Four engines proposed for addition to NWSR list

Voting is now open

Northwest racing fliers are being asked to consider adding four more engines to the list of those allowable for Northwest Sport Race. Voting on this proposal is open until Feb. 23. See below for details on how to vote.

Current rules allow the Fox .35, O.S. .35LA and ASP .25. The proposal would add the Brodak .25, the O.S. .25FP, the Magnum .25 and the McCoy redhead .35 to the list.

The proposal is offered by John Thompson, Mike Hazel and Gene Pape.

If approved by a vote of Northwest racing participants, the amended rule would take effect in 2019.


Northwest Sport Race began in the 1970s as a simplified racing event, and since has undergone an evolution. Beginning in 1980, the only engine allowed was the Fox .35 Stunt. In 2014, the O.S. .25 LA was added to the list of allowable engines. The ASP was added in 2018. This rule change would bring the number of legal engines to seven.

With the passage of time, all of the engines currently allowed for Northwest Sport Race have become difficult to obtain. The Brodak .25 also is available intermittently, but its addition to the list would expand the options for potential NWSR contestants. The O.S. .25FP is an obsolete engine from the 1970s, but it can often be found at swap meets and online sales sites. The Magnum .25 is identical to the ASP .25. The McCoy redhead .35 is a vintage engine of similar power to the Fox .35 that can often be purchased on eBay or other model engine exchange sites. (NOTE: This change does not authorize the later finned-case McCoy .35.)

Here are the specifics of the change:

Amends rule No. 3 by adding "the Brodak .25, the O.S. .25FP, the Magnum .25 and the McCoy redhead .35," and rewords 3.c. in regard to use of RC carburetors.

The ballot questions

There are four separate questions to be considered. Please vote separately for each one (or indicate all-yes or all-no).

  • Should Northwest Sport Race rules allow the use of a Brodak .25? Indicate YES or NO
  • Should Northwest Sport Race rules allow the use of a O.S. .25FP? Indicate YES or NO
  • Should Northwest Sport Race rules allow the use of a Magnum .25? Indicate YES or NO
  • Should Northwest Sport Race rules allow the use of a McCoy .35 redhead? Indicate YES or NO

See the rules proposal below for details related to each engine.

Who can vote

Any resident of Academy of Model Aeronautics District XI (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska) and British Columbia who has participated in Racing in a Northwest contest either as a contestant or an official within the past five years can vote on this proposal.

Spread the word: It is possible that not everyone interested in this topic will have access to the Flying Lines website, or may not have seen this proposal. Feel free to pass on the information about the proposal to anyone you think might be interested. You can print out this page as reference material.

How to vote

You can vote by e-mailing the rules coordinator, or by mailing your vote to Flying Lines, 2456 Quince St., Eugene, OR 97404.

Your vote must include your name and your town or residence. Votes will be kept confidential, but I must have this info in order to be sure that votes come from NW residents and that everyone votes only once.

Voting deadline

All votes must be received by the coordinator by Feb. 23. The coordinator will acknowledge receipt of votes; if you don't get a reply, check again to make sure your vote was received.

Note: The thread for discussion of this topic on the NW CL Forum remains open, but posts there are not official votes. Only votes e-mailed or mailed to the coordinator within the Jan. 23-Feb. 23 voting period will be counted.

For more on the process of promulgating and revising Northwest control-line competition rules, see the Northwest Rules section.

Proposed 2019 Northwest Sport Race rules
New language in red; deleted language in strikeout

2018 proposal

1. Purpose: It is the intent that that this event will provide the novice competitor a beginning racing event, racing with other competitors using similar equipment which is readily obtainable and operates in a basic fashion.

2. All pertinent rules from AMA unified racing rules shall apply, in regard to safety and conduct of races, except as follows.

3. Engines:  The only allowed engines shall be the Fox Stunt .35, and the O.S. LA .25, the ASP .25, the Brodak .25, the O.S. .25FP, the Magnum .25 and the McCoy redhead .35, all of which shall operate on suction feed and be in stock, unmodified condition except as follows:
a. “Stock” is defined as absolutely unmodified but making exceptions for needle valve assemblies, engine assembly bolts, gaskets, prop nut, and prop washer(s).  Additionally, intake venturi must maintain original factory stock dimension.
b. No exhaust extensions are allowed except bona fide mufflers that do not increase engine performance.
c. Other: The Fox Manufacturing Co. hemi/stuffer kit modification is prohibited. The O.S. LA .25 may have the rear needle valve assembly post removed, and may also use a substitute backplate.  The RC version of the O.S. LA .25 engine
any of the engines may be used, by fixing the throttle in one position. The ASP .25 may have the rear needle valve assembly post removed. The RC version of the ASP .25 engine may be used, by fixing the throttle in one position. The ASP .25 or Magnum .25 may have the RC carburetor replaced by a control-line style venturi with a bore not larger than the original RC carburetor (6 mm or .236").

4.1. Aircraft: The model shall be built from, or an exact duplication of, a commercially manufactured kit. In the case of obscure or rare kits, some documentation, such as a set of plans, may be required by the contest director for confirmation of the airplane's kit status. Kits need not be in current production or distribution to qualify.
4.2. Models must be of profile fuselage type, and must conform to the general profile definition. The model must have a minimum fuselage length of 24" when measured from the propeller thrust washer face to the leading edge of the movable elevator surface.
4.3. The minimum wing area shall be 300 square inches. The wing must have a minimum thickness of 1 inch when measured at any point along the span, with the exception of the last two inches before each wingtip.
4.4. All models must have a canopy, horizontal stabilizer, elevator and vertical fin. Models must have a fixed landing gear with a minimum of one wheel, 2 inches in diameter or larger.
4.5. Modifications: Major changes to the kit design such as clipped wings, shortened fuselage, partial omission of the tail assembly, etc., are prohibited. Reinforcement of the nose and engine mount areas is permitted. Landing gear location and construction are entirely optional from what may be included in the kit, except as specified in section 4.4.

5. Fuel tank: The fuel tank shall be fully external and forward of the wing leading edge, and located on the outboard side of the fuselage. The tank may not be designed so as to cowl the engine. All tank vents are limited to a maximum size of 1/8-inch outside diameter. The tank may not be pressurized, but the vents may be directed forward into the airstream.

6. Prohibited equipment: The following equipment and devices standard to full-race aircraft are prohibited: pressure refuelers, fast-fill systems, "hot glove" electrical contact systems, and centrifugal carburetor switches.

7. Pull test: The plane and entire control system shall undergo a pull test of 35 pounds.

8. Lines shall be of a minimum .018-inch diameter, and lines shall be of the stranded type, with a length of 60 feet measured from the handle grip to the fuselage, plus or minus 6 inches.

9. Races: Preliminary heats shall be of 70 laps duration, with one pit stop minimum required. Feature races shall be of 140 laps with two pit stops minimum. All races shall be flown with at least two entrants, and not more than four entrants. At contestants where entrants fly preliminary heats to determine finalists, at least three entries shall proceed to the final races. The decision on the number of final entries shall be made by the event director and made in advance before the start of any preliminary heats.

10. It is assumed that the usual sportsmanship of Northwest modelers will prevail in this event. The event director may disqualify any entrant that is not in keeping with the spirit or intent of this racing event.

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For a complete copy of the Northwest Sport Race rules (without the annotations above), and for an explanation of how the Northwest control-line rules process works, see the Northwest Rules page.

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