Geilenkirchen. A small town in North-Western Germany. Long long ago there was a very active control line club in the sixties early seventies. There was a purpose built control line site with two asphalt circles, one grass field, and safety fences permanently installed. When RC activities exploded the remaining ukie flyers were chased out of the club. Now the club site is a good RC field with perfect infra-structure ( club house, sanitary rooms, barbeque stand etc ). One control line asphalt circle is left.
The club was approached to use its facilities for running a contest; actually for running the DMM = “Deutsche Modellflug Meisterschaft” ( = German Nationals ) for Control Line classes. To our surprise the new club president was quite inclined to offer the site, and to give us full support and help to run the contest. We owe a million thanks to the Geilenkirchen club for their generosity.
    Weather was better than what the weather forecast predicted for Saturday. The sun actually managed to give us some pleasant hours, but the wind made for some hair raising manoeuvre shapes; even for some pilots discontinue the flight. On Sunday the wind kept blowing, supported ( ! ) by some rain showers which only the hard core group dared to fight.
 

1.place: Richard Kornmeier
model: MAX , RTF design by Igor Burger
weight 1800 Gramm. Engine ST 60
Prop Havran 3 blade wood 12 x 6
Lines Staystraight 20 m

 
 

2.place: Christoph Holtermann
model: Miura. Based on Henk deJong’s “Pearl”
engine: ST 51
Prop: Brian Eather 11 3/8 x 4 ½

3. place: Uwe Degner
model: Diabolo ( based on Cardinal )
wight: 1750 Gramm
engine: PA 61 rear EX, Kuentz muffler
prop: Brian Eather 3 blade 12,5 x 5,8

 
   
Engine problems kept Stephan Raetsch
from showing his true potential
Model: based on Henk deJong’s Thundercat
Engine: PA 61 side exhaust
Prop: Brian Eather 13 x 5 UTC
   
   
Stephan Raetsch's "Blizzard"
Nice "Escapade" by J. Hannemann
   
  Christoph Holtermann's "Miura"
Competitors competed in F2A Speed, F2B Aerobatics, F2C Team Race, F2D Combat, and a national class called Mini Team Race. While F2C is slowly dying there is an increased interest in Mini Teamrace. This class is tailored for simple models with 1,5 ccm ( .09 ) diesel engines. It is supposed to serve as a relaxed fun event for old grey haired competitors, or as an introduction to F2C for beginners. Indeed participation in Mini Teamrace easily outnumbered that of F2C.
 
The Mini teamrace class lends itself to create some nice looking airplanes.
  Gudrun Raetsch and Peter Gruendel having lots of fun in friendly Mini Teamrace competition.    
 

There's an emotional report of the whole contest on Claudia Kehnen's website including the results.