We gave two of Team JR's most accomplished scale modelers our most realistic-looking
ARFs and asked them to evaluate their appearance and performance. They
did so by entering the planes in competition at this year's U.S. Nationals
in Muncie, IN. Needless to say, we were more than pleased with the results.
Mr. Foley and the P-51
|Like father, like son. Jeff Foley and son Brad with their 1st-place
When it comes to big names in scale competition, they don't get much
bigger than Jeff Foley. Jeff has won numerous scale competitions, including
top honors at this year's Top Gun event with his beautiful Me-109. Who
better to evaluate the scale looks of Hangar 9's 1.50-size P-51?
When Jeff received the kit, rather than assemble it himself, he decided
to let his 15-year-old son Brad do the honors. Don't let Brad's age fool
you. When it comes to modeling skill, this is one apple that didn't fall
far from the Foley tree. Brad had the model built and ready to fly in
just four days. That includes time he took to swap out the stock mechanical
retracts for Robart pneumatics. Team Foley felt the Robart system's scale-looking
oleo struts would give the P-51 an even greater edge in realism. The only
other modification he made was the addition of a pilot figure. The trim
scheme, cowl and airframe were left exactly as they came out of the box.
|15-year-old Brad Foley took first place in Novice Fun-Scale with
his P-51 Mustang.
Brad entered his handiwork in the Novice Fun Scale class at the Nats.
The stock trim scheme matched the full-scale paint scheme so well that
he was able to earn the maximum possible points for scale appearance in
that class. Where pilot and plane really excelled, though, was in the
flight maneuvers. The younger Foley was able to replicate scale maneuvers
so well with the Hangar 9® Mustang that he scored enough total points
to beat a T-28 that actually had more scale functions than his model.
When it was all said and done, Brad Foley took home the 1st place plaque
and the distinction of being one of the AMA's youngest national champions.