Masters is the benchmark World-class 3D Model Helicopter
Competition. The event is usually held on a weekend in July at a venue suitable for the most challenging
competition for top class pilots from all over the World.
The Best of the Best.
Conceived as a showcase for all the talent, dedication
and enthusiasm of the 3D helicopter pilot, 3D Masters
has retained and developed its original founding principles:
be the Number One World 3D Helicopter Competition
by virtue of it's precise reflection of the art of
provide a progressive path for ambitious and talented
publicise and popularise 3D Helicopter Flying to the
public at large.
promote and accelerate 3D Helicopter and Equipment
development within the Constructors' Championship.
Pilots, Sponsors and Spectators usually make a weekend
of the event by staying in accommodation local to the
3D Masters site. It gives them an opportunity to mix
and exchange ideas with like-minded people and to watch
or take part in the Evening Events.
Our Competitors may enter the competition at one of
two levels, Expert and Master, and there
is a natural and encouraged path up through the levels
as years progress.
The Expert Level is for experienced pilots who
may or may not be sponsored. These pilots would generally
represent the best club fliers from their respective
Masters Pilots are known International Pilots
who are usually Sponsored and are anxious to ensure
that their Product is adequately represented on the
Make no mistake, at whichever level the pilot is accepted,
he or she is assured of gruelling, intense competition,
an atmoshere unmatched anywhere, and the undivided attention
of an educated, knowledgeable and appreciative audience.
Judging is carried out by Internationally-recognised
and capable 3D pilots who themselves would be out there
competing were it not for the fact that the Organisers
will not accept their entries!
3D Masters Competition has a very testing format comprising
three separate disciplines, each assessed individually:
Set Manoeuvres. In this round of the competition
each pilot elects to fly 8 manoeuvres chosen from a
pre-published schedule. Once the entrant has chosen
the manouevres and entered the competition they may
not be altered, the pilot must concentrate on perfecting
those manoeuvres for the competition. The list of Set
Manoeuvres is changed from year to year, and the manoeuvres
themselves carry varying difficulty, or 'k' factors,
which may well influence the pilots choice.
Freestyle. The freestyle round allows the pilots
to show the audience and the judges just what they are
capable of in a totally free format. So for example
they may simply push the sticks into the corner of the
box and sort out the resulting confusion, they may carefully
consider and rehearse a sequence of their best and most
daring manoeuvres, or they may choose to use limbo tapes,
props and/or pyrotechnics to augment their performance.
Whichever, the Freestyle flights in 3D Masters are not
to be missed for their daring, dynamicism and sheer
Flight to Music. 3D aerobatics is an artform
in it's infancy, and it has been demonstrated that when
a model helicopter is flown accurately to music, a rare
beauty becomes evident. Some pilots are very skilled
in selecting suitable music and developing flight routines
to best show off their ability and that of their machine,
others not quite so skilled. Whatever, we at 3D Masters
believe that Flight to Music should be an important
part of the rounded 3D pilot's repertoire, and so we
provide a forum for them to develop and practice. (The
audience love it too!)
The culmination of the event is a fly-off for the top
five pilots in each of the classes, followed by the
Prize-giving and then a Victory Flight from each Winner
- ten minutes in which to do whatever they like to wring
out the stresses and strains of the competition - and
it's usually pretty outrageous
There is no substitute for
come along and join us at 3D Masters