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Team Futaba at the U.S. Scale Masters

Congratulations to Futaba pilots at the recent US Scale Masters; they swept all of classes at this best of the best competition. The models they brought to the event are simply works of art!

  • Scale Masters Grand Champion/1st Place Expert: Dave Johnson
  • 1st place Team Scale: Dennis Crooks/Dave Semeraro
  • 1st Place Advanced: Bernie Boland
  • 1st Place Open: Earl Devers Jr.

From left to right: Bernie Boland, Advanced; Earl Dever Jr, Open; Dave Johnson, Expert & Grand Champion; Dennis Crooks/Dave Semeraro, Team More information is available on the US Scale Masters Web site at:

Congratulations to Team Futaba member Brian Buaas!

Brian Buaas with his record setting P-Hydro.

Brian set two new NAMBA National Records at the recent District 19 2-lap Time Trials held at Legg Lake in El Monte California.

Brian's first record in P-Hydro beat his old record by nearly 2.5 seconds for a best time of 19.22 seconds for 2 laps. This is the first electric boat to run this course in under 20 seconds. The P-Hydro was guided by the Futaba 3GR transmitter and powered by FlightPower 4S/5000 batteries.

Brian's second record was in 1/10 Scale Modern Hydro. This boat was also guided by the Futaba 3GR transmitter.

Brian is no stranger to speed; he has won many national fast electric titles, and holds several records for fast electric boats. Brian has also competed as a member of the United States F5D (aircraft pylon racing) team at the FAI F5D World Championships, and designed Discus Launched gliders.

Team Futaba at the U.S. Pattern Nationals

CONGRATULATIONS to Team Futaba members Andrew Jesky and Chip Hyde! They just finished 1 and 2 at the U.S. Pattern Nationals in the F3A class. Andrew and Chip also finished 1 and 2 in the F3A Team Selection Event. This means they will represent the United States at the F3A World Championships next year in Muncie IN. Team Futaba member Brett Wickizer also finished 4th in the Team Selection, making him the alternate for the team.

Futaba and Dirt Burners Pull Off Another Huge Success!

4th Annual Futaba / O.S.® Engine Nitro Challenge
St. Louis, Missouri
July 9-11

Once again, the St. Louis Dirt Burners crew did an awesome job at prepping a track that would be extremely fun, yet challenging to the racers. Once the track started to pack down and blue groove, the racing got exciting...and extremely close. The top spots were constantly up for grabs.

Pro Dash for Cash

Futaba team driver Matt Gosch jumped out to an early lead in the seven lap shoot-out. Just when it looked like he had it all wrapped up, a slight bobble on the big doubles let O.S. driver Jessie Robbers take over the lead. From there, Jessie laid down the power with his O.S. Speed and took the cash and a pole position for the first A main.

As always, the intermediate and expert drivers at the Futaba / O.S. Engine Nitro Challenge had a shot at taking home some great prizes from the two companies. Here is a quick run down of who took home the hardware. Be sure to check out for the full results.

Intermediate Arena Truck A Main
1st Michael Hill = Futaba 4PK
2nd Jason Mcallister = 2 Futaba BLS352 Brushless Servos
3rd Shane Luckey = Futaba BLS351 Brushless Servo

Intermediate Buggy A Main
1st Nick Gibson = Futaba 4PK
2nd Blake Everett = 2 Futaba BLS352 Brushless Servos
3rd Gary James = Futaba BLS351 Brushless Servo

Expert Arena Truck A Main
1st Shane Poeling = O.S. 25XZ Engine
2nd Nick Dierich = 2 Futaba BLS352 Brushless Servos
3rd Ike Hawkersmith = Futaba BLS351 Brushless Servo

Expert Buggy A Main
1st Brandon Hisel = O.S. 21VZ-B V-Spec Engine
2nd Mitchel Gardner = 2 Futaba BLS352 Brushless Servos
3rd Ken Peterson = Futaba BLS351 Brushless Servo

If you came to the event to watch some of the top pros in the country go at it, you were not disappointed. The double A main format made the drivers use their heads a little bit more, but the racing was incredible. In the first buggy and truggy A mains, the last lap decided the winner. In the end, it was Ryan Lutz taking home a cool $1000.00! Not bad for a weekend of racing.

Pro Arena Truck A Main
1st Ryan Lutz = $500.00
2nd Jesse Robbers = $300.00
3rd Matt Gosch = $200.00

Pro Buggy A Main
1st Ryan Lutz = $500.00
2nd Taylor James = $300.00
3rd Jesse Robbers = $200.00

Futaba and O.S. would like to thank all the racers and the entire Dirt Burners crew for their hard work and support. We look forward to the 5th annual Futaba / O.S. Engine Nitro Challenge at Dirt Burners in 2011!

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