The "Builder of Model" Regulation
January 1959 Model Aviation News Bulletin
is a tack from 1959 that you won't see these days on why The "Builder of Model" rule must be obeyed: "Honor" and a
"basic American sense of fair play." Those days are gone forever, most likely. In today's rude, crude society, you
would more likely be admonished against making others feel bad for excelling above them or for believing that being
an American is anything special. Even President doesn't think Americans have anything to brag about and needs to be
Vintage Model Aviation News Bulletin Articles:
Here are the covers of all the vintage Model Aviation editions I have.
(Endorsed by the AMA Contest Board)
The "Builder of Model" rule, paragraph 1.18 in the AMA
Official Model Aircraft Regulations, is the most basic concept in the entire book! It is absolutely fundamental to
our very hobby. We call our hobby "model building," and we call ourselves "model builders"! The "building" is as basic
and important as the "model"! Hence, the rule and the concept behind it are the very bedrock upon which both the hobby
and the competitive sport of model aviation are founded.
Further, violation of this rule is violation of the
basic American sense of fair play. Therefore, violation cannot be tolerated.
It is admirable and desirable
that fathers help their children in this hobby. This both benefits the family relationship and fosters model aviation
But when it is done in violation of the "Builder of Model" rule, the father is, by example, teaching
his child how to cheat -- and the child knows it!
It is obviously and eminently unfair when a Junior or Senior
flyer competes with a model built by an experienced Open modeler. It is, of course, most unfair to other younger contestants
who compete without the benefit of similar aid. And these contestants deserve as much of a break as anyone. After
all, this is the reason why the AMA maintains separate age groups for competition and' record.
The AMA and
its Contest Board do not wish to stand in the way of family unity. Therefore, paragraph 1.20 of the rules permits
team entry - under which a father and son can build a model together, compete together, and win together if they are
skillful and lucky enough. But for fairness to others, this must be done in the age group of the father.
it is fine to start a boy off in this great hobby-but it is vital to teach him honesty and fairness! A father should
be ashamed 'to help his son compete dishonestly, unfairly and in violation of published regulations - and his son
should also be ashamed of him.
Many people advocate the elimination of this rule because it is difficult to
enforce. But should murder be legalized because so many of them go unsolved? Of course not! And our hobby without
this rule would be more or less comparable to a place where murder was legal.
Elimination of this rule would
soon result in commercial and/or expert-built contest models which, in many events, would prove far superior than
any a modeler himself could produce. These events would soon deteriorate into a competition where the contestant's
ability to pay would be more important than his ability to build. This would apply in all age groups and would soon
degenerate our entire hobby.
Rescinding of the rule is unthinkable. Violating it is intolerable. Both contest
directors and contestants should make every effort to see that this regulation is enforced. In plain words, violation
of the "Builder of Model" rule is cheating!
Posted April 3, 2012