusty old Giles 202 during the 2005 Jarlsberg cup contenst. (Sorry I did not film the entire sequence). The plane is most likely built from Gator R/C plans which were popular in the early 00’s. The Giles is pretty big and is equipped with retracts and an O.S. 1.40 RX and pipe which was pretty much what everybody ran back in those days. I can’t belive it’s been five years.

Retro F3A – 2005!


Here’s video of the 2005 Jarlsberg Cup, which is close to five years ago at the time of posting. That’s almost retro compared to today. Nobody was flying electric, OS 140 RX was the norm and the really spectacular equipment of the day were digital servos, Jaccio regulators and the mighty YS 140 DZ “Dingo” – as Bernt Olsson flies here in his Smaragd, the famous Wolfgang and Roland Matt model. Enjoy.