Report on WWII Military Scale Model Competition for 2016 in Wagga Wagga

Thursday, 5th May 2016 | Report by Ian Waters

43rd Annual World War II and Military Scale Competition for 2016.

As the heading suggests this Wagga Wagga M.A.C. annual event attracts military model aircraft enthusiasts from far and wide. Although open to all entrants, this year we were the sole interstate competitor. Entries were down by comparison to last year and whether this is just cyclic or the beginning of a trend only time will tell. I’m not sure of the numbers but I think I heard 30+ pilots and 40+ planes. So irrespective of the lower entries it is still a significant event.

The format was changed this year in so far as the static judging was carried out on the Friday as were the initial rounds of the Flying Only segment of the comp.This may have had an impact on entries as for working folk this requires another day off not to mention the associated costs of accommodation, etc. Another change this year was the introduction of a sportsman award in the flying only segment. This is open to any pilot who has not won the segment previously. The winner is promoted to ‘Advanced’ category in the ensuing years.

The 4 competitive parts

  1. Flying Only – open to stock military style ARF’s.
  2. Military – modified ARF’s, models built by others, Team entries (built by one and flown by the other), and aircraft flown on other conflicts e.g.; Vietnam,
  3. Korea, irrespective of nationality.
  4. And finally, aircraft of the 1st and 2nd world wars, as separate categories.

Awards are given for the first 3 placings in each part.

Additionally, trophies are awarded for

  • Best WW1
  • Best WW2
  • Best Military
  • Best Presented ARF
  • Model of the Meet

These latter awards are as chosen by the pilots when all participating models are simultaneously displayed at a central area. The public are invited to this viewing after the pilots’ choices.

Range of Military Scale Aircraft Models

As in previous years there were some fantastic aircraft and some excellent flying. If you are interested in scale and in particular Military, this is the place to see what are some of the best available. The range and size are enormous from 40 powered PC9’s to 250 radial powered biplanes. Modern aircraft to early WWI. You name it and it’s there. This year there was a jet – not unusual in itself, but unusual for Wagga where traditionally, propeller driven aircraft are the norm – I’m not sure if it was competing or flying as a display.

Speaking of which, there were a number which added interest for the attending public. Formation flying by father and son with Mustangs, concurrent flying of WWII aircraft, and one in particular took my attention and that was flying by Juniors the youngest was 9 years old – all flew very competently the eldest of them displaying some not quite ‘war bird scale’ snaps and tumbles! – scale modelling and flying may well have a future.


Part of the weekend is the dinner, which was well attended. Because of the changes in scheduling a number of presentations were made for the static results. The high static was won by Peter Gow with his Texan – this model is he say’s 20 years old – it could be a bit like George Washingtons’ axe – however it is still quite beautiful. He has won this award on numerous occasions, however this year he was particularly chuffed as as the High Static award is now the “Barry James Memorial Award” – Barry was very well known to Peter as they were regular contestants at Wagga and the Nationals. What made it special on this occasion was the presentation was made by Barry’s wife Adrianne and son Tony.

Award Judging

With the number of categories and three placings in each, you could expect that there would be a fair chance of winning something. In reality you find that the awards are concentrated on a few who either fly particularly well, are expert builders or as is frequently the case, have both these attributes and enter aircraft in most of the different categories. They are well deserved placings and set the bench mark for others to achieve. It is interesting to note that the choice of manoeuvres has an impact on scoring. All are scored out of 10 without ‘k’ factors and aircraft flying military style aerobatics, by observation, seem to score higher than those flying ‘flat’ maneuvers. A lesson here for choice of aircraft and flight schedules.

This Wagga event will continue to attract military scale modelers, despite the fact that the majority of entrants are of ‘mature age’ the remainder are younger participants who will maintain the tradition. It is an event that was founded by a Mr. Tennant the father, grandfather and great grandfather of participants and multiple winners this year, as well as other of the clan organizing and coordinating the event. The ‘Tennants’ have been heavily involved in each and every of the 43 years it’s been in in existence. Other father and son participants this year were the Ogles’ and Goffs’.

Event Fellowship

Apart from the models and flying the weekend is about fellowship, catching up with friends, making new acquaintances, learning how to do things and generally having a good time. Will I do it again – yes, while I’m able. It was great to other have BADMAC people attend Lin and Jean B, and Cam D. A special thanks to Graeme for sharing the driving, accommodation and the tribulations that arise when competing.


Big models need BIG trailers this one housed 1/3 scale Focker Tri-Plane, Fiat CR32 and a very large Spitfire.


Robert Zyps’ Albatros


Peter Gows’ Texan - Winner : Barry James Memorial Award


Alf Williams’ Spitfire




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