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The Bobs -- Smith versus Carver
Here are pictures from the Big Money Diesel Contest, held on May 4-5, in Arlington, Washington (about an hour north of Seattle). This contest is an example of Nostlagia Diesel Combat, a low-tech event popular in the Northwest (Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia).
The planes are fairly compact, making them easy to transport.
A Warlord (in blue) and a Dominator.
The rules more-or-less mandate use of a single ball-race PAW 2.5cc. Notice the "dork tube", a bit of silicone tubing attached to the venturi. In case of a dork (a face plant into the ground), the tubing will fold over the venturi, hopefully preventing inhalation of a lot of dirt.
Another Warlord. Designed by Vernon Hunt, this example was built by Mel Lyne.
A trio of Warlords
Here's a pair of Chilton Warlords, built by Paul Dranfield.
An Orcrist, designed by Steve Jones, undergoing a quick field repair.
Another Orcrist, built by Jeff Rein.
Note the use of a chicken-hopper tank. Given the expense of the tank, Jeff makes them easy to remove and re-use.
The weather was appropriately drizzly (perfect for a Northwest event).
A Pirhana, designed by Frank Smart.
Another Pirhana. Note the coin taped to the tail for balance.
An FAI Nemesis, designed by Howard Rush, built by Ken Burdick.
Here's a little better picture of Ken.
Jeff's Orcrist again. Good thing I took a picture before the match.