Home of the 2023 Club Competition – Hanky Planky Wacky Races

UPDATES – This page has been reduced to give an overview + links to more detail about rules/making a Hanky Planky/Members builds/competition scorecard.

To see what has been changed since you last visited, view the News items in the 2023 Hanky Planky Wacky Races collection.


Ron Gray, Competition Secretary, is organising this and would welcome your thoughts when you see him around; at flying sites; or via email.

The first event will be at the Family Fun day & BBQ on Sunday 16 April at Knettishall. So get your Hanky Planky built and tested!

Competition – Wacky Races, introduction

The idea is to have a a season long competition that incorporates several different rounds designed to test pilot’s skill but most of all to be fun. To ensure that things are equal (apart from flying skill that is!) the models used for this competition will all be the same design and spec, based on the Hanky Planky design published in the November 2022 edition of the RCM&E. All details of this model and the rules surrounding it can be found on this page.

Rounds of the Wacky Races will be held throughout the year at Knettishall (and at Rougham until 31 May 2023), both during the week and at weekends, starting with the season’s kick off meeting at the Family Fun day & BBQ on Sunday 16 April at Knettishall and ending with the Pilot’s Ball in October at Knettishall.

Apart from these 2 events the Wacky Races can be held at any other times (for most challenges even if only 3 people want to take part!). They must, of course, be officiated and initially Ron will be doing this (weekdays / weekends / Knettishall / Rougham) but the plan is that others will assist if needed. Standard club rules of course require a spotter not participating in the event.

The scoring has been designed so that it doesn’t matter how many times you enter as it is only your highest score in each event that matters and will be used for Final Reckoning. Score cards will be provided and the latest scores will be available on a Leader Board published on this site.

And, there will be prizes.

Full competition rules are here
Competition Scorecard is here  (Link repaired 30 March 2023)

Hanky Planky – Build Rules

This design was featured in the November 2022 RCM&E. Useful to have one built and tested by 16 April 2023, but the competition lasts all season.

To level the field, your build must comply with:

  • Must be built to the size and shape of the original design
  • new rule 22 February 2023 – providing the wing size & planform are retained, any airfoil is acceptable
  • Can be built from any material or combination of materials
  • Motor must be:
    • Overlander Tornado Thumper 2430-1300 (recommended and available from Ron) or 2836-1120 (Kings Lynn Models sell Overlander)
    • or, 4 Max PO-2834-1160 or 2834-1680
    • or, any other make of motor that matches one of those sizes
  • Prop size recommended 8 x 6 to 10 x 6 but can be any size you want
  • ESC can be any suitable for motor/battery combination (Overlander 2430-1300 recommended with 20A ESC)
  • Battery must be a 3S but capacity is up to you (1300 mAh?)

The plan and build article in RCM&E are based upon a balsa build, but given current prices and some advantages of foam, Ron opted for that for his test model. If you want to try foam – 6mm Depron or maybe foam board (available from HobbyCraft) – then Ron’s build report and offer of help may come in handy. See below, on this page.

Building a Hanky Planky + Kit and instructions offer is here
Members Builds Gallery is here