By Joze Cuden
Photos: Nina Cuden, Stuart Lodge, Anton Sijanec and Joze Cuden
After the European Championship in Novi Sad was cancelled by FAI due to the war
circumstances in Yugoslavia large number of the participants was expected at 21st
Ljubljana Cup at the end of the contest season. The organiser relied upon many well-known
modellers whose names matter in the space modelling world. In spite of the predictions
even the optimists were surprised by an outsized attendance. Almost 70 competitors from 12
countries raised their launching devices at Kamnisko polje airfield, which can be
considered as a unique record. Participants from Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy,
Yugoslavia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Great Britain and
Slovenia took part at the competition. Such colourful attendance couldn't be even found at
the recent world championships, not to mention the WC competition. For the organiser ARK
Komarov it was undoubtedly an eloquent proof of the popularity of their competition. So
the perfect organisation of 21st Ljubljana Cup was the main event of the year in which ARK
Komarov was celebrating its 30th anniversary.
For all the competitors there was the last opportunity in the current season to show their
skills and form as compensation for the missed chance at the European championships.
Optimal weather conditions, which can hardly ever be seen at Ljubljana's competition,
helped the modellers to accomplish all six events and the show program.
Large number of competitors who entered S3A class proved that WC categories are not the
only ones that attract the modellers as it was the opinion of certain FAI officials. The
parachute duration class is one of those that will be most likely sharing radical rule
changes in future, and it attracted some real masters of this event. Eight of them
finished the match with maximum score and entered the fly-off. For the local competitor
Andrej Vrbec of ARK Komarov it was the day of triumph he was hardly expecting for. One of
the best Slovenian modellers in S3 finally stepped on the highest step, followed by young
Spaniard Jordi Roura Misse and Italian master Antonio Mazzarachio.
Boost gliders are considered as specific class in space modelling with some specialists
mostly placed on top positions. Among them Antonio Mazzarachio proved again his high form
with best score. Next to him was Slovak Michal Zitnan, while Jordi Roura Font of Spanish
team placed third. It was probably the first appearance of Spanish team at some WC
competition beside world and European Championships. Strong Spanish team entered the
competition with ten male and female competitors, all of them experienced modellers.
Slovenian veteran and S4 specialist Egon Engelsberger kept out of the range of medals this
time. Despite his announcement of his final retreat from space modelling, claiming it was
his last contest, no one really believed him. However, being an experienced competitor he
remains a strong support to Slovenian national team in future.
The final world cup competition in S6A class completed the first day of the competition at
Kamnisko polje airfield. Who else could be the winner than the actual world cup winner
Antonio Mazzarachio? No one of the rivals had the reason to envy him for his success. This
time Antonio was invincible. Lithuanian Vladimir Mosin won the silver and Slovenian Ivan
Turk the bronze traditional dragon.
As the contest went on at the airfield, scale judges did their job measuring and getting
points for S5 and S7 scale models. Milan Jelinek of Slovakia, Srdjan Pelagic of Yugoslavia
and young promising referee Primoz Kuhar of Slovenia decided that highest points - 787 go
to Arnis Baca from Latvia for his wonderful Soyuz, while Joze Cuden and Mateja Kozjek took
the lead in S5 achieving 604 points for their Nike Cajun sounding rockets.
After the fly-off in S3A on Sunday morning, first round of S8E class started promising a
tough race. RC pilots of rocket gliders performed several perfect flights. There wasn't
any distinctive favourite among the masters of this class. At the end only three seconds
separated the winner Michal Zitnan of Slovakia and young Slovenian Ivan Turk at second
place. Excellent performance helped Slovak Stefan Mokran to reach third place close behind
Scale models are considered as royal class in space modelling, true miniature
astronautics. Large number of spectators had always admired their realistic flights. Arnis
Baca could not defend his first place from the previous Ljubljana Cup. Slight malfunction
during the flight stopped him to gain the medal. It was a chance now for Slovak modellers
to win the highest trophies. Mikulas Szabo, Lubica Samelova and Vasil Pavljuk carried out
valid flights with their Ariane scale models and placed to pole positions. An outstanding
appearance of British Stuart Lodge cannot be overlooked. It is evident that he is slowly
becoming a strong rival to the rest of the gang in S7.
Scale altitude competition offered some perfect two stage flights performed by Slovenian
modellers. There was a close final result when Andrej Vrbec overpassed Joze Cuden by only
one point, while Matevz Dular already lagged behind. The crew at the tracking devices once
again proved successful with no tracks lost. We only wish to have such well-experienced
personnel at the world and European competitions, which is rarely seen.
After two days of straining competition 21st Ljubljana Cup ended with show programme where
some strange odd rocket flights could be seen. It is always a practice to award best show
models whose construction sometimes technically exceed some contest models.
Impressive start of RC rocket glider in S8E class.
Joze Cuden placed second in S5B with his Nike Cajun
Mikulas Szabo and Lubica Samelova of Slovak team inspect
their Ariane 1 scale model before flight.
Highly detailed boosters with several exhaust nozzles of
Arnis Baca's Soyuz.
In spite of his youth Alberto Roura Misse of Spain is
already an experienced competitor.
Stuart Lodge (GB) is attaching clips to the igniter of
Vertical 1 scale model.
Three medals of Antonio Mazzarrachio from Italy made him
the most successful participant of the contestt.