Some Models from
the International Hand Launch Glider Festival 2003

These descriptions were taken from on 11th June provided by Phil Barnes
There was more discussion of the models in later posts - see the SALglider archive for further information.

These models represent the best from the USA in June 2003

Oleg; Taboo, four servo(possibly six servo?), weight probably 10.5 - 11.5 oz - just a guess

Joe Wurts; Flew mostly the new experimental solid core molded Encore. I saw one with four servos, one with six servos. I didn't ask about weight but I believe the molded wings were similar in weight to the bagged version. Joe also flew his Taboo in at least one round.

Paul Anderson; I know he flew either a four or six servo model that had a blue wing. This means it must have been fiberglass over blue foam construction, maybe a Raptor.

Phil Barnes; After the first two rounds I flew my new XP3 type model. The wing was described in an earlier post (unbelievably stiff flaperons). The fuse was the new Logic fuse with the large diameter boom. Tails were similar to Super Gee tails. Weight was 10.4 oz. Four channels

Mark Drela; You all get three guesses which model Mark Drela flew. Seriously, though, I believe he flew mostly his old Super Gee since he didn't have much flying time on the new one. I believe the weight was around 8 - 8.5 oz. He may have "ballasted up" a couple ounces in some rounds. Four channels

Craig Greening; Flew stock XP3 models. Not sure if they were four or six servo, maybe one of each. Weight should have been 9.5 - 11 oz just based on what an XP3 usually weighs.

Don Vetter; Flew scratch built models. They had Super Gee planform and airfoils with XP3 style layups. The fuses were Logic style made in his own molds, they were a little longer/larger than the Logic fuse. Tails were Super Gee tails in planform and layup and I would think airfoil too. The stabs were full flying with the (Bud Elder?) stab mount. Weights were around 10.5 oz I think

Art Markiewisc; Art is a scratch builder and always flies something unique looking. His model had an anhedral stab (don't know if that was style or substance), The fuse had a drooping nose which looked really cool. It was either four or six servo. Don't know about weight but Art usually flies light.

Smith; Sorry I don't know what he flew

Bill Watson; He flew his own design polyhedral models that were asymetrical. That is to say that the throwing wing was longer than the outboard wing. I presume that was intended to move the CG further out from the spinning axis while throwing and hence increase launch height. This at least worked since I believe he flew it for most or all of the contest. I don't know if it worked better than his regular models or not. He usually makes the flyoffs based on his flying skill anyway.