Of all the entries I received for this contest, Antonio put the most effort into his. His photo
documentation is outstanding and doesn't leave me wondering how his model is built. Additionally, he has been
developing this model for quite some time and has made numerous improvements to the model through the course of its
What I like most about this model isn't the model at all. It's Antonio's attitude about model
aircraft in general and his willingness to avoid conventional wisdom and try his own ideas. Assuming he sticks
with it I think it won't be too long before he starts producing designs that mix and match various techniques he
learns into one-of-a-kind model aircraft.
Antonio shows that he cares about the quality of his craftsmanship even
if it will never be seen again after it's covered.
So why did this model come in 3rd? The one thing that
really stands out to me when looking at the model is that it is just too complicated for what it is. Again, I
think that's good in its own way because Antonio will learn a lot by experimenting. But the contest isn't
judging what you learn in the process. It's judging the final product and how it got there. This model
could have been substantially simpler while ending up with the same model aerodynamically.
For example, the flap
design makes me think that Antonio was thinking too much. When the flaps are up there is no gap, but there's
still all that hardware hanging out in the breeze under the wing. I doubt that the improvement over a single
bevel flap design is even noticeable and the added complication of the design as is just doesn't seem worth it.
There's a consistency issue as well. I wonder why would one go to all the effort of marginally improving the
efficiency of the flaps but accept the drag penalty of dowels and rubber bands holding the wing on?
laminated some pieces in place using fiberglass cloth between the pieces of wood being laminated. In the areas
he did that it really wasn't necessary. That kind of beefing up isn't needed for normal loads placed on a
model in flight and handling and it hasn't proven to be effective in preventing damage in a crash.
design of the model is too complex, it is well built and the moments and areas appear to be of proper proportion.
I really like that Antonio is thinking and trying different things. I hope he continues in this hobby and
continues to develop his own designs. I especially hope he continues to document them because it will be very
interesting to see the progression of his designs over time.
Congratulations on developing your model and bucking
the norm, Antonio. I like the way you think.