The cover page is not the cover of your documentation binder. While
clear covered binder artwork can look attractive and professional. A
cover page must contain specific information as your declaration of
what, who, where, and when as it relates to construction of the
model you enter in the contest.
A photo of the full size aircraft you are replicating
can be of great value when placed
on a cover page.
Photo of the full size should be one taken at a favorable angle
in support of your model. Remember, you are selling your fidelity to
the 1:1 to
judges as if you are a salesman making a first sales call
on a potential customer. It is all in the presentation! You never
get a second chance to make an
impression. In the world of competitive flying scale
modeling binders prepared as a sales presentation
will always stand out among all others.
Cover page should contain a
brief history of "the" aircraft you built and entered in contest.
Take a look at our cover page example...click
here. Photo incorporated in heading discloses elements of the
1:1 at the Yanks Museum in Chino that are not easily observed
elsewhere in the documentation. Image validates our scale fidelity and
attention to details like the mechanical linkage inboard and
parallel to landing gear struts. Photo shows two modern vhf
antennas on the top wing. Other binder photos may
not adequately show features to "earn" the score you deserve. The
best defense against this is proactively composed documentation.
Remember the contest is a comparison of your skill to duplicate, aka
replicate, visual documentation you compile to present to judges for
comparison to your model to determine how accurately you did so.
Score is known as "fidelity to scale". All scores start out at 100%
of fidelity. During comparison of documentation deductions occur as
a result of contradictions to accuracy (fidelity).
example...the documentation binder you are being shown was created
to illustrate the most common problem for competitors. All color images
in the example are of a
489, N51746 the Yanks Museum used in their example of
Remember you are replicating an explicit man carrying aircraft.
Make sure everything you are supplying
judges, is very clear and distinct. This, of course, is "constantly"
being done to your advantage.