2018 VR/CS Theme Plane Announcement.

After many years of service to the VR/CS, Dave Platt has stepped down from the Chairmanship of the Theme plane committee. It is in honor of his service to VR/CS and a life time of legendary contributions to the sport of radio control flying, that we dedicate this year's Theme plane to him, after all it is his own.

We proudly announce the selection of Dave's ubiquitous design of the CONTENDER as the theme plane design for 2018! The Contender has, since its introduction in 1969, been a continuous presence at flying fields all over the world for over 43 years, and is still going strong. That says a lot about Dave's design abilities.

Plans of the original version are still available from several sources and original 1970's era Top Flite kits can still be found. Tower Hobbies also offers a mini ARF electric powered version and a full size kit. Be aware that while the Tower Hobbies versions have the same outside outlines as the original Platt version, their construction and engineering is modern and has been extensively modified from Dave's original. Which means that they would be welcome for Open flying or Pattern competition (excepting the Mini version) and could even be entered in the judged Theme Plane and Concours competitions, but they would not be competitive against a Dave Platt/Top Flite original.

The Theme Plane Committee has established a set of five criteria for selection of future Theme Plane designs.

The Theme Plane design must:

1. Be historically significant.

2. Have been a popular design.

3. Have uncomplicated construction.

4. Be of a size that can be transported in most vehicles.

5. Have plans, kits or semi-kits available for builders

The Theme Plane Committee has also come up with a new wrinkle for Theme Plane participation.

We are initiating a Theme Plane Photo Contest.

Here is how it will work:

1. The contest will begin in January of the Theme Plane year and will end the January of the following year.

2. Any person who builds or has previously built the Theme plane (whether it is still in existence or not) can submit a photograph of their airplane in the form of a .jpg file by logging in as a member to the "Photo Contest" found in the menu at the left of the screen.

3. The contest coordinator will review the content submitted and make the photo live on the site after review. Unfortuanately, there are people who submit inappropriate items and this step is necessary to insure our site is not compromised in any way. After your submission you can see your photo prior to our release; however, it will not be available to the public until it is reviewed by our coordinator John Haffner.

4. Voting is a funtion available on the website. Members may vote for their favorite photo; hoever, one vote per member for any photo. Votes can not be changed once submitted. We need votes for 2017 models by end of June 2018 and 2018 models by end of December 2018.

5.The winner will be announced on the website and in the August/September newsletter for 2017 models and March/April issue of the Newsletter for 2018 models.

6. The winner will receive a nicely framed copy of his plane's photograph mounted with an engraved plaque and a free one year membership to VRCS.

For Additional recognition, all Contest Directors and Event Directors will be tasked to photograph every Theme plane that is in attendance at their event and to send the photos to the Theme Plane Committee chair  John Haffner (johnh@dmv.comfor inclusion in the next Newsletter.