I agree with Andrewski, you are allowed to lube after weigh in. Most bands for competition will be pre-wound as previously discussed. You can put some lube on when winding, but you should not need to soak them in lube. It is a shame when supervisors don't know or interpret rules the way they want to at the expense of the participants. Know your rule book and have a coach present when something like this comes up again. I seriously doubt there would be a situation like this at Nationals. The supervisor there will have it together.At my state competion the judge had me add lube prior to the weight in and said that I could not add lube after the plane and bands went through the official weigh in. Does anyone know if at Nats we can weigh dry bands then lube right before the test/official flight? I have all my cut bands soaking in individual sandwich lunch bags labeled with size, weight, and nuber of flights used. Its just easier to pull out a lubed band out of a bag, then to spray it before each flight. What then is the proper technique to add lube to the band ? Should I dry all the bands out to see if weight changes? Thanks, MG
Not an acceptable excuse, in my opinion. It doesn't take a genius to be able to read the rules. The supervisor need not be able to build a well flying plane, but they should have no problem reading.My guess would be that it can be difficult to find anyone familiar with these planes and so for your State competition they kind of had to make do.
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