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Old Aug 24, 2015, 07:16 AM
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On the left side of the wing (the 2 digit number followed by a smaller letter):


10.2. Racing numbers and area
letters.
10.2.1. Racing numbers and area letters
may be obtained from the NMPRA Secretary.
The use of these identifiers is highly
recommended, but not required. The numbers are
located on the upper left and lower right hand
wing panel facing toward the left side, so that the
number will be right-side-up when the model is
in a left bank. The height of the numbers shall be
at least three (3) inches. Area letters should
immediately follow the racing numbers and
should be at least 1/2 inch high.
10.2.2. The assigned area letters are as
follows:
A-Northern California.
B-Central California, Hawaii.
C-Southern California.
D-Nevada, Utah, Arizona.
E-Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska.
F-Colorado.
G-Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota,
North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas.
H, I-New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas,
Arkansas, Louisiana.
J-Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont,
Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode
Island.
K, L, M-New York, New Jersey.
P-Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia.
Q, R-Maryland, Virginia, North
Carolina, Delaware, Washington D.C.
S, T-Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama,
Georgia, Florida, South Carolina.
U, V-Missouri, Illinois, Indiana,
Kentucky.
W-Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan,
Iowa.
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 06:30 PM
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Thank you for such a great explanation!
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 06:45 PM
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Thank you Craig! Great explanation! It's really interesting to see where some of my old racers have originated.
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Old Aug 25, 2015, 11:30 AM
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Just FYI, everybody: Pretty much all the numbers are optional now, at least in terms of planning your paint scheme. The NMPRA numbers were always optional; the AMA numbers are still required but there's no longer a minimum size or placement specified in the rules. So if you wanted to, you could do your whole scheme without any numbers at all, and for an AMA-sanctioned contest just hand-write your AMA number on the lane sticker.

I still like the looks of the AMA & NMPRA numbers, so I paint them on. But aside from having an AMA number somewhere on the airplane, it's totally a matter of personal choice.

Cheers,
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Old Dec 04, 2015, 02:09 AM
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This thread is a nice ride through memory lane. It's too bad the event died, but the weight of too many issues slowly pulled the numbers down. I would be considered a 2nd generation F1 racer in that I flew in the '80's, with my mentor Jim Kelly who was involved from 1965 until he retired from Lockheed around 1990. Jim was never a great stick, but what he could do with engines and props was magical. And he was able to do strategic calling which meant he kept the pilot (me) pretty much in the dark until the race was over. Jim had "1A" on his planes and was inducted into the pylon hall of fame when it was seldom done. I miss those days and long evenings of preparing for the monthly circus.
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Old Dec 04, 2015, 10:50 AM
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Jim ... was able to do strategic calling which meant he kept the pilot (me) pretty much in the dark until the race was over.
"Strategic calling"? So that's what it is? Thanks, I'll remember that the next time I'm calling for somebody & look up at the board afterwards & say, "Hey, looks like you won! That guy you were neck & neck with for 10 laps & who nosed you out at the finish actually cut on the first turn!"
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Old Dec 04, 2015, 07:19 PM
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I would be considered a 2nd generation F1 racer in that I flew in the '80's, with my mentor Jim Kelly who was involved from 1965 until he retired from Lockheed around 1990.
There's a name I haven't heard in a long time. Jim gave a Shoestring so I could fly F1 the first year he had arranged a race at Crows Landing outside of Modesto, CA.

I lost track of the bank angle at the #1 pylon and almost hit Jim with his own model when I crashed it.
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Old Dec 04, 2015, 11:38 PM
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Hi Roy, he sold me an Estrellita for $50 for my first F1 race at Chula Vista. Let's just say it was a good thing he built tough airplanes. My first landing was a bit hot, and it ended with the thing spinning on the wingtip after cartwheeling the last 30 feet of the runway. On the second, I stalled it on final and lost it in the scrub brush that grows at the border. The stuff is about 15 feet high, fairly thick, with trails running north-south. It took me over an hour to find the airplane, wedged into the scrub, since I had no idea where I was until another heat would land. Still no damage to the Estrellita. I think I bought a couple LR-1 kits from Tony Huber after that.

BTW, does anyone up there still have one of Jim's El Bandito fuselages, or Tom Strom's Shoestring that was made from Jim's Bandit? This is the one where the canopy/glass on top of the wing extended behind the wing a coupe of inches.
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Old Dec 13, 2015, 12:38 PM
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I haven't seen any of Jim's El Bandito's sense before he gave me those two Shoestrings. Tom's Shoestring was his own design with the help of Tony Huber. I have two of Tom Strom's F1 Shoestrings in kit form in the back room. I believe the wings have been skinned.
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I'm fairly certain that Tom started his Shoestring with a slight mod to the bottom of one of Jim's Bandits. He may have made further changes later, but the designs are very close. Could you post a couple pictures of the glass fuselages?
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