One Design Gas Event

Each year the NFFS and Bill Vanderbeek sponsor the One-Design Gas  Event. Typically, they are small to medium sized Nostalgia, or near Nostalgia Era gas powered models. Bill has changed the format for the next seven years. Each year will feature two models that are considered to be similar and competitive with one another. Contestants may choose between the two designs, or fly both in competition.

Bill also proposes that any of these models may be flown in the One-Design Combo event sponsored by different club in the country. Models would not have to be past designs to be eligible. they could also be upcoming designs .

One-Design events may be sponsored by local clubs and and will be run at the NATS/USOC.

Contest Directors who would like to sponsor a One-Design Competition at their contests should contact Bill Vanderbeek for further information. Bill can be reached at

The Models –

2015-16: Jay’s Bird 250 (N) / Simpson’s Tornado(AMA) with any Nostalgia legal engine or TeeDee 049/051. Models are matched but after one design event, they would fly in different classes.

2017: Zingo (AMA or FAI) / Witchhawk 500 (AMA),with any class ‘A’ NFFS Nostalgia legal engine may be used for the Witchhawk and Zingo One-Design models. Will be able to fly in Classic Gas. The Zingo is also an Early FAI model and may be flown that way with the correct motor and weight.

2018: Smarty (Early) / Jasco Streak (Early) Early 1/2A NosGas Rules and engines

2019: Shocer (AMA) / Maverick AMA), TeeDee 049/051. Will be able to fly in Classic gas.

2020: Hoosier Hotshot 450 (N) /Nostalgia Legal Texan (N). Nostalgia legal .15 engines

2021: Hoosier Hotshot 450 (N) /Nostalgia Legal Texan (N). Nostalgia legal .15 engines

2022: 1/2A Da Box (N) /1/2A Top Banana (N), Nos Gas legal 049-051 engines

2023: Half Wild Goose (Early) / Yoho (Early), Early NosGas Rules and engines

2024: Dixielander (original size)(N), and Eureka (original size-first model) (N) any Nostalgia legal class A engine.

Plans for many of these models are currently available from NFFS Plans Service. Others will be added in time for the year of  the One Design Event in question. Vanderbeek is  also working with BMJR to see which models might be kitted.

List of One Design Models by Year and Class through 2014
1998 – 1/2A Geef by Dan Sobala (N)
1999 -AB Honey Bee by Joe Foster (N)
2000 – 1/2A Zeek by Lew Mahieu  (N)
2001 – 1/2A Space Rod by Vic Cunnyngham (AMA)
2002 – 1/2A T-Bird by Russ Hanson (N)
2003 –  Starduster X by Sal Taibi (AMA)
2004 – 1/2A Zero by Toshi Matsuda (N)
2005 – 1/2A Fubar by Ray Matthews (Early)
2006 – 1/2A Mini Pearl by Bill Chennault (AMA)
2007 – 1/2A Bounty Hunter by Dick Mathis (AMA)
2008 –  Ramrod 250 by Ron St. Jean (N)
2009 – 1/2 A Spacer by Sal Taibi (N)
2010 – 1/2A Country Boy by Jim Clem (AMA)
2011 – 1/2A Viking by Carl Goldberg (AMA)
2012 – AB Geef by Dan Sobala (N) (FAI)
2013 – 1/2A Satellite by Bob Hunter (AMA)
2014 – 1/2A Fortastrop by Midwest (Early)

(Symbols key: N=nostalgia eligible; AMA = may be flown in AMA events; Early= qualifies as an early nostalgia design; FAI= may be flown in vintage nostalgia.)