Task Force 72
Task Force 72 is an international association of
Radio controlled model boatbuilders, all building in the common scale (ratio)of 1:72 (1 inch in 1:72 equals 72 inches in real life).
Task Force 72 originated in
Australiain 1994, when a number of individuals building radio controlled models came together to form a voluntary association.
The name derives from the military term for a group of
warshipsoperating to a common purpose, a task force, and the scale of the ship models being built (1:72).
In the years since, the association has grown from a small number of model builders to several hundred currently active and former members located in Australia, the
United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealandand several other countries.
At this time the largest grouping of members is located within Australia, although it is hoped to grow membership internationally
The Association holds an annual
regattaeach year at Wentworth FallsLake, located in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydneyin New South Wales, Australia.
The Task Force 72 regatta is usually held in November or December of each calendar year. The 2008 Annual Regatta will be held on the weekend of Saturday 22 (10AM - 8PM) and Sunday 23 November (10AM - 4PM).
Task Force 72 hopes that the Association's membership in other countries will grow to the point where they are large enough to support their own national regattas.
Types of models constructed
Currently the majority of
model shipsowned by Task Force 72 members are militaryvessels however this is slowly changing as more non-military ships are completed. In fact the joint winners of the Wentworth Shield for best model at the 2007Annual Regatta were two non-warships, the lighthouseand navigationaids tender Cape Don and the USS Charles Robinson, a Liberty Ship.
Task Force 72 members have built models of a wide range of
shipsand submarines, ranging from 19th century cruisers to futuristic missile corvettes, from sailing ships to ballistic missile submarines. Despite the majority of ships being of military subjects merchant and passenger ships are also well represented.
All share a basic characteristic. They are built to a common scale of 1:72 and are radio controlled.
Task Force 72 fleet composition
As of October 2007 the Task Force 72 "fleet" is made up of several hundred models, ranging in size from extremely large models of various
aircraft carriersand battleshipsdown to very small models of tugboats and patrol boats.
The majority of the models are of medium sized vessels, such as
destroyersand frigates, which are considered by their builders to combine a reasonable size for ease of transport and "seaworthiness", with significant scope for the incorporation of detail and providing sufficient internal volume for the mechanics of making the models operational.
Task Force 72 Logo
The Task Force 72 logo comprises a stylised
compass rosewith an anchorsuperimposed on the compass rose with the words Task Force Seventy Two surrounding the design.
* [http://www.taskforce72.org/ Task Force 72 home page]
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